The Commissions are our pioneering project to develop a critical mass of performance-based work conceived in the context of climate change. They are a vital part of our programme of work.
The first round of the TippingPoint Commissions was launched in early 2009 and offered financial awards for a number of projects that are primarily focused upon the performing arts and which demonstrated genuine groundbreaking potential. The first Commissions were announced on 30 June 2009, at the National Theatre, London by The Rt. Hon Ed Miliband, then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
The 2011 Commissions were launched in October 2010 with the closing date for applications on 6 December 2010. We received 180 proposals from across the UK, proving the hunger and vitality of artists wishing to introduce audiences to the radical and imaginative thinking necessary to contemplate and inhabit a world dominated by climate change. We also launched our first co-commission with Without Walls.
Further commissions were undertaken in 2014 as a result of our event held in partnership with Free Word. And as a result of our event held in partnership with Stories of Change, we made two more commissions: Invisible Treasure, by fanSHEN, whose initial run took place at the Ovalhouse late in 2015, and Charge, by Motionhouse, which will be a touring dance theatre performance to premiere at Warwick Arts Centre in autumn 2017 and tour extensively across the UK.