Action Hero became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation back in April 2018, and one of our commitments when we received the funding was to pass on some of the money directly to independent artists alongside support and mentoring. You can read what we wrote about receiving the funding here.
As one of only a handful of artist-led organisations in the National Portfolio, we were really keen to recycle some of our funding success into the artist-led communities in which we operate. This new fellowship offers a way in which our NPO status can provide direct support to independent artists within the structure of an artist-led, peer to peer relationship.We launched our first fellowship in 2019, and supported the brilliant dance artist, Katherine Hall.
In 2020-21, we’re delighted to be supporting 2 artists/companies. Over the next 18 months, Action Hero will support both Figs in Wigs and Rachael Young with mentoring tailored to their respective needs, access to our archives/resources, and time in our studio, as well as a no-strings-attached cash award of £6,000.
Our focus is on supporting extraordinary artists whose work doesn’t always fit easily into current trends or support structures, and whose work we think is brilliant and exciting. We asked 16 artists, peers, producers and curators to nominate an artist or collaboration for our fellowship, and we shortlisted 5. Our shortlist was Massive Owl, Ellie Harrison, Rosa Postlethwaite, Figs in Wigs and Rachael Young. We are super excited by all of these artists, and spent a looooooong time talking about them. We can really recommend checking out all of them if you don’t know their work already.
In 2020, we are really thrilled to be working with Rachael and Figs in Wigs. They are artists we hugely admire, we love what they do and we’re super chuffed to be able to offer support to them at crucial stages in their practices. Follow the links to find out more about their work or you can catch them live! Details below
James and Gemma