Reviews for Ugly Chief by Victoria Melody

Reviews for Ugly Chief by Victoria Melody

Earlier this month Victoria Melody and her dad (celebrity TV antique dealer, Mike Melody) performed their new show Ugly Chief at Battersea Arts Centre and received some absolutely fantastic reviews. Here are some of the highlights:

“Messy, moving and funny. Exposes the fractures in families we often avoid expressing while we’re alive.” ★★★★The Times

“A ridiculously enjoyable show. Of course we love it.” ★★★★The Guardian

“Fascinating, beautiful and utterly human” ★★★★Time Out

“An off-piste comic treat.” ★★★★Whats On Stage

“Extremely funny and wonderfully strange.” ★★★★ The Stage

“Staggeringly beautiful” Exuent Magazine

“Witty and spirited” ★★★★★ London Theatre1

Touring plans for 2018 will be announced shortly.

 To find out more about the show visit www.theatre.farnhammaltings.com/ugly-chief and www.victoriamelody.com

 

 

Farnham Maltings joins £1M bid to end middle class domination of arts organisations

Forty of Britain’s biggest – and smallest – arts organisations will join a flagship £1 million scheme to help end the middle class domination of the arts by employing more graduates from lower income backgrounds.

Sage Gateshead, Turner Contemporary, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and Farnham Maltings are amongst 40 arts organisations taking part in the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme.  Each get funding to host a graduate placement from a low income background for 12 months in a role new to the organisation, significantly increasing the host organisation’s capacity.

The bursary programme, now in its third and biggest phase, aims to open up entry level work opportunities for gifted graduates who received a full maintenance grant throughout university and who would struggle to do the unpaid work which acts as a gateway into the sector for up 88% of young people working in the arts today*.

The programme has already delivered success, with a new evaluation report showing how 60% of employers on the last phase had extended contracts with placements, or made them permanent, once the actual bursary ended.

Kate Danielson, Programme Director said: “Diversity is absolutely fundamental to the continued success of UK art and culture – whether it is diversity of artists, audiences or those working for arts organisations.”

“The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries is about breaking down barriers to support this, levelling the playing field for young people from lower income backgrounds and making sure arts organisations can benefit from the skills and experience of all young talent.”

“This third phase is the most in-depth ever and we’re delighted to be working with 40 arts organisations who between them represent all corners of the country, a wide range of art forms and occupy very different positions within the wider arts and culture ecology of the UK.”

The Creative Bursaries programme, launched in 2010, also aims to embed diverse recruitment practices amongst the host organisations, share best practice across the sector about how to recruit as widely as possible to support diversity at entry level, and have an impact on the diversity and vibrancy of our future arts workforce.

For the first time ever, 12 of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary placements will get the chance to spend some of their year with an overseas arts organisation after the British Council joined the programme as a key delivery partner, and all 40 placements will attend an international arts festival together as part of the programme. Also for the first time, three of the hosts have been supported through PRS Foundation specifically to create music production roles.

Under this third edition of the programme, host organisations will pay 25% of the placement’s wage, with the remaining 75% coming from the bursary fund. All placements will be paid according to the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended salary. The selected hosts will now spend the autumn recruiting their participant before launching their individual placements in the New Year. The programme will end in February 2019 and the final evaluation of the programme will be completed in summer 2019.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2017-19 programme is designed and managed by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in partnership with the British Council. It has been made possible through the combined support of Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, CHK Charities Limited and PRS Foundation.

Download the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2014-16 Evaluation Report.

Download the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2017-19 Hosts Announced press release.

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Haevichi Arts Festival in Korea

Haevichi Arts Festival in Korea

As part of Farnham Maltings’ international strand of work, artistic director Gavin Stride and tour associate Mark Makin attended the 10th Haevichi Arts Festival on the island of Jeju, South Korea.

Gavin Stride and I had the pleasure of being invited to the 10th Haevichi Arts Festival on the island of Jeju, South Korea. The trip was a wonderful way to learn more about the arts infrastructure in Korea, get a better understanding of the artists and cultural needs of colleagues.

The showcase element of the festival was delivered in short, bitesize chunks, which was great for the amount of work we got to see, but we were keen to see them in a more theatrical environment so we could best imagine the full-length work. The work on show was very traditional music, dance and operetta which felt very well placed for a local Korean market but less so for international export.

Gav and I co-delivered an informal introduction to the UK arts scene covering touring infrastructure, programming, audience development and sustainable venue and festival management. I was happy to be able to dispel one of the main myths in Korea around the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (primarily being that if you take a show there, you find fame and fortune!). We were able to give the pros and the cons of visiting the major UK and European festivals and shared how best to get every opportunity out of visiting them.

