Arts Council Catalyst funding awarded to Collective Encounters

Arts Council Catalyst funding awarded to Collective Encounters

Arts Council England have announced Collective Encounters is one of the organisations that will collectively receive a total of £3 million through the Catalyst Small Grants programme.

Arts Council England’s Catalyst Small Grants programme enables arts organisations to build fundraising capacity and attract greater investment from private giving sources. Collective Encounters will use their award to develop advocacy materials, train staff in fundraising and adopt a long-term income generation strategy.

Established in 2005, Collective Encounters is a Liverpool based organisation specialising in using theatre as a tool for change. Collective Encounters delivers place based participatory theatre programmes across the North West, tours new plays that explore current social and political issues and publishes research on the impacts and benefits of the arts.

Graham Whitham, Chair of Collective Encounters said “This award comes at an exciting moment in Collective Encounters’ evolution. It will enable Collective Encounters to develop a robust evidence base and case for investment. This will not only ensure the organisation is more resilient during these times of political and economic uncertainty but will also benefit the wider arts and cultural sector, and most importantly the communities the organisation serves”.

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20 Stories High on the Beeb!

CONTACT AND 20 STORIES HIGH CO-PRODUCTION
EXPLORING ABORTION BRINGS REAL EXPERIENCES
INTO THE OPEN AS PART OF BBC TWO PERFORMANCE
LIVE.
Following hit success in on stage at Contact in Manchester, the Contact and 20 Stories
High co-production “I told my mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” was broadcast on BBC
Two on 20th January as part of the Performance Live strand of programmes.
“I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” is a frank drama told through the voices of four
young female performers, based on interview material gathered from over 50 different people;
including young women who have had abortions, young parents, health professionals and
campaigners. These stories are interwoven with song and spoken word to portray the real
experiences of these women.
The show deals with challenging themes but filmed on the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of
abortion in Britain, writer Julia Samuels explores the way in which society treats this subject and
how this impacts on women today. And importantly asks what would happen if we started to talk openly about it.

iPlayer link    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09pqvxl/performance-live-i-told-my-mum-i-was-going-on-an-re-trip/,

www.20storieshigh.org.uk

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CULTURE SHIFTS LEARNING LAB – HOW CAN WE CO-AUTHOR CULTURE?

29 JAN / 10:15 – 17:00 / THE ATKINSON, SOUTHPORT

A gathering of arts and public sector professionals to discuss how visual art can be useful in tackling societal problems.

Culture Shifts Learning Lab: How Can We Co-author Culture’ invites a host of guest speakers from across the photography, cultural, health, social housing, youth service and community sector to come together and discuss some of the most pertinent topics and debates today, and how the visual arts – particularly photography – can play an active role in them.

Find out more here.

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HOPE STREET TO ‘MEET’ CHINA’S FIRST EMPEROR!

 

Hope Street Ltd is delighted to have been commissioned to produce an immersive theatre experience for children to form part of the schools’ programme cultural offer.

“The Rise of the Warriors” went into its development phase during November and boasts a largely Liverpool company of lead artists, the majority of whom have worked with several COoL members over the years.

Opening 9 February to 28 October 2018, China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at World Museum features more than 180 spectacular artefacts from museums across Shaanxi Province, more than half of which have never been on show in the UK before.
This landmark exhibition tells the story of the formative years of the Chinese nation, from the pre-unification Qin Kings, to China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang’s rise to power and the legacy of his achievements in the succeeding Han Dynasty.
http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

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Liverpool Irish Festival 2017 is almost here!

We know you’re been waiting and we are so excited about it nearly being here! With 60 events (30 involving music!), almost 30 venues, 50+ partners and over 100 artists taking part, LivIrishFest 2017 is going to be awesome! All tickets are on sale now  you can get to all the events here.

Tickets to the launch – involving opening speeches, a slice of (15th birthday) cake and the story of the festival from our Chair, John Chandler – are also available; just sign up here. Specific events we would like to draw your attention to include:

You can find out about these and more, here. These 4 events are show-pieces that truly reflect the nature of the work we believe the festival is set up to do, including:

  • progressing new thinking
  • showcasing excellence and talent
  • engaging in local interest and
  • supporting and working with the community.

Each has limited availability for certain aspects (i.e., a couple fo the sessions at the Family Day), so we urge you to get your tickets booked a.s.a.p to ensure you don’t miss out!

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PHYSICAL FEST TAKES A BREAK!

Tmesis Theatre will be taking a year break from their annual international festival, Physical Fest 2018.

