Updated 4 May 2021
Works Ahead is a project developed out of the old Method Lab + SeedFund schemes hÅb ran with greenroom until 2011. Since 2012 it has offered thirty-five small, supported, work-in-development commissions for artists selected from the previous year’s Emergency platform and/or other events; support includes mentoring and a public showing of the next stage of the work, in partnership with Contact…
The first Works Ahead was a new partnership at Contact (as a Re:Con co-production), featuring a night of performances in May from Gareth Cutter, Lowri Evans + Krissi Musiol, and an evening of interactions in June from Angel Club (north), Fallen Wall Arts, Julieann O’Malley + Small Acts… See images.
Our second Works Ahead took place at Contact in May, with a night of work that moved you from 70/30 Split, Kitty Graham, Joseph Lau + Ellen Turner (winner of the 2012 Turn Prize), and a night of work that spoke to you from Lena Simic, Façade Theatre + Wayne Steven Jackson… See images.
Our fourth Works Ahead took place at Contact in April, with a double bill from two young male artists questioning manliness in this digitised, disembodied, discombobulated era: Nathan Birkinshaw + Jamil Keating… See images.
Our fifth Works Ahead took place at Contact in June, with two very different double bills from four artists at different stages in their careers: Terri Donovan + Afreena Islam, and Top Joe + Lucy McCormick… See images.
Our sixth Works Ahead took place in May, with two nights at two venues featuring three artists: Tom Cassani + Toni-Dee Paul’s double bill at Contact, and Chanje Kunda in STUN Studio at Z-arts… See images.
Our seventh Works Ahead took place at STUN Studio in May, with a double bill from two artists at the start of their journeys; a girl and a guitar, a boy and a box of questions: Emma Geraghty + Vijay Patel… See images.
We also seed-commissioned Jamal Gerald’s new work for development in partnership with Transform in Leeds; Idol was planned to show at Royal Exchange Theatre in March 2020 but cancelled due to Covid-19.
Our eighth Works Ahead took place at STUN Studio in May, with a double bill featuring two explorations of inner conflict, outer division, and the politics of oppression from artists Mark Croasdale + Avital Raz… See images.
Our ninth Works Ahead was planned as a sited double bill at NIAMOS from artists Will Dickie + Ross McCaffrey: Will adapted his work for livestreaming, broadcast in May; Ross postponed sharing his work until it can be shown to a physical audience.
Commissions have been awarded in partnership with Contact to artists Helena Ascough + Jade Dominique Williams: they’ll develop their ideas over the summer and we hope to present their works to a physical audience in 2022.