We enjoyed the opportunities to get off site to go and explore, connect with local people and enjoy the cuisine (very tasty, with the occasional issue that some of our food would try to leave the plate mid-meal).

We got to spend a day exploring Jeju City, visited its expansive food market which was a feast for both eyes and bellies. Whilst walking in the main park we found ourselves included and involved with several groups of elders engaging in activities including croquet, dancing and extremely vocal games of what we believe to be Chinese chequers. Lots of fun and the language barrier didn’t matter as with gesticulation, smiles and laughter we all were able to enjoy the moment and be included for a short time in the daily activities of a very close knit group of friends.

The trip was a great opportunity to connect with companies already scheduled to be at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as broaden our knowledge of the arts in Korea. We found a real appetite and willingness to openly share experiences and working practices and we look forward to some of these new relationships building in the future.

Mark Makin, touring associate, house

Farnham Maltings are acting as Executive Producers on the performance strand of a year-long exchange programme between the UK and South Korea. The programme includes projects by LIFT, Crying Out Loud, Momsori Voice Theatre and Ray Lee, a tour of Factory Girls by Yangson Project and a series of collaborative residencies.

 

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Craft and Theatre commission for new project ‘My Shout’

Farnham Maltings is looking to commission and present a new piece of theatre which will be created and performed by elders from the Farnham area.

What is ‘My Shout’?

This new creation will be one of four pieces of art created by elders for ‘My Shout’, a Celebrating Age project (an initiative funded by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation). My Shout aims to challenge stereotypes of ageing and present a vibrant and surprising alternative for what it means to grow old in England. We want to enable elders from our community to create art that has integrity, resonance and perhaps a touch of mischief.

Theatre performance commission

We will commission a theatre maker (an individual or small group) to work with a newly-formed group of elders to workshop, devise, develop and create a new performance. The theatre maker(s) will be responsible for leading the group, as well as writing, rehearsing and directing the performance. They will also produce the technical and design aspects of the production (although we can work with you to bring in the right people, as required).

The production will be a short performance of up to 30 minutes. The performance will be presented as part of Spark Youth Arts Festival and the audience is likely to be predominately young people living in Surrey.

We are looking for makers that can demonstrate their ability to work on bold, considered ideas with communities.

Theatre commission brief

Craft commission

We will commission a craft maker to work with a newly-formed group of elders to develop, design and create a new piece of craft that will sit in a public context. The piece will be displayed long-term in Farnham – potential sites include indoor and outdoor locations at Farnham Maltings, soon-to-be-renovated Gostrey Memorial Hall or another location in the town (subject to permission). We are looking for makers that can demonstrate their ability to work on bold, considered ideas with communities.

Craft commission brief

Closing date 12pm on Thursday 20 July 2017

For more information, visit My Shout

Farnham Maltings announces its first production at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Farnham Maltings announces its first production at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Following on from its London run in 2016 at the Orange Tree Theatre, Jess and Joe Forever will play at the Traverse Theatre and features the same cast and creative team.

Meet Jess and Joe. They want to tell you their story. Joe is Norfolk born and bred. Jess holidays there with her au pair. They are miles apart even when they stand next to each other.

Jess and Joe Forever is a coming of age tale that explores rural life and what it means to belong. It is a story of growing up, fitting in (or not), secrets, scotch eggs, love and friendship that will make you both laugh and cry.

Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings said: I am so pleased that we are working with the Traverse to show Zoe’s play. We are pleased because of the story it tells, because of the characters and people on the stage and everyone who made it and because we are really proud of it as a show from Farnham Maltings, the first we have presented at the Fringe.’

Zoe Cooper (Petrification and Nativities at Live Theatre Newcastle and Man on the Moon for New Writing North/Sage) received the Off West End Award for Most Promising Playwright 2017 for Jess and Joe Forever during its run at Orange Tree Theatre. Zoe was also longlisted for Most Promising Playwright at the 2016 Evening Standard Awards. The play will again be directed by Derek Bond (Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Stig of the Dump at Storyhouse, Chester and Alice Birch’s Many Moons at Theatre503).

Jess and Joe Forever was originally commissioned by Old Vic New Voices.

See the full Press Release

Tickets available from the Edinburgh Fringe website

Are you a brass musician in Brighton or Reading?

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Job Opportunity: Marketing Coordinator for house

We are looking to appoint a new Marketing Coordinator for house. This role works across the whole network supporting both touring companies and venue marketing teams as well as leading on all audience development initiatives. We are looking for someone with 2 years experience in an arts role, with excellent communication skills and knowledge of the South East and/or touring sector.

