RISE: Artists in Residence

 

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Across 2019 Almanac is working with RISE, commissioning and curating new work from ten ground-breaking Liverpool writers.

For our first commission, DEBORAH MORGAN has written Thin Air, a moving and evocative short story in response to Kinship exhibition at Open Eye Gallery. READ HERE 

Our second commission is a song from LIZZIE NUNNERY in response to Luke Gerram’s Earth- Gaia at Liverpool Cathedral. Lizzie performed Finest Hour underneath the installation on 29th May, accompanied by musicians Vidar Norheim, Jess Holding and Vicky Reid.  LYRICS HERE. Recording to follow…

On Friday 31st May 2019, our third commission for RISE was showcased on Liverpool waterfront. AMINA ATIQ performed her powerful spoken word piece, Rise, Women Rise, written in response to Yolart’s stunning installation, Reclaiming Babel. Amina has recorded her piece in collaboration with composer John Bligh/ Captain Kirkdale. LISTEN HERE. Amina has also written a great BLOG about the writing process.

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Almanac’s Lizzie Nunnery and spoken word artist Amina Atiq, in front of Yolart’s ‘Reclaiming Babel’ installation.

Commission number 4! Poet JENNIFER LEE TSAI has written a triptych of poems in response to Liz Hingley‘s photography exhibition, Shanghai Sacred. On June 6th Jennifer read the work live at the launch at Victoria Gallery . Click to LISTEN to the poems.

About RISE

RISE is a season of extraordinary female artists, thinkers and leaders, produced and co-ordinated by Culture Liverpool across 2019,

Liverpool has a reputation for producing exceptional female leaders in the arts, sciences, business, sport and politics. In the year in which the city hosts the Netball World Cup, Culture Liverpool will pay homage to inspirational women at home and abroad. 

Featuring local and internationally renowned female producers, practitioners, artists, poets, musicians, choreographers, speakers and thinkers, RISE will provide a platform to create and share new commissions, exciting artworks and provocative interventions. Young emerging talent will collaborate with established pioneers. Local artists and companies will share skills and profile with global innovators. Brilliant women will take over the city and have their work showcased on a national and international stage. 

RISE programme

Almanac Artists in Residence:

To reflect on the RISE programme throughout 2019, Almanac Arts has commissioned ten female Liverpool writers to take up residence and write about the programme as it unfolds throughout 2019. Their poems, songs, stories and plays-in-miniature will pop up throughout the festival year, in film, print, online and in performance.  The writers are Lizzie Nunnery (Winner of Best New Play at UK Theatre awards 2017), acclaimed poets Helen Tookey (Best British Poetry 2014, Salt), Jennifer Lee Tsai (Ten: Poets of the New Generation, Bloodaxe 2017), playwright Lindsay Rodden (The Story Giant), Yemeni-Scouse performance poet Amina Atiq (BBC6 Music Festival), short story writer Stephanie Jane Gray (Writing on the Wall), acclaimed novelist and playwright Deborah Morgan, songwriter Louisa Roach (She Drew the Gun), script writer Ella Greenhill (Coronation St, Plastic Figurines) and playwright Chloe Moss (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Winner).

It’s great to see different art forms working in harmony to create a performance that an audience can experience on so many levels.  The music that was created for the four plays in the event at the Cornerstone Festival was fantastic and really captured the essence of the work.

Ella Greenhill, playwright, collaborator on Liars.

 Almanac are supporting artists to create work in a way that is original and ambitious.  Because their expertise encompasses theatre and music they are in a exceptional position to be able to commission and programme work that bridges both disciplines and brings different artists together in this kind of unique collaboration.

Gemma Kerr, theatre director, collaborator on Liars.

Almanac have the power to tell stories in genuinely unique and unpredictable ways and each performance I have seen has been a freshly conceived live experience. 

Kellie Smith, playwright and audience member.