Following the success of their first online scratch night on Wednesday 15 April, Shoot Festival are now offering access-friendly versions of the performances by local artists that were streamed live on the night.
Those with access requirements can now enjoy the event in audio described or captioned and BSL-interpreted videos, which have been added to Shoot Festival’s YouTube channel which can be easily found via our website.
Conceived by Shoot Festival Co-Artistic Directors Jennifer Davis and Paul O’Donnell as a quickfire response to the financial and creative challenges faced by independent artists during the coronavirus lockdown, Shut Down But Scratching provides a platform for new work by early-career artists working in Coventry and Warwickshire.
In recent weeks, there has been much publicity around the impact of the ongoing pandemic on public venues such as theatres, pubs and restaurants. But what can sometimes be forgotten is the knock-on effect these closures have on independent artists who rely on these venues to share their work and earn a living. With limited support currently available to freelancers, there’s a pressing need for projects that respond to the challenges these artists face.
Presented in partnership with the Belgrade Theatre and Coventry City of Culture Trust, with additional support from Ludic Rooms and Coventry Artspace, the event offered ten micro-commissions of £200 each for early career artists living in Coventry and Warwickshire to develop and showcase new work around the theme “imagine”.
The projects chosen included music, visual art, storytelling, puppetry, poetry and a binaural quest for loo roll! Artists included Lisa Franklin, Rosso, Luke Pettenuzzo, Emily Woodruff, Nick Knibb, Alexandra Johnson, Angela Mhlanga, Koyesax and Sam Colby.
BSL interpretation, captioning and audio description