We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in gaining funding to support our latest original project ExtraDimensional. We are proud to announce we have secured funding from a range of partners including Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust and Heart of England Community Foundation's Road to 2021 fund.
The grant from Arts Council England marks a continued investment in Highly Sprung and funding from Wellcome Trust invests in a new relationship exploring the potential of the arts to make scientific research more publicly accessed and understood. The funding will allow us to develop and tour ExtraDimensional, a twelve-month programme of physical theatre, to reach and inspire over 4,000 young people across the West Midlands and parts of the North.
We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this funding. Securing financial support from funding bodies is a highly competitive business so receiving this investment is a real badge of honour.
The ExtraDimensional project offers children and young people the opportunity to participate in, create and see three new pieces of work, Seen but Never Heard, Up, Up and Away and City Beat.
ExtraDimensional is a celebration of our art-form, bringing work to new audiences of children and young people age 7-19.
Seen but Never Heard partners Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre and the national campaign for youth social action #iwill. Engaging 350 young people 11-19 from across the region, including ‘recently arrived’ young people, to produce a festival for presentation at Highly Sprung’s physical theatre platform specifically for young people The Physical Fellowship and Coventry’s Refugee Week Festival.
Up, Up and Away a new piece of touring children’s theatre, a thrilling children’s performance and participation programme that engages directly with children and young people from diverse and unengaged communities. Up, Up and Away will give children the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the differences they see in themselves and in others, something that we think is significant as they grow up in a world where ‘normal’ no longer applies.
City Beat partners the University of Warwick Medical School, Culture Coventry, ThinkTank-Birmingham and six Coventry primary schools, combining scientific ideas around healthy hearts and cultural performance, to support ‘hard to reach’ children age 7-9 to find value in scientific research through distinctive physical theatre activity.
City Beat will produce an immersive performance: set in an inflatable dome, using 360° digital sound and incorporating digital creativity and dance. City Beat will result in a public exhibition curated by the participating children.
We are very grateful to the supporting venues, partners and other creatives who supported our applications and will help to deliver our ambitions through ExtraDimensional.
We look forward to sharing more information with you about the project as it becomes available... so watch this space!