An international residency programme for the creative arts
Resident Artists, Performers, and Exhibitions
Dzmitry is a teaching fellow and a PhD candidate at UCL. Having contributed to exhibition research at the V&A and other cultural institutions he has long had an interest in art’s connection with personal, collective and social issues. He explored these topics through the work on public programmes and festivals, including the V&A Friday Late and queer arts festivals in Sweden and Eastern Europe. Since 2016 his research has been focused on human ecology, critical issues in public art and a broader connection between culture and climate change, which he addressed in a series of guest lectures internationally.
Jevgenija has a background in art history (MA Courtauld Institute of Art) and several years’ experience creating and managing collaborative cultural projects with partners nationally and internationally. Recently, she has delivered a major heritage preservation research project with global partners such as UNESCO, Palace Museum in Beijing, The Louvre, The Smithsonian Institution and others. Her most recent project with partners in Dubai focuses on food security and sustainability in the face of climate change. Jevgenija has worked at Christie’s London and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
Alfie Caine is a London based artist and musician. The former Cambridge architecture student, graduated from Gonville and Caius College in 2018. As an undergraduate, he received multiple prizes for his work including the Purcell Prize for exceptional drawing and representational ability, and the Schuldham Plate; his college’s highest academic accolade. In 2018 his work was selected to be displayed in the ‘Fresh Perspectives’ exhibition at the RIBA. Since then, Alfie’s strikingly vibrant paintings, depicting residential interiors and exteriors with stunning detail have caught the eyes of many collectors and are in high demand.
Multi-award winner as best jazz vocalist – BBC Jazz Awards 2007 and 2004 and Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018, alongside nominations from the Jazz FM Awards 2013 and Downbeat Magazine 2017 – Ian Shaw has amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.
Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. Shaw was spotted by Dave Illic, jazz critic for City Limits and was described as “the voice of the decade”.
During the next few years, Shaw moved from the singer-pianist format to working with his new band to an eventual move into jazz. Shaw has toured extensively in the UK – regular venues include the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls, Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club, The Vortex, the Jazz Café and The Barbican. Ian has played at all of the major jazz festivals in the UK including Brecon, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh (where he was nominated for a Perrier Award), Grimsby, Glasgow, Cheltenham, Scarborough, Swanage and St. Ives.
In Europe, he has proved popular in France, Germany and Italy with numerous live appearances. He has also performed regularly in the States including Jazz at the Lincoln Center (New York), Cine Grill (Hollywood), the Fairmont (Chicago), The Nest (Washington DC), Fez Club (New York), the Ellington Church (New York), the Pasadena Auditorium (California), the Miami Film and Music Festival and the Arizona Jazz Party. He has also performed at the Hanoi Opera House and Ho Chi Minh City Opera in Vietnam. More recently Ian has become a frequent visitor to Canada, as result of regular play on the 24 hour JazzFM91 radio station where his Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show airs weekly.
His acclaimed 2006 album Drawn To All Things – The Songs Of Joni Mitchell saw him “Praised far and wide as the single greatest male jazz vocalist Britain has to offer” by Jazz Times. This was followed in 2008 by the autobiographical collection co-penned with David Preston, Lifejacket, also on Linn Records. In 2009 Shaw recorded his long-awaited solo album, Somewhere Towards Love (Splash Point Records) which continues to represent beautifully his increasingly popular solo shows.
In the summer of 2010, Shaw joined a historical legacy of artists and recorded his first Abbey Road studio album. Using a personal blueprint connection in the shape of legendary bassist Peter Ind, Shaw and his young guitarist collaborator, David Preston, assembled a stellar, international, cross-generational band resulting in a recording that led Jamie Cullum to say “the incomparable Ian Shaw… absolutely fantastic” and reflects Shaw’s position as one of the world’s leading jazz singers.
Shaw’s 2013 album, A Ghost In Every Bar, The Lyrics Of Fran Landesman (Splash Point Records)fulfilled a long-standing promise made to the late poet/lyricist Landesman to make an album devoted to her work. Ian was one of her favourite singers and his past discography includes many of her songs.
His appearances on TV include guest slots with Jools Holland, Top of the Pops, The Jack Dee Show, Christmas Night with the Stars (BBC), Channel 4’s The Happening, TVAM, BBC Breakfast Show, BBC 2’s A Night of Love, BBC 2’s Jazz at the 606 alongside numerous appearances on the Performance and Artsworld channels. More recently Shaw featured in the prestigious live session slot of BBC 2’s The Review Show and Channel 4 filmed him with Liane Carroll for their series Random Acts.
Collaborators over the years have been many and include Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Mornington Lockett, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano and Joe Beck. Shaw’s ongoing and highly popular collaboration is a celebrated duet show with Claire Martin, the UK’s finest female jazz singer (he also guested on her 2002 album Too Darn Hot! (Linn AKD 243)). Together they have toured the world in an intimate duo setting with Shaw playing the piano and with the BBC Big Band. They co-hosted the 2004 BBC Jazz Awards.
