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Artist Profile: Kilter

Artist Profile: Kilter
Each month we’ll be shining the spotlight on an artist that we are currently working with. This month, we’ve the pleasure to introduce artists Olly Langdon and Caroline Garland, otherwise known as Kilter.  
 
Hello Olly & Caroline – tell us a bit about yourselves (and your artistic medium)
 

Kilter is a social engaged arts company based in Bath and using a theatre practise evolved over the last 10-15 years as the starting point for lots of different types of work. We love working with special people in special places to uncover surprising stories that help make exciting, ground-breaking new work!

What project/s are you currently working on with Creativity Works?
“Made In Foxhill.” In consortium with Creativity Works and Bath Dance and commissioned by B&NES Council. We have worked in Foxhill before and find it a fascinating place, filled with generous hospitable people and generations of fabulous stories. 

 

Who inspires you? (and why)

We try to get inspiration from across all sorts of different media and artistic disciplines. We will more often be inspired by a book, a film or a dance show than by something too close to what we normally do. We are also constantly re-booted by anyone who makes it work for them, whatever it is. It inspires us to take every opportunity to aim to do whatever excites and interests us.

What book or exhibition has inspired you recently?
 

Local history books by Kirsten Elliott and Andrew Swift are always inspiring when working in Bath. The Southwark Mysteries by John Constable has inspired our ideas for what we are working towards in Foxhill. We were lucky enough to be involved in staging a production in 2010. It’s a play staged every 10 years in Southwark Cathedral with a community cast telling the lesser known stories of the borough. We love the collision of the higher-end and lower-end aspects of the community.

What’s been your biggest professional, personal or creative achievement to date?

Our 10th birthday probably. To sustain a multi-disciplinary arts company like Kilter with just 2 part-time staff in the aftermath of the credit crunch and all the chipping away at public funding for the arts…. We have had to redesign our business plan several times and each time it’s helped us to learn and grow.

What are your creative aspirations? (with or without Creativity Works)?

Another 10 years for Kilter to keep growing and changing. And we would love to find a home for Kilter out in the countryside near Bath. If you know of an empty barn just screaming for a make-over and a resident theatre company, we are only a phone call away. Please get in touch!

What advice would you give an emerging socially engaged artist?

Choose projects that you believe in.

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