10 May 2012
A trio of theatre performances luring participants into a desperate hunt through cyberspace, a
silent animation and an experimental performance art project infiltrating mainstream events have
won their pitches for the second round of the Sky Arts Ignitions: Futures Fund, our one-year
bursary for young, emerging artists in collaboration with arts charity Ideas Tap.
The creators of each project will receive a year’s funding of £30,000 as well as mentoring and
guidance from Sky.
The winners are 25-year-old theatre director Felix Mortimer, 30-year-old performance artist
Laurence Payot and 24-year-old animator Drew Roper.
Felix Mortimer is co-founder
and artistic director of London-based experimental theatre company RETZ, which aims to tell stories
that audiences interrogate explore and edit – unlimited by platform, location or time. He
successfully pitched three RETZ productions:
Drew Roper, who lives and
works in the Midlands, secured his award for
At-issue, a short, silent animation in which the central character changes state (from
stop motion to 2D drawing to CGI) every time he sneezes. He describes himself as a new school
filmmaker with old school traditions, expressing tons of passion, character and energy.
artist Laurence Payot impressed the judging panel with her creative pitch for
Back-Staged, a piece that will create uncanny collective performances making our cameras
turn from centre stage to the audience.
“This is really what I needed at this point in my career,” she commented. “It feels like perfect
timing – I’m now able to deliver the project confidently. It’s a fantastic boost.”
In February, silent opera director Daisy Evans and artist/animator Phoebe Boswell were both
successful in the first round of Sky Arts Ignition funding, so five bursaries in total have been
awarded this year.
We’ll be awarding a further five in winter 2012. From this summer, we'll start taking
applications in our search for young, exciting artists aged 18 - 30 working in theatre,
performance, film, music, dance or visual art.
In the meantime, support is still available from the
website for emerging creative talent, including information and help with funding. And keep up
to date with other opportunities on the
Sky Arts Ignition Series