“Last Christmas, I gave you fine art,
But the very next day, you gave it away.
This year, to save me from tears,
I’m giving you something conceptual”
- Home Live Art and Richard DeDomenici plan to put the fun back into fundraising this Christmas with an irreverent and mischievous crowdfunding campaign to highlight the work of live art
- Following on from his highly successful live performance for the BBC’s On Stage: Live From Television Centre, screened on Sunday 15th November, DeDomenici has made a charity single, which can be downloaded or bought as a limited edition vinyl.
- 4 minutes long, Live Art Aid was co-written by artist Bryony Kimmings and tries to explain more about what live art is to the tune of Do They Know It’s Christmas played backwards
- There is a fundraising target of £4,000 and all money raised will be distributed between the 20 artists who agreed to sing on the record
On 1st December Home Live Art and Richard DeDomenici launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise £4,000 in 40 days to give 20 live art artists a Christmas gift of £200 each. The idea is simple: a small amount of money can support an artist with the fundamental (but often costly) resources to help them go about their business. Artists will be free to spend the money as they see fit, with some using it to pay for rehearsal space, travel funds, attendance at an international festival or as Richard says “ to replace the wine damaged keyboard of a 2006 Macbook Pro”.
Supporters can get involved from as little as £5.00 for the digital download of the song. Higher tiers of support offer greater perks including a limited edition Live Art Aid vinyl record.
Richard DeDomenici was commissioned by Home Live Art through their Arts Council Catalyst funded project aimed at exploring and developing new forms of fundraising and philanthropy. Discussing his reasons for creating the song, he noted “Live Art is one of the most uncommercial art genres in the world, and is in danger of becoming extinct.” he elucidates. “We’re like pandas in that respect – barely able to sustain ourselves, and hardly ever having sex. Except most people have heard of pandas”
Co-Director of Home Live Art Jane Greenfield noted “while there is an obvious tongue in cheek aspect to Live Art Aid, there is a serious side too. Independent, self-employed artists are finding it increasingly hard to sustain themselves and their work. This campaign aims to highlight the challenges facing the live art sector at the same time as exploring ideas of philanthropy and giving”.
Live Art Aid will launch on Tuesday 1st December 2015 and end on Sunday 11th January 2016.
Richard Dedomenici make works that is social, playful, political and beautiful – although not always simultaneously. He has made work in 23 countries and has been described as “the thinking man’s Ashton Kutcher”. Richard has performed in numerous theatres, lost many prestigious awards, published several books, made multiple tv shows and lectured at countless venerable institutions. He is on the board of Home Live Art, an Artsadmin Associate Artist, and the chairman of the International Swivelympics Committee. Two years ago Richard launched The Redux Project, which has become inadvertently successful in places such as Bangkok, Sydney, Seoul and Guangzhou, and was recently adapted into a live extravaganza for BBC4. For more info visit: www.dedomenici.com
Live Art Aid is part of Home Live Art, Live Art Development Agency and Artsadmin’s Catalyst programme, supported by Arts Council England.
The artists who feature on Live Art Aid are: Francesca Baglione, Katy Baird, Andy Field, Figs in Wigs, Anna Goodman, Catherine Hoffmann, Nicki Hobday, Kazuko Hohki, Mamoru Iriguchi, Bryony Kimmings, Brian Lobel, Eilidh MacAskill, Stacy Makishi, Lucy McCormick, Tom Parkinson, Deborah Pearson, Daniel Oliver, Louise Orwin, Xavier de Sousa, Ellie Stamp.