Sky Arts: James Hunt Q&A
Sky Arts Channel Director James Hunt talks about Sky’s incredible new bursary for young artists in association with IdeasTap – the Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund. Want to know how your practice could be funded to the tune of £30,000 for a year? Then read on…
So why is Sky Arts launching this fund?
Sky Arts has always sought to be more than just a TV channel, and aims to establish partnerships, projects and funding that can make a very real contribution to the creative and cultural landscape of the UK.
The fund builds on the launch of the Sky Arts Ignition Series, which will see us partner with established arts organisations to invest in six new groundbreaking works of art. In addition to supporting established artists and arts organisations, we wanted to create a fund that invests in the future of UK talent.
The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is a natural extension of the Sky Arts Ignition Series and will allow us to help bridge the gap from formal education to becoming a working artist for five creative individuals.
Why did you choose to work with IdeasTap?
IdeasTap was a natural partner for Sky Arts to team up with for the Futures Fund. They share a key Sky Arts value - innovation – and IdeasTap’s focus on supporting young emerging artists is exactly what the Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is about.
What are you looking for from applicants?
We’re looking for creative individuals who are committed to pursuing a career in the arts and can demonstrate how the fund will help take their work to the next level. We want to hear about your vision and there must be an outcome at the end of the year which the bursary has enabled you to deliver.
That may be directing a play, choreographing a dance, creating an exhibition of your work, producing an album – you tell us what you want to create and we’ll give five of you the funds to make it happen.
What will the winners get, aside from the funding?
We won’t just give you the £30k and then disappear, we want to support you throughout the year and will use Sky’s platforms to do so. We’ll increase the exposure of your work by making a short documentary that will broadcast on Sky Arts HD and you will feature on the Sky Arts website.
We’ll also provide a Sky mentor for each Futures Fund winner, who will help develop your skills and knowledge in the arts and commercial sector.
Apply now for the Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund...
Applications for this round of the fund close on 19 September 2011.