Creative producers Charlie Bunker (WildWorks, ACE, Kerpow) and Gabby Vautier (Young Vic, Barbican, Punchdrunk, Kneehigh), have joined forces to create a new, independent producing and artist development company, imPOSSIBLE.
Bunker and Vautier bring a wealth of experience and connections to the new company which has been set up as a Covid response producing project to support artists and freelancers across the UK.
Bunker explained: “We are challenging the rules about producing and articulating what creative producing might look like in the future. Our approach blurs the lines between production and artist development; we help support artists to create new work and then we offer practical help to get that work made and in front of audiences.”
In the first six months of the company, the pair supported 35 artists, producers and activists through an online and live artist development and support programme called The Island, keeping them afloat through the pandemic.
“The Island and the retreats that are part of it are where the really exciting work comes from,” said Vautier. “We do things differently and encourage all kinds of exploration and conversations, planting seeds for the future. We take time to talk with artists, working out what is possible and what might be blocking people from making their ideas a reality.”
Having recently completed work with artist Seamas Carey for a show that presented in St Ives and Ipswich, the team have now turned their attention to producing the large-scale outdoor arts event, Arrival, at Royal Docks, London.
imPOSSIBLE has 15 new productions in development across the subsidised and commercial sector ranging from indoor small scale one person shows to musicals, from dramas to magic shows, blending Cornish artists with National and International artists – all whom want to change the industry and the world in some way.
“We’re excited about the future,” said Bunker. “imPOSSIBLE was born from an ambition to disrupt the way arts work is made, to help people think differently, to collaborate differently. We’re extremely grateful to all our funders and supporters and we’re ready to take people’s seemingly impossible ideas to the next level including a large project based for Cornwall.”