Looking to expand his professional network and develop his artistic practice, Nathan Jones used a £4,004 grant from the Arts Council’s Artists’ International Development Fund for a five-day research trip to Berlin.
Nathan Jones is a poet and performer who produces cross-artform collaboration and experimental approaches to poetry for Mercy, a creative design and marketing agency in Liverpool which mixes business with a focus on artistic production and development.
Having established engagement opportunities in the UK, including Trigger in Edinburgh, Cornerhouse in Manchester and PitM in London, as well as forming Syntax, a network for collaboration between poets and coders, Nathan applied to the Artists' International Development Fund to expand his contacts internationally.
Berlin's reputation as a centre for international artists led Nathan to believe that he could forge relationships in the city during only a short stay. The high number of English speakers there also made it an ideal location for his project as there would be less barriers to international artists engaging with his poetry. Additionally, Nathan identified similarities between the artistic environment in Liverpool and Berlin, which have both used cultural regeneration in their development.
The Künstlerhaus Bethanien provided a venue for the project in kind and promoted the event through their marketing and communications department.
Finding the right people in Berlin was a challenge, but curator Sam Skinner conducted research and selected contacts for Nathan to meet. Sam is very familiar with Nathan's work and chose artists who could influence his practice and provide opportunities for future collaborations.