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20 December 2012
Sky's long-term commitment to the arts
Innovative arts partnerships are crucial to the vitality of the arts scene across the UK and Ireland. At a time when one of the biggest challenges facing the arts world is limited funding, our focus is on supporting new and innovative works of art through a multimillion pound investment with arts organisations and in young artists.
We’re pleased to feature in the Art & Business supplement in The Guardian this December. Read more about our Sky Arts Ignition Series and hear from James Hunt, Director, Sky Arts, about how we’ve worked in partnership with Tate Liverpool to bring our first project to life.
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Watch our talented young artists talk about the Sky Arts Futures Fund
LANGUAGE TRANSCRIPTION[Music]Jo Fox: The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is giving five young artists the chance to have a £30,000 bursary, as well as mentoring support from Sky to help them make the transition from school or college, into a working artist. So, what we've been doing is going across the UK and Ireland to feed back to arts organisations and young artists about exactly what it is that we're looking for, you know, what makes their application so Sky Arts. Unidentified Male Speaker 1: I think the Sky Arts programme is a great thing. It's giving people who may have never had the opportunity to earn the money to forward advance their career. Unidentified Female Speaker 1: To have somebody like Sky to come in with their expertise, it's different, and it's what's really needed at the moment. Jo Fox: What it means with the Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund, it's not just about the £30,000 bursary for their project and to help them over the year. It's really about the help that Sky Arts can bring them through our mentoring. We have eight directors who are giving group mentoring, and then we'll match them with an individual mentor for the life of their project. Unidentified Female Speaker 2: Of course, you need that financial backing, but it's the learning that occurs in the mentorship, and the contacts that you'll make that will not make it a single project; it will extend beyond that, and it will be the springboard for your career. Unidentified Female Speaker 3: It's just a hugely exciting opportunity for people who are in their 20s to make a work that they really, really want to make. Unidentified Male Speaker 2: It's really, really exciting, it's kind of… there's nothing else like this out there. It's really kind of a cool idea. It's great fun. I suppose I'm kind of excited about it.CAPTION: Futures Fund AmbassadorsStuart Murdoch: If you're going to get into this business, whatever it is, visual art or making videos or dance or something like that, it's not a usual job. If you find one road is blocked there, then go over there, you know, try something new.Unidentified Male Speaker 3: What is the one thing – if there is one thing – that you would say to the people here this afternoon, and to the people contemplating, sort of, applying for this?Rupert Goold: I think having been, well, as you know, on the judging side, I think the ability to be succinct and pitch in three sentences is kind of useful. Camille O'Sullivan: And I do this all the time; I go, by December 25th, I'm going to do a show here, and on… and this is what I'm going to do. So I will set a date, and then I get all my friends to bully me, to go, do you remember that date you set?Freya Murray: Sometimes in the portfolio, people would be, as you would say, you know, we're a singer; we're a performer, or I'm an actor, for example, yet there would be no videos of their work at all. So we couldn't actually see it. And as I say, if it's music, we want to hear it. And if it's a performance, we want to see it. CAPTION: How will Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund take your career to the next level?Daisy Evans: Found out like a week ago that I had won the Sky Arts Futures Fund, and so I've won £30,000 worth of funding and mentoring. Sky Arts have given me the opportunity and the resource to make it happen. So, that's a really exciting point to be in one's young career. Phoebe Boswell: So excited to kind of see where it goes next year, and where I am at this time next year with that help. It's too much. CAPTION: sky.com/skyartsignition
Find out more about Sky Arts Ignition: Doug Aitken and our partnership with Tate Liverpool
Sky, with input from respected industry leaders, selected Tate Liverpool, one of the most visited UK galleries for contemporary art outside London, from over 300 applications received. Sky were impressed by Tate Liverpool’s innovative approach to producing a free public art work by commissioning world renowned artist, Doug Aitken, to create a multi-media installation titled Sky Arts Ignition: Doug Aitken, The Source, in a specially designed structure built in collaboration with British architect David Adjaye OBE. Developed over 6 months and running from September 2012 to January 2013, Aitken explored the source of creativity through intimate interviews with some of the world’s most creative individuals including musician Jack White and actress Tilda Swinton. At night, the films were projected through the structure, appearing on its exterior, transforming the installation into a beacon on the waterfront in Liverpool. It was a ground-breaking project, being Tate Liverpool’s first free outdoor installation as part of Liverpool Biennial and Doug Aitken’s first public installation in the UK and enabled more people to experience the arts through 50,000 visits to the installation. “Sky Arts Ignition Series is not just about the creation of artwork, it is about collaboration and shared experiences with astounding artists like Doug Aitken and great institutions such as Tate Liverpool.” commented James Hunt, director of Sky Arts. “The Sky Arts Ignition Series has enabled Tate Liverpool to commission a major new artwork of international significance. The access to Sky Arts’ platforms helped the project to develop in exciting ways and gain the kind of exposure that is often out of reach for arts organisations”, said Andrea Nixon, Executive Director, Tate Liverpool
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