The recipients of the five ?10,000 Fellowships were announced by fellow Rufus Norris at a celebration at the Conway Hall, London on 1st February. One of the Twenty Fifth Anniversary Awards Winners 2018 is Alex Baczyński-Jenkins. A central part of his work is the use of performance as an agent for what he describes as ?other-worlding?, often examining alienation, affective deficits and lack. Baczynski-Jenkins? work is often dialogic and he develops ?vocabularies? in performances that range from micro-gestures to poems and ?social dances?, picking apart the everyday practices that emerge in situations such as play and friendship.
Alex Baczynski-Jenkins? work occurs at the intersection of performance and dance, examining queer politics through ideas of desire, intimacy and love. Often semi-improvisational, his work operates through ?the pleasure of being set in motion? and develops into fluid choreographies that see performers ?orbiting in language?. His 2014 work Us Swerve is a strong example of this, featuring performers on rollerblades who move around each other whilst reciting and reformulating lines of poetry. The scripted words, taken from an archive of queer verse, circulate amongst the performers, their physical motion running parallel with moving articulations of desire. A more recent work The tremble, the symptom, the swell and the hole together (Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2017/ Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2017) examines the relationships between affection, distraction, desire and loss in four episodes that each stage an encounter with ?relationality?. Performed within a minimal set of tiered, octagonal platforms, the episodic format invites the audience to partake in the unfolding of the work, producing a ?hybrid viewership?. Alex was nominated by fellow Sława Harasymowicz.
Performing Arts Panel ? Jury:
Andrew has been at the helm of the Brighton Dome and Festival since 2008 and has been credited with raising the profile of the annual festival and the company?s three year-round venues. He has introduced two particular initiatives at Brighton: a residencies for companies such as Hofesh Shechter, and the festival?s guest curating scheme, which has included sculptor Anish Kapoor, Aung San Suu Kyi, Laurie Anderson and Kate Tempest in 2017. Comben has also held distinguished posts, as director of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at the Aldeburgh festival and head of artistic planning at London?s Wigmore Hall.
Joanna MacGregor combines her role as Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music with a busy career as a concert soloist, teacher and festival curator. She was the subject of a South Bank Show on ITV, and her performances are regularly broadcast on both television and radio world-wide. In Summer 2012 she performed at two BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and made her debut at Lincoln Center?s ?Mostly Mozart? Festival. Known for her Bach interpretations, she was invited by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to perform the Goldberg Variations at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2013.
Susanna Clapp is a British writer and has been the Observer theatre critic since 1997 after working for a long period for BBC Radio 3 and a stint at the New Statesman. An editor and reader at Jonathan Cape in her earlier years, she was a founder of the London Review of books where she was assistant editor. She has written books about both Bruce Chatwin and Angela Carter and is literary editor of the estates of both.
The Arts Foundation exists to help artists and celebrate the existence of art. A registered Charity (Reg No. 1000001) the Foundation was established in 1990 with an anonymous bequest of ?1,000,000. Its remit was specific ? to support the individual artist and the scheme was initiated in 1993. The director of the Arts Foundation is Shelley Warren. The Foundation gives financial assistance to talented, emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to, and reached some professional standing in, their artform. At this critical stage, a period of relative security in order to explore new avenues or consolidate existing work is often crucial. Awards of ?10,000 are made to assist the artists with living and working expenses and are made on the basis of both talent and need to artists living and working in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. In 2013 the Foundation announced that it would be giving awards of ?1,000 to each runner up in each of the categories. Since the inception of its Fellowship Scheme the Trust has awarded over ?1,700,000, supporting numerous artists from the fields of Performing and Visual Arts, Crafts, Literature, New Media, Film and Design. Many of these have gone on to become leaders in their art form.