London hotel launches opera quest for artist-in-residence

Corinthia London, Artist in Residence 2015

A London hotel’s fourth annual artist-in-residence programme is taking the theme of opera.

A top panel will judge winning ideas with the selected artist awarded a month-long residency at the Corinthia Hotel London, over which time they will develop and realise their vision.

The finished project will launch in September. A selection of artists have been approached to submit ideas with one final ‘wild card’ position still remaining.

Hotel general manager Renaud Gregoire will select one final applicant from open submissions to join the other artists.

The judging panel for 2015 is made up of: Alex Beard CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House; Joseph Calleja, internationally acclaimed award-winning tenor; Susanna Eastman OBE, Chief Executive of Sound and Music; Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre; Justine Simmons, Head of Culture, The Mayor’s Office; Imogen Tilden, Classical Music Editor at the Guardian; Jenny Waldman, 14-18 NOW Director; Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Graham Vick CBE, Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company, and Renaud Gregoire.

Joseph Calleja said: “I was delighted to be asked to be on the panel and am very excited to be involved in such a creative venture.

“The Corinthia’s artist-in-residence programme is a great way to nurture emerging opera talent. The nature of this enterprise means that it also has the potential to address preconceptions and reach new audiences.”

The programme is designed to encourage artists to think about the way their work can be experienced differently and enable imaginative, site-responsive ideas to evolve and come to life within the fabric of the hotel.

The public and wider artistic community are invited to submit their ideas by completing an application form which is downloadable at corinthia-air.com/opera. The deadline for submissions is 20 March.

The Corinthia London Artist in Residence is a unique annual initiative championing British talent within different disciplines of the arts.

Over the past four years the hotel has commissioned site specific pieces across theatre, film, and visual art.

Previous residencies saw winning commissions from aspiring filmmakers Zawe Ashton (best known for acting as Vod in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat), and David Petch (2014), immersive theatre company Look Left Look Right (2013) and photographic artist Noémie Goudal (2012).

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