When 53two was established, we always knew that as part of our commitment to the arts we wanted to give back to the Manchester community. We've been running the arches for 18 months now and it's time to start the return.
53two are now delighted to launch 'FOUNDation' - a fund set-aside specifically for emerging artists in Manchester and the North West. We have pledged to give back what we can to artists from across the spectrum. Whether this is in monetary format, production support, provision of venue, sponsor or other, we intend to put the money we can afford to share, back in to what we love.
There's no specific application for the fund - if you have the passion to produce your own work and it crosses our path you are automatically considered. You don't need to ask, you don't need to fill in a form - if we think that you are showing all the signs of a grass roots artist/group and you have taken the initiative to get the ball rolling, you're on our radar.
Our first FOUNDation is with an incredible company who are formed primarily from recent grads - they are passionate, professional and dedicated. Catherine Cranfield has written FLUSHED, a piece exploring premature menopause. The script is beautiful - delicately and sensitively written, truthful and yet still littered with laugh-out-loud moments. A relationship with two sisters, beautifully observed and crafted. We met with the actors and the team and were delighted that they accepted our bursary award, the first of its kind. The team have benefited from reduced space costs, a co-production status (involving production support and mentorship) and the backing of MAP & 53two in marketing.