1 January 2009
What is the Genesis Foundation?
"We are about nurturing talent and providing a safe place for people to discover how to fulfil that talent after they have had the opportunity to learn their basic craft. We are about the process of development.
If, in ten years' time, one artist has produced one successful work with the help of knowledge they gained while being supported by the Genesis Foundation - then Genesis would have accomplished its objective."
John Studzinski, Chairman
The focus of the Genesis Foundation is on helping inspirational young individuals in the fields of music, theatre, dance and the visual arts through specially created programmes with its established partners: the Royal Court, The Sixteen, Welsh National Opera, the Young Vic, LAMDA and the Royal College of Art.
In 2010, the Foundation celebrated its 10th Anniversary. A digital version of the 10th Anniversary book is now available which includes an overview of the projects the Foundation has supported over the past 10 years alongside some videos.
In 2012 alone the Genesis Foundation:
In 2012 the Genesis Foundation launched the Genesis Prize, recognising an outstanding mentor of young artistic talent. It was founded as part of the celebrations to mark the Genesis Foundation’s first ten years of nurturing and developing emerging talent in the UK and is unique in being the first and only such prize to recognise individuals who give others the confidence and inspiration to achieve artistic excellence in their chosen arts field. The £25,000 cash prize will assist the winners to further their work. The prize will be awarded every two years.
Hamish Dunbar, Founder and Director of Café Oto, is the inaugural winner of the Genesis Prize. He is using the award to further the activities of Café Oto – which presents experimental music and sound art in a Hackney warehouse – through an Associated Artists Programme which will see him work closely with five of the UK’s most exciting emerging musicians, providing a platform for them to present new work, develop ideas and initiate collaborations. Read more about the Genesis Prize here.
The Genesis Foundation, which donates up to £1 million a year, is not considering any further applications for funding. Any unsolicited proposals it receives will therefore go unacknowledged.
Genesis Future Director Matthew Xia’s Sizwe Banzi is Dead returns for a limited run in the Young Vic’s Maria Theatre after its sell-out autumn run in the Clare studio.More...