Diverse Actions: 2017 Activities

18 July 2017

Diverse Actions is a Live Art UK initiative which champions culturally diverse (BME: Black and Minority Ethnic) ambition, excellence and talent in Live Art. Diverse Actions builds on Live Art’s vital role as a practice of artistic innovation and a space to express complex ideas of cultural identity. 
 
Diverse Actions has four strands of activity: professional development, new work, leadership and legacy. This page summarises the activities supported by Diverse Actions in 2017. 

New work / residency projects

Twelve proposals from LAUK members organisations for new work and residencies have been supported for 2017/18, working with a wide range of artists across England. 
 
]performance s p a c e [, Folkestone: The Risings 
A trio of residential professional development platforms, including studio research, critical feedback and a public platform.
 
Cambridge Junction, Cambridge: Under the Skin
A residency and provocation by Harold Offeh exploring the cultural diversity of Cambridge.
 
Cambridge Junction, Cambridge: Black Holes
Seke Chimutengwende and Alexandrina Hemsley present a short Afrofuturist history of the universe.
 
Contact, Manchester: Flying Solo: Diverse Actions
A commission supporting a radical solo artist in the development of new work.
 
Fierce Festival, Birmingham: Fierce FWD 2017 Stage 2
Instigated by Fierce FWD micro-bursaries, Stage 2 will further develop new works by artists Suriya Aisha, Vivian Chinasa Ezugha, Myah Jeffers, Malik Nashad Sharpe and Louisa Robbin.
 
Forest Fringe, London: Private Cities
A two-year project curated by Tania El Khoury, bringing together artists from London and Beirut to explore art and resistance in urban space. 
 
hÅb, Manchester: Second wave Divergency cohort
An enhancement of the next wave of Divergency seed-commissions.
 
Home Live Art, Hastings: Dogmatic
A professional development project for Jamal Gerald, leading to the premiere of his new solo show, Dogmatic.
 
In Between Time, Bristol: How to Suffer Politely (and Other Etiquette)
A new ‘International Wild Card’ commission to develop a new work by Kameelah Rasheed, working in collaboration with Bristol residents and UK artists.
 
Live Art Bistro, Leeds: Pauline Mayers R&D Residency
Supporting the development of a new work by Pauline Mayers.
 
Marlborough Pub & Theatre, Brighton: Nightclubbing
Research and development of a new performance by Rachael Young and Naomi Jackson.
 
Steakhouse Live, London: Steakhouse Live Residencies (working title)
Supporting Jade Montserrat and Victoria Sin to explore their practice whilst being a part of a collaborative community support network.
 

Professional development and leadership

Live Art Development Agency, Leadership Bursaries 
LADA will annually award leadership bursaries during the course of Diverse Actions. Each year, two artists/arts workers, both supported by awards of £10,000, will undertake self-determined, year-long programmes of artistic, professional and skills development with the aim of stimulating new ways of working, developing new contexts and discourses, and ultimately enhancing artistic practice and artistic leadership.
 
The 2017/18 Diverse Actions Leadership Bursary recipients are Joon Lynn Goh (a Live Art producer and community organiser, based in London) and Season Butler (a writer, performer, dramaturg and artist enabler, based in Bradford, working between West Yorkshire and London). More information on the recipients of the Diverse Actions Leadership Bursaries
 
LADA’s DIY programme is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. Diverse Actions supported three projects for DIY 14, in partnership with LADA, Agency for Agency, Iniva and Live Art Bistro:
Tara Fatehi Irani: Her Eyes Under the Bridge. Performative and site-responsive experiments entangling personal stories of leaving behind and moving ahead.
Network 11: Sounding In, Sounding Out 2.0. A workshop for artists working with sound and performance using the black diaspora as their centre of navigation.
Fabiola Santana: Houses of Decay - An Intervention. Exploring the potential for connection and humanity by creating new rituals to deal with death.
More information on DIY 14.
 
Artsadmin Bursaries 
Details of the Artsadmin Bursaries supported by Diverse Actions will be announced in autumn 2017. 
 
The Diverse Actions Steering Group consists of: Pelin Basaran (Contact), Daniel Brine (Cambridge Junction), Carolyn Forsyth (LIFT), Manick Govinda (Artsadmin), Afreena Islam (Diverse Actions Project Manager), Harun Morrison (freelance artist), Salome Wagaine (Diverse Actions Project Manager).
 
Diverse Actions is coordinated by Cambridge Junction and the Diverse Actions Project Managers, Afreena Islam and Salome Wagaine.
More information on Diverse Actions