Ben Monks

Executive Director

Improbable

Tell us about yourself

I’m an arts producer and currently work with improvisation company Improbable as executive director. I’m also a trustee of Deafinitely Theatre, Sphinx Theatre and the Multi-Story Orchestra.

 

In 2019, Improbable called a Devoted & Disgruntled conversation at Battersea Arts Centre about how artists can respond to the proroguing of parliament. The room was flooded with ideas – puppets of protest, street art, placards, flags, choreographed marches – and I left thinking how valuable a fund like ARTCRY would have been in supporting some of those ideas to happen. I’m excited to find out what and how ARTCRY is able to support. 

Why do you think it’s important to see artistic response to social and political events?

If there’s a route out of the mess our planet and our societies are in right now, it’s going to involve doing things differently. Different ways of being, living, communicating; different stories, power balances and relationships; different visions, perspectives and values. I’ve no idea what those things might look like, but the time to start exploring them is now. 

 

The arts has a critical role to play in that. Making a piece of art is an opportunity to think differently about a question; to dream up and model new modes of being, and to do so in ways that are playful, hopeful and risk-taking. Creating and engaging with art helps us figure out what we think about the world and what we’re going to do about it.

The Steering Committee

The company directors and panel are involved on an individual capacity, not representing their organisations and on a voluntary basis.

If you are interested in joining the panel in future please email Kathryn Bilyard on kathryn@artcry.co.uk with some information about yourself and why you are interested.