Through the partnership we were able to offer 15 young aspiring dancers a 2-week residential Training Intensive – an incredible learning experience for us and them.
ASOS was selected from a shortlist of five outstanding companies which have supported the arts for the first time within the last 12 months: Mace, nominated by Contact; Hotel Chocolat, nominated by English National Opera; Mountain Warehouse, nominated by Hay Festival Foundation; and Dishoom, nominated by HOME – voted on by an independent judging panel: Nigel Farnall, winner of the 2016 Achates Philanthropy Prize; David Hall, founding Chief Executive of The Foyle Foundation; Tarek Iskander, Artistic Director and CEO of Battersea Arts Centre; Steven Jackson-Winter, Senior Associate of Achates Philanthropy; Caroline McCormick, Director of Achates Philanthropy; Danielle Sugrue, Senior Commercial Manager at Laing O’Rourke, winners of the 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Award; Paul Owens, co-founder and Director of BOP Consulting and Chair of the Corporate Award judging panel; Libby Penn, digital specialist working across the cultural sector; Victoria Pomery OBE, Director of Turner Contemporary; and Aliceson Robinson, Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates.
ASOS was presented with a sculpture by the renowned British artist, Peter Brooke-Ball MRBS. As winners of the Corporate Award, they will be custodians of the sculpture for one year. Candoco Dance Company 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.
“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”.
Thank you ASOS for making it possible and to all the teachers, artists and staff that made it happen!