London Sinfonietta And The Jerwood Charitable Foundation Announce The New London Sinfonietta Blue Touch Paper Programme
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
An opportunity for composers and collaborators from both arts and science backgrounds to devise exciting, interdisciplinary works.
The London Sinfonietta is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Jerwood
Charitable Foundation as it launches the next phase of Blue Touch Paper. The programme
aims to nurture and promote the next generation of composers and inter-disciplinary
collaborators, providing participants with the context and space to instigate and develop new
multi-disciplinary work and providing a national platform for its presentation.
The initiative is aimed at composers and collaborators in the first phase of their professional
careers, who have established their own artistic voice and who are committed to the longterm
creative career development that this initiative offers.
Collaborators are welcome from a
broad range of disciplines and can include (amongst other professions) choreographers,
visual artists, directors, architects, video artists, scientists and writers.
Following an open recruitment process, a shortlist of composers and collaborators will be
invited to a Collaborators Day; an opportunity to explore new project ideas with the London
Sinfonietta, associate artists and key figures from a range of disciplines. Composer and
collaborator pairings will then submit a project proposal, and successful applicants will be
awarded a Jerwood Blue Touch Paper bursary in order to support the development of the
new work. Participants will work closely with the London Sinfonietta and will also be
supported by experienced interdisciplinary mentors throughout the development process.
Three composers / collaborator pairings will be chosen to be part of year one of the Blue
Touch Paper programme. The Jerwood Blue Touch Paper bursaries will fund development
time and also a production budget for a showcase event to present the work in progress. The
London Sinfonietta will be developing partnerships with UK and International festivals and
venues who will be interested in seeing the new projects to completion and final performance.
The application process to apply for a Jerwood Blue Touch Paper bursary will begin from 26
April 2011, with full details announced then on the London Sinfonietta website
londonsinfonietta.org.uk. The first three projects admitted to the scheme will be announced in
early October 2011.
Andrew Burke, Chief Executive of the London Sinfonietta, says:
“We are very pleased to announce this next phase of our Blue Touch Paper programme
which will be a unique stepping stone for composers and collaborators to develop new work in
partnership with the London Sinfonietta. Making links between contemporary music and other
art forms and disciplines can create fantastically exciting works that connect with a wide
audience. We are proud to be associated with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation as we start
Shonagh Manson, Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, says:
“London Sinfonietta’s thoughtful approach to collaboration and artistic development is
inspiring. The Blue Touch Paper programme will seed and support sustained relationships
between creative counterparts. With its focus on exploration, mentoring and on making new
work, the programme perfectly shares our aim to support artists to develop and grow at
particular points of need in their practice.”