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Introducing the artists on our Artist Development Programme - Space | Time | Tools | Advice.
Each producing their own unique works, they present a diverse range of creative output.
John Bonner / live:lab
live:lab’s STTA made best use of the IOU studio space for research and development rehearsals, with the aim to explore production of a semi-immersive audio-visual performance.
The theme of the performance was the life of trees using music, soundscapes, video projections, storytelling with narration and dance, bringing important ecological and environmental themes to an audience in challenging and emotionally engaging ways.
The beauty of the IOU studio space was its size and acoustic qualities. The space allowed us to test the viability of creating a 360-degree performance space where sound and visual imagery surround and immerse an audience.
The IOU space allowed us to experiment with different audio and visual configurations. With audio, for example, we used four spatially distributed speakers to allow sounds to move around the room. Multiple video projections were projected through veil panels in order to create a ‘layered and spatial’ viewing experience, although this idea was less effective as ambient light levels were high at the time. A choreographer directed the dance performers to help amplify some of our intended themes.
Our Open Call to Calderdale artists in July 2023 received more than 30 submissions. Following a selection and interview process IOU has awarded STTA bursary places to 4 regional artists
Space | Time | Tools | Advice (STTA) is IOU’s artist development programme aimed at giving support and mentoring to emerging artists, helping them develop and present new work.
Supported by Calderdale Council we have been able to provide funded places for a group of exciting artists to develop a project with the opportunity for the work to be presented by IOU as part of Calderdale’s Year of Culture 2024.
Armelle Skatulski - Virtual Eyes
Armelle Skatulski is an artist and researcher who completed a practice-based PhD at the Royal College of Art. The artwork Virtual Eyes, to be produced over a period of 3 months in IOU’s studios, will be situated at the convergence of VR, art installation and performance.
Beka Haigh - #HOUSE
Beka is a live illustrator and a multi-disciplinary artist in the outdoor arts sector. #House is an interactive performance where a pair of estate agents attempt to sell a (clearly haunted) doll’s house to the highest bidder... A show that combines old and new technology in surprising ways
Rachel Hawthorn - The Luddenden Shroud
Rachel Hawthorn is a Visual Artist and Death Doula in training. Using found and foraged natural materials, Rachel will make a shroud for her friend, Janet. A short film will tell the story of the making of the shroud, and explore the beauty of the Luddenden Valley as a cradle for life, love, healing and belonging.
Sue Walpole - Migration
Visual Artist Sue Walpole's project explores themes of environmental impact on migration routes combining natural materials with mechanical structures, projection and sound scapes.
Artists who have completed their
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Missing Theatre are an international multidisciplinary collective dedicated to blending these art forms to tell stories of people rarely seen. ' Instruction on How to Be Alone' is their first piece.and together they time staying at the IOU Hostel and working in our studio, transferring the concept into a tangible production.
Garth's time in the IOU Studio focussed on experimentation with set and projection, creating a piece based on his experiences in hospital using camera, lights, and green screens.
After receiving Arts Council England funding Girl Gang spent time in the IOU studio to R&D their project Millennial Pink - looking at what it's like to be a teenage female in the noughties
Feet off the Ground
In residence at IOU for a week in May 2022 during the research and development phase of their work Turning Point, IOU supported Feet Off The Ground with studio space and accommodation at Hebden Bridge Hostel. As part of their research, they hosted a workshop at IOU supported by Greenham Women Everywhere – an organisation dedicated to preserving the archives of women who resisted the nuclear arms race at Greenham Common for 19 years. Together they engaged in a day of dancing, singing, writing and storytelling, which significantly influenced the final work and enhanced the creative process.
Opal’s Comet is a short story, written by Sonya Moorhead questioning how we might navigate personal grief, loss and transformation as, globally, we veer towards social evolution and climate crisis. The show was rehearsed at IOU before its presentation on the Leeds/Liverpool canal in November 2021.
Art with Heart
In 2021 Art with Heart made a new show for primary age children in partnership with Manchester Museum and Z-Arts. The show introduced children to basic BSL and used 3D projection mapping and AR to tell its story. IOU provided mentoring for the company ahead of the performances
Founded by Kate O’Donnell in 2017, Trans Creative produces high quality, accessible, political arts, creating a safe space where trans people tell and hear their own stories. They deliver a combined arts festival called Trans Vegas, which is created for, and by Trans people annually. The event attracts thousands of people live and digitally, as well as year round live and digital events.
Wayne is a video artist who has contacted IOU for mentorship and support in developing his career. Wayne is keen to learn routes into other sectors so that he can work across a range of platforms.
We are immensely grateful for IOU Theatre's support in bringing our project to life. Without their belief in our work and the opportunity they provided, "Instructions on How to Be Alone" would not have evolved into the transformative and captivating experience we envisioned. IOU Theatre's partnership has been invaluable, and we look forward to further collaboration and growth in the future.Creative Producer Emily Lloyd