We are delighted to announce that Abhi Arumbakkam is the latest recipient of the Farnham Maltings fellowship.
Abhi is a cultural curator, producer and playwright based in Slough. She created the Jukebox Telephone Line with Farnham Maltings as part of the ‘making theatre for extraordinary times’ project, connecting isolated individuals with music and conversation in the early days of the pandemic.
She says “Being a creative practitioner is often a solitary pursuit and it’s a road riddled with self-doubt. Being a mature one is harder still. I am delighted at being chosen for a Fellowship from Farnham Maltings. It means a lot to me to be part of a collective and to draw upon its strengths and to be able to contribute to its success. My sleeves are rolled, my pen is poised and I cannot wait to get started.”
The Farnham Maltings fellowship exists to enable a creative practitioner to make a significant step change in their career. The fellowship provides time, support and resources through a year-long attachment to the organisation, in addition to a £10,000 financial investment.
This is the fourth Farnham Maltings Fellowship, following past awards to Bucket Club, Action Hero and Louise Blackwell.
“Our experience is that, oftentimes, artists and makers, just need the validation, resources and time to move their career forward. Abhi is brim full of ideas and ambitions to make a difference to the communities she works with and we are really excited that we might help make that possible”.
said Gavin Stride, director of Farnham Maltings.