Lincoln Arts Centre’s “biggest commitment” to artists

Published: 17 November 2023
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Packed with adventure, new music and vital life lessons”: Zest Theatre’s Camp Phoenix

Lincoln Arts Centre has announced four associate companies and six “innovate” artists who will benefit from “the biggest support offering for early and mid-career artists in its history”.

Zest Theatre and Proto-Type will join contemporary dance companies Casson and Friends and Joss Arnott Dance as the associate companies. The centre will award each £20,000 over three years. The associate companies were recruited in an open call and interview process which attracted 76 applicants from around the world.

Ben Anderson, creative and executive director of Lincoln Arts Centre, said, “this is our biggest commitment to artists, with hundreds of thousands of pounds to support new and transformative arts projects and commissions in Lincoln.”

Written by Bush Theatre’s young company director, Katie Greenall, Zest Theatre’s Camp Phoenix, a show “packed with adventure, new music and vital life lessons” which features professional performers and local young people, will tour nationally after opening at the Arts Centre.

The “innovate” artists are Haptiv, Sugar Theatre, Tanya Akrofi, Under the Bed Theatre, Mouth House and Mishap Theatre. They will be awarded £2,500 each.

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