Lifejacket, Shaw’s 2008 album, cemented his reputation as a fine songwriter as well as a great jazz singer. One of his recent self-penned songs, Somewhere Towards Love, has been a radio favourite, chosen by both style icon, Molly Parkin, on her Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4) and by fellow performer Julian Clary on the Jools Holland Show (BBC Radio 2) and Radio 4’s Saturday Live.
Shaw was for some time the presenter on BBC Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 and is a regular on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4, BBC Radio London and Jazz FM where he guest-presented their legendary Dinner Jazz show. In October 2012 Shaw presented a show called Miles Symphonic live from the Tower Ballroom Blackpool for Radio 3. Also for Radio 3, in June 2012, Shaw joined The BBC Concert Orchestra, alongside Pete Townshend and Jeff Beck at The Southbank Centre for London On Film and later was invited by Pete Townshend to revoice the songs from Quadrophenia (scored by composer, Rachel Fuller) for a new recording. In a similar vein, Gail Zappa invited Ian to play “Mark” in a fully orchestrated new version of 200 Motels, Frank Zappa’s cult 1972 movie which was performed on the Royal Festival Hall stage and broadcast on Radio 3 as part of Hear and Now in October 2013. Shaw then reprised this role for the Belgian premiere of the work, in Antwerp, with the Brussels Philharmonic, in March 2014.
Ian currently presents The Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show for Jazz FM in the UK (and he hosted the inaugural Jazz FM Jazz Awards in January 2013). The show is also broadcast on JazzFM91 (Canada), Jazz901 (Rochester NY) and Jazz88.FM (Minneapolis MN)and a special two-hour version forms the monthly-changing British Airways jazz show. Ian’s special “in conversation” guests have included Al Jarreau, Kenny Garrett, Patti Austin, Ruby Turner, Van Morrison, Fred Wesley and Marlena Shaw.
In 2011 Shaw joined Rory Bremner on a UK stand-up tour where he firmly returned to his roots by performing a mix of comedy and original songs. The tour continued into the following year with dates nationwide including the Glasgow Comedy Festival. A Bit Of A Mouthful – An Evening With Ian Shaw, Ian’s solo “sit-down” comedy show, a delicious confectionery of witty songs and stories, hit the Edinburgh Festival in August 2012 to great acclaim for a month’s run at the famous Stand comedy club. At the invitation of Barry Humphries, Ian took this show to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June 2015 before touring across Australia with local ace trios and gave two solo shows in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on his return. In October 2015 Ian performed A Bit Of A Mouthful in Berlin at the Bar jeder Vernunft.
To celebrate the landmark birthday of the legendary songwriter, Joni Mitchell, Shaw toured Joni at 70 – Ian Shaw Sings Joni Mitchell, in 2013-2014 sometimes inviting the award-winning jazz singer, Claire Martin, to guest. It played to New York’s 54 Below, Toronto’s Old Mill Inn as well as a packed Elgar Room (The Albert Hall) at the London Jazz Festival.
Recent European touring dates have taken Shaw to venues and festivals throughout Italy, Ireland, Germany as well as Belarus, to perform solo or with his trio. Ian’s return to working with the singer-with-trio format has seen him teaming up with the in-demand young pianist, Barry Green, the legendary UK bassist, Mick Hutton and old cohort, drummer David Ohm. Following their appearance in 2014 at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival, Ian returned to Hamburg’s Elbjazz in 2015 with the trio to showcase his new work.
Ian’s work with the trio is captured on the albums The Theory Of Joy and Shine Sister Shine, both on Jazz Village [PIAS] and released in all formats in 2016 and 2018 respectively to great acclaim (see reviews). Ian toured these works in Canada, the Far East and Australia and Europe in club dates and at festivals, both in solo shows and with the trio.
2019 saw Ian recording his next album What’s New with the legendary saxophonist and composer, Iain Ballamy and young piano player, Jamie Safir – released in April 2020.
Acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest pianists, Lucy Parham applies her sensitivity and imagination not only to concertos and recitals, but also to portraits in words and music of such composers as Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.
Her life-long passion for the music of Schumann inspired the original concept of the words and music evening, Beloved Clara. Two further evenings, Liszt – An Odyssey of Love and Nocturne – The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin also premiered in the London Piano Series at the Wigmore Hall. These musical portraits have toured the UK and abroad, also making their US debuts in Los Angeles and subsequently broadcast on NPR across the USA. The fourth programme, Rêverie – the life and loves of Claude Debussy was premiered at the Wigmore Hall London Piano Series with Henry Goodman. The CDs of Beloved Clara (Martin Jarvis/Joanna David), Nocturne (Samuel West/Harriet Walter), Odyssey of Love (Henry Goodman/Juliet Stevenson) and Rêverie (Alex Jennings) have all been released to critical acclaim.
Her fifth show, Elégie – Rachmaninoff, A Heart In Exile” is touring the UK and the CD (Henry Goodman) is now available.
The latest Composer Portrait I, Clara has been created for especially for 2019 – celebrating Clara Schumann’s 200th anniversary. The CD (with Dame Harriet Walter) was released in October 2019.
