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Grants for the arts awarded in the south east during April – June 2010

  • Date: 2 September 2010
  • Area: South East
Love Indeed, Bandbazi, 2010

Love Indeed, Bandbazi, 2010. Credit: Photo courtesy of Bandbazi

We're pleased to announce that Grants for the arts awards totalling more than £750,000 were made to artists and arts organisations in the south east during the first quarter of this financial year.

This represents one of the top two highest amounts awarded in any region outside London - the other being the East region, where £876,705 was awarded.

Total amounts awarded to local authorities ranged from £10,000 in Medway to £160,843 in Brighton & Hove.

Across the south east, 48 projects will benefit from these awards. The projects range from a new work by a celebrated 91-year-old playwright; to a new children's adaptation of The Magic Flute; to a community play about a day in the life of a town hit by a German bomb.

In Brighton and Hove 15 individuals and organisations have benefited from the £160,843 award.

Bandbazi, an award-winning Brighton-based multicultural performing arts charity, received a Grants for the arts award of £9,575 to support the commission and development of a new aerial theatre piece called Mindwalker.

The company will work with established writer Tanika Gupta MBE to create an innovative theatre piece combining circus/aerial trapeze and dramatic narrative.

In Kent, £122,370 was awarded to six individuals and organisations.

Curator Christine Gist received a £10,000 Grants for the arts award towards From A to B, an exhibition of site- specific works by UK and international artists in and around Dover. The artists will be setting up temporary sound, performance and digital media interventions in a former Stagecoach depot site, the Centurian House Box Gallery, and Dover's Big Screen.

Opera by Definition's childrens' adaptation of Glyndebourne Education's The Magic Flute is supported by a Grants for the arts award of £5,000. The Tunbridge Wells-based charity produces small and medium-scale operas in a wide range of styles, including classical, modern and baroque. Their adaptation of The Magic Flute is an interactive opera for 6-11 year-olds and marks a new direction for the company. Their production presents Glyndebourne's opera singers in a part pantomime, part fairytale theatre experience.

Performances for primary schools are on Thursday 7 October, 10.30am and 2pm and Friday 8 October, 10.30am and 2pm, and an early performance for young children and their families is on Thursday 7 October at 5.30pm. All performances take place at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.

In Surrey, £106,360 was awarded to five individuals and organisations.

Surrey-based theatre company Presence Theatre's  production of If So, Then Yes is supported through a Grants for the arts award of £10,000. If So, Then Yes is the newest work by celebrated Absurdist playwright N F Simpson, which is set in a retirement home and is the 91-year-old playwright's first new work in 30 years.

The production has a four-week run at Jermyn Street Theatre in London's Off West End. The company are also running workshops for 'A' level Theatre Studies students and older people, working closely with Age UK, other age-related charities, and Westminister Council.

In West Sussex, £68,775 was awarded to three individuals and organisations. 

Hundreds of East Grinstead residents have been involved in a community play that celebrates the lives, history and culture of East Grinstead. East Grinstead Community Play received a Grants for the arts award of £49,700 towards the production, which includes a three-month residency with professional company Claque Theatre.

The play tells the story of the town on the day of the Whitehall bombing on 9 July, 1943, which killed 108 people and honours residents, war heroes, nurses, and evacuees.

The East Grinstead Community Play will be performed at Sackville School in East Grinstead from 29 November to 11 December 2010.

Other areas to receive the benefits of Grants for the arts awards include: 

  • East Sussex - £51,239 was awarded to seven individuals and organisations
  • Milton Keynes - £77,500 was awarded to two individuals and organisations
  • Hampshire - £68,890 was awarded to four individuals and organisations
  • West Berkshire - £49,750 was awarded to one organisation
  • Oxfordshire - £25,526 was awarded to two individuals and organisations
  • Southampton - £17,401 was awarded to two individuals and organisations
  • Medway - £10,000 was awarded to one organisation