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Lucy McCormick's Life: Live! at Fierce 2019. Image: Manual Vason


Fierce Further Jerwood Commissions

Fierce is the West Midlands leading organisation for Live Art with a national and international reputation. Fierce produces the biennale Fierce Festival, with the 2019 edition described as a 'daring whirl of theatrical thrills' in The Guardian's five star review, as well as local artist development programme Fierce FWD, and late night event series Club Fierce.

Fierce Further: Jerwood Commissions will see Fierce work with four of the UK’s most promising early-career Live Artists over a 30-month period to catalyse a step change in their practice and career. Through a rigorous commissioning process we will premiere four new works at Fierce 2021, with a view to establishing the artists within international touring circuits.

The scheme offers the artists a £6000 commission, a two-week residency in Birmingham with an invited expert, an international research trip, a premiere at Fierce 2021, and pragmatic mentoring to get the work 'tour ready' with the needed technical documents. The programme will also allow Fierce to test a new model of working as 'agent' of the four works for a six-month trial period. The programme utilises Fierce's international reputation for presentation of high-quality commissions by UK artists whilst also enabling makers to think more ambitiously about the work they are making.