Arts Council England is to provide £750,000 to support English arts companies wishing to collaborate with organisations in Derry/Londonderry during the city’s tenure as the UK’s first City of Culture in 2013.
The funding will be targeted at artists and companies with “excellent international reputations” who would not otherwise have visited Northern Ireland’s second city and will take the form of residencies “with the aim of building capacity through skills and audience development”.
Projects already announced include a newly-commissioned cantata from Portadown-born poet Paul Muldoon and composer Mark Anthony Turnage that will be simultaneously premiered in Derry by the London Symphony Orchestra and in London by Camerata Ireland, and performances by the Hofesh Schechter Dance Company.
Moira Sinclair, executive director of ACE London, said: “City of Culture 2013 in Derry/Londonderry aims to showcase talent from England but, more importantly, to cultivate lasting connections with key partners in London in particular as part of its legacy. So I am delighted to announce that Arts Council England will make a contribution of £750,000 towards the programme. In doing so, we aim to contribute towards a small but hugely positive shift in cultural relations between London/England and Derry/Londonderry, changing local perceptions of the London arts scene and institutions within it.”