Satellite Artist to Stevie Ronnie, PH1 ‘Artist in Place Residency,’ Dec 2014
I spent many cold December afternoons at the New Schoolhouse Gallery in York, learning about book-making, participatory art of all forms, how to stay warm, and many other things from writer and artist Stevie Ronnie. I also ventured onto the streets of York to ask people for things they didn’t need or want. The objects I gathered, as well as those I failed to gather, and the stories I inadvertently gathered, formed the basis of an Artist’s Book, ‘You Are So Much More Than What Is Expected Of You,’ which featured short fiction of a tactile nature, and (depending on when you read this) is or was displayed in the PH1 Residency final exhibition.
Write Where You Are: Writer in Residence at the UK Young Artists Festival, Nov 2014
I spent a whole four days in Leicester hanging out with other young artists from myriad disciplines, performing my existing work and writing new work in response to theirs. It was strange and wonderful and very, very fun.
How the Light Gets In
How the Light Gets In is an interactive storytelling installation which explores the ways in which words can and cannot lead us through the dark – both the literal dark of the winter months and the dark that everyone encounters when life gets hard. Originally commissioned for Light Night Leeds 2014 as part of the ACE-funded SHINE Emerging Artist Programme, I developed the material through leading a series of creative workshops all over Leeds. I then chose Katie Eleanor Dawson, Jane Kendrick, Skye Spittle and Rachel Watson to perform the stories on the night itself, whilst audiences could contribute their own thoughts and experiences to the postcards, washing lines and display walls.
- Read a review from Amy Griffiths in The State of the Arts Magazine here.
- Read some sample stories here and here.
- Read an interview with Neil Mudd in The Culture Vulture here.
How the Light Gets In will be performed in a slightly different incarnation at the Northern Art Festival at Theatre Deli North, Sheffield, on Friday December 19th. If you’re free, come along; as well as a lot of interesting art, there will be mince pies.
How the Light Gets In – Art Vend
Woolgather Art commissioned new works from artists across the UK and use vending machines to provide a platform for their practice whilst also developing an audience and consumer for the works. Art Vend offers people an art experience amongst everyday life, by placing the machines in public venues such as shopping centres, bars, cafes and at public events.
For my commission, I transformed some of the stories from How the Light Gets In to art-vendable objects. These are currently being shown as part of the Art Vend exhibition in Leeds until 21st December. They also feature in the exhibition catalogue.