Co-commissioned by Creative Estuary, Lyrici Arts will launch an academy in summer 2022 for four Black lyrical artists to develop and create a collection of performance pieces. The artists will have access to industry mentorship, training and profiling. The process will take place over eight weeks with a programme of in person and digital sessions.
The final pieces of work will be performed by the lyrical artists in a theatrical show, which will be livestreamed and platformed at theatre venues in Medway and Kent.
HOMEWARD is an academy devised by Lyrici Arts for Black heritage artists. Through a programme of yearly events participants will explore how the word ‘homeward’ connects with themes of personal identity, lived experience, culture and heritage.
This 2022 body of work is focussed around HOMEWARD: Soul Food* and spotlights four local Black heritage artists, working together to develop and create a collection of 20 minute performance pieces linked intrinsically with their lyrical talents. Artists will have access to industry mentorship, training, and profiling. They will also receive directing and producing support to perform in a 80 minute show together, which will be livestreamed and platformed at three theatre venues in Medway and Kent.
*Soul Food is a reference for Black heritage food passed down through generations, examples include curry goat, fried dumplings, ackee and saltfish. Lyrici Arts are also examining other elements that can feed the soul via aspirations, culture, identity, music, food, family and more.
The work will be explored through a 8 week programme of in person and digital sessions.
HOMEWARD 2022 is kindly funded by Creative Estuary, Arts Council England, Medway Council, Kent County Council and Royal Opera House Bridge. It is supported by Colyer Fergusson Trust, GlassBox Theatre, The Woodville Theatre and The Gulbenkian Theatre.
HOMEWARD 2022 is a Creative Estuary Co-commission. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England.
Creative Estuary Co-commissions support a wide range of cultural projects with new commissions for Estuary-based producers and artists, from activity for emerging cultural activists to large scale commissions with a diverse mix of partners. The Co-commissions will raise widespread awareness of existing creative talent across the region and support creative practitioners and organisations to make and present new work.
Call Out For Black Heritage Artists
HOMEWARD is an academy devised by Lyrici Arts for Black heritage artists and we are looking for four local Black heritage artists based in Medway and Kent.
Entries will open on the 10th May.
DEADLINE: 5th June 2022 at 11.59pm.