Commissions for Anna Berry and Kristina Veasey
Two Outside In artists are among the 26 people who have been named today as recipients of the latest awards from Unlimited. The announcement by the UK’s arts commissioning programme, which supports disabled artists to create and present exceptional work across all art forms, is worth more than £550,000 in total.
Outside In’s Anna Berry is one of seven artists listed under the main Unlimited 2019 commission awards for Breathing Room, her large-scale, experiential, kinetic light installation. While Kristina Veasey is one of ten to get a research and development (R&D) award, designed to enable ‘mid-career artists to explore a new creative project’. For Kristina this takes the form of ‘Basketcase’, an interactive, audio-visual, sculptural trail.
It is not the first time Kristina has been given an Unlimited award as she previously got funding for ‘My Dirty Secret’, an experiential piece borne from her frustration as a disabled person battling to keep up with the housework.
The awards are currently funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Spirit of 2012, and delivered by Shape Arts and Artsadmin. Since 2013 Unlimited has provided nearly £4 million to 280 disabled artists through commissions, awards and support.
Claire Saddleton, Arts Council England, said: “Unlimited is an incredibly powerful opportunity for organisations like Arts Council England to support some of England’s most talented disabled artists. We’ve been extremely proud to invest in the creativity of all the Unlimited artists over the years and I know that this year’s cohort will continue to push artistic barriers, through their innovative and ambitious projects.”
More information on all of the commissions can be found on the Unlimited website.
Pic: Breathing Room Installation at Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival 2018. Photo Credit – Rachel Cherry