The Cockayne 10th Anniversary Grants for the Arts Awards: Exceptional £100,000 Awards

2023 marked Cockayne’s 10th anniversary of grant giving in the Arts. In celebration of the first 10 years of the foundation’s grant giving in London, 10 exceptional grants of £100,000 were awarded to 10 organisations that demonstrated outstanding achievement, artistic ambition and/ or pressing need. These include the following:

Russell Maliphant Dance Company
New work Fund: including the immediate commissioning of a new work by Russell Maliphant and Saburo Teshigawara

Battersea Arts Centre
BAC 50th Anniversary Cockayne Commissions (BC50)

‘We Should Have Never Walked on the Moon’ - multi disciplinary dance installation/ takeover of the South Bank Centre by Rambert and (LA)HORDE

Britten Sinfonia
Play On Campaign: special anniversary grant to provide lead support for Britten Sinfonia’s flagship London performances 2024 to 2026 - with special focus on new commissions and London premieres

London Sinfonietta
New Commissioning Fund: to fund the commissioning, development and world-premiere performances of eight major new contemporary classical works in London during the 2025/26 and 2026/7 performance seasons

Wigmore Hall
Director's Fund

Royal Opera House Foundation
Commissioning Grant for a major new main stage opera by Philip Venables

Royal Court Theatre
To celebrate 10th Anniversary of the foundation and the arrival of David Byrne as the new Artistic Director at The Royal Court : Support for full inaugural 2024/2025 season and commissions

British Museum
Hew Locke exhibition, title tbc - Josef Hotung Great Court Gallery, Autumn/ Winter 2024/25

National Gallery
Lead support for ‘Siena: The Rise of Painting, 1300-1350’, a landmark exhibition for the National Gallery Bicentenary

The Cockayne 10th Anniversary Grants for the Arts Awards

65 further Cockayne Grants for the Arts awards were made in London to celebrate Cockayne’s 10th Anniversary year, including:

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Capital Project grant towards the new Sculpture Garden

Place (Contemporary Dance Trust)
Capital Project grant towards the refurbishment of The Place professional Theatre Dressing Rooms

Union Chapel
Support towards the cost of vital repairs to the historic organ built by master organ builder Henry ‘Father’ Willis at Union Chapel, Islington in 1877

Mark Bruce Dance Company
London Showcase Premier of revived production of ‘Dracula’ in new venue Sadlers Wells East (tbc)

English National Ballet
UK premiere of Johan Inger’s Carmen, remade on ENB dancers - London premiere at Sadlers Wells

National Youth Ballet of Great Britain
Evolving Visions: eight new short ballet commissions and a re-staging of a recently premiered work for young female dancers, London performance at Sadlers Wells

New English Ballet Theatre
Support for NEBT’s performances at The Next Generation Festival at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, and The London Handel Festival

Shobana Jeysingh Dance
35th Anniversary production, ‘This Thing of Darkness’ (TBC): a new work inspired by the story and themes of The Tempest - London premiere Sadlers Wells

Tavaziva Dance
Tavaziva Twenty: a new dance piece, created and danced by Choreographer and Composer Bawren Tavaziva, as part of a year of celebrations for the company’s 20th anniversary - London premiere and tour

Yorke Dance Project
25th Anniversary programme: CALIFORNIA CONNECTIONS -- THREE PIONEERING WOMEN: works by Martha Graham, Bella Levitsky and Macmillan’s rarely performed ‘Isadora’ - Linbury Theatre , ROH

New production to be directed and choreographed by newly appointed Associate Artist Director Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe in 2024

Border Crossings
‘The Mouth of the Gods’, a new, devised piece directed by Michael Walling - Hoxton Hall

Brolly Productions in association with Newham Music Trust
‘The Stopping Place’: opera drawing on the music and history of the Roma community, Stratford Town Hall, and QEH tbc, with an accompanying exhibition about the Roma community, Wiener Holocaust Library

Constella OperaBallet
The Orchestras of Auschwitz: opera-ballet by the composer, Leo Geyer - major production planned for Linbury Theatre, ROH, and possibly also the QEH and Sadlers Wells East

The Telling
What the Dickens: premiere 7-date London run of a new concert-play format with music old & new - Oso Arts Centre Barnes

Poetry London
Funding for Poetry London Edition’s publishing programme and marketing activities, including a South Bank event, and events at Goldsmiths

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art RADA
Grant towards the Library project at RADA’s Chenies Street premises: update of security systems and general refurbishment

