ART:sync and urbanflo creative announced the ‘Irene Mensah Artist Bursary’ in conjunction with Brighton Fringe in honour of our dear friend and colleague who sadly passed away in 2013. An open call process invited applications for this very special award, which was available for community artists based in Brighton & Hove and participating in Brighton Fringe 2017. The Bursary offer was for an individual artist or an artist collective to have their Brighton Fringe registration fee paid.
Due to the high quality of the applications the shortlisting process proved very difficult indeed. So much so, the initial offer was increased to 2 awards which were then divided between 4 winners who each had half of their registration fees paid. All the winners were more than happy to share their awards and we were delighted to be able to extend the offer and include even more community artists than anticipated.
So without further ado, here are the 4 Irene Mensah Bursary Winners for 2017!
Bursary Winner 1: Writing Our Legacy
Brighton Fringe Production: La Llorona, The Weeping Woman
Dates: 17 - 20 May 2017
Venue: Preston Manor
Come experience 'La Llorona, The Weeping Woman', a modern ghost story set in and around the grounds of Preston Manor and associate church. This magical, realist, site-specific performance will incorporate live actors, video, live music, ritual and theatre and promises a unique retelling of the Mexican myth. Each show will feature a Mexican market selling food, drinks and products (cash only), and our Saturday night show will feature a very special late night fiesta! La Llorona will be performance spectacle like no other as her spirit is brought back from the dead... Don't miss out!
Bursary Winner 2: Morpheus Theatre
Brighton Fringe Production: Ray’s Cafe
Dates: 30-31 May, 1-3 Jun
Venue: Friends' Meeting House
We Can Be, LadyG cuts Gaga down to size, with migrant resilience and 'Yes We Can Be Happy, Initiate' and so a company taking inspiration from Jean Findlay and TS Eliot which produced work at Edinburgh Festival winning multiple awards is on Fringe, first time with real life stories, to laugh and cry. Wasn't Moses our greatest legislator and also migrant?
Bursary Winner 3: Life in the City
Brighton Fringe Production: Life in the City 2017: An Inclusive City
Artform: Literature & Spoken Word
Exhibition - 6, 13, 20, 27 May, 3 Jun 11:00-16:00
Workshop - 20 May 11:00 £3
Free Poetry Reading - 20 May 14:00
Venue: Dorset Gardens Methodist Church
Poetry reading, exhibition, workshop and photography. Reading of selected poems, by the poets on May 20 at 2 pm. Preceded by a workshop at 11 am at a cost of £3 per person (limited places). Open entry Poems on the theme 'An Inclusive City' welcomed, please apply for entry form for poems and workshop to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Closing date: 1 April 2017. All surrounded by Tony Tree's inspiring photographic images of faith groups in Brighton from 2000 and recently updated. Selected poems will be laminated and hung alongside. Free entry (except workshop) exhibition open Saturdays 11 am - 4 pm
Bursary Winner 4: Katrina Quinn
Brighton Fringe Production: IM (Individual Medley)
Artform: Literature & Spoken Word
Dates: 6-7, 27-28 May
Venue: Junkyard Dogs
What happens when you move a 12-year-old girl from Basingstoke to a remote corner of Southern Africa? Join Katrina on an energetic, poetic journey as she discovers boys, boobs, crossing borders and boarding school in Zambia. Oh, and she'll give you some swimming lessons (on dry land) - because that's the one thing that makes any sense. A debut one-woman show about the awkward joys of learning to feel at home in your body and in the new (or old) places you find yourself.
Huge congratulations to each of our bursary winners and we wish you the very best of luck with your exciting Brighton Fringe productions!
Details of the 2018 Irene Mensah Bursary will be announced in October 2017 but for your info here are the advance details;
Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe Bursary Information
An individual artist or artist collective will have their Brighton Fringe 2018 registration fee paid. As an extra offer the bursary winners will also be eligible for a free professional consultation valued at over £600. This will include one-to-one advice on your creative practice, and guidance on issues like International Working, plus creative business skills including; Fundraising, Marketing and Project Management, delivered by expert advisors from the ART:sync network and urbanflo Creative.
How do I apply?
Details of the application process will be made available later this year
In order to be considered for the bursary, you must first have a project in development by October 2017 and confirm your venue for Brighton Fringe 2018 - you will be asked to provide proof of this. You will also need to meet the following criteria for African & Asian Art Forms, Urban Art Forms, Spoken Word, Physical Theatre or Visual Art.
All applicants must be;
1. Based in Brighton & Hove
2. Fully committed to cultural diversity and social inclusion in the arts
3. Able to demonstrate a proven track record of artistic engagement with marginalised and/or vulnerable people, eg BME/BAME communities, refugees, deprived neighbourhoods etc
The bursary winner will be selected by a panel of professional artists and producers from ART:sync and urbanflo, with an initial shortlist followed by interviews.