Plunge has been created by Michael Pinsky and produced by Artsadmin and LIFT as part of the Imagine 2020 network programme. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the European Culture Programme, Trust Greenbelt, WWF-UK and the Big Give. In partnership with Royal Parks, Seven Dials Trust and Paternoster Square Management Limited.
Michael Pinsky www.michaelpinsky.com
Michael Pinsky is a renowned British artist whose international projects have created innovative and challenging works in galleries and public spaces. He has undertaken many residencies that explore issues which shape and influence the use of our public realm. Taking the combined roles of artist, urban planner, activist, researcher, and resident, he starts residencies and commissions without a specified agenda, working with local people and resources, allowing the physical, social and political environment to define his working methodology. He has exhibited extensively in galleries and festivals including TATE Britain; BALTIC, Gateshead; CCA, Glasgow; Modern Art Oxford; Liverpool Biennial.
Artsadmin is a unique producing and presenting organisation for contemporary artists working across the spectrum of theatre, visual arts, dance, live art and performance, producing, supporting and promoting arts projects locally, nationally and internationally. At Toynbee Studios in East London, Artsadmin has developed a creative environment for artists and arts professionals, with a theatre, five rehearsal spaces, offices and studio spaces and the Arts Bar and Cafe. Artsadmin runs an education programme, a Summer School and offers various support services for artists including a free advisory service, mentoring and development programmes and a bursary scheme. Through commissioning and presenting artists work about climate change, Artsadmin hopes to influence participants and a wide audience into engaging further with the subject.
Established in 1981 by Rose Fenton and Lucy Neal, LIFT, London International Festival of Theatre, has risen to become one of the most important events in the British arts scene, with an influence that reaches far beyond London. Working with artists from across the world to find new ways of seeing the city, LIFT’s rich and varied programming has presented extraordinary events in both conventional theatres and in more unusual spaces such as disused power stations, churches and canal basins.
Founded on the conviction that theatre has the power to surprise and stimulate as well as entertain, LIFT has constantly challenged the status quo and continues to actively engage different audiences and communities. LIFT both leads and looks over the ever-changing landscape of contemporary theatre and London itself, offering a panoramic view that will take your breath away.
Imagine 2020 www.imagine2020.eu
Imagine 2020 is a network of European arts organisations who are working together to encourage arts organisations and artists to engage more with the subject of climate change. Network partners are Artsadmin; LIFT, London; Bunker, Ljubljana; Le Quai, Angers; Kaaitheater, Brussels; Domaine d’O, Montpelier; New Theatre of Institute of Latvia, Riga; Transforma, Torres Vedras; Domino, Zagreb, Rotterdamse Schouwbourg, Rotterdam; and Kampnagel, Hamburg.
DARTER is a group of three artists – Chloe Cooper, Phoebe Davies and Louisa Martin – who make art in response to particular social contexts. With a predominantly live or performative approach, DARTER’s work aims to playfully interrupt established social codes and conventions that shape or frame how we perceive an event, interaction or architectural space. Working with and responding to specific contexts and audiences, DARTER appropriates and subverts behavioural norms, documentary media and the tools of academia in order to explore how meaning is constructed collectively.