Spread the Word
Deptford Literature Festival 30th Anniversary commissions - Festival to take place in various locations across Deptford, March 2025

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Marriner Centenary Celebrations: grant toward the ‘Marriner Project’ to empower musician-led commissioning/ performance and event initiatives - to launch the first three years of the project, on the 100thanniversary of Marriner’s birthday, 15 April 2024

Aurora Orchestra
Aurora Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary Orchestral Theatre Season - support for a new commission by Richard Ayres and 3 concert programmes to be presented at the South Bank Centre and the new Drumsheds venue in Tottenham in 2024/5:

Programme 1 - November 2024 - Stravinsky’s Firebird from Memory at Drumsheds

Programme 2 - March 2025 - Four Spirits with Abel Selaocoe at the QEH

Programme 3 - May 2025 - Carnival: commissioning support for 'The Museum of Musical Curiosities' by Richard Ayres to premiere in a programme alongside Saint-Saëns' ‘Carnival of the Animals’ at QEH

British Film Institute
Silent Sherlock Holmes’ films (dated 1921-23) Music Score Commissions and gala performance - to be premiered during the BFI London Film Festival, at the BFI or possibly a more historic venue

Chineke Foundation
New commission and World Premiere of Cassie Kinoshi’s Handpan Concerto composed for percussionist, Rosie Bergonzi, to be premiered alongside Fela Sowande’s African Suite and Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed led by violinist Elena Urioste , QEH

La Nuova Musica
Jephtha’s Daughter: A modern reimagining by composer Luke Styles - World premiere Wigmore Hall,

London Chamber Orchestra
Support for 4 commissions by LCO Composer-in-residence, Dani Howard, to be premiered at Cadogan Hall

London Symphony Orchestra
To support performance of a new commission by John Adams as part of ‘Listening to America’ concert with Simon Rattle and Kirill Gerstein - Barbican Hall

Manchester Collective
Rothko Chapel: new commissions and ambitious concert & audio-visual production created by the award-winning Manchester Collective - London premiere QEH

ORA Choir
ORA Commissions & Concerts: A series of quarterly concerts in London in 2024 to help cultivate new audiences and supporters. Concerts to include the following:

15 March - Kings Place - ‘Scotland Unwrapped’ including new work by Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade and Electra Perivolaris

18 June - Grovesnor Chapel - ‘Promises', featuring the world premiere of a new work by Paul Mealor with text by Grahame Davies

28 October - Wigmore Hall - ‘Spirits of Shakespeare’, including new work by Philip Dutton

13 December - St Clements Danes - ‘Classic Christmas’ special, with new work, traditional carols and seasonal readings

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
'Das Jahr': four new commissions by composers Freya Waley-Cohen, Electra Perivolaris, Roxanna Panufnik, and Errollyn Wallen responding to Fanny Mendelssohn's 'Das Jahr' - to be performed alongside Mendlessohn’s original 1841 keyboard work, QEH

Orpheus Sinfonia Foundation
Ignite: Orpheus Sinfonia Foundation Programme: new commission by Roxanna Panufnik for the winner of Windsor Festival International String Competition and another shorter piece by the OSFP Composer in Residence - Both pieces to be premiered at St George’s Hannover Square

Philharmonia Orchestra
Composing the Future: commission and performance funding for 3 emerging composers in Philharmonia’s Composers Academy, with resultant new commissions to be performed, recorded and released as part of the Philharmonia’s Music of Today concert series at South Bank Centre

Soumik Datta Arts
‘Borderlands’: Soumik Datta Arts’ new music production born out of the composer’s year-long collaboration with Philharmonia Orchestra as their Artist in Residence - To premiere at QEH, complemented by an immersive sound installation in the QEH foyer

Southbank Centre
Sound Within Sound Festival

UD Music Foundation
Re:Definition 2025: UD's 25th Anniversary Music production - Sadlers Wells East

Vox Urbane
New commissions to be performed alongside more established repertoire at Vox Urbane’s Inaugural concert Season, including:

1. St John’s Hackney: A new work by Shiva Fashareki programmed alongside White’s ‘Lamentations, and further new works by Shruthi Rajasekar, Barbara Dudek, Jennie Muskett, Tara Mack and Emily Hazrati

2 & 3 Venues dates tbc: Joanna Marsh’s ‘Seen’ & Gabriel Jackson ‘Choral Symphony; Strauss’s Deutsche Motette, Poulenc’s Voix Humaine & Paul Ayres’ Anti Suffragist Ideas. Shorter works by a wide variety of composers, including Errollyn Wallen, Cecilia McDowall, Bjork, Kristina Arakelyan, Imogen Heap and Lillie Harris will also be included in the programmes

