'Finale' by Pacitti Company, photo by Luiz Fernando Lobo, © Pacitti Company
Pacitti Company was formed in 1990 to enable the vision and practice of Ipswich raised artist Robert Pacitti. Drawing on a background of punk, activism, fine art and club land, Pacitti Company has spent the past 25 years making and touring an award-winning body of radical work around the world, including live performance, film and video, and mass-engagement projects.
In 2007 Robert created the SPILL Festival of Performance (SPILL), deliberately forcing a large-scale, high visibility sustainable shift in the UK cultural landscape for experimental live work. SPILL was born through being in service to other makers, and serving audiences the very best work from across the country and around the world. SPILL is now recognised as one of the world's premier artist-led festivals of radical live work, and has redefined what experimental live work can achieve. Festival partners in London include the Barbican, National Theatre and Southbank, and in Ipswich include the Dance East, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Borough Council, and Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service.
In 2009 Pacitti Company was awarded 'Artists taking the lead' for the East of England, a major project at the heart of London 2012 supported by Arts Council England. The resulting work, On Landguard Point, involved 20,000 people in the creation of multiple live events and other outcomes across a 3-year period, including a full-length feature film and a permanent exhibition, now housed at The Museum of East Anglian Life in Suffolk.
Initially setting up an Ipswich office in 2009, Pacitti Company fully relocated from London to Suffolk in 2012. It established a purpose built studio and office complex, housed in the specially refurbished Victorian Wing of the Ipswich Museum, for both private and public research into contemporary performance and associated areas. A rolling public event programme offers salons, feasts, an alternative public library, artist surgeries, mentoring, publishing and more, alongside Robert's own ongoing studio based practice and that of Think Tank Associates.
A highly experienced facilitator and teacher, Robert continues to lead workshops and residencies internationally. He has sat on a range of prominent UK funding selection panels and regularly contributes to a broad span of publications, conferences and other performance related cultural activities around the world.