WHAT WE DO
This page shares our mission, our artistic policy and a bit about our heritage. To read a larger text by Robert Pacitti about how Pacitti Company came in to being, our background in touring work, how this evolved SPILL Festival and then the Think Tank see also OUR STORY
Our mission is to create and curate meaningful interdisciplinary art, shared with audiences in new and accessible ways; and to create innovative learning offers and structured practical pathways that nurture and develop high-potential artists, students and cultural workers.
OUR ARTISTIC POLICY
Our Artistic Policy is to utilise performance as a mechanism for creating new and dynamic discourses around both society and the art form. We draw upon real experiences of oppression and privilege, in order to make public interdisciplinary works that are at once urgent and considered. We recognise the intelligence and complexities of audiences and as such strive to produce works that are respectful of this. We build upon an internal history of clear aesthetic ambitions and consider it appropriate to engage aspects of Fine Arts, Music, Film, Storytelling, New Technologies, Science, Medicine, Politics, Psychology, History and Philosophy as vital components of its work.
Pacitti Company was formed in 1990 to enable the vision and practice of artist Robert Pacitti. Drawing on a background of punk, activism, fine art and club land, Pacitti Company spent 20 years making and presenting award winning international group and solo performance works for a range of theatre, gallery and site-specific spaces worldwide.
In 2007 Robert created the SPILL Festival of Performance (SPILL), deliberately forcing a large-scale, high visibility sustainable shift in the UK cultural landscape for experimental live work. SPILL was born through being in service to other makers, and serving audiences the very best work from across the country and around the world. SPILL is now recognised worldwide as a significant artist-led festival of uncompromising live work. The festival became annual in 2011, alternating between London and Ipswich. It now takes place every two years, in Ipswich.
In 2009 Pacitti Company was awarded Artists taking the lead for the East of England, a major project at the heart of London 2012 supported by Arts Council England. The resulting work, On Landguard Point, involved 20,000 people in the creation of multiple live events and other outcomes across a 3-year period, including a full-length feature film and an exhibition which showed for 5 years at The Museum of East Anglian Life in Suffolk.
Initially setting up an Ipswich office in 2009, the Company fully relocated from London to Suffolk in 2012. It established the Think Tank - a purpose built studio and office complex, housed in the specially refurbished Victorian Wing of the Ipswich Museum. From here, the Company runs a rolling public programme of talks, salons, feasts, exhibitions, performances, installations, training in new technologies, artist surgeries and more.
To read more go to OUR STORY