Works Ahead is a new-ish project, developed out of the old Method Lab + SeedFund schemes we ran with greenroom. Started in 2012, it aims to offer very small supported work-in-development commissions for artists selected from the year’s Emergency platform and/or other events. Support includes mentoring and a public showing of the next stage of the work…
The first Works Ahead took place in May/June 2012, with a new partnership at Contact (as a Re:Con co-production) featuring a night of performances from Gareth Cutter, Lowri Evans + Krissi Musiol; and an evening of interactions from Angel Club (north), Fallen Wall Arts, Julieann O’Malley + Small Acts… See their image gallery.
The second Works Ahead took place in May 2013, once more at Contact, with a night of work that moved you from 70/30 Split, Kitty Graham, Joseph Lau + Ellen Turner (winner of the 2012 Turn Prize); and a night of work that spoke to you from Lena Simic, Façade Theatre + Wayne Steven Jackson… See their image gallery.
The third Works Ahead took place in May 2014 at Contact, with a triple bill of work that delved into the mindset of the performer from Lindsay Bennett, Paul O’Donnell + SheepKnuckle… See their image gallery.
Our fourth Works Ahead took place in April 2015 at Contact, with a double bill from Nathan Birkinshaw + Jamil Keating: two young male artists questioning manliness in this digitised, disembodied, discombobulated era… See their image gallery.
Our fifth Works Ahead took place in June 2016 at Contact, with two very different double bills from four artists at different stages in their careers: Terri Donovan + Afreena Islam; Top Joe + Lucy McCormick. On different stages, at different scales… See their image gallery.
Our sixth Works Ahead took place in May 2017 with two nights in two venues featuring three artists: Tom Cassani + Toni-Dee Paul’s double bill at Contact, and Chanje Kunda at STUN Studio at Z-arts… See their image gallery.
Our seventh Works Ahead took place in May 2018 at STUN Studio at Z-arts, with a double bill from Emma Geraghty + Vijay Patel: a girl and a guitar, a boy and a box of questions; two artists at the start of their journeys… See their image gallery. We also seed-commissioned Jamal Gerald’s Complexion for development in partnership with Transform in Leeds.
Our eighth Works Ahead takes place in May 2019 at STUN Studio at Z-arts, with an evening of work to be announced in February.