‘The festival has grown dramatically over the past three years, which has been fantastic, we have supported numerous local artists as well as bringing high quality national and international work to Liverpool that hasn’t been seen here before. This increase in scale means we have to take a break in order to have the time to raise the funds that are now needed to make it happen, and develop exciting new ideas, coming back refreshed and raring to go in 2019!

We won’t be going away though, as Tmesis will be developing an exciting new show in 2018 with the Unity Theatre, and we will be running the Tmesis Training Company as well as some, one off Physical Fest specials… watch this space: sign up to our mailing list/Twitter/Facebook for updates and do get in touch if you are interested in working with/ supporting Physical Fest in the future.

We would love to hear your ideas for future festivals, so do get in touch!Thanks to our wonderful team, partners, funders and to you for your support!’

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LIVERPOOL COMEDY FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR IT’S 16TH YEAR

Liverpool Comedy Festival is back for its’ 16th consecutive year with a jam-packed delivery of giggles and guffaws right across the city. This year sees the biggest selection of headliners the festival has ever seen, and the most shows (150 shows across 18 venues) since it began in 2002. The Comedy Trust (the brains behind the Festival) are also celebrating their 15th year of creating happier, healthier people across the UK.

Headliners include Daily Telegraph’s ‘man of the moment’ Micky Flanagan (19 – 20 Sep), Welsh wonder Rob Brydon (29 Sep), star of Cuckoo and The Inbetweeners Greg Davies (25 – 26 Sep), Mock The Week’s king of the one-liners Milton Jones (1 Oct), intellectual prankster Joe Lycett (17 – 18 Sep), brains behind the multi-award winning Gein’s Family Giftshop Kiri Pritchard-Mclean (17 – 18 Sep) , comedian, magician and all around scary man Jerry Sadowitz (5 Oct) and Winners of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Musical Comedy Awards Abandoman (27 Sep).

Our stellar headliners will be accompanied by a plethora of national and local comedic talent such as Liverpool legend Stan Boardman (29 Sep), rising star Adam Rowe, Twitter pseudo-celebrity Ant Campbell, and Wirral wunderkind Callum Oakley.

Check out the line up: www.liverpoolcomedyfestival.com

 

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A Surprise Visitor visits a COoL Organisation

Jeremy Corbyn visited COoL organisation Pagoda Arts where he watched the Chinese Youth Orchestra play, drank tea and even had a go himself after brief lessons from musician Charlie Wardle.  He was welcomed by Zilan Liao and introduced to many people from the community. Another COoL organisation First Take filmed the visit and you can see highlights here –  https://vimeo.com/232688928

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COoL member secures Big Lottery Funding

COoL member First Take is celebrating after receiving nearly £155,000 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund

This Liverpool-based group use screenwriting, filmmaking and acting as tools to empower people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The new grant will fund a three-year project ‘Reel Recovery’ where people write, film and produce ten short films and in the third year a feature length film!

Lynne Harwood, a director at First Take explains the value of the work: “Making films is such an amazing and empowering thing to do. We worked with a group of people from the recovery community in 2015 and created five short films. It was a brilliant project and at the end of it people wanted more, which is why we made this application and devised it around what people wanted. Liverpool City Council supports First Take, which was invaluable in making the bid. It’s going to be a fantastic three years and we can’t wait to get started.”

First Take works collaboratively with recovery organisations across Liverpool who signpost people onto the project once they are abstinent. Michelle Johnston previously benefitted from the programme and is now a member of the steering group. She said, “Working with First Take stopped me being isolated, gave structure to my week and being involved in making a film was very rewarding. The last film we made with First Take I played Carol, a homeless woman who was an alcoholic and the film was ‘Christmas Carol’ and it was selected for International Film Festivals and did really well. Coming up with ideas, writing and making films is really special. First Take is an organisation that encourages all your artistic talents and brings out the best in people.”

During the third year of the project a Reel Recovery Production Company and an online Channel will be set up to enable the project to be sustainable and the group to continue to make films. For information about the project and screenings of the films visit www.firsttake.org.uk

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Wired Aerial Theatre joins

We are happy to welcome our newest member, Wired Aerial Theatre.

Wired Aerial Theatre is an internationally acclaimed aerial theatre company and the creators and world’s foremost performers of Bungee-Assisted Dance technique.

As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, Wired specialise in creating inventive aerial productions with the use of flyable set pieces as well as performer/animation interaction and enjoy sharing our harness techniques with directors and choreographers to make our other aerial productions.

Welcome to COoL, Wired!

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