Six arts grants to Sheffield

Six artits and arts organisations from Sheffield can this month celebrate a share of the Grants for the arts programme.

Thirty-one projects in Yorkshire and the Humber will receive a total of 267,766 in these latest rounds of The Grants for the arts programme, by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

The programme, distributing money from the national lottery to organisations and individual artists, has awarded six Sheffield artists and oranisations a total of 45,773.

Andy Carver, Executive Director of Arts Council England, Yorkshire, said:

'Our investment in the arts in this region continues to help artists and arts organisations to bring new and exciting art to communities in the region. It enables the arts to thrive in Yorkshire.'

The winners:

Henry Tietzsch-Tyler, 9,741

Henry Tietzsch-Tyler is an established Anglo-German artist based in Sheffield. His work explores the themes of trans-generational memory centred on the events of the Second World War and the post-war period in Germany. He will be living and working for six months as a painter in Berlin and will be exhibiting at the German Embassy in London through the British-German Association on his return. His Arts Council award will enable him to develop this long-term project close to its sources and to find new audiences in Germany and the UK.

Tony McGovern, 1,132

Tony McGovern, an arts development worker from Sheffield, will attend an Augusto Boal Rainbow of Desires training course in Sheffield. He will use his new skills in his work bringing community radio to disabled people in their own homes.

Daniel Robert Blythe, 4,410

Daniel Blythe, a writer from Sheffield, will devote time to writing the first novel in his Shadow Squad series for children. The series will chronicle the adventures of a team of young supernatural/paranormal investigators on the South Coast of England in the early 21st century.

The project will be a new experience for Daniel, and will inform the work he does in schools and with groups of young writers.

Vincent Dance Theatre Ltd, 20,590

Vincent Dance Theatre will begin a twelve-month period of networking, partnership and commission-building activity in the UK and abroad in preparation for the creating of two national touring productions in 2009. The project will contribute to the creative economy in Sheffield and raise the profile of the company in the UK.

Lovebytes, 5,000

Media arts organisation Lovebytes will hold an event, Integrated Circuit, showcasing international digital art and new media work in Sheffield with opportunities for audience participation and new media activities, such as social networking. The programme aims to raise the profile of Lovebytes and attract new audiences for digital art.

Konimusic, 5,000

Konimusic, a promoter based in Sheffield, will promote a regional tour of a new Yorkshire-based world music group, Rafiki Jazz. The group will be able to build relationships with venues for future touring and audiences will have the opportunity to see a new high-quality band.

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