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Grants for the arts sees continued success in the East

  • Date: 29 May 2013
  • Area: South East
Participants take part in Robert Clark's The Happiness Project

Robert Clark's The Happiness Project.

We receive a wide range of submissions to our open application National Lottery funded Grants for the arts. Grants for the arts are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. Here is a roundup of just a few of the recent successes in the East region.

The Happiness Project is a fantastic new project by choreographer and dancer, Rob Clark. It will explore the complex relationship we have with happiness as individuals – culturally, creatively and personally - and Rob will use the findings to create a new dance piece.

Using the insights gained during a series of exploratory workshops, Clark and a team of four performers will work together to create a conceptually based dance work. The performance will treat the audience as active participants in the piece – affording the stage performers an opportunity to respond and interact directly with them.

Southend Boys’ Choir and Southend Girls’ Choir will perform Noye’s Fludde in a wonderful tribute to Benjamin Britten during the centenary of his birth. The Choirs, along with 300 young people from local primary, special, MENCAP and secondary school and pupils at risk of exclusion, will take part in three concerts; starting in Southend, travelling down the Thames to Tilbury and culminating at Southwark.

Snape Maltings is set to become a hub of Brazilian culture as Full Circle Works establishes FlipSide, a literary and arts festival that draws inspiration from the Brazil’s established FLIP. The Festival will be a scintillating mix of Brazilian art, dance, film, literature and culinary arts combined with a unique insight into the South American country’s culture.

Harlow Art Trust is to undertake an exciting project that will create a three year high quality exhibition programme, rich learning and outreach opportunities, and a professional development initiative for artists. A key aspect of the project will be to engage with the local community and increase its involvement in arts and culture. Activities will be themed around responses to two existing collections of public sculpture and British watercolours and drawings, as well as the aesthetic values of the Town.

The Nexus Project is an ambitious initiative by Temporary Arts Project that will nurture and expand on a growing artist community by creating a studio-complex where local artists can network; providing a unique space for new collaborations and a catalyst for new ideas. In addition, Temporary Arts Project will undertake three large-scale projects; two curated artist projects and an onsite artist residency.

In her latest project, Bryony Kimmings joins forces with her 9 year-old niece Taylor to take on the global tween machine. In an audacious, provocative protest against the world’s attempts to commodify and sexualise childhood for profit. The pair has invented Catherine Bennett; a dinosaur loving, bike riding, tuna-pasta eating alternative pop star and vowed to make her world famous. This is the duo’s show. Expect heavy weaponry and matching Laura Ashley outfits.