Grants awarded in 2021 included the following:

Africa Centre
Capital Project: grant toward the gallery fit-out

Hackney Empire
Hackney Empire Lockdown Capital Improvement Programme

Polka Theatre
Future Polka: Capital Project additional grant towards delayed completion and re-opening

Southwark Park Galleries (Bermondsey Artists Group)
Capital Project: Phase I & Feasability Study

Capital Project

Amici Integrated Dance Company
New commission by Wolfgang Stange: ‘One World: Wealth of the Common People’, Lyric Hammersmith

Birmingham Royal Ballet
London premiere of ‘Imminent’, new commission by Daniela Cardim, presented as part of Carlos Acosta’s inaugural season, ‘Curated by Carlos’, Sadler’s Wells

English National Ballet
‘Raymonda’ re-interpreted by Tamara Rojo, premiered at the London Coliseum

McNichol Ballet Collective
‘Awakenings’: four new ballet premieres to launch new company’s delayed live performance programme, Bloomsbury Theatre

Sadler’s Wells Trust
Ivan Blackstock’s ‘Traplord’, 180 The Strand

Zoonation: The Kate Prince Company
‘Zoonation: 20 year mixtape’ delayed 20th anniversary celebration programme, Sadler’s Wells

Battersea Arts Centre
‘We are as Gods’: Re-opening Immersive Takeover by James Cousins Dance Company

Foundation for Young Musicians (FYM)
LSSO @ 70: Young at Heart commissions - support for a new commission to celebrate FYM’s 70th anniversary: ‘Invocation’, trumpet concerto by Eleanor Alberga, performed Barbican

Shubbak Festival 2021 - Support for radical live theatre and music performances, various venues across London

United Strings of Europe
Apollo Resurrected’ dramatic re-interpretation of Stravinsky’s ballet score ‘Apollon musagète, Kings Place

Ministry of Stories
‘The Time Traveller's Guide to Hoxton’ project and the Shoreditch Park ‘Word Fence’

Poetry London
Poetry London Reading Programme 2021/22, including the celebration of their 100th issue

Poetry Translation Centre
The Loquacious Parrot: A poetic exchange between London and Lagos leading to publication

Royal College of Music Archive
Restore a Score

Academy of Ancient Music
Return to Live performance and first live concert of Laurence Cummings tenure as Artistic Director: ‘Re-imagining Haydn’s Creation’, Barbican

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Spring/ Summer Reopening: 7 socially distanced concerts, St Martin in the Fields

Aurora Orchestra
Grant towards two concerts in Aurora’s return to live performance series:
1. Royal Festival Hall, programme to include Richard Ayers’ Three Pieces about Ludwig Van Beethoven & Beethoven’s Violin concerto with Nicola Benedetti
2. BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, programme including Stravinsky’s Firebird from Memory

Britten Sinfonia
‘Radical Live’ series of three groundbreaking live performances: Project Floresta Do Amazonas, Barbican Hall; Alison Balsom: Sketches of Spain, Milton Court; Steve Reich: City Life, Milton Court

First live concerts at the SBC following Covid lockdown: RFH, 28 May, featuring works by Carlos Simon, James B. Wilson, Coleridge-Taylor and Dvořák (restricted to 750 audience members) and 10 July, playing works by Florence B. Price, William Grant Still and Grieg (restricted to 1000 audience members)

City of London Sinfonia
50th anniversary commision: ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’: by composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b.1980) and librettist Amanda Holden - Southwark Cathedral

Drake Music
Discretionary Grant towards Artist in Residence project

Echo Vocal Ensemble
‘Already Gone’, programme of new commissions and historic repertoire, Kings Place, London


A series of new commissions and 3 live concerts, to celebrate Listenpony’s 10th anniversary:
1. New works by Louise Drewett, William Marsey & Soosan Lolavar performed by Exaudi and Samuele Telari
2. Percussionist James Larter, singer-songwriter Sophie Jameson & Explore Ensemble performing new commissions by Séan Clancy, William Marsey, Isabella Genlis alongside works by Xanakis and Michael Gordon
3. 10th anniversary celebration, Hermes Experiment, Tabea Debus Ensemble, Mainly Two and Down is Up in a mixture of past commissions and new work

