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Artist Selina Thompson's £10,000 boost

'INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL': Artist and performer Selina Thompson

FORCED ENTERTAINMENT has announced artist and performer Selina Thompson as the second recipient of the Forced Entertainment Award.

Created in 2018 in memory of Huw Chadbourn, the award will recognise one artist (or company) a year until 2021 and comprises £10,000 closely linked to a substantial package of mentoring and subsidiary support tailored each time to the needs and situation of the selected artist or group.

Thompson, an artist and performer whose work has been shown and praised in the UK and internationally, said she was “incredibly grateful” for the award as it will allow her more time to hone her craft.

Financed by Forced Entertainment winning the International Ibsen Award in 2016, the scheme forms part of the company’s efforts to feed back some of its own success into the field, and to offer support to artists who are re-inventing theatre and performance in new ways and for new audiences.

In particular, the award is aimed at artists for whom there aren’t significant structures of support, recognition or development available.

Speaking on behalf of Forced Entertainment, artistic director Tim Etchells said of Thompson: “Selina is a powerful, talented artist whose challenging work deals with contemporary experience, especially in relation of race, identity and politics, which has grown and prospered by finding new ways to talk to audiences and to ask questions of the world.

“We’re really happy to be working with Selina this coming year, helping and learning from her and in a dialogue around her work, exploring ways to sustain and grow what she is doing as an artist.”

Thompson said: “I am so happy to receive this award, and to be able to spend some time with Forced Entertainment, doing the kind of artist develop - ment that you can only really do when there are no strings attached.

“I’m a Sheffield graduate, so their work has been a source of inspiration to me from the very inception of my practice. I feel incredibly grateful for the time and space this will allow, and hope to really do justice to this award, and everything that it embodies.”

The award is named after Huw Chadbourn, an artist and performer in his own right. He was an inspirational friend to many and one of the founder members of Forced Entertainment. He died in July 2017.

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