Zap Art awarded Arts Council Research and Development Grant for ‘Home’

Zap Art are pleased to announce that we have been awarded £15,000 development funding from the Arts Council England’s Grants For The Arts Scheme for the research and development of a new international multi-partnered cultural project. ‘Home’ will continue to build on Zap Art’s core way of working developed over our 30 years of experience and will focus on the main areas of:

  • Partnerships Consolidating and expanding partnerships working with communities, local, regional, national and international partners across a diversity of sectors (arts, heritage, education, community business, government).
  • Education and Outreach Working with schools, colleges, community groups, artists, universities and heritage organisations to develop skills, widening access to arts, culture and heritage.
  • Production Development of high quality, multi disciplinary, cross art form work through commissioning or co-producing to enhance cultural programmes and inspire audiences.
  • Artists Increasing funding available and offering professional development opportunities to support artists in the creation of new work in diverse contexts and settings.

‘Home’ aims to be a truly global piece of high profile, high quality art. It will be based around the basic human right to have a home, exploring major global issues around homelessness; a problem that both unites and divides communities around the world. Starting in London in 2015 and leading up to the Olympic Celebrations in Rio 2016, ‘Home’ will be a major international collaboration with leading artists and performers in their fields. A cross art form initiative drawing on the varied arts, musical, dance and theatrical cultures, traditions and influences of each location, ‘Home’ will be a project with deep rooted international community engagement and opportunities for participation on many different levels.

The project will include partnerships and networks created by a programme of workshops, conferences and performances. Home will form relationships with a variety of different partner organisations such as: slum dwellers associations, homeless charities, international development organisations and agencies, local authorities, municipal governments, schools and universities, local and international artists – exploring the concept that a problem shared can be a problem solved.

The performances will take place in four locations across the globe, culminating in a finale performance in the Favelas to coincide with the cultural Olympiad celebrations in Rio 2016. Workshops and seminars will also take place in each host location around alternating themes of homelessness and it’s related issues, cultural advocacy, creative participation, multi-partnership projects and the outdoor arts sector, with all partners travelling to Rio for a major conference around ‘Home’.

Throughout the development of ‘Home’ Zap Art will be using this blog to provide updates on the progress of the project, including forthcoming information about the production team, our advisory board, and our artistic partners. Zap Art is an independent charity and one of the UK’s leading creative producers, internationally renowned for introducing powerful arts experiences to new audiences. Empowering artists to push the boundaries of artistic forms, breaking the boundaries of the way art is perceived and experienced. We create cultural exchanges with big impact, to bring alive unusual spaces

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England