Social Live Art Performance
SLAP was dreamt up, formed and spawned by 70/30 Split (Lydia Cottrell & Sophie Unwin) who wanted to bring exceptional performances to the city of York. SLAP generate opportunities for like-minded artists who probe and produce raw grass-roots performance work.
We like the risky and small-scale, we like big ideas and artists who are producing works on the fringes of traditional performance. We tend to put unusual work into usual spaces for unsuspecting audiences.
What makes us tick is supporting, developing and programming experimental dance, theatre, live art, installation and film.
We have programmed work at York Theatre Royal, The Guildhall, Illuminating York festival, in a pub, a club, a bus stop, a music festival and everywhere in-between.
SLAP’s 2018 activity was supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. With further support from The Mediale, York and North Yorkshire Dance Hub, York St John University, York Theatre Royal, Yorkshire Dance, York Dance Space and Festival of Ideas.
2017 saw SLAP’s first multi-day event, the SLAPWeekender, which was part of Yorkshire Dance’s Artists Curating Dance project, funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. It aims were to develop curatorial practice with a selected group of six artists, including SLAP, who are working at the cutting edge of contemporary practice and who are supported to develop curatorial ideas. The SLAP weekender was supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England with further support from Jerwood Charitable Foundation, York St John University, York Theatre Royal and York Dance Space.
SLAP were finalists in the Best Cultural Event or Festival category in the York Culture Awards 2017.