The Baring Foundation has pioneered support for a wide range of programmes supporting older people to enjoy and take part in the arts This latest programme funds professional artists (all of whom are over 70) to bring their original and exceptional artistic craft and insights to the theme of “Age”. They include leaders in the fields of Carnival Arts, Dance and Choreography, Digital Arts, Sculpture, Wood Carving, Musical Composition, Theatre and Poetry. The programme of new works will reach a variety of spaces and audiences across the UK, between 2015 – 2017.
Artlink Central Limited – £15,000. To commission a work of public art to be sited at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
The Bluecoat – £25,000. To commission Bisakha Sarker to make a multi-media interactive work of art to be sited in the Vide – public space at the arts centre, and available for further touring.
Brouhaha International – £20,000. To commission Professor Black to make carnival costumes on the theme of HAIR (the traditions, memories and stories of Black hair styles throughout history).
Devon Guild of Craftsmen – £20,000. To commission Hilary Paynter to make new wood engravings for exhibition and tour.
Fabrica – £25,000. To commission Ron Haselden to create new sculptures for exhibition at the gallery and in public outdoor spaces.
Live Music Now Ltd. – £24,500. To commission composer, John McLeod, to compose a new work from material gathered from older people living in West Lothian in Scotland and Merthyr Tydfill in South Wales.
New Brewery Arts – £20,000. To commission Robert Race to design and make an automaton for exhibition in Orders of St John’s Care homes and other public galleries and conferences.
Scottish Poetry Library – £20,000. To commission poets, Douglas Dunn, Vicki Feaver and Diana Hendry to write new poetry for publication by Polygon publishers, Luminate and the Saltire Society.
Superact CIC – £25,000. To commission Eric Geddes (environmental artist ), supported by Robin Ford (poet), Colin Riches (environmental artist) and Dick Davis (photographer and graphic designer) to create a dementia-accessible digital installation at a care home on the Isle of Wight.
Turner Contemporary – £20,000. To commission sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard to create a new work as a centrepiece for an exhibition at Turner Contemporary, exploring femininity, creative making, and ageing – working title – Tapestry Unravelled”.
West Yorkshire Playhouse – £25,000. To commission Royston Maldoom to create a new dance theatre production involving veteran performers Namron, Tamara McLorg and Sally Owen, with up to five performers from WYP’s Heydays’ drama/dance group and Alan Lyddiard as Director.
Total new arts grants: £239,500