Sending spotlight - and cash towards - our artists

Digital Derry's Shirley Boyle proves that this weeks inaugural CultureTECH Festival is not just for computer geeks as four days of technology, media and music gets underway. The event will see guest speakers including Kath Mainland. CEO, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Sir Nicholas Kenyon  Director of The Barbican, London. More than 1,000 delegates from across the world have purchased tickets for the event which aims to provide local traders with the commercial knowledge, expertise and understanding of how to exploit digital technologies. Duke Special will headline a free Digital Funfair on saturday in the city's Guildhall Square and Waterloo place. More details of the packed programme are available at www.culturetech.co. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.8.12
Digital Derry's Shirley Boyle proves that this weeks inaugural CultureTECH Festival is not just for computer geeks as four days of technology, media and music gets underway. The event will see guest speakers including Kath Mainland. CEO, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Sir Nicholas Kenyon Director of The Barbican, London. More than 1,000 delegates from across the world have purchased tickets for the event which aims to provide local traders with the commercial knowledge, expertise and understanding of how to exploit digital technologies. Duke Special will headline a free Digital Funfair on saturday in the city's Guildhall Square and Waterloo place. More details of the packed programme are available at www.culturetech.co. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.8.12

Throughout 2013, Culture Company will work in partnership with some of the leading organisations in these islands - organisations such as Tate Britain, Comhaltas and the London 2012 Festival. However, while it’s going to be fantastic to see the many world class organisations that will visit next year, it’s also vitally important that individual artists are given an opportunity to bask in the spotlight that 2013 will bring to our city.

With that in mind Culture Company 2013 has created a £200,000 fund to support individual artists based in Northern Ireland who wish to create a project as part of the City of Culture celebrations in 2013.

The fund was created and devised following consultations held with individual artists on how best to facilitate their participation in the City of Culture programme. The scheme will support artists in undertaking new project art works which interpret, stimulate and emphasise the core themes of City of Culture - ‘Joyous Celebration’ and ‘Purposeful Enquiry’ - or tell a new story about Derry~Londonderry as a city in transition to a local, national and international audience.

While it’s anticipated that individual awards will range up to £15,000, there is the possibility that this limit could be exceeded for what the selection panel considers to be an exceptional case.

Senior Programmer with Culture Company, Martin Melarke,y explained that the fund is being made open to as wide arrange of artistic disciplines as possible:“Culture Company is keen to provide a platform for individual artists during our celebrations in 2013. The Individual Artists’ Award Scheme will provide an opportunity for artists to explore different mediums of expression not restricted to performance practices but also including interactive media, film and video, and durational installation art work in the context of City of Culture.”

The closing date for applications to the Individual Artists’ Award Fund is 4pm on Friday September 7th. For more information, and to download an application visit www.cityofculture2013.com