Cambridge based artists secure Arts Council funding to develop international projects

Arts Council EnglandTwo Cambridge based artists will receive Arts Council funding courtesy of a scheme which is aimed at supporting artists’ creative and collaborative projects overseas.

Isobel Cohen, a dance and theatre specialist and Guinevere Glasfurd-Brown, writer, will collaborate with artists in their respective field and chosen destination abroad.

Isobel will receive £5000 and her successful application is centred on her existing piece ‘Within Range’, for one UK performance at the Pulse Festival, Ipswich, and five performances as part of Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen Fringe Festival, Germany in May and June 2013.

Guinevere Glasfurd-Brown will receive £3,905 for her project which will see her work alongside artist Richard Penn in South Africa where she will put together a book on origins. She will also work and share ideas with writing students at Witwaterstrand University and will aim to take part in the main literary festival in Johannesburg.

The three-year Artists International Development Programme supports artists based in England to work internationally and develop markets and audiences overseas for their work.

All Artists International Development Programme projects include one or two periods spent working abroad by the artist. The grants are to be used towards covering travel costs, daily needs, some material costs, and accommodation.

Arts Council England and the British Council are each providing half of the total funding available. The fund is managed by the Arts Council, with successful applicants being chosen jointly by Arts Council England and the British Council.

Cohen’s Within Range is a piece about East Germany, about the frontline of the Cold War, about Reunification with the West, and about all the things the citizens of the former East Germany were expected to forget when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

In terms of her background she trained at London Studio Centre and The Ailey School, New York. She performed nationally and internationally for six years, including as a performer for Pascal Rekoert (USA), Katja Wachter (Germany) and Robert Lepage (Canada) in the premiere of 1984 at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

During her time at Cambridge University she choreographed part of the University’s 800th anniversary celebrations, was movement director for the prestigious Marlowe Society’s annual Shakespeare play, and wrote and directed at the Edinburgh International Fringe.

Isobel Cohen, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have received an award through the Arts Council’s Artist International Development Fund. Taking Within Range to the Recklinghausen Fringe Festival would have been a nigh on impossible task without this support. At a time when the UK’s relationship with mainland Europe is complicated, I think the arts remain an arena in which assimilation, sympathy, diversity and change can be creatively performed and promoted.’

Guinevere Glasfurd-Brown was mentored by Writers Centre Norwich in 2012, an Arts Council National portfolio organisation. Her stories have appeared in Mslexia and The Scotsman, and in a collection published by the National Galleries of Scotland. In 2011, she completed a writing programme with Faber Academy, London, tutored by the novelist, Louise Doughty. Guinevere has collaborated with UK artists, including Tate-exhibited, Emma Smith, and fine art photographers Alastair Cook and Emily Workman.

She was one of ten winners from the 2011/12 Escalator Fiction Competition, as chosen by the judge’s panel at Writers Centre Norwich which allowed her to spend a year working with professional writers.

Guinevere Glasfurd-Brown said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to receive the support of the Arts Council and the British Council. The funding will enable me to travel to South Africa to work with artist, Richard Penn, at the invitation of Nirox Arts Foundation. Writers often work alone and that can be quite isolating. The International Artists Development Fund recognises the importance of collaborative practice. It will not only open new ways of working to me, but new, international networks too.’

Helen Lax, Regional Director, Arts Council England, East, said: ‘The Artists international development fund enables artists who are in the early stages of their career to spend time travelling, exploring and collaborating with other cultures. In the East, there are four successful artists in this round who have been given the opportunity to expand upon their artistic excellence and broaden their perspectives through working with others. Each artist will be able to bring their experiences back, share and hopefully influence their future work here in the UK.

This is the third round with the fourth and final round of funding coming in May as part of the initiative. For further information on the Artist international development fund, check the website:



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