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Vital Sparks round 4

As a result of our fourth funding round, six projects will benefit from a Vital Sparks bursary.

Hoe Conservation & Residents’ Association

The Salt Screen project aims to install water screen technology at Tinside Lido to screen specially commissioned films. A Vital Sparks bursary of £5,000 will pay for an artist/filmmaker commission and a music commission. The film commission will use footage from the South West Film and Television Archive while the Imperfect Orchestra will produce a live music score for it.

Animate Theatre

During World War I nearly eight million men returned home with a disability. Animate Theatre will be using its £4,100 bursary to explore this and capture the stories from people who lived in Plymouth at the time. The end result will be a film that helps to change perceptions about disability.

Bridges, Fridges and Friends

Bridges, Fridges and Friends is a multimedia art project that seeks to integrate members from the local homeless hostel with the wider community of Devonport. Soundscapes, poetry and a series of electro conductive paintings will be produced thanks to a £2,577 bursary in partnership with artists and will explore locals hope and dreams for Devonport.

Dance the Deck

Plymouth will have a brand new Appalachian Precision Clog Dance Display Team in 2016 thanks to £1,000 from Vital Sparks. Weekly dance sessions in the city centre will start in January 2016 and no actual clogs are needed! This type of dance has its roots in Europe but evolved further in the Appalachian Mountains of North America where it merged with the celebratory steps from the indigenous population.

Plymouth Argyle Disabled Supporters Association (PADSA)

Attending a football match may seem straight forward but for people with disabilities or for whom English is not their first language it can be intimidating. PADSA has been granted £1,000 to work with a photographer to produce photo books which will visually describe the process of attending a match.

Nepalese Community

Vital Sparks will support an awareness raising event for the local Nepalese community with a £500 bursary.