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Brett Dean new commission, Composer in Residence programme, and concerts, RFH

London Sinfonietta
‘London Third Stream’: new commission by Shabaka Hutchings, Cassie Kinoshi, Elliot Galvin and Laura Judd, QEH

London Symphony Orchestra
New commission ‘Sun Poem’ by Daniel Kildane: LSO Season-opening world premiere, Barbican

Lontano Ensemble/ Mornington Trust
The 8th London Festival of American Music - The Warehouse, near Waterloo

Mozartists (formerly Classical Opera)
Mozart 250: 1771 2 concerts:
1. ‘1771: A Retrospective’ Cadogan Hall
2. ‘Mozart in 1771’ Cadogan Hall

Multi-Story Music
Multi-Story Young Artists Company & Harris Academy Peckham - ‘The Endz’ new music commission and performance led by musician and composer Kate Whitley and singer/ songwriter Abimaro Gunnell - Bold Tendencies car park, Peckham

One Drum Foundation
Discretionary grant towards work of foundation and concert at Hackney Empire.

Southbank Centre
Re-launch of SBC’s contemporary classical programme:
1. SoundState Contemporary Music Festival,
2. Claude Vivier Weekend Celebration

Southbank Sinfonia
Unlocking Music 2021, a mini-series of orchestral performances, St John’s Smith Square

‘Inspiring Bach’: large-scale performance of music collected and admired by JS Bach, collaborating for the first time with acclaimed vocal ensemble The Marian Consort - St Giles Cripplegate

Spitalfields Music
As part of 2021 Spitalfields Festival, support for performance of new commission by American composer, poet and Percussionist, Charles Amirkhanian, ‘Ratchet Attach it!’ - Christchurch, Spitalfields

Tenebrae 20th Anniversary Programme, ‘Humanity and Liberty’, combining choral classics with new commissions from Roderick Williams and Josephine Stephenson - Premiere London Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall
Wigmore Live: Grant to cover artistic costs for series of 10 live in person concerts in Wigmore Hall’s reopening live performance season 2021/2, primarily focused on modern and contemporary repertoire and/or younger artists, including Jess Gillam & Zeynep Özsuca, Errollyn Wallen, Lawrence Power, Simon Crawford-Phillips & Héloise Werner, Piotr Anderszewski, Manchester Collective and Ruby Hughes, The Hermes Experiment, The Riot Ensemble, Diana Damrau & Mciej Pukulski and Igor Levit

Dunedin Consort
‘Dido’s Ghost’ new opera by composer Errollyn Warren and librettist Wesley Stace - premiere Barbican

English Touring Opera
New interpretation of Handel’s rarely performed opera, ‘Amadigi di Gaula’ - Hackney Empire

Opera Makers
‘Hopes and Fears’: new one-act opera inspired by Debussy’s operatic fragments with a musical adaptation for trio by Panaretos Kyriatzidis and librettist Becca Marriott - Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre

Opera Story
New collaborative full-length opera production, ‘Beauty and the Seven Beasts’, each episode written by a separate young composer/ librettist duo: composers Vahan Salorian, Jude Obermuller, Lewis Murphy, Lucie Treacher, Ruth Chan, Sasha Scott, James Garner and texts by Dominic Kimberlin, Tom Powell, Annie Jenkins, JL Williams, Ellie Taylor, Louis Rembges, and Anna Pool. Performed Brixton Jamm

Tête à Tête
Tête à Tête Opera Festival multi-year support for the 2021/2022/2023 seasons - various venues King’s Cross

Almeida Theatre
Support for delayed UK premiere of melodrama, ‘Daddy’, by Jeremy O’Harris,

Camden People’s Theatre
Animal Consciousness’ new devised production

Cardboard Citizens
London on Lockdown: 1665/2020 - Rolling performances (3-4 cycles of 6 x 12 minute films + 6 x 12 minute readings) over weekend at Aldgate Square