Celebrated actors who have collaborated with Lucy Parham in these composer portraits include Juliet Stevenson, Harriet Walter, Henry Goodman, Simon Russell Beale, Simon Callow, Henry Goodman, Dominic West, Joanna David, Sheila Hancock, Gemma Jones, Roger Allam, Alistair McGowan, Lesley Sharp, Patricia Hodge, Niamh Cusack, Rosamund Pike, Tim McInnerny, Edward Fox, Robert Glenister, Samuel West, Alex Jennings, Martin Jarvis, Timothy West and Charles Dance.
Lucy Parham has made numerous recordings including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (RPO/EMI Gold), concertos by Ravel, Fauré and Franck (RPO Records) and two solo Schumann CDs (ASV). Her CD of Clara and Robert Schumann Concertos (BBC CO/Sanctuary) won the BBC Music Magazine “Critics’ Choice of the Year”
Lucy Parham first came to public attention as the Piano Winner of the 1984 “BBC Young Musician of the Year”. Since her Royal Festival Hall concerto debut at the age of 16, she has played throughout the UK as concerto soloist with most of the major British orchestras and is a frequent recitalist at the Wigmore Hall. She has also toured the USA with the BBC Concert Orchestra on their 50th anniversary, as well as Mexico and Turkey with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she has now given over 60 performances. Abroad, she has toured with the Russian State Symphony, Sofia Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Polish National Radio SO and L’Orchestre National de Lille.
Lucy Parham is a regular guest and presenter on BBC Radio 3 and 4, BBC World Service and BBC TV. She has also broadcast several times on the BBC as the commentator on the Leeds International Piano Competition and has frequently been a judge and radio presenter for the Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. She was invited to be the Director of the 2006 Schumann Anniversary Festival at Cadogan Hall and the Director of Schumann 200 Festival at King’s Place in 2010. In 2016 she was a member of the jury at the Robert Schumann International Piano Competition in Zwickau, Germany.
In 2017/18 she presented her second series of Sheaffer Sunday Matinees – comprising all her Composer Portrait concerts. She has been Artistic Director of the Kings Place Coffee Concerts (Word/Play series) and of the Guildford Spring Festival.
Lucy Parham is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
Tim McInnerny was born on September 18, 1956 in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, England as Timothy L. McInnerny. He is an actor, known for Notting Hill (1999), MI-5 (2015) and Eddie the Eagle (2015).
After playing an essentially similar character called “Percy” in each of the first two “Black Adder” series, he declined to reprise the character in Blackadder the Third (1987), as he felt that the possibilities of playing a bumbling fool had been exhausted. After playing a guest role in one episode of the third series, writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton persuaded him back into the regular cast for Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) by offering him a role with a different name (and personality) in the shape of “Captain Darling”. He is, thus, the only one of the cast to play differently named regular characters in different series.
Along with Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, he is one of only three actors to appear in all four “Blackadder” series: Blackadder (1982), Blackadder II (1986), Blackadder the Third (1987) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989).
Roman Kosyakov was born in a musical family and made his debut with an orchestra at the age of 12 with the Mozart Concerto No 23 in A Major. In 2012, he graduated from the Central Music School in Moscow where he studied with F.I. Nurizade and then in 2017 from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory with V. Ovchinnikov. Since September 2017, he has studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on a full scholarship with P. Nemirovski.
He is a laureate and a winner of many national and international competitions, among them “Young Talents of Russia” (Russia, Moscow 2006), the 1st International competition “Sforzando” (1st Prize, Berlin, 2007), the International Alexander Scriabin Piano Competition (1st Prize, Paris 2011), the 8th Open Competition of Musicians Performers N. Savita (1st Prize, Russia, Ufa, 2012), the International Piano Competition “Minsk-2014” (2nd Prize, Republic of Belarus, Minsk, 2014), the 4th International Piano Competition “ Russian season in Ekaterinburg “ (1st Prize, Russia, Ekaterinburg, 2015), the 4th International Piano Competition “Vera Lotar-Shevchenko” (2nd Prize, Russia, Ekaterinburg, 2016), the 4th Prize of the 1st Saint-Priest International Piano Competition Saint-Priest (Lyon-France, 2017), the Gold award for the 3rd Manhattan International Music Competition ( 2018 ) and 1st Prize and the Audience prize for 10th Sheepdrove Piano Competition ( 2018, UK).
He is regularly invited to give concerts in France, Italy, Germany, Republic of Belarus, Russia, UK, USA, and was guest soloist from 2014 to 2017 at the Kemerovsky State Symphony Orchestra. Roman has also participated in Berginos Music Festival as a guest pianist in Bergamo (2018, Italy). He has performed with the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra in 2018 in UK.
Most recently Roman won the prestigious 1st Prize and the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra Prize of the 14th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (2018, UK).
Linn recording artist Claire Martin has to worldwide critical acclaim established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards eight times during her career which spans over three decades. In 2018 she was the proud recipient of the BASCA Gold Badge Award for her contribution to jazz.
