We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded funding from Arts Council England for a new programme of work this Spring that will see us developing our commissioning, programming and research into new areas.
1. A new commission: ‘Liverpool I love you horny handed tons of soil’
Firstly, we’re commissioning Liverpool artist Lizzie Nunnery to research and develop a new work inspired by the Mersey Sound, and specifically Liverpudlian poet Adrian Henri. ‘Liverpool I love you horny handed tons of soil’ is inspired by Henri’s poetic responses to the urban geography of Liverpool. Together with Vidar Norheim and Martin Hislop, Lizzie will explore what’s been lost and found in the resculpturing of the Liverpool landscape over the last fifty years – through spoken word, music and film. Work created during the R&D will be shared with a live audience at the Liverpool Acoustic Festival on Friday 18th March.
2. Phrased & Confused at Liverpool Acoustic Festival
We’ve been invited by Liverpool Philharmonic to programme an evening of lyrical spoken word and poetic music as part of this year’s Liverpool Acoustic Festival. The Festival is now in its third year and runs across a range of Hope Street venues including Unity Theatre and Liverpool Phil. Our Phrased & Confused night takes place in the brand new Music Room in Liverpool Phil on Friday 18th March and features a mixed programme of artists including Ana Silvera, Mark Grist, Hollie McNish, Lizzie Nunnery and Vidar Norheim. Book tickets.
3. Research into the potential for a national spoken work producer development programme.
We want to see more and better opportunities for artists to innovate, create and tour high quality work, and for audiences to engage with it. We’ll be spending some time this spring testing demand for and scoping out potential delivery models for a new national development programme for spoken word producers. If you’re an artist, producer or venue and interested in being involved in the research, please do get in touch.