Seed Support

Surf Generator Seed Support: Kapow and Spin Arts

Kapow and Spin Arts - Climb the City

Surf The Wave have awarded Kapow and Spin Arts £3,500 in Surf Generator Seed Support for Climb the City.

Kapow - Dance Circus Theatre will be partnering with Spin Arts to host 10 conversations with partners, advisers and community figures. These meetings will revolve around re-staging our existing street show The Boulderers into Climb The City, a show tailor made for an indoor climbing centre context. We are interested in getting as many young people as possible into climbing centres to both watch the show and participate in climbing and creative workshops. These meetings will help us redevelop the piece in a well informed and well researched way - understanding the needs of all partners and participants before the creative work takes place.

Surf Generator Seed Support: Jane Mason & Tim Smithies

Jane Mason & Tim Smithies

Surf The Wave are supporting Jane Mason with partner Tim Smithies - Carn to Cove and Villages in Action - with £3,500 in Seed Support to invest in testing new relationships and models for presenting dance in rural touring venues.

Jane is working in partnership with Tim Smithies, director of Carn to Cove, to explore placing her dance work Night Flying (in collaboration with David Williams) in a rural touring context.

Tim and Jane met at the Surf The Wave intensive in Bristol in 2018. Tim then came to see Night Flying live, and they developed an email conversation around the potential challenges and rewards of presenting experimental dance work in rural contexts.

The £3,500 seed fund enables Jane to: pitch her work to rural programmers through C2C contacts, creatively adapt it for rural spaces, build new relationships with rural touring programmers, support a mini rural tour (as part of wider touring) and informs understanding around potential new audiences for her work.

Surf Generator Seed Support: Ieva Kuniskis

Ieva Kuniskis - Breakfast

Surf the Wave have supported Ieva Kuniskis with partners Kala Sangam and The Mill Arts Centre with  £4,018 Seed Support to invest in piloting an engagement and audience development project in tandem with the creation of 'Breakfast', a new touring show.

Working alongside Kala Sangam (Bradford) and The Mill Arts Centre (Banbury) Ieva Kuniskis will pilot an engagement and audience development project to run in tandem with the creation of ‘Breakfast’, a new production for touring in 2020. "Breakfast" draws on real life experiences of families dealing with a degenerative / life limiting illness. Gathering first-hand personal accounts Ieva will explore how we might behave, how the relationships and dynamics in the family shift in the face of something so life affecting. STW Seed Support allows Ieva to reach out to new communities in Banbury and Bradford, test bespoke engagement activities and explore how to sustain participant engagement over time with the hope of them becoming audience for “Breakfast” in 2020.  

Surf Generator Seed Support: ATMA Dance Spy Monkey Project

ATMA Dance Spy Monkey Project

ATMA Dance were award £4,000 to invest in establishing a family dance programming consortium through Spy Monkey.

Spy Monkey reimagines a classic Indian tale from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Co-commissioned by GemArts, ATMA Dance’s new work is aimed for family audiences and school groups. It will be performed by Bharatanatyam and hip hop dancers. 

The company's Seed Generator funding will support performances of Spy Monkey in partnership with a pilot-consortium of four South East venues: Norden Farm Arts, Maidenhead; South Hill Park, Bracknell; Corn Exchange, Newbury and Mill Arts Centre, Banbury. Joint objectives for this artist-promoter initiative include establishing a model of good collaborative, communication and marketing practices as identified during the Surf The Wave residency. 

Surf Generator Seed Support: June Gamble

Surf Generator Seed Support: June Gamble

June Gamble was awarded £2,750 to provide business coaching to 11 Artist as Entrepreneur delegates. Here’s some more information about what she’ll be delivering.


June Gamble, freelance Dance Development Consultant, will provide 1:1 Business Coaching to support 11 delegates from the Surf the Wave Artist as Entrepreneur Intensives (dance artists, choreographers, producers, programmers and presenters). Each of the 11 will receive 2 Phone/Skype Business Coaching sessions during 2019, that will focus on the 4 Surf The Wave key themes of Concept, Quality, Communication and Sustainability, more specifically:

  •  How they develop programmes of work as an Artist/Producer or Programmer/Presenter

  •  How they develop relationships as an Artist/Producer with Programmers/Presenters OR as a Programme/Presenter with Artists/Producers

  •  How they develop relationships with potential audiences for dance as an Artist/Producer or Programmer/Presenter