Dante or Die
New devised work: ‘Kiss Marry Kill’ - Stone’s Nest

Gate Theatre
Substitution of cancelled Peter Braithwaite/ Ellen Mcdougall opera project with UK premiere of Robert O’Hara’s ‘Booty Candy’ directed by Tristan Fyn-Aidueno, in Gate Theatre’s new location in Camden, 26 Crowndale

National Theatre
‘Paradise’: the premiere of Kae Tempest’s re-imagining of Sophocles ‘Philoctetes’

Papatango Theatre Company
London Premiere of Papatango Prize-winning play: ‘Old Bridge’ by Igor Memic - Bush Theatre

Theatre Peckham
Further development of new piece, ‘Sunny Side Up’, by David Alade leading to full production at Theatre Peckkham (replacing original project: ‘The Kleptocrat Laundromat’, new play by Anders Lüstgarten)

Pleasance Theatre
Reclaiming the Contemporary Cannon: Celebrating 25 years of supporting exceptional new voices with 4 new main theatre shows, including:
1. Dog Show
2. The Tempest
3. Leaving

Potential Difference
‘Fragments’ new play by Laura Swift and Russell Bender - Playground Theatre

Space Theatre
‘The Forward Festival’: the live staging of 4 of the best plays that were developed in an ACE supported call out, ‘Locked Down, Looking Up’, during the lockdown: ‘Refuge’ by Katie Duncan; ‘Misfits’ by Lekha Desai Morrison; ‘Look Who’s All Grown Up’ by Abigail Chandler; and ‘Labyrinth Diet’ by Laura Horton - Space Theatre

Talawa Theatre Company
35th Anniversary Talawa Firsts: new work festival dedicated to emerging Black British theatre makers, Talawa Studio, Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Tangle Theatre
Re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Omnibus Theatre, Clapham

Unicorn Theatre
‘Marvin’s Binoculars’, new play for children by Unicorn Artistic Director, Justin Audibert - To tour to primary schools in London and Greater London area prior to schools returning to live theatre post the pandemic

Yard Theatre
‘An Unfinished Man’, debut play by Dipo Baruwa-Etti, Yard Theatre, early 2022

Africa Centre
Young African Artists Programme: launch and support for the initial year of the visual arts programme in the new Africa Centre

Artangel Trust
Frequencies: art installation by Oscar Murillo - Cardinal Pole School, Hackney

Auto Italia South East
Post-pandemic re-opening Annual Exhibition and Performance Programme:
1. Chuquimamani-Condori (Elysia Crampton Chuquimia) and Joshua Chuquimia Crampton ‘Amaru’s Tongue: Daughter’
2. Sands Murray-Wassink, ‘I am not American (I love Adrian, I miss Carolee, I follow Hannah)
3. Adjoa Armah, ‘The Sea, it slopes like a mountain’

Autograph ABP
Eric Gyamfi: Fixing Shadows Julius & I

Barbican Art Gallery
40th anniversary exhibition: POSTWAR MODERN: New Art in Britain 1945-65

Camden Arts Centre
Lily van der Stokker ‘Thank You Darling’, exhibition and Public Programme

Delfina Foundation
‘Rights of Objects’: Revisiting and Revising History: international commission based residency programme

Design Museum
Commission by Ibrahim Mahama responding to the e-waste sump of Agblogboshie, Ghana, formed part of major ‘Waste Age’ exhibition

Four Corners Gallery
‘My Name is Sara’: exhibition by artist/photographer Sara Davidmann, drawing on themes of family, memory and the Holocaust

Mosaic Rooms
‘Disputed Heritage’ Exhibition and Residency by DAAR (Decolonising Art & Architecture)

South London Fine Art Gallery and Library
Re-opening exhibition: Christina Quarles: In Likeness

Whitechapel Art Gallery
‘The Artist’s Studio’ exhibition - Whitechapel Art Gallery main exhibition spaces