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21 February 2013
Shortlist announced for Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund

We received over 800 entries for the Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund brief and Sky Arts and IdeasTap have spent the nine weeks since the deadline closed going through the applications, with the help of our ambassadors. After much difficult deliberation on the excellent entries, we can now reveal the IdeasTap members shortlisted for the life-changing £30,000 bursaries.
The Age of Digital/Analogue by ftjelly (Performing Arts)
“I see this as a combination of a short film (digital) that then becomes a part of a live performance (analogue). I’ll also produce a number of pieces of music for this live performance. My approach is a hybrid of disciplines: visuals, music and atmosphere.”

Avian Avenue by places & things (Creative producing)
“Avian Avenue is a computer game where, as an avian avatar, the player must solve 12 domestic puzzles played against the visual backdrop of a street of 12 Victorian terraced houses and the narrative of social change across 12 decades.”

Divisions by James L Wilton (Dance)
“I’ll create a new, innovative contemporary dance work that will tour the UK and Europe in Autumn 2013 and Spring 2014. Featuring world-class dancers, Divisions will be a dark, edgy and athletically driving work based on the 2011 London riots.”

The Duration of the Present by Flora Bowden (Visual Arts)
“I’ll create and exhibit sculptures and large-scale drawings exploring James Hutton’s Theory of the Earth and Scotland’s Siccar Point. I’ll create rigorous, probing, dexterous pieces, drawing together themes of landscape, science and religion.”

The Dyslexia Project by Aakash Odedra (Dance)
“I will engage with research-based organisation ARS Electronica Futurelab to bring together a live performance based on personal experiences of dyslexia. The collaboration is of dance and cutting-edge digital and mechanical technology.”

The Immortalization Commission by Mark Simpson (Music)
“Based on the book by John Gray, this will be a live concert performance of a new form of concerto where a solo violinist is pitted against an ensemble of 45 instruments and voices, blurring the edges between concert music, theatre, opera and sound art.”

The Poetry Takeover by Sabrina Mahfouz (Performing Arts)
“The Poetry Takeover is a year-long mission to get poetry into the mainstream, with a DVD collection, an exhibition of poetry in visual form in London, theatre shows from top performance poets and nationwide workshops for disadvantaged young people.”

Pop Sculpture: The Album and The Pop Show by Le Fil (Music)
“I am making a concept album of industrial electro pop songs, called Pop Sculpture, meaning works of art within popular culture. My songs reflect personal experiences as a British Chinese gay male, sharing complex issues of sexuality, gender and identity.”

TROSP by Kate Whitley (Creative Producing)
“TROSP brings classical music out of the concert hall and into fantastic new locations. By involving creativity and innovation at the point of production and presentation, my ‘classical club-night’ format will challenge ideas about genre.”

The Velvet Evening Séance by Ross MacKay (Performing Arts)
“Twelve brave souls will join hands with me around a table as we examine the birth of Victorian Spiritualism and question our own beliefs in an absorbing one-man performance which blends my skills as a magician, puppeteer and storyteller.”
Highly commended
A Place Never Quiet by Liv O’Donoghue (Dance)
ACO: Remixed by Will Kunhardt (Music)
Agada by Alex Roth Music (Music)
The British Cyborg Orchestra by Cevanne (Music)
Chora by Tom Bailey (Performance)
The Cursive Crowd by Deanna Rodger (Performance)
The Enlightenment Café by Barra Collins (Creative Producing)
Friends by Riccardo Buscarini (Dance)
The Gathering by Sarah MacDonald (Creative Producing)
Like Lovers Do by Bailey Tzuke (Music)
The Little Unsaid (Music)
The River of Unmindfulness by Kate Sagovsky (Dance)
Together We Live by Susannah Trevelyan (Visual Arts)
The 10 shortlisted entrants will now pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, including the ambassadors, and we’ll be announcing the winners next month.
Read about how winners from previous rounds have been helped by the fund.

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