Mercurial is reaching its 16th Birthday! We thought we’d take a moment to look back at a selection of project we’ve run since the company formed in 2003.
2003 Mercurial Dance formed after Artistic Director, Oliver Scott, finishes a successful career as a performer for other companies, including touring with Motionhouse
2003 We created a series of dance films with marginalised young people
2004 Associate Artist with Warwick Arts Centre, and key force for a series of Education projects over the next 10 years, including the Cov Cool Kids and Boys Dancing projects
2006 100 Faces Dance Film Installation at Leamington Art Gallery receiving national recognition
2006 Founded Mercurial Arts Charity to hold and direct our socially engaged work
2007 Beribboned Dance Film Installation at Herbert Gallery, NMH Award nominee shortlist. Initiated Cardinal Wiseman School to start delivering A Level Dance
2008-13 The Mysteries Festival with Warwick Arts Centre creating a series of digital dance installations in our empty shop venue with young people
2010-15 Formed and ran The Bubble Chamber, our popup place for performance and art. We brought dance to City Arcade in Coventry at the same time Theatre Absolute opened Shop Front Theatre and with these artists proactively voiced the change that arts bring to highs treet regeneration. We toured our pop up concept The Bubble Chamber to other Midlands towns, hosted other organisations and performances
2011-12 A series of performances in Coventry City Centre Squares
2013-19 In depth partnership with Oasis Academies in Birmingham, our key lead Oasis Academy Hobmoor.
Developed Every Child Is An Artist Project – long term in-depth arts work in school led by artists, authoring the curriculum for the school.
Launched Aspire! Programme across Oasis Academies connecting children from low socio-economic backgrounds to fulfil their potential.
2014 Fair Youth, touring a dance duet to regional libraries
2014-16 Chaotic Liquid Network: We used a digital dance collaboration with University of Birmingham to launch Hobmoor Community Centre, built in 2007 but never opened. Through a series of projects at key change moments at Hobmoor Community Centre, we offered a space back to the local community. Today 2000 people use it every week, it has its own charitable status and has recently been awarded a £350K reaching communities fund
2017 Coventry City of Culture 2021 programme advisory group member (ceased)
2018 Committee member, Birmingham Dance Hub (active)
2018 Author of the new book Aspire! An inspiring programme of enrichment at Oasis Academy Hobmoor
2018 Concept director of the Read All About It mini festival, initiating Belgrade Theatres community groups development work
2018 Artistic Director of Retold in the Coventry Evening Telegraph Building.
2019 Oasis Academy Hobmoor gains Ofsted Outstanding with special comments on our cultural engagement programme
2019 Launch of our Histories at Hobmoor App on ios and android devices. A geo-locative heritage experience for families
2019 Route 10 pilot, performing to 200 people at Coventry Cathedral and piloting dance work on a 1966 Route master bus. Interested parties for the next stage include Mac Birmingham (confirmed 5 day residency) and British Science Festival in Coventry, September.
And looking forwards to next years
2020 The City Breathes, dance and spoken word Trio
2020 Route 10, an activity and activism performance with a health and wellbeing theme
2021 The long anticipated Coventry City Of Culture arrives and with it our exciting programme will be revealed….