Swindon Dance announces recipients of Professional Artists Programme
Swindon Dance is delighted to announce the artists who will be joining the Swindon Dance Professional Artists Programme 2018-19:
The Young Professionals are: Amy Foskett, Dan Martin, Izzy Ripley, Kit King and Jack Sergison
The Associate Artists are: Carys Staton, Luke Brown, Victor Fung and Wayne Parsons
Commissions to produce new works go to: James Wilton, Yael Flexer and Jean Abreu
Swindon Dance believes that investing today in its local, regional and national artists is vital if the UK is to have a thriving and sustainable dance industry tomorrow.
The Professional Artists programme at Swindon Dance supports artists from across the UK who are either starting out in their professional career, are looking to further develop their career or are changing the focus of an established career.
The Professional Artists programme covers four different areas. The Young Professional Programme is for young graduate dancers making their first steps into the professional world. The Associate Artists Programme supports emerging practitioners or mid-career artists from any genre who want to find space and time to research and develop their work.
Commissions are offered towards the creation of new works and the next generation of dance makers.
Each artist with receive a £1,000 bursary or commission, use of professionally equipped dance studios for rehearsals or research and development, mentoring and other support.
“I’m very excited to be on the Young Professional Programme. From seeing the results from last years’ incredible artists progression, I’ve really seen just how beneficial such a programme is for young professionals in their development. I’m so pleased that Swindon Dance is supporting young professionals in such a demanding time for the arts, and already have ideas surging on what I can now work on with this support.”
Dan Martin – Young Professional Programme
“I am absolutely thrilled to be an Associate Artist of Swindon Dance this coming year. This opportunity cannot have come at a more suitable time, as the learning I’ve gained through the Clore Leadership Fellowship programme and my doctoral studies at Middlesex University has given me a renewed sense of purpose and drive for my work as a dance artist. I see my choreographic works as beginnings of dialogues that challenge perceptions and build communities. With the support from Swindon Dance, I look forward to embarking on a series of projects that would allow me to open conversations with as diverse of an audience as possible; be it in the theatre or on the streets, in the UK or beyond, I want to create shared experiences that bring people together.”
Victor Fung – Associate Artist
“I am very grateful to Swindon Dance for the support they are offering to help develop my artistic practice, and feel in good company with the other artists joining the programme.”
Izzy Ripley – Young Professional Programme