Claire became a professional singer at 19 and two years later realised her dream of singing at Ronnie Scott’s legendary jazz club in London Soho. Signed to the prestigious Glasgow based Linn Records in 1990, Claire has since released 18 CDs with the label, collaborating with musical luminaries including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Kenny Barron, Richard Rodney Bennett and Jim Mullen on many of these recordings.
with Seth MacFarlane, performing at Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms 2015)
with Seth MacFarlane, performing at Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms 2015)
Claire has performed worldwide with her trio and, until his death in 2012, worked extensively with the celebrated composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in a cabaret duo setting both in England and the US where they played to sell-out houses at venues including the prestigious Algonquin Hotel in New York City.
Claire appears as a featured soloist with the Halle Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Claire co-presented BBC Radio 3’s flagship jazz program ‘Jazz Line Up’ from 2000 to 2017 and interviewed many of her musical heroes such as Pat Metheny and the late Michael Brecker. Her 2009 CD A Modern Art prompted Jazz Times USA to claim: “She ranks among the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet”.
At the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2011 Claire was delighted to be awarded an OBE for her Services to Jazz.
Her 2019 recording Believin’ It will be with her brand new all-Swedish trio and her twentieth album release. The quartet will tour throughout the UK during May and June.
Gen Li, British-Chinese concert pianist, visiting professor at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, jury member of numerous International Piano Competitions under Alink-Argerich Foundation, Artistic Director of London Young Musicians Award, St Petersburg International Piano Competition, Xiangyang Beethoven International Piano Competition, visiting Scholar at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, visiting artist and concerto competition adjudicator of Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance, founder of the TrueArt TV.
During his studying period, Gen won the First Prize at both Birmingham International Piano Competition and the Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition. He performed at many of the world’s finest venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Purcell Room in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Grand Hall of Casa da Música in Portugal, Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, receiving high praise from both public and critics alike. BBC radio 3 presenter Sean Rafferty described him ‘the pianist with golden fingers’, after listening. As the third prize winner at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition In 2018, he performed piano concerto with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,conducted by Jac van Steen.
He now regularly serves as a Jury member of many international piano competitions, such as Windsor International Piano Competition, Chopin International Piano Competition in South Africa, St.Petersburg International Piano Competition in Russia, Beethoven International Piano Competition in Xiangyang, China, Neapolitan Masters International Piano Competition in Italy.
He has been invited as a visiting artist to give masterclasses and concerts at the China Conservatory of Music (Beijing), Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance, Wuhan Conservatory of Music etc. He recorded piano concertos with Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra, Roma State Symphony Orchestra, London Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Barnet Symphony Orchestra, Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra etc. His other competition top-three prizes include Roma International Piano Competition, Malta International Piano Competition, Piano FVG Competition in Sacile, Eastbourne Soloists’ Competition, Santa Cecilia Piano Competition in Porto.
Born in China, Gen spent his early years pretty much in the practice room. He came to UK at the age of 15 for his career and finished his studies at Purcell School of Music, Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance. His teachers include Deniz Gelenbe, Ian Jones, Nigel Clayton and Dmitri Alexeev.
Gen always gratefully acknowledges his generous sponsors and supports Fairlight Art Trust, S. W. Mitchell Capital, Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award, KNS Classical Recording, Joseph Clover Award, Nina Polani Award, Delina musician Award, Alfred Kitchin Award, and NOSWAD Charity Award.
About the artist
Born 1981, Okitipupa, Nigeria
Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria
Originally trained as a botanist, Olatunji is a self-taught artist who spent considerable personal time researching art historical movements and modes of production. Recent projects draw from extensive research into age-old cultural practices of his indigenous Yoruba culture, resulting in the critically well-received series of drawings and paintings – Tribal Marks Series I – IV.
Newer projects have included the monumental paintings of “The History of the Yorubas” and intimate drawings of cryptic Yoruba messages called “Aroko”.
With numerous exhibitions in Lagos and London, and art fair participation in a number of cities globally (New York, Basel, Cape Town & Maastricht included), his paintings have been acquired by several private collections in Switzerland, the US, UK, Nigeria, and Turkey; and the Mott-Warsh Collection in Flint, Michigan.
In 2017, Olatunji was selected for inclusion in the curated element of the Royal AcademySummer Show in London, UK.
Babajide Olatunji is represented by TAFETA London
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Katie Brayben is an Olivier Award-winning actor. Katie’s theatre credits include: Girl from the North Country (Toronto and West End) A Walk on The Moon (The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), The Spoils (Trafalgar Studios), King Charles III (Almeida and Wyndham’s Theatre), American Psycho (Almeida Theatre), 13 (National Theatre). Her screen credits include A Serial Killers Guide to Life (Amazon) , Doctor Who (BBC), Luther (BBC), The Alienist (TNT), Vera: Changing Tides (ITV) and King Charles III (BBC).
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Julie is a freelance professional dancer, dance teacher, choreographer and rehearsal director based in London, UK. She has experience working in theatre productions, opera, music video, television, musicals and more. Credits include: Lynne Page (Pet Shop Boys music videos, Jess Glynne’s The BRIT Awards 2019 performance), Royal Opera House’s Die Zauberflote, Lucy Hind (Nick Frost & Simon Peg’s Truth Seekers), Caroline Pope (ITV’s Mr. Selfridge), Ellen Kane, Peter Darling, James Cousins Company, Flexer & Sandiland Company, English National Opera’s Madam Butterfly, Richard Malone’s LFW Presentation and more.
