Eastleigh’s award-winning arts and performance venue The Point is embarking on a bold new chapter, with the launch of its ground-breaking @HOME initiative, that will bring exciting opportunities for the local community.
@HOME will see five established companies work closely with The Point between 2018 and 2022. The scheme reinvents the approach often taken towards forging a sustainable relationship between artist and venue and as a result will explore inventive ways to engage with new audiences.
The Point's Artistic Director Sacha Lee, who developed the initiative, said:
“I’m hugely excited to be inviting the @HOME artists to have a stake in the artistic and engagement programming at The Point. I want to open our doors and start to democratise our approach. In my experience, artists are the best and most positive problem solvers; together we will grow our creative brain in the quest to bring audiences and artists closer together, as well as offering much needed support to artists who are at a tipping point in their careers.”
The @HOME companies will help with programming events and performances at the Leigh Road venue. They will also work closely with The Point to present an array of interactive and accessible arts events for the local community. Ideas include magician training for young people; intensive corporeal mime workshops; Christmas shows for families; a puppetry festival and new touring productions across circus, theatre, contemporary dance and corporeal mime.
The @HOME artists for 2018-2022 are:
- Theatre Re - an international ensemble creating vibrant work on the cutting edge of mime and theatre. Currently an Associate Artist at The Point, the company is embarking on an international tour of the critically-acclaimed The Nature of Forgetting, and developing new production Birth.
- Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company - one of the country’s leading production companies of family theatre, and in 2017 engaged more than 40,000 people. As an @HOME artist Stuff and Nonsense will strive to reach an international audience, alongside work with the Eastleigh community.
- Gravity & Levity - an aerial dance company that creates cross art form touring productions, led by Artistic Director Lindsey Butcher. In August 2018, the company, in association with The Point, presents the 9th annual European Aerial Dance Festival, which welcomes participants from around the world to undertake intensive aerial training courses.
- Joli Vyann - a circus-inspired dance duo, created in 2012 by Olivia Quayle and Jan Patzke. that tells engaging stories via beguiling acrobatic and athletic skills and graceful dance.
- Lîla Dance - a nationally-recognised dance company who work closely with emerging artists and graduates, leading workshops and professional training opportunities annually.
The @HOME scheme forms part of The Point’s development plan as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Arts Council England Area Director for the South West Phil Gibby said:
“The relationship between artists and venues is a vital one and nurturing a healthy and reciprocal connection between the two is fundamental to the arts and culture ecology. So we’re delighted to be supporting The Point through our 2018-22 National Portfolio to create genuinely complementary connections that break down the barriers between artist and venue through their @HOME artist’s programme.”
Eastleigh Borough Council's Cabinet Lead for Wellbeing Cllr Alan Broadhurst said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity not just for the artists who will be supported by the @HOME scheme but for the residents of Eastleigh who will benefit from a host of imaginative and engaging performances and events and exciting opportunities to get involved, to try something new, that will come as a result of these five new partnerships."