World Heart Beat Music Academy
World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens Concert Programme - 3 x 10 concert seasons planned from September 2024 to July 2025

Bampton Classical Opera
Giuseppe Gazzaniga (1743 - 1818) ‘L’isola d’ Alcina’ - support for London performance, St John’s Smith Square

Baseless Fabric Theatre
‘The Elixir of Love’ Street Opera, adaptation by Leo Geyer and Joanna Turner - Promenade performances in Merton and staged performance at Arcola Theatre, Dalston, as part of Grimeborn Opera Festival

Regents Opera
Support for performances of Wagner’s full ‘Ring Cycle’ in a new orchestration for 21 musicians and emerging singers by Ben Woodward - venue tbc

Almeida Theatre Company
World premiere of ‘Thatcher in China’ by Amy Ng

Arcola Theatre
World premiere of ‘Women Who Blow on Knots’: an adaptation by Leyla Nazli of the book by Ece Temelkuran

Boundless Theatre
Commissioning support for new work in the Boundless Boxes Festival, London

Donmar Warehouse
Support for new production of ‘The Cherry Orchard’ by Anton Chekhov, directed by Benedict Andrews

English Touring Theatre
Commissioning grant towards a new production : Cloud Atlas, adapted from David Mitchell’s novel by Vinay Patel. London venue to be confirmed

Futures Theatre Company
‘The Argos Archive’ by Sabrina Mahfouz - At either Clapham Omnibus (option confirmed) or Soho Theatre

Grant for new musical theatre commission by Holly Race Roughan, Johnny Flynn and Robert MacFarlane of ‘Lost in the Cedar Wood’, inspired by album/ book of same name by Johnny Flynn and Robert MacFarlane, itself inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh - to be premiered at The Globe

JMK Trust
Support for the JMK Award production - The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Butterfly Dream (The Dao of Unrepresentative British Chinese Experience): a play by Daniel York Loh - Soho Theatre

National Theatre
‘London Tide’ adaptation of Dickens’ ‘Our Mutual Friend’ by Ben Power - The Lyttleton Theatre

National Youth Theatre
Commissioning/ production grants for an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and an adaptation of a curriculum text (H.G. Wells War of the Worlds) for the NYT REP company - Productions scheduled for presentation in London, Autumn/ Winter 2024

New Future Collective (Hackney Showroom)
‘One Last Dance for the Single Mothers’ by Travis Alabanza - QEH, South Bank Centre

Oily Cart Theatre
When the world turns by Oily Cart and Australian company Polyglot - London venues 2025

Papatango Theatre Company
Staging of the winner of the 15th New Writing Prize: ‘Some Demon’ by Laura Waldren - Arcola Theatre

Polka Theatre
Support for new children’s playwriting award, with associated performance, at Polka Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Company
London premiere of ‘English’ by Sanaz Toossi - Kiln Theatre

Synergy Theatre
Premier of ‘Lifers’, by Evan Placey - venue tbc

Tara Theatre
‘Sweetmeets’ by Karim Khan, directed by associate director Natasha Kathi-Chandra at Tara Theatre, and coproduced with the Royal Court or the Bush, tbc

British Library
Medieval Women; major ground-breaking exhibition - Support for the scholarly catalogue planned to accompany the exhibition

Crafts Council
Unboxing the Collection - Support for the public programme in the Crafts Council Galleries

Design Museum
Enzo Mari exhibition support

International Curators Forum
The Caribbean and Britain: Artist Commissions, with a specific focus on textiles and ceramics - support towards commissions/ London exhibition

Protégé DNA
‘Vulture: Restorying Visual History’ exhibition, examining the practice and ethics of photojournalism - grant towards exhibition installation and catalogue - The Great West Gallery, Brentford

Royal Academy of Arts
Michael Craig-Martin major retrospective - grant towards the exhibition catalogue

Royal College of Music Museum
‘Beyond Borders: Women in Sufi Music’ exhibition: exploring the evolution of musical genres from the Punjab region of Northern India - and associated concert/ public programme

Sarabande Foundation
The Sarabande Gallery in Tottenham, public exhibition programme 2024/5

Whitechapel Gallery
Director’s Inaugural Programme including four major solo exhibitions featuring influential artists Gavin Jantjes; Lygia Clark/ Sonia Boyce curated by Sonia Boyce; Hamad Butt and Joy Gregory