Council awards two Art Weekender grants to local artists


Two local artists have received funding support from our Arts and Heritage Service to enable them to take part in this year‘s Plymouth Art Weekender.

Katy Richardson with The Imperfect Orchestra and LOW PROFILE have each been awarded £500. They will now feature on the programme for the Art Weekender which will run from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September.

Both artists successfully pitched for their grants at a recent ‘SOUP’ event organised by Devonport Live and the Real Ideas Organisation.

‘SOUP’ is a micro granting dinner concept established in the USA in 2010. It aims to bring people together for a simple meal and the chance to determine which projects in their community or city receive funding.

Katy and LOW PROFILE were two of four artists who pitched on the night and who received the highest number of votes from the audience.

Katy will perform ‘Relic’ with The Imperfect Orchestra on Friday 23 September at the Plymouth Athenaeum. This immersive performance uses moving image, archive footage, live original music and found sounds to explore social history, personal memories, and how those memories might be influenced by dementia.

Relic was previously performed at Plymouth University in June. The £500 Art Weekender grant means it can now be shown again on a much wider platform, and in a venue more suited to its subject matter.

LOW PROFILE will present ‘Impromptu’ on Saturday 24 September, also at the Plymouth Athenaeum. This is a layered sound piece made up of specially commissioned recordings of renowned Freddie Mercury tribute act Gary Mullen.

Mullen was the winner of ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ in 2000. The Art Weekender grant will help cover the technical costs required to stage the work.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture said: “We were really impressed with the number of applications we received for the ‘SOUP’ event and the four pitches that took place. Our congratulations go to Katy Richardson and LOW PROFILE and we’ll look forward to seeing their work in September.

“The aim of the Plymouth Art Weekender is to celebrate and highlight the city’s visual arts scene. We’re very proud to be supporting two more local artists who will now play their part in what I‘m sure will be an exciting three days.”