The Liverpool Commissions 2008 Announced

I feel sorry for all the artists who had great ideas for projects which didn’t get accepted but there’s half a million quids worth of great stuff here, really looking forward to seeing the resuls.


Liverpool Culture Company announces Liverpool Commissions 2008

The Liverpool Culture Company today announced the Liverpool Commissions, which will produce 11 brand new works of art in 2008.

The unique £500,000 commissioning strand is aimed at small to mid-scale Merseyside arts companies and artists and endorsed by the Liverpool Culture Company Board. It will enable fresh, new, innovative work from a wide variety of artists, producers and practitioners to be performed and shown throughout 2008.

An eclectic mix of art forms, the Liverpool Commissions will showcase dance, theatre, music, film, visual arts and new media. The Commissions will create work that is both accessible and cutting edge, and offer scope to develop international partnerships and artistic collaborations.

The programme consists of:

20 Stories High – Babul and the Blue Bear – (theatre)
AS Productions – An Audience with Shankly – (Theatre/film)
AFoundation – Phil Collins Residency – (visual arts)
Collision – The Line – (dance)
First Take – High Hopes – (film)
Hannah Peel – Audiovisions – (a/v festival)
The Hive Collection – Twilight City – (music)
Jumpshiprat – Spirit on the Water – (visual arts)
Momentum – Dreams – (dance)
Zho Visual Theatre – The Quiet Little Englishman – (theatre)
Zi Lan – Chinese Dub – Jah Wobble collaboration – (music)

One of the most exciting and original strands of the UK’s European Capital of Culture programme, the selected works will reinforce Liverpool’s ability to continue to produce work with the highest artistic standards.

This diverse selection will encompass Liverpool’s industrial and maritime heritage, its position as a centre for technological and creative experiment, innovation and advancement, and the vibrant cultures which have made the city what it is today.

The commissions also provide opportunities for both experienced and new producers and practitioners, but all share the common strand that they are ‘made in Liverpool.’

Maureen Jordan, Director of Performing Arts at Arts Council North West congratulated the selected artists for their imaginative proposals: “These projects are innovative and risk-taking. They represent the future of the arts in Liverpool.”

Fiona Boundy of A Foundation added, “A Foundation are delighted by the outcome the Liverpool commissions fund. Phil Collins is an outstanding artist – a true genius of our time and this will be an opportunity for him to work in the adopted City of his youth (he was born in Runcorn). Phil is also delighted by the support from the Liverpool Culture Company and is looking forward to beginning work on this new project. “

Lynne Harwood, Director at First Take, said there were ”screams of delight” when they got the letter green-lighting their High Hopes documentary, which links teenagers turning 18 in 08 in Liverpool and Stavanger, the non-EU Capital of Culture for 2008.

Lynne, who is currently negotiating a British TV screening for summer 08, said: ”Being a Liverpool Commission for 2008 is a huge honour and an amazing opportunity for us. We’ve been working with communities in the city since 1983 and thanks to this commission we’re about to take our first venture into television. For First Take this is absolutely fantastic because we’ll be working with some extremely experienced and talented people from across Europe. It could open so many new avenues for us, the communities we work in and for the teenagers whose stories we’re telling.”

Zi Lan, Arts Officer at Liverpool’s Chinese Youth Orchestra, said: ”This is the best news we could have possibly had. The orchestra is so excited at the prospect of working with Jah Wobble, he’s such a talented musician and to create a pop single with him and a two-hour long piece is the opportunity of a lifetime. The orchestra will be celebrating its silver anniversary in 08 and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a project which will break new ground for us in terms of performance, recording and reaching out to new audiences. This is going to really push the boundaries to what we can achieve and breathe new life into the way Chinese music is perceived. We can’t wait to start.”