South African dancer Ashley Dean is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at English National Ballet School and graduated into The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme in 2014, entering the Company in 2015 and promoted to First Artist in 2019.
Dean started dancing at the age of five and trained at Cape Junior Ballet Company before joining English National Ballet School in 2011.
Roles since joining The Royal Ballet have included Clara (The Nutcracker), White Cat (The Sleeping Beauty), Cygnets (Swan Lake) and in the world premieres of Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable and Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern.
Gareth Mole is a freelance dance artist and choreographer based in London. He has performed, choreographed and restaged works across the world for companies & artists such as: National Dance Company Wales, DV8, Eddie Peake, Anthea Hamilton, Lynne Page, Aletta Collins, Itzil Galili, Stephen Petronio, Arelene Philips, Jonathon Lunn and Amir Hosseinpour.
Gareth is also a world champion line dancer, undefeated for several years which also led him to train in Latin & Ballroom under Strictly Come Dancing duo, Darren Bennet & Lillia Kopilova.
During lockdown, Gareth has put his textile skills to work producing hand-made face masks to wear, which can be purchased at www.made-by-mole.com
American dancer Francisco Serrano is an Artist of The Royal Ballet. He joined The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme from the start of the 2016/17 Season and entered the Company as an Artist from the start of the 2017/18 Season. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School.
Serrano was born in the USA and has a Cuban background. He began his ballet training aged 14 at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. He won a scholarship at the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix to train at The Royal Ballet School.
English dancer Joseph Aumeer trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined Paris Opera Ballet on graduation in 2016. He joined The Royal Ballet as an Artist at the beginning of the 2018/19 Season.
Joseph was born in London and started dancing at the age of nine. He was a Junior Associate before entering full-time training at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham and then moving to The Royal Ballet Upper School aged 16.
Born in Brazil, Leticia Dias trained at ‘Petite Danse School of Danse’ in Rio and in 2013 she competed at the Prix de Lausanne, winning the fourth best scholarship in the competition and her offer to join the Royal Ballet School. Joined the Royal Ballet in 2016, and danced some beautiful rep including solos in the production of “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Raymonda act 3” and others.
Russian violinist Ania Safonova was Associate Concert Master with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House from 2008 to 2019. During the 2018/19 Season, she was Concert Master for Frankenstein, Don Quixote, Hansel & Gretel, The Nutcracker, Asphodel Meadows, Faust, and Le nozze de Figaro.
In the 2019/20 Season, she returns as Guest Concert Master for The Sleeping Beauty and Otello. Born in Siberia, Safonova started playing the violin at the age of five and made her concert debut aged seven with the Omsk Philharmonic. She emigrated with her family to Israel in 1991 and continued her violin studies at the Tel Aviv Conservatory, later moving to London to study at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music. She was Associate Leader of the Halle Orchestra 2001–06. Safonova has performed at many international festivals and played as a guest leader with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Aurora, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She features as Concert Master in the 2009 recording of Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling and the 2016 recording of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which are available on DVD by Opus Arte.
Judith Busbridge graduated in Music from Birmingham University and completed her viola studies with Thomas Riebl in Salzburg, where she was Solo violist in the Camerata Academica under the directorship of Sándor Végh, a position she held for five years.
In September 2013 Judith joined the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as one of their Principal violas. She has a busy schedule playing for the Opera season as well as for the Royal Ballet.
As a former member of two multi-award-winning chamber music ensembles; the Dante String Quartet and Ensemble 360, Judith has performed at major concert halls and festivals throughout the UK and Europe, regularly broadcasting on BBC Radio 3 and winning the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music both in 2007 and 2013.
Her varied freelance career includes being Principal viola in the London Mozart Players as well as playing guest principal viola with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
She is also Solo viola in John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, which performs repertoire of nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on period instruments.
Sarah McMahon is a passionate chamber musician. As a founder member of the Callino String Quartet, Sarah spent many years studying with members of the Amadeus Quartet, Rainer Schmidt, Erich Höbarth and Gyorgy Kurtàg. The Quartet has toured widely, commissioning numerous compositions, and collaborating with diverse artists such as Ailish Tynan, Edgar Meyer, Arvo Pärt, Barry Guy, John Abercrombie and the Kronos Quartet. Their recent recording for Coro of The Seven Last Words by Haydn has met with critical acclaim. Their recent collaboration with Canadian filmmaker Kaveh Nabatian, performing a live score of this work, was premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam in 2019 and will be touring internationally at festivals in Montreal, Buenos Aires, Bilbao, Kerala, Edinburgh and Moscow.
