Broccoli are excited to announce our three panellists for our Seed Commission.
Kirtis Clarke, Chaz Webb and Arunima Kumar, along with the Broccoli team, will read the applications and lead on the final decision making for our Commissions. While we are delighted that we have been able to announce our panellists, it must be noted that we received 46 applications that were passionate, urgent, and full of talent. These applications made it clear that our industry has a wide breadth of insightful, engaged, and intelligent artists who are keen to be part of the decision making when it comes to funding, programming, and distribution.
We believe that it is not only important to have arts workers on your panels, in these meetings, and involved in decision making, but that it will vastly improve and widen the way that work is chosen and read. Admin assistants, stage managers, front of house staff, and really, most people who work within an organisation, or are part of your talent development networks, have valuable opinions about what might work on their stages (because of course, the stage is as much theirs as yours).
Even freelancers who have some connections to producing organisations commented on the lack of transparency at present. Perhaps you have a literary department and your script readers don’t know how their reports feed into programming meetings – is there a way to hold an annual or pre-season insight meeting with them?
Arts venues across the country are closing, furloughing staff and making redundancies, so we appreciate there are other priorities for organisations to consider at this time.. However, once the sector does reopen, an opportunity presents itself to democratise the decision making process in venues, theatre companies, and arts organisations. We have found inviting applications to be invigorating and it has encouraged us to write this post; these panellists, and the applicants, are only a small percentage of the people who have thoughts to contribute to the landscape of our industry.
Kirtis is a south-london born designer with a body of work that often weaves between making, producing, chatting bare and whatever else feels interesting. Based in the Netherlands, he is currently undertaking an MA in Contextual Design at the Design Academy, Eindhoven. His main interests are in how the arts might be used as a vehicle to challenge the status quo, shift our understanding of what the arts can be and amplify underrepresented voices and alternative perspectives.
Over the past 5 years Kirtis has worked in a variety of contexts helping develop/facilitate new projects, consulting and being a critical friend to artists, collectives and organizations both nationally and internationally. Currently, he makes up one of the core members of Co-Creating Change, a network
of organizations and individuals set up by Battersea Arts Centre. Previously, during his time at Arnolfini Gallery he helped develop new ways of working through Now or Never, a citywide arts program that took place in schools and colleges across Bristol. In 2018 he was one of 8 UK-based arts practitioners invited to attend The Arts and Social Transformation Summit organized by the Fondo Nacional de las Artes in Argentina, supported by Arts Council England and British Council.
Chaz is a freelance stage and production manager whose main interests lie in immersive and contemporary work, as well as theatre for non-theatre venues.
Since graduating from the University of Birmingham she has worked with companies such as The Unicorn, Tobacco Factory YTM and New Perspectives.
She is also Company Stage Manager for Quick Duck, a queer theatre company from the Midlands, and has worked on all three of their original productions which are a murder mystery disco, a letter writing extravaganza and a choose your own adventure spy mission. Based in Bristol, Chaz has been doing a lot of baking and gardening during lockdown.
Arunima Kumar is an award-winning South Asian dancer, teacher, choreographer, art activist and Artistic Director of Britain’s largest Kuchipudi institution with over 150 students across 5 countries. Arunima is known for her versatile performances and choreographic productions and has performed in over 2000 events across 60 countries.
Arunima engages extensively with communities and in dance therapy in hospitals and prisons, including special projects with Inner vision orchestra, the world’s only blind orchestra, Step change studio dancers on wheelchairs, and Corali dancers with learning disabilities. She is a strong advocate for BAME artists.
During the pandemic, she has delivered over 150 inclusive online sessions through Project EKATRA – TOGETHER WE CAN, across age groups and with elderly and the vulnerable to keep communities engaged positively with a focus on wellness and Arts and health.