We are delighted to announce that FutureEverything has been awarded £450,000 funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund to deliver our new talent development and commissioning programme, FAULT LINES.
A group of artists will be selected and supported to develop ambitious new work across artforms, sectors and scales. It will include an extraordinary partnership with Manchester International Festival, working with one of the world’s leading digital artists (details to be announced as part of the MIF17 launch), and a development programme for artists to produce new artistic works in major innovation projects such as CityVerve.
This is a time when the visual art world is becoming more comfortable with digital work at scale, and the work itself is finding a level of polish, refinement and criticality to exist in the visual art world.
FutureEverything has developed a unique position nationally and internationally, supporting a developing community of digital artists and connecting them to a set of global opportunities. In 2015, FutureEverything was commissioned by the Singaporean government to deliver the flagship digital culture component of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Singapore. The same year FutureEverything was central to the winning bid for CityVerve, a £10 million project using Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city technology to enhance the wellbeing of citizens.
The Ambition for Excellence award will support artists to work creatively with technology and contemporary issues in digital culture, and to gain access to new and emerging technologies and digital communities provided by projects like CityVerve, that would otherwise not be accessible to artists.
Details on our open call will be released in September, so keep an eye on the website to see how to apply for our first round.
This is a hugely exciting time for us, and we look forward to welcoming you to our new programme.