Aside from the Quartet, Sarah enjoys a busy career playing principal cello with the Academy of Ancient Music, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Marsyas and Camerata Kilkenny. She has often appeared as soloist with these ensembles, collaborating with Monica Huggett, Peter Whelan and Richard Egarr amongst others. She is also regularly invited to play as guest principal cello with Florilegium, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Arcangelo, The English Concert, Dunedin Consort, The Sixteen, Aurora Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Sarah is a dedicated teacher and is on the faculty of the Berwick Academy, teaching historical cello and chamber music at the Oregon Bach Festival. Sarah gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of Ireland through their Capital Awards Scheme.
Sarah Sexton studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Erich Gruenberg, Lydia Mordkovich and Simon Standage, graduating with a Dip RAM in 2002.
Sarah became the first Irish person to lead the European Union Youth Orchestra in 2001, when she led the orchestra under Sir Colin Davis and Paavo Jarvi in European tours. Professionally, Sarah has been invited to perform as guest leader of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Classical Opera Company, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and currently is the leader of the Orchestra of the Sixteen.
Sarah was a member of the Callino Quartet for 18 years until 2017 and enjoyed performing with them throughout the U.K., Italy, France, Germany, Lithuania, Hungary, Canada and the Netherlands.
Katherine Baker studied at the Royal Academy of Music and within only 2 years of leaving was made Principal Flute of the BBCNOW in Cardiff. In 2004 she was offered the same post with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, a position she held for 14 years. Alongside an orchestral career which has seen her appear as guest principal with all the major orchestras in London, Katherine has been involved in much chamber music at festivals across the country. She loves the contrast of music-making within a more intimate setting and this lead her to encourage her husband to found the Glossop Music Festival in 2012.
In 2018 she was appointed Principal Flute with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Katherine and her family now live in Kent and would very much like to bring more accessible classical music to the local area, something to enrich people’s lives during this time of uncertainty.
Katherine is flute professor at the Royal Academy of Music and was made an RAM Fellow in 2009.
Rob Casey is the co-director of Ammonite, a company specialising in the technical development and support of a diverse range of live entertainment.
His credits as an Associate Lighting Designer include Hugh Jackman (International Tour), Local Hero (Edinburgh), Pericles, wonderland (NT & Paris), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (NT & West End/New York/US/UK Tour), The Light Princess, James I/II/III (NT & Edinburgh International Festival/UK Tour). The Jungle (San Francisco & West End); Chess (London Coliseum); Bat Out of Hell (West End & Germany/US Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Peter and Alice, Privates on Parade and Wolf Hall (West End); The Audience, King Charles III (Sydney/New York/West End); Red Shoes, The Phantom of the Opera, Sleeping Beauty (UK/US Tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barbican/World Tour); Tarzan (Germany); Half a Sixpence, Barnum (Chichester Festival); Red Velvet (Tricycle/New York).
Theatre credits include: Coriolanus (Sheffield Theatres), A Kind Of People (Royal Court), Emilia (West End), Equus (Associate Sound Designer – West End) Rita, Sue and Bob Too (Uk Tour), Elizabeth (Barbican & Linbury Studio: Royal Opera House, Superhoe (Royal Court), The Writer (Almeida), The Country Wife, Random/Generations, The House They Grew Up In, Forty Years On (Chichester Festival Theatre), Titus Andronicus (RSC & Barbican Centre), Julius Caesar (Sheffield Theatres), The York Realist, Limehouse, The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), Blood Wedding, See Me Now (Young Vic), Breaking The Code, All My Sons, A Doll’s House, Three Birds, The Accrington Pals (Royal Exchange), Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse), Ghosts, The Oresteia (Home Theatre, Manchester), Made In Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch/New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), Boys Will Be Boys (Headlong & Bush Theatre), Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Headlong, UK Tour).
Emma was previously Deputy Head of Sound for the Royal Court and Associate Sound Designer for the National Theatre’s production of War Horse.
Emma won an Olivier Award for best Sound Design for the West End production of Emilia
I observe the ever-changing beauty of the environment around me and express it through a variety of mediums. My initial sketches are made out in the field and the final paintings and prints evolve in the studio.
I have grown up with a passion for water sports and so much of my work reflects this close connection with the wind and sea. Nothing excites me more than the forecast of a storm with powerful south-westerlies hitting our shore.
Luke Hannam was born in Oxfordshire in 1966 but spent most of his childhood in Derbyshire on the edge of the peak district. His initial training was at Chesterfield College of Art in the early 1980s before moving to Canterbury to study fine art. At Canterbury, he was taught by hugely respected colourist and abstract painter Mali Morris (RA), and Rob Welch, both of whom had an important influence on his work. Morris introduced him to Patrick Heron, Dennis Creffield and Scottish Impressionist Tom Watt. Hannam later became Watts’ apprentice in North Shields shortly before he died in 1989. For Hannam these early years ignited his love of still life painting as a means of exploring colour and composition alongside the hugely important issue of touch and mark-making which have remained important elements of his work through to the present day. Creffield spotted his facility for drawing and encouraged him to make this a central aspect of his work. Hannam continued to paint throughout the 1990s with studios in Newcastle Upon Tyne and later in Camberwell but by this time he had begun to establish himself as a musician and became immersed in writing, recording and touring internationally with the influential and respected band Gramme; Gramme continues to release music and has released a new album called Discolovers. Hannam currently lives with his wife and three children in East Sussex, where he divides his time between painting and music, working from his studio in Rye. Hannam’s work has developed and changed many times over the years but has always been firmly rooted in drawing. He views drawing not simply as a building block but as a dynamic, ever-shifting language of signs that inform his emotional journey and enable him to transform and evolve as an artist.
