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The 16 recipients of the latest round of the Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Awards were announced last night (Thursday, 4 December) at an event in Llanelli. The development awards went to professional artists from across the arts disciplines in a scheme designed to recognise the very best talent and potential of individual Welsh artists.

The Creative Wales Ambassadors Awards are made by nomination and recognise significant individual achievement in the arts along with a project aimed at raising the profile of Welsh culture outside of Wales. This year Arts Council of Wales is delighted to make 2 awards to Tanja R man and Christine Bird-Jones, both receiving25,000.

Tanja R man s Between Coil and Recoil is a choreographic research project that aims to develop Tanja s choreographic practice in an international context. The main aims of the project are to explore the use of interactive technology in dance from a somatic perspective through the performer s and the audience s felt experience of the body in motion and to integrate the general public in the creative act itself. Tanja is planning to work with a team of experts from Wales and Finland, collaborating with artists from the fields of dance, sound, visual arts and interactive digital media. The project will be realised in partnership with Theatr Harlech and JoJo Oulu Dance Centre in Northern Finland.

Christine Bird-Jones Alldaith Goleuni Light Expedition focuses her research with glass in pure sunlight, in the landscape. She revisits the place that inspired her at the start of her career, Hawaii; where she proposes to explore new ideas through drawing, film, photography and glassmaking.

Professor Dai Smith, Chair, Arts Council of Wales, congratulated this year's successful ambassadors:

The Creative Wales Awards are amongst the most important and well regarded of the Arts Council of Wales funding programmes. The focus of the awards is the established artist who can already point to a record of achievement.

We encourage boldness and innovation and expect the period of the Award to enable practical development in the artist s work. We look for the imaginative and the unusual, the projects, which enable artists to develop their craft and find genuinely new ways of creating and presenting their work. Arts Council of Wales believes in risk taking and nothing is more exciting than to invest in the creativity of those individuals who make the art that delights and challenges us as a dynamic society.

Creative Wales Awards of up to25,000 enable artists to take time to experiment, innovate, and take forward their work. The aim is to develop excellence by offering a period of research and development to some of Wales most interesting artists.

The recipients of the Creative Wales Awards 20014/15 are:

Firenza Guidi - 20,000 Firenza Guidi is a writer-director and creator of performance.

Making the bigger Picture will allow Firenza to spend time observing and working alongside a range of significant artists and leaders in different stage and dramatic fields.

Rakhi Singh - 21,900 Rakhi Singh was born in Llandeilo to English and Indian parents. Picking up a violin at an early age she had numerous successes in both national and international competitions.

Rakhi s Creative Wales Award will set off in search of her individual voice. As a composing performer she proposes a study of folk music Welsh, Bulgarian, Egyptian and Indian folk music.

Tracy Harris -12,250 Tracy is a writer, performance artist and documentary film-maker from Swansea.

Tracy will bring together the two strands of her work to create an entirely new piece of Documentary Theatre. She intends to take the experimental and reactive tone of her work as playwright and combine this with her film-making of social documentaries.

Christine Mills - 23,550 Born and brought up in Montgomeryshire, Christine lives just a few miles away now on a hill farm with her family in Llanerfyl. The land where she lives has inspired her creative work and she will investigate the fusion of two abstract languages, sound and visual.

Tom Goddard - 12,000 Based in Swansea, Tom Goddard has exhibited internationally including in USA, Netherlands, Italy, Thailand and Norway. He is currently working on Bulletin, a film trilogy commissioned by Outcasting as part of his BBC residency.

Tom will research and develop ways of developing the use of film and moving image in his work.

Jasmine Donahaye - 20,000 Jasmine Donahaye is an independent writer, researcher and editor.

Slaughter is an experimental project centred on a slaughterhouse and its environment. The project will involve an extended period of observation and intensive writing over the course of four seasons.

Samantha Wynne Rhydderch -14,350 Samantha is a poet and teaches at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

In Folding and Unfolding Poetry from Tango Samantha will look beyond the traditional printed publication to experiment with new ways of working across a variety of artistic platforms.

 

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Andre Stitt - 25,000 Born in Belfast, in 1958, Andre Stitt has worked as an experimental artist since 1976, creating unique works at major galleries and site-specific pieces across the world.

Andre wishes to explore the relationship between painting and installation art and to develop this understanding through large-scale abstract painting.

David Garner -22,500 David Garner was born in Ebbw Vale. He is an installation artist known for his use of found objects and his engagement with political themes.

David wants to broaden the medium in which he works, exploring the possibilities of time-based media and their possible outcomes for his future work.

Caroline Sabin - 16,020 Caroline is a performer and eclectic maker of work. She has two short filmsRest/Full and Tune for a Woodland Creature in the permanent collection of the Film House of the National Library.

At the core of her Swimming Upstream proposal is the desire to explore ways of being more authentic, courageous, provocative and constructive as an artist.

Mab Jones -20,000 Mab Jones is a performance poet and has the distinction of being the National Botanic Garden s first resident poet.

Her award will be used to learn and experiment with new creative techniques. Mab will spend time learning the art of rakugo - a Japanese comic storytelling form and receive intensive tuition in rakugo performances.

Sarah Argent - 20,000 Sarah is an award-winning director specialising in theatre for the very young.

Second Childishness was inspired by Sarah s father who died in 2011 having suffered Alzheimer s for 7 years. Sarah became increasingly aware of the delightful and challenging ways in which elderly people with Alzheimer s go through similar stages to a growing child, but in reverse. Her award will focus on a successful and innovative strand of her existing practice.

Anne Gibbs Anne Gibbs

Anne Gibbs -25,000 Born in Neath, Anne Gibbs lives and works in Cardiff. In 2012 she received the gold medal for craft and design at the National Eisteddfod and has work in the Derek Williams Collection at National Museum Wales.

Anne will explore aspects of display using traditional methods and new technologies. She will investigate and develop two main areas of research - the Japanese art form of flower arranging and new media and three-dimensional technologies.

Manon Awst - 18,000 Born in Bangor, 1983, Manon studied Architecture at Cambridge University, after receiving a distinction in Art Foundation at Coleg Menai, Bangor. Awst has collaborated with Benjamin Walther since 2006. Their interdisciplinary practice explores the contemporary spaces and environments that shape the way we see, think and behave today.

Instrumental Environments allows Awst to develop new work generated by their recent Far and Wide forum, and experiment with new artistic forms that will guide their future practice.