Top Up Fund: The winners

Top Up Fund: The winners

By NellFrizzellIdeasTap 05/04/11

Three hundred and seventy-one applications, 20 prizes of £500, seven IdeasTap members as judges, and just 19 lucky projects: no one said the Top Up Fund would be easy. Find out below who will be getting that all-important cash injection for their place-orientated creative project…

Variable 4 by James Bulley is a site-specific outdoor 24-hour sound installation that composes music in real-time based on the current weather conditions.

Lewis Chaplin’s project The Tristans will involve sending a large shipment of disposable cameras to the remote island of Tristan Da Cunha, allowing the residents to portray themselves through photos.

Life in a Northern Town by Abigail Tarttelin is a documentary short about the effect of the fragile economy on the north-eastern town of Redcar, where the plant – which once once employed most of its population – has been mothballed.

Louisa Pestell’s Choreographing Community will involve eight weekly dance workshops celebrating Bermondsey and its cultural, creative scene.

Lost & Found by ReCon is a festival that allows audiences around Manchester to stumble across art in everyday situations, culminating in a final day of performances in the Contact building.

Wignall & Moore presents The King & The Minotaur: a unique collection of art and performance hidden away amongst the corridors and chambers of an 1850s barn in King’s Cross, London, from 8 to 30 April.

The Pod Project by Illographics aims to inject positivity and creativity into a deprived area of Birmingham through a community space, where groups learn and share skills and ideas.

Nathan Jones’ Poem in Flux will be an original sonnet about Liverpool, using up-to-date data on the city – including population, temperature, criminal convictions, and traffic data – so each line will change at a different rate.

Bread and Goose’s project Fox in the Snow is a tale of young love and bicycles, inspired by a Victorian market arcade in Brixton.

Dougie Evans’ Frozen Erosions, inspired by the landscape of Devil’s Dyke in Brighton, is a collection of improvised music using field recordings and contact microphones.

Sondry Folk’s A Canterbury Trail is an inclusive arts trail around Canterbury involving performance, theatre, aerial circus, painting, sculpture, video and sound installation.

Crow Theatre and the Community are creating a piece of theatre about the local community in and around Wandsworth, culminating in a performance at the newly-established Arts Festival in May.

Angry Young Men’s Lost in Mozart is an urban musical driven by grime rap lyrics and classical music, set on two real-life north London estates.

Dylan Spencer Davidson’s project Nova Cantabrigiensis is a book about outsider artist John Devlin, who produced over 360 beautiful and moving fantasy illustrations during a period of manic depression.

London’s Centenarians is a photography project featuring portraits of 10 Londoners on their 100th birthday.

Jo Gleave’s project is a site-specific promenade performance taking place in the now-disused Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings Factory.

5x5x5 by Tom Duncan will produce a series of five locally-themed music videos in Moray, Scotland, culminating in a showcase screening and live performance.

 Jake Conrad’s project is a very creative free guide to the very creative Ouseburn Valley; what Jake calls “a cultural oasis”.

The Knowledge Shop by Alex Parry will document, through street drawing, one of the largest festivals of gypsies in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France and the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria. The drawings will then be shown at Amnesty International’s headquarters as part of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month.


If you're looking for a cash injection for your creative project, apply for the IdeasFund Innovators.

To find out more about the winning projects, visit the winners page on the closed brief.

Image courtesy of UncoveringWestport on Flickr.

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