Cabbage’s Resilience Programme was developed in 2020, in response to the impact of Covid-19 on under-represented and early career artists' opportunity and practices, and informed by Cabbage's approach to working; through slow conversation and collaboration.
The programme offered tailored support for six artists to continue to develop their practice, research and develop ideas, and navigate challenges due Covid-19 or their own personal circumstances. Opportunities within the programme were developed in partnership with each artist and included a funded period of research and development, with no pressure on outcome, as well as an additional allocation of funding for professional development that was identified by each artist. These personalised opportunities ranged from mentoring sessions, to support for digital events and new film commissions.
2020/21 Associate Artists & their work within the Resilience Programme:
Developed new printmaking methods, purchased new digital equipment for the creation of new work, and collaborated with Nina Mdwaba to create the film LET'S TAKE IT HOME, premiered in October 2021 as part of Catalyst Arts FIX21 performance art and film festival.
Supported their existing multi art form practice and development of new work. Created new performance work for the film Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down, available to view here.
Developed new body of work In REM we remember poetry and collaborated with Christian Noelle Charles to create the film LET'S TAKE IT HOME, premiered in October 2021 as part of Catalyst Arts FIX21 performance art and film festival.
Developed new writing and poetry works and received mentoring sessions with curator Eoin Dara.
"As an artist led platform, Cabbage seeks to collaborate with and support artists to create the work they want to make, while sharing resources, partnerships, and opportunities to achieve a strength in numbers, without the constraints or pressures that an organisation can sometimes create. Prior to the pandemic, this was done largely within the one night stand economy of the arts - where freelance exhibition, performance, and screening opportunities came and went, with one off injections of cash providing limited stability for both artists and curators. The ambition to work with artists long term over a sustained period, often years, was a key strategy of Cabbage to provide ongoing support and opportunity. The last 12 months has provided a chance to delve deeper into what sustainable support for artists can look like, and how artists as individuals can collectively develop their own opportunities within supportive, non-hierarchical structures, as seen in the pilot of the Resilience Programme, which we plan to become a staple of Cabbage's work within the Scottish arts sector."
Cabbage Event Maker, Jenny Tipton, 2020.