Live Art Commissions

DRAF is more than excited to announce a new commission development programme and the six artists whose practice includes live work that have been selected for this opportunity. In these extraordinary times, DRAF believes it is more vital than ever that those who can must continue to create opportunities for artists, at all stages in their careers, to make new work.

As performance in particular relies on social engagement and people coming together, DRAF wants to support artists working in this way now, during this period where so many other projects, fees and residencies have been cancelled or postponed.

DRAF has invited six artists, including both artists they have worked with before and emerging artists who may be in need of opportunity and visibility. Over the coming months we will work closely with the artists to present a series of performances in Spring 2021 or as soon as is realistically possible for people to gather in significant numbers to share the same space once again.

The selected artists are:

Appau  Jnr Boakye-Yiadom

Last  Yearz  Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small)

Lloyd Corporation

Harriet Middleton Baker

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome

Sriwhana  Spong

All have been selected by a DRAF panel to include those the Foundation would like to extend their commitment to by working with them again alongside less established artists whose work DRAF has been following and want to support through this curated programme.

This initiative will build on DRAF’s long standing focus on championing live performance and sustaining relationships with artists by working with them throughout their careers to support their practice in the long term.

 
ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom is a London based visual artist. He works across ready-made objects, sound, sculpture, photography archive and self-produced moving image to create installations with multi-layered references. Employing an ongoing process of re-purposing and re-mixing, in reference to the way that cultural products inform each other and evolve continuously.

Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small) is a London based artist and dancer. They work in a variety of contexts, roles, and collaborations, always in relation to context, in order to work through questions of entanglement, alienation and sensation.

Lloyd Corporation is a collaborative project between artists Ali Eisa and Sebastian Lloyd Rees. Working together since 2010 their practice utilizes sculpture, installation, performance and participation, often taking inspiration from informal and local economies.

Harriet Middleton Baker is a London based visual artist. She works across video, performance and text to interrogate the intersection of power, technology and governance.

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome’s practice involves dancing/voicing as political gesture, presenting in institutions, alternative spaces and clubs. She is interested in creating work which shifts perspectives, crafting spaces of potential where care and consent promote exploration and agency.

Sriwhana Spong is a New Zealand artist of Indonesian descent. She is interested in the fertile margins and the rich edges where things meet, working across various mediums such as sculpture, film, writing, performance, dance, and sound. She often draws on the complex relationships within cultural interaction often taking on a rich research practice.

  • Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, After: Baste on Narration, Jerwood Solo Presentations, 2019. Photo: Hydar Dewatchi
    Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, After: Baste on Narration, Jerwood Solo Presentations, 2019. Photo: Hydar Dewatchi
  • Last  Yearz  Interesting  Negro, The Wire, 2019. Photo: Amy Gwatkin
    Last  Yearz  Interesting Negro, The Wire, 2019. Photo: Amy Gwatkin
  • Lloyd Corporation, Artworks Magazine, 2017. Photo: Trish Ward
    Lloyd Corporation, Artworks Magazine, 2017. Photo: Trish Ward
  • Harriet Middleton Baker, Civil War, SITE launch at Mimosa House, 2019. Photo: Liz Gorman
    Harriet Middleton Baker, Civil War, SITE launch at Mimosa House, 2019. Photo: Liz Gorman
  • Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, INCHOATE BUZZ, Sadler's Wells, 2019. Photo: Anne Tetzlaff
    Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, INCHOATE BUZZ, Sadler's Wells, 2019. Photo: Anne Tetzlaff
  • Sriwhana  Spong, Tasseography of a Rat’s Nest, DAAD event at Hamburger Bahnhof, 2015. Photo: Krzysztof Zielinski
    Sriwhana  Spong, Tasseography of a Rat’s Nest, DAAD event at Hamburger Bahnhof, 2015. Photo: Krzysztof Zielinski