Chapter announces first cohort of Peilot Associate Artists

Posted on: 18 Nov 2016

This evening at a special launch event, we announced the group of artists and companies who make up the first cohort of our new Associate Artist Programme, Peilot. 

The artists and companies that will benefit from a bespoke programme of support from Chapter work in theatre, music, dance and live art. They are: Common Wealth, an artist collective rooted in socialist politics who make site-specific theatre events that encompass electronic sound, new writing, visual design and verbatim; Be Aware Productions, who create innovative performing and audio-visual artworks with an international dimension; Triongl, a theatre company who work collaboratively in both Welsh and English creating work that engages with socially relevant themes with humour and heart; director, choreographer and performer Jo Fong; harpist and artist Rhodri Davies who works within the field of improvisation; and performance artist Tim Bromage, whose work draws on a number of areas including stage magic and folk traditions.

Peilot is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Arts Council of Wales, and is designed to formalise and enhance the support Chapter offers to artists at all stages of their careers. The scheme will offer three years of dedicated support to each artist and company to maximise opportunities for touring, partnership working and UK and international collaboration.

Peilot Creative Producer Cathy Boyce, comments:

“I‘m really excited to be working with such a brilliant cohort of artists. Chapter has always supported artists to make new work but up until now that support has been ad hoc. This project will allow us to give dedicated time and resources to each artist and group and find the best ways to develop their careers and help realise their ambitions.

A programme of support will be developed in collaboration with each artist but will include guaranteed presentations in the Chapter programme, rehearsal space, support with funding applications and commissions to develop new work. The most important part of the programme is to connect Peilot artists with new audiences at home and abroad and seek out new collaborators and like-minded partners.

I can’t wait to begin work with the Peilot team and help make great things happen.”


Meet the Peilot artists...

Tim Bromage is a performer and poet based in Wales, and his work draws upon a variety of sources including folklore, and stage magic. Some time ago he began writing poetry and other text as a way of interpreting these interests in relation to personal experiences. He has presented work at numerous festivals and events throughout the UK and abroad, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with Chapter.

Be Aware Productions Limited is a production company founded in January 2015 by actress and director Pınar Öğün to create innovative performing and audio-visual art works.

Since 2009, Meltem Arikan, Memet Ali Alabora and Pınar Öğün have worked together on various projects in Turkey. Arikan's writing inspires Alabora as a director on stage and Ogun on screen. This collaboration has been Pinar Ogun's primary motive in founding Be Aware Productions. In 2013 when they began to live in Wales they met with the artistic world. After producing a performance piece for the International Performance Festival Cardiff, the Welsh artistic community wanted to know mainly two things about them: were they a company and why they chose to live in Cardiff. This was how Be Aware Productions came to be.

Be Aware Productions aims to produce works of international dimension and appeal, that explore, challenge and expand the limits of the discipline in which they are produced. The first production of Be Aware Productions is a short film entitled Exhibit, which has been selected for Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival and Femme Tour Truck, was a finalist at Blow-Up Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival Festival and has received a special mention at I Filmmakers International Festival in Marbella. The company is currently working on a feature film based on Meltem Arikan’s second novel if….

Be Aware Productions aims to produce a performance each year. The first performance will be Enough is Enough, touring across Wales in winter 2017, supported by Arts Council Wales. The company also produces commercial work as a way to support its artistic endeavours.

Common Wealth is an award winning theatre company. They make site-specific theatre events that encompass electronic sound, new writing, visual design and verbatim. Their work is political and contemporary – based in the present day – the here and now. They make work that is relevant and addresses concerns of our times. Common Wealth started very DIY with no money and made three large-scale shows that were very ambitious with massive casts and massive buildings. Common Wealth received critical acclaim with Our Glass House, No Guts, No Heart, No Glory and The Deal Versus The People.

Rhodri Davies was born in 1971 and lives in Swansea, South Wales. He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice, dry ice and fire harp installations. He has released four solo albums: Trem, Over Shadows, Wound Responseand An Air Swept Clean of All Distance. His regular groups include: HEN OGLEDD (with Richard Dawson and Dawn Bothwell), Cranc, a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, Common Objects and a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch. He has recorded, toured and/or performed with the following artists: David Sylvian, Jenny Hval, Mark Fell, Kahimi Karie, Laura Cannell, Lina Lapelyte, Sachiko M, Bill Orcutt, Jim O’Rourke, Ben Patterson, Christian Marclay, David Toop and John Zorn.

In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-cancellation’, a large-scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. New pieces for solo harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Philip Corner, Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff, Alison Knowles, Mieko Shiomi and Yasunao Tone. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists Award.

Jo Fong is a director, choreographer and performer. Her extensive experience in movement-based performance includes working with DV8 Physical Theatre, Rosas (Belgium) and Rambert Dance Company. Current projects include collaborations with Quarantine Theatre, Skye Reynolds and Wales National Opera.

With support from Arts Council Wales, Jo recently embarked on her Creative Wales Award project, Becoming and Belonging. An Invitation… is currently touring the UK and was selected for both British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015 and British Dance Edition 2016.

Triongl is a theatre company made up of three women: Valmai Jones, Rebecca Knowles and Rebecca Smith-Williams. Whilst working together as actors they discovered a creative chemistry and a shared passion for social engagement within the arts that inspired them to form the company. The variety in their ages and backgrounds merge to create a unique style of performance and together they create and perform theatre of social relevance, humour and humanity.

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