This month I was lucky enough to be one of the recipients of Live at LICA’s inaugural OPEN season of micro-bursaries along with artists Nathan Birkinshaw and Annie Harrison. As well as the cash award, I was put up at the campus and invited to share my ideas with Live at LICA staff in-between the series of open talks and discussions that will inform the future programme at the space.
Getting out of Manchester always represents a welcome change. The simple act of getting on the train to somewhere else makes me feel like my ideas are ‘going places’, but the real appeal is meeting new artists and experiencing new artworks in an unfamiliar environment. New connections and discoveries are made, such as Residence in Bristol who are actively shaping the performance community in their city, or Grizedale Arts who managed to turn my assumptions about the artistic quality and radicalism of community art on their head. Even Toast at New Federation House in Manchester was a revelation – and that’s on my doorstep!
I left Lancaster yesterday afternoon feeling like I’d gorged myself on the rich platter of encounters laid on by Live at LICA and would like to thank all the staff there for this wonderful opportunity, as well as Ali Matthews, Ria Hartley, Hetain Patel, Edwin Burdis and everyone else I chatted to for being so generous with their thoughts and time. I look forward to sharing updates on the progress of my idea.