One man is sat down on a red chair listening while another stands on the same stage speaking to the audience.
Be There At The Start - Unlimited event at Attenborough Arts Centre. Photo by Matthew Cawrey

More micros: announcing the June Awards

Last week, the selection panel for the second round of our Micro Commissions took place. We are very pleased to announce that we have awarded grants of £1000 each to 17 more artists to support their practice through this uncertain time. Abby Hoffmann tells us more…

As with the May panel, there were difficult decisions to take with over 40 excellent and inspiring proposals. After a full day of debating, the panel (80% disabled people): Chair Amit Sharma, Deputy Artistic Director, Birmingham Rep; Unlimited team members Isabella Tulloch Gallego and Alistair Gentry; plus independents Damien Robinson and Kendall Robbins eventually came to their decisions.

The artists we’ve selected for the June round are:

  • Amy Rosa to create a series of hyper-realistic photographic self portraits and text about living with complex post traumatic stress disorder
  • Anna Berry to research and test different materials for her installation ‘Where do you Live?”
  • Chisato Minamimura to learn new digital skills in live streaming and online screening
  • Jason Wilsher-Mills to create an online ‘artist space’ where viewers can access work in a virtual gallery
  • Jess Starns to create a film exploring isolated silence and exclusion in mainstream schools
  • Justin Piccarilli to work with a computer technician in order to convert brain scans into digital 3d
  • Kai Syng Tang to create an episode of an online chat show
  • Karina Jones to create an aerial performance to be shown online exploring female disability through the themes of strength and vulnerability
  • Maddie Smith to explore the experience of OCD through a sound piece and an accompanying soap collection
  • Maria Oshodi to research and assemble a collage of family artefacts depicting inter-racial marriage in the 1960s
  • Naomi Westerman to develop a play about a disabled and neurodiverse woman’s journey to her late mother’s homeland
  • Noëmi Lakmaier to research and make a series of performances about touch and intimacy in the lockdown
  • Paul Whittaker to catalogue the exhibition ‘Is it Art or Science?’ and produce a digital document
  • Rinkoo Barpaga  to undertake training in visual vernacular – a unique physical theatre technique, with elements of poetry and mime, primarily performed by Deaf artists.
  • Sonia Allori to create a new work exploring text, music, haptics and hearing aids
  • Stephen Bailey to adapt an existing piece of work ‘Surfacing’ into an online experience and research different platforms
  • Tarik Elmoutawakil to consider the requirements needed to adapt ‘Brownton Abbey’ as an online experience using digital technologies including VR

We are collecting data on all those who apply and all those given micro awards and we’ll report on these next month – to give you a taste, we know that 28% of those awarded funds so far define as people of colour and 38% have never had an Unlimited award before – they’ve been given a bursary or been shortlisted but not yet been funded.

One more round to go

There is one more round of micro award funding just for Unlimited Alumni to go, with a deadline of 5pm on 6 July. As before, we are looking for applications that are:

  • Disability-led
  • Show quality, innovation and ambition
  • Link to the development of artistic practice or research or the purchase of equipment/materials to enable artists to do their work.

Please email if you need access support in order to be able to do this or have any questions.

Partnering with DaDaFest

We’ve always said we wanted to extend our micro awards beyond out Alumni. And we can finally announce that we can do this in a couple of geographical areas.

We are delighted to be partnering with DaDaFest to create a new series of 10 micro commissions for artists based in the North West of England, each £1000. Please see DaDaFest’s website for information on how to apply (deadline 20 July 2020):

Partnering with Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

And we can also announce our second round of micro awards going beyond the alumni too! These are in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 and again will result in 10 awards of £1000 each. We are formally launching these at the end of next week at our Pitch and Mix event – and all info will then be online (and we’ll update this webpage too).