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Candoco Dance Company Receives Achates Philanthropy Prize

Friday, November 29, 2019   (0 Comments)

Achates Philanthropy Prize has announced its two winners for 2019. Established in 2016, the Achates Philanthropy Prize aims celebrates first-time cultural giving in the UK. Each year two awards are presented, one for first-time individual philanthropy, and one for first-time corporate partnerships.The winning arts organisations in each category receive a grant, and their nominated individual or company becomes the custodian of one of the two prize sculptures for the year.

Candoco Dance Company, a leading repertory dance company of disabled and non-disabled artists based in the UK, won the Corporate Philanthropy Award, while World Heart Beat Music Academy and Nick Thomlinson won the Individual Philanthropy Award. Candoco received a £5,000 donation from the Achates Philanthropy Foundation which will be invested in essential fundraising infrastructure to allow the Company to grow the scale and impact of the Training Intensive project in the future. Jo Royce, Executive Director of Candoco Dance Company said:

"We would like to thank the Prize judges for recognising the impact and importance of this collaboration, which was built on a shared value system around supporting emerging talent and a commitment to inclusion and diversity. We have to thank ASOS who enabled this vital project to happen; through this partnership we have been able to reach a wider and more diverse audience in Candoco’s work and connect with 15 incredible young artists."

Candoco Dance Company and ASOS met at the 2018 Paralympics in Seoul where ASOS was an official supporter, responsible for designing and creating the formal and ceremony wear for ParalympicsGB, and Candoco performed as part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations. It quickly became clear that there were synergies at the heart of these two considerably different organisations that offered an exciting opportunity. Candoco and ASOS developed a partnership to bring to life their shared values around promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity. The ASOS x Candoco Dance Company Training Intensive, a two-week residential for 15 disabled and non-disabled dancers aged 18-30, aimed to increase opportunities to train in an inclusive environment. ASOS offered significant financial support to develop this pilot, as well as gifted clothing for participants. The partnership took a dynamic and collaborative approach to communications and social media, with Candoco featuring on the ASOS Instagram Stories feed on numerous occasions.

Our delegates at the last New York 2019 ISPA Congress had the pleasure to watch a short piece of their performance, and the company is returning to the upcoming New York 2020 ISPA Congress to present a new work at the Pitch New Works session. Check out the full prize announcement on the Achates Philanthropy Prize website.

Achates Philanthropy Prize Winners