Cally Spooner

Cally Spooner (b. 1983) lives in London. Using theory, philosophers, current affairs, pop cultural figures as alibis to help her write, and casts of arguing characters to help her perform, Cally Spooner produces plotless novellas, disjunctive theatre plays, looping monologues and musical arrangements to stage the movement and behaviour of speech. Working through film, broadcasting, writing and live events, she considers the dissolving boundaries between personal expression and market agendas, as linguistic apparatus transforms into service and labour. Spooner's productions have been presented at Perfroma 13, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen; KW Institute, Berlin; Wysing Art Centre, Cambridgeshire; Jeu De Paume, Paris; Serpentine Gallery, London.

Cally Spooner | I am amazed and touched that an award which shows such empathy towards artists and their lives even exists. I am overwhelmed to be on the receiving end of this understanding, with support that the Paul Hamlyn Foundation recognises, rightly, to be integral to an artist's development. It is life enlarging. I am going to use the award to be ambitious, at a time when I feel my practice needs to evolve. Now I have the resources and breathing space to begin. In particular, I will be focusing on making films. I'm also hoping to use the award to displace myself from time to time out of the day to day, to write, read with peace of mind, work in ways not necessarily to be used or always for use; to find a surplus, face forward, and hopefully surprise myself with my work. This is totally, madly transformative. Thank you.