NPO funding news and a peek at our future plans

 image courtesy of Coastal Currents

image courtesy of Coastal Currents

Home Live Art is delighted to have received a further four years of funding through Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation programme (NPO).

Running from 2018 – 2022, the funding enables us to build upon projects and events we have developed in the south east region of the last few years, including HLA Salons, the Alternative Village Fete and our work with Coastal Currents Festival in Hastings.  It also supports us to develop a new strand of artistic activity – hosting artist residencies in Hastings.  The residencies will focus on work in the early stages of development, with some creative opportunities for local community engagement.  This activity will take place in areas of the town where there has been limited access to arts and culture, for example Ore Valley.

We are especially excited to be continuing our work in the south east region, as it enables us to:

  • create more opportunities for presenting and supporting work
  • expand and deepen our relationship with audiences for live art
  • join a cohort of great arts organisations already championing live art in the region

We also hope our new funding will enable us to work alongside some of the regions arts organisations including: The Marlborough and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (Brighton) and Performance Space and Quarterhouse (Folkestone)…to name just a few.  We hope to build upon our relationships with partner venues to strengthen the network of regional venues / organisations who support live art.  As part of our commitment to supporting diversity, we are keen to work with partners who champion and support the work of LGBTQI artists.

Alongside our projects in the south east, we will continue to maintain our national remit of working in other regions, developing work with national networks and national touring.  Maintaining a national remit ensures that our projects reach a wide and diverse audience, and enables us to work with other regional and national organisations.

With four more years of funding and a continued focus to present work in the south east, we aim to develop our Salon events, which began in a house in London over 17 years ago!  Recently we re-introduced the Home Live Art Salon at Angel House in Brighton, as part of the 2016 Brighton Festival.  Inspired by the spirit of the traditional literary gatherings that were hosted in people’s homes, our Salon’s add a contemporary twist to produce an evening of performance, installation and participation.  Over the next few years we aim to develop the Salon in new and unexpected ways; using back streets, outdoor spaces, unconventional indoor spaces and people’s private homes, continuing to keep alive the traditional Salon ethos of creating spaces for gathering, conversation and entertainment.

Our new funding will also enable us to continue putting down roots in Hastings where we already have a strong curatorial partnership with the Coastal Currents Festival. In past years we have programmed and produced an impressive line up of artists and companies including Willi Dorner and Bodies in Urban Spaces, Reckless Sleepers and A String Section, Kate Mackintosh’s Worktable and The Clod Ensembles Red Ladies. We are looking forward to exploring new programming ideas and events with the festival so watch this space!

A new collaboration for us will be working with Duckie’s Posh Club.  Already established in Hackney, the Posh Club is a glamorous event for senior citizens featuring high tea, fabulous entertainment and a chance to dress up posh!  From 2018, London based Duckie will be developing the Posh Club in Brighton and Hastings with the help of local partners including us!

We have a few more events up our sleeve in this final year of our current NPO funding.  We have two exciting projects taking place in September / October: Alternative Village Fete at the Birmingham Weekender, and two major projects we are producing for Coastal Currents (more news on this soon!)

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