FE Award (in memory of Huw Chadbourn)

Created 2018

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Huw Chadbourn

The Forced Entertainment Award (in memory of Huw Chadbourn) will recognise one artist (or company) a year for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The award comprises £10,000 closely linked to a substantial package of mentoring and subsidiary support, tailored each time to the needs and situation of the selected artist or group.

Financed by Forced Entertainment winning the International Ibsen Award in 2016, this scheme forms part of the company’s efforts to feed back some of our own success into the field, and to offer support to artists who are reinventing theatre and performance in new ways and for new audiences. In particular, the award is aimed at artists for whom there aren’t at present significant structures of support, recognition or development available.

This award is in memory of Huw Chadbourn, who died in July 2017, and who was an independent artist and performance-maker, an inspirational friend and one of the founder members of Forced Entertainment.

The recipient of the 2018 inaugural award is Glasgow-based artist Nic Green.

“I am completely thrilled and honoured to receive the first Forced Entertainment Award (in memory of Huw Chadbourn). I have been inspired and challenged by the work of Forced Entertainment over the years and it’s an absolute thrill to be invited into their world through this opportunity, and to consider the future of my own work as I learn more about theirs.  I am absolutely delighted.”  Nic Green, Artist.

Artistic Director Tim Etchells, comments of behalf of everyone at Forced Entertainment:
“We are delighted that Nic has been selected as the first recipient of the award – we think her work is urgent, rigorous and has carved out a space all of its own. It will be a pleasure and privilege for Forced Entertainment to support Nic in the continuation of this, in this way. We have no doubt that the dialogue with Nic will also bring a lot to us as a company and we’re excited to develop a relationship with her through this opportunity.”


Huw Chadbourn (1963-2017)  was an independent artist, actor, musician and performance-maker, an inspirational friend and one of the founder members of Forced Entertainment. In addition to his work with Forced Entertainment between 1984 and 1987, Huw made work with his own company Semblance, as well as creating performances with Axis Mundi and Dogs in Honey. He appeared in a range of TV shows including Smack The Pony and Annie Griffin’s Coming Soon.


[Image: Hugo Glendinning]