This is a full time role based in Farnham with a salary of £26,500.

Deadline for applications is 12 noon, Tuesday 4 July 2017. Interviews will be held on Monday 10 July 2017.

Marketing Coordinator Jobpack (May 2017)

‘You’re a Long Way from Home’ by Action Hero

‘You’re a Long Way from Home’ by Action Hero

We’re just back from a research trip for our new project ‘Oh Europa’. Next year we’re going to drive continuously for six months through Europe in an RV, making a piece as we go. So thanks to some funding from Arts Council England and support from Farnham Maltings (UK), Vooruit (BE), Matchbox (DE) and Cabanyal Intim (ES) we’ve just spent a month in a motorhome driving to parts of the UK, Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland so we could develop the idea and also get used to working, creating and living on the road before we set off for real next year.

After our month away we think the project will be about somehow collecting and carrying sentiments of love, loss, hope, longing, union, heartbreak. A way to orient ourselves as a continent by building a library of voices and then somehow transmitting those voices from the edgelands, hinterlands and boundaries of Europe.

Our motorhome will become a kind of ‘All Terrain Vehicle’ to explore all the terrains of Europe – psychological, emotional and geological. We’ll travel to every country in Europe, to the most northerly, southerly, easterly and westerly points of the continent, explore its limits and its very edges. Destinations will be chosen for their (in)significance as boundaries, margins or thresholds of Europe both historic and present day. The literal edges of the continent such us Cabo Fisterra on the far Western coast of Spain and Cabo da Roca in Portugal but also the invisible boundaries, the geological thresholds and the cultural junctures that populate the continent. The rivers that divide cities, the forgotten borders, the remote outposts of vanished empires, the ancient walls, the ultra-modern dams, the bridges, the mountain ranges, the channels, straits and canals. It’s our hope that the voices of participants in the project might create an alternative atlas of Europe. A different kind of map that might let us see the space we share in a new light. That map will then become the blueprint for a performance. The fragments of sounds/sights/sites of Europe we discover on the way will feed into something we develop as we go, on the road, and present at host destinations on the way.

The sounds we carry with us to the edges might act as disruptive beacons – transmitting an opaque but heartfelt message. The transmission perhaps, as an interruption to the landscape that might re-configure or re-contextualise European identities. A dispatch from elsewhere, broadcast loud and clear from the borderlands/hinterlands/thresholds of Europe. Detached from political soundbites, diplomacy, or art speak the messages might speak about who we are and how we feel and might offer us an opportunity to re-orientate – to hear ourselves emerge out of the white noise.

Now the research period is over we’ll take some time to reflect and think on it and then we’ll plan with our partners in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Hungary and Spain for the real thing next year. We can’t wait!

an exciting opportunity for local brass musicians

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Advancing Artists in Surrey

Advancing Artists in Surrey
“Completely inspiring two days […] I feel energised and excited about my own paths.” Participant, Advancing Artists in Surrey 2017
“We’ve been given such a golden opportunity through this course […] Sky’s the limit!”  Rachel Burn, Advancing Artists in Surrey 2017

Last week saw the first 2 days of Advancing Artists in Surrey: Working In A Social Context. Sixteen established Surrey-based artists (of a multitude of disciplines) came together to discuss and discover the world of creating art in social contexts. The course was guided by arts consultant and creative director Chris Fogg who created a warm and engaging atmosphere.

On day 1, there were sessions lead by guest speakers Maya Twardzicki, the Public Health Lead for Surrey County Council; Diane Amans, an Independent Performing Arts Professional who works predominantly with movement and older people; and Lucy Cash, an Artist and Moving-Image Maker.

Day 2 began with a practical demonstration with Digital Media Artist Richard Tomlinson and his ‘carrot piano’. Caroline Barnes, a Hospital Art Coordinator in Yeovil, and Viv Gordon, Artistic Director, Independent Artist and advocate of mental health awareness, demonstrated very different approaches to working with health and wellbeing. Ali Clarke, of Surrey Hills Arts, finished day 2 with a session about her experiences of commissioning and receiving proposals.

The participants got the opportunity to meet representatives of Watts Gallery, Ruth Williams, and Prospero Theatre’s Artistic Director Beth Wood, whose contributions as Surrey-based organisations were valued greatly.

The final day of the course will take place in June and will be a chance for the artists to reflect on their learning and network with local arts organisations.

Advancing Artists in Surrey was delivered by Arts Partnership Surrey and Farnham Maltings.