Friday, 29 January 2016

Scottish Children’s Theatre Artist wins £10,000 in major UK Award

I am trying not to blog churnalism, but I like this lad, so here we go!

Greg Sinclair was named the winner of the Arts Foundation Award for Children’s theatre last night at a ceremony in London. 

The £10,000 award, sponsored by the Lionel Bart foundation, encouraged nominations from established practitioners, producers and directors. The shortlist, selected by critic Lyn Gardner, Fevered Sleep’s David Harradine, and Southbank’s Jude Kelly CBE, looked at a wide spectrum of UK based talent working in Children’s Theatre from writers, adapters, designers and/or devisors. The Award is not a commission but gives the chosen artist some breathing space in order to nurture their own development. Children’s Theatre was chosen by the Arts Foundation to give recognition to the art form and to those artists committed to making work for young audiences.

Winner of the 2016 award, Greg Sinclair said:

“I'm really delighted to have been announced as the winner of the Children's Theatre Fellowship from The Arts Foundation. I was already pleased to have been nominated by Imaginate and then to be shortlisted amongst three other brilliant artists.

The financial reward is really significant meaning it will provide me with some breathing space to nurture new projects and invest in items that will be beneficial for my career. But I am sure the real impact of the win will be new opportunities and recognition. I can't wait to see what happens next.”

Paul Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Imaginate said:

“We are thrilled and delighted for Greg.  He is such a deserved winner. His work is high quality, distinctive, thought provoking and, importantly, always highly respectful of his young audience. Personally I admire his bravery and integrity. He defies conventions of genre which makes his work difficult to define and that is what is so exciting.  The award will make a considerable difference to Greg, and is also great recognition for all of those artists committed to pushing boundaries in theatre and dance for children and young people to ensure that even more children experience high quality, innovative and relevant work.”

·Greg Sinclair was artist in residence at Imaginate in 2010-2011. See more details about his residency here:

·Imaginate is the national organisation in Scotland, which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people. As well as supporting artists making high quality work for children with a year-round programme of creative development, Imaginate produces the Imaginate Festival which showcases the best of children’s theatre and dance from around the world.

·Imaginate Festival, Edinburgh’s international children’s festival takes places from 28 May to 5 June 2016.

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