Through 2020 and 2021 our doors have been closed to the public, and our planned programme of live events has been on hold. But thanks to the funding we have received, we have been able to adapt our work for online audiences, and to continue to support artists, freelancers and our own staff throughout.
Developing Young Artists
Over the past year, we’ve been supporting young artists to develop their skills, work with different mentors and create new work. Adam Ali is just one of the artists who has benefitted from funding and rehearsal spaces at Contact in 2021 and his work Hamoody now premieres digitally at Queer Contact 2021 later this month. We also continued to run our music, theatre and youth empowerment projects (both digitally and in-person where possible) throughout lockdowns and local restrictions, providing a safe and secure space for them to come together, learn and create.
Looking at the World in New Ways
Over 2020, we launched our Health and Science Programme. We’re working with artists to creatively explore
- How can we be healthy when things aren’t equal?
- How do we understand the world around us?
- How should we look after each other, and ourselves?
The global pandemic, the climate crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement have all made these questions more important than ever. Alongside recent digital events such as Be Ill-Disciplined, LINK UP and Sex with Cancer, we have more projects and collaborations on the way for 2021 and beyond.
Working towards Live Events
Just last week, we announced our first live show with audience, as members of Contact Young Company, Level Up and our other projects join HighRise Theatre for an outdoor show this summer. We can’t tell you how much of a morale boost it is for our staff, artists and freelancers as they work to create new performances that audiences can enjoy safely.
The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.