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Grants for the arts awards, May 2013

  • Date: 31 May 2013
  • Area: London
London Contemporary Orchestra perform at the abandoned Aldwych Underground station

'Vivier’s Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele' being performed at the abandoned Aldwych Underground station. Credit: Jana Chiellino

Each year we make hundreds of Grants for the arts awards to projects by artists and organisations across the capital. Our grants are for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. They support activities that engage people in England or that help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work, with grants ranging from £1,000 to £100,000. Here are some projects that have been successful this month:

An award of £10,000 was given to Finger in the Pie for an adaption of Moby Dick using puppetry, live music, and mime. A five-handed devised theatre piece based on the novel, the tone is dark story telling with slapstick humour, using physical theatre, puppets, clown and visual storytelling. There will be two performances at Mimetic Festival, a week run at The Dugdale Studio and a week at The Greenwich Theatre.

London Contemporary Orchestra’s Imagined Occasions Series was awarded £9,807 to create three site-responsive productions in collaboration with Secret Cinema’s production and design team and the Roundhouse. It is part of developing the London Contemporary Orchestra's approach to presenting new music in diverse settings. The audience will be at the heart of a participatory narrative, a concept new to classical music concert presentation.

We awarded £5,775 to Your Extinction Our Future: a ground-breaking project consisting of a five-week exhibition of new work by artists’ collective, Plastique Fantastique (David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan), with accompanying educational talk and performance.