Nick Archer (born 1963) lives and works in East Sussex, England. He trained at the Royal Academy Schools in London (1996-1999), he won several awards, including 1st at the ‘Hunting Art Prize’, commendation at the ‘BP Portrait Award’ and the Figure Painting Award at the ‘Discerning Eye’.
“With their strange layerings of unexpected filmic and art historical references, (dark side of Walt Disney meets northern landscape), Nick Archer’s paintings have always seemed among the more genuinely complex and cultured explorations of the possibilities of landscape painting in an increasingly urbanised and disinherited culture: the more we are removed from it the deeper into our psyche it goes. These powerful new works seem to darken the picture further – David Lynch and ‘Blade Runner’ meet Altdorfer Bosch and Uccello among others, the layering involved in his paint process underlining the veils of estrangement between us and a lost Edenic world. Thus, in his images of children gazing at apparently deserted houses, we sense the loss as a profoundly metaphysical one.”
– Nicholas Usherwood 2017, Galleries Magazine – review of ‘The Journey’ exhibition
Nick has exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe since 1999, including solo exhibitions with Louise Alexander Gallery (Porto Cervo, Italy), Sarah Myerscough Fine Art (London), Long and Ryle (London), Galerie Hug (Paris) and a solo show at Gowen Contemporary (Geneva) in 2014 and 2017.
He has featured in museum exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery (London), the Wandsworth Museum (London). In 201. He had a solo exhibition at the Maison de la Culture (Metz, France) and had a solo show at the Hastings Museum (East Sussex). Nick curated ‘Time, memory and landscape’ a group exhibition at Long and Ryle, highlighting evolution in contemporary landscape painting. In 2019 he had a solo booth presentation of his work at ‘Untitled’ art fair in San Francisco with New York gallery Christine Park gallery.
He has also featured at Dallas Art fair 2019 & 2020, Art Tokyo 2019 and Aspen art fair 2019 with Christine Park gallery. The poured and layering process in his paintings is crucial to his practise. This led toward involvement with the moving image. He animated the process of piling up layers of transparent paint on glass to reveal an artist at work. The resultant animated film ‘Snow’ has been shown internationally.
Nick Archer’s work is held in private, corporate and public collections around the world including the future satellite of the Hermitage Museum (Moscow). He is currently represented by Christine Park gallery in New York, Long and Ryle in London and Gowen Contemporary in Geneva.
Francisco Mendes Moreira (1984) lives and works in Lisbon. Initially, Moreira’s practice is a way of solving problems which build on an intuitive work process which can be triggered by contemporary culture endorsing both phycological and political aspects.
Working primarily in small scale with oil pastels and sticks on found cardboard food packages which are collaged, his images have an immediacy often shifting between representative elements to abstract patterns.
The different mediums and surfaces, number of themes and even the scale are all circumstantial, in the sense that it is his day-to-day living that determines the studio processes.
The act of analysis has little space in the specific creative process but looking at the artist’s oeuvre one can conclude that Moreiras practice is an ongoing commentary and staging of events related to the human condition.
To view his work, visit https://franciscomendesmoreira.wordpress.com/rye/
Keith Coventry creates paintings and sculptures which manipulate legacies of Modernism to address conditions of contemporary urban life. His idiosyncratic and personal project to create a form of contemporary history painting encompasses an immense range of reference. These paintings and sculptures pit art history – Malevich, Mondrian and Warhol – International Modernism, Minimalism and Pop Art – against images of heroism and idealism, dissolute decadence and aberrant behaviour.
Coventry has an enduring interest in the dark flipside of idealism: urban decay, social failure, drug abuse, and alienation. Many of the art historical references that he deploys are defined by the Utopian ideals of Modernism, the aim of which was to refashion the world. Coventry plays with these beliefs and shows them to be misplaced, even misconceived, the gulf between belief and reality stimulating a series of troubling undercurrents in his work.
Born in 1982 Samuel Bassett comes from Cornwall, more specifically the town of St Ives steeped in fishing and artistic heritage. His family have been there as fishermen since 1695 and until recently he occupied a studio above his grandfathers former net loft a few minutes walk from the Tate Gallery within the hustle and bustle.
Contemporary stories from his own experience and family lore and snippets or news from the ups and downs of his everyday social life combine with nuanced vulnerability and an expressive and experimental hand to create psychologically layered paintings about the human condition and his/our place within the madness of contemporary life. His sensitive and questioning introspection and emotional flip-flopping mean nothing is too obvious or too pretty in his paintings. Self-portraits merge with real and imagined characters adapted to the story and how he is feeling at the time. The paintings often feel like they are questioning themselves and himself and this questioning and blurring of recollection combined with the artist’s joy of exploring painting for painting’s sake make for images that have longevity and a strongly recognisable yet ever transient voice. A gregarious and engaging character his mind nevertheless seems to be questioning the bigger harder issues and to flit excitedly between concern and celebration.
Carmine De Amicis, works internationally as a choreographer, director and performer in Theatre, Opera and Film. He has received choreographic commissions from Welsh National Opera, ReisOpera – Netherlands, Athens & Epidaurus, På-Tå-Hev (Norwegian Ballet&Opera), Gothic Opera, Rossini Opera Festival, 3Fall Dance Company etc. He is an associate lecturer in dance at the University of Chichester and has performed for Richard Alston, Shobana Jeyasingh, Jose Agudo, Tavaziva, Watkins Dance and Grange Park Opera.
Lipika Pelham is an author, reporter and documentary filmmaker. In her early twenties, she joined the BBC World Service, working in the newsroom for over a decade and reporting from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. In 2005-13, she lived in Jerusalem, where she learnt Hebrew, made award-winning films and wrote a memoir, The Unlikely Settler. Her most recent book Jerusalem on the Amstel: The Quest for Zion in the Dutch Republic was published in 2019 by Hurst. Pelham’s broader themes explore the ideas of migration, nationhood and performing identity in relationship to place.
Elisa Schaar is an art historian that specialises in art since the 1960s. Her articles have appeared in publications by the Pinakothek der Moderne and Tel Aviv Art Museum, and in journals, such as Art History and American Art. Among her recent curatorial projects is an exhibition at Cambridge University’s Heong Gallery, titled Do I Have To Draw You a Picture? and Foerg in Venice, a collateral event at the Venice Biennale 2019.
Peter Coffin is a conceptual artist based in New York City. After completing his studies at the University of California, he went on to receive an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Coffin has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the MoMA in New York, and Le Confort Moderne in Poitiers.
Solveig Lønmo is an art historian and curator at the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design) in Trondheim, Norway. Lønmo recently curated The Hannah Ryggen Triennial ‘New Land’ (2019) that places the Swedish-Norwegian artist’s political tapestries in dialogue with six international contemporary artists. She also curated The Logic of the Local. Norwegian and Polish Contemporary Design in 2017. Before Lønmo’s institutional affiliation in 2014, she worked as a freelance writer and art critic.
Nicola Brandt is an artist, writer and filmmaker. Her work explores innovative documentary practices in relationship to the role of memory, narrative and positionality. Her book Landscapes Between Then and Now: Recent Histories in Southern African Photography, Video and Performance Art will be published by Bloomsbury Press. She has presented her work internationally, including at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, Yale University, and the Würth Museum in Germany.
Frances Whorrall-Campbell is a writer and artist based in London. Her writing has been published by the Oxonian Review, AnotherGaze, Arteviste and Art Review Oxford, amongst others. She is currently working with Banner Repeater on their Digital Archive of Artists’ Publishing, and with the Tate Modern to develop their ‘Tate Exchange’ programme.
Lorenzo Nassimbeni is a South African architect and artist, based in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He works across drawing, printmaking, mural and sculpture. He has exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale, the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, and the New Biennial for Art and Architecture in Stockholm. He recently had a significant solo exhibition entitled ‘Polygraph’ at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg.
New York based artist, Johnny Abrahams, is well-respected for his exquisite attention to detail and erudite sense of balance and tension within his paintings. Abraham’s earlier optical works employed an intense additive pattern making strategy, which would act to stretch and unsettle the gaze. These were paintings full of the hustle bustle of the city his fresh oeuvre, he has succeeded in experimenting with an elegant rhythm, a fuller shape and a more formal, minimalist language. Interestingly these new paintings are derived from zooming in on the complicated patterns of these previous optical works, spotlighting fragments of these earlier illusions. By magnifying and subtracting pattern until a composition is rendered, Abrahams reveals an opportunity to celebrate the negative space both equally and simultaneously as a secondary image. The practice has gone from techno to contemplative. Appreciative of his own space, these meditative works more accurately reflect the artist’s natural character and speed whilst still satisfying his sense of meticulous work practice.
These slow, still, totemic- almost calligraphic forms fleet between their modernist simplicity and a subtle investigation into the effect of light on perception. The paint is applied with a palette knife, causing ridges to form, effecting the interplay between light and composition and inviting them tentatively in the realm between sculpture and painting. Abrahams is exhibiting works with hues of dark grey and dark blue, alongside those that he considers ‘beyond black’, slightly slowing and softening the speed at which we read the image. Whilst one cannot help being seduced by the implied movement and sculptural, almost architectural imposition of the composition, these paintings also operate on a subtler level, the softness of blurred reflection following one’s movement around the work in a quiet yet elegant fashion. Contemporary yet at the same time archaic and elemental these paintings satiate the desire for a calm contemplation whilst working on a primal visual level.
Daniel Crews-Chubb’s paintings combine powerful visual archetypes, familiar throughout human history; Gods, mythical characters, nudes, beasts, trees and chariots. The characters are rendered in his large-scale, mixed media works that typically incorporate drawing, collage and painting.
