In-House Artists Announced

1 Jul 2021

We’re delighted to announce Akila Richards (writer and poet); Tanushka Marah (freelance director and movement coach); Emma Frankland (live performance and theatre artist) and Victoria Fox Markiewicz (dancer, choreographer, and movement director) have been selected for the first round of our In-House Artist scheme.

The selected artists will each receive a £10,000 grant to support their work and to contribute their input to Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s programming, artist decision-making and strategic direction.

Following a fantastic response to the call-out, over 50 applications came in from local artists from diverse backgrounds and experience in a wide range of artforms. The applications were reviewed and discussed by an independent panel working across the arts sector in Brighton & Hove: Jenny Williams (Take The Space); David Sheppeard (Marlborough Productions/The Spire); Terry Adams (Anonymous Arts, Arts Council England Diversity); Laura McDermott (Creative Director ACCA) and Kyla Booth-Lucking (Director of Programming & Participation, BDBF).

Emma Frankland said:

“It is an honour to be in such great company as a member of the inaugural In House Artist project and I am excited to learn about and collaborate with my fellow artists over the coming year. It is significant that Brighton Dome have made this commitment towards more inclusive practice, and I am hopeful to see the Dome become a relevant venue for Queer and trans artists and audiences in Brighton and beyond. Personally, during this period, I am excited to develop my production of Galatea, a 500-year-old play with a queer and trans romantic plot - demonstrating that we have always been here!”  

Akila Richards said:

“I appreciate being part of a most interesting and purposeful cohort for the Artist in House residency. Artistically I am eager to create a new body of work on 'Rest My Resistance' to include poetry, digital art, collaborations, and meaningful exchanges with participants at different timelines. I look forward to producing a 'Happening' at Brighton Dome for artists and audiences of colour.” 

The Covid-19 crisis has created unprecedented challenges for artists, performers, and freelance creatives across the city. Feedback from the sector has revealed immediate help is needed such as financial support; networking opportunities with peers; sharing resources, as well as long term opportunities to create work for digital audiences. Through engaging in conversations with local networks, BDBF is contributing to the Cultural Recovery Action Plan for Brighton & Hove.

Kyla Booth-Lucking, BDBF Director of Programming and Participation added:

“The range of artists who applied to the scheme was incredible and proved how many creative professionals are needing this vital support in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. The artists were selected for their exciting artistic ambitions and track records and also reflect diverse communities and art forms. We very much look forward to working with them as part of our commitment to supporting and nurturing their work but equally for us to gain valuable insights and learn how we can grow as a more accessible arts organisation. As we look to the future re-opening of the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre spaces, this collaborative way of working will be vital to producing, encouraging and developing and presenting new artistic work here in the city.”

Learn more about our Artist Support here

Learn more about our In-House Artists here.