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Laurence Payot – Sky Arts Ignition Futures Fund

Huge congratulations to Royal Standard studio member Laurence Payot who was announced winner of the second round of the Sky Arts Ignition Futures Fund. We’re so proud!

Sky Arts Ignition Futures Fund: Round two winners

The pitches have been made, the judges have spoken, the waiting is over: We are very pleased to announce the winners of round two of the Sky Arts Ignition Futures Fund. Congratulations (from left to right) Felix Mortimer, Laurence Payot and Drew Roper…

Laurence Payot, 30, is a performance artist, based in Liverpool, who has won £30,000 funding over an entire year for her project Backstaged, which will work with groups of spectators –to create collective performances that infiltrate mainstream events.

I’d convinced myself that I wouldn’t get it – I didn’t want to get my hopes up. So when I got the message yesterday I just couldn’t believe it. I feel like screaming every five minutes.

I had told everyone that I was applying – I like to set myself challenges like that because once you’ve told people, there’s more pressure to actually do it. It’s nice that I can now tell them all that I got it.

I couldn’t sleep last night, so I made a huge list of all the things I want to start doing.

Once you’re in front of the panel, you just have to get on with it. I imagine it’s the same as being a performer, going on stage – the worst bit is before you start.

This is really what I needed at this point in my career. It feels like perfect timing – I am now able to deliver the project confidently. It’s a fantastic boost.