ArtWank! exists to educate, entertain and enliven through the hidden history of erotic cinema, progressive comedy and cabaret performance. Rejecting body facism, alienation and mass-marketed sexual identity in favour of mass debate, sexuality as FUN and joyful gems of vintage erotica, ArtWank seeks neither to condemn nor condone pornography, but to explore it's purpose and potential publicly. Read why they're worth funding in their own words here:
We have a unique archive of smutty movies from the 1890s to the 1970s and for the first time ever we have an original score, composed by Michael Roulston and Sarah-Louise Young for the world premiere of our all-killer-no-filler whistle-stop tour of the annuls of smut and the impact of pornography. Our campaign video was shot by the awesome Alex Sufit.
After 18 months of events, research, radio broadcasts, journalism, parties and experiments in London, Brighton and Edinburgh we are ready to take our fans and new audiences on the ride of their lives.
What we’re doing:
We are proud to be taking part in the Edinburgh Fringe this year, as part of PBH's Free Fringe, at the beautiful Voodoo Rooms, and we need your help to get there! Yes, it will be FREE to come and see this unique show. We want to be as accessible as possible, and, frankly, the Free Fringe offers us the only financially viable way to take part in the world's largest arts festival.
We will be giving 21 performances, one of which will have a British Sign Language Interpreter, with the intention of bringing our work to new audiences, to contributing to the growing cabaret scene in Edinburgh, and with the hope of attracting touring and production opportunities.
We will also be conducting several research sessions at the Fringe to give you the chance to give your views on the state of smut today, with the intention of writing a book combining our existing research, the stories of the sex industry professionals we have collaborated with and cutting-edge opinion and action.
What we need:
As well as commuting weekly between London and Weston-Super-Mare to run ArtWank, our production costs include:
Transport of our crew to and from Edinburgh Accommodation and food
British Sign Language interpreter for August 16th production
Costumes and props (fruit, liquor, explosives)
admin costs for registering with the Fringe Original
music and filming costs
We are not paying ourselves for this show (nor any of the hundreds of hours we have put in to ArtWank! over the past 18 months) but we are ready to expand, to grow and to promote ourselves as a company. As part of the PBH Free Fringe we can put a collection bucket round at the end for audiences to contribute to our future work, and any money taken during the festival will be put towards buying our own projection equipment and our forthcoming week-long ArtWank! festival, taking place in London at Theatre Delicatessen, September 17th-23rd.
10% of our takings will be donated to Outsiders, the amazing charity working for the equal rights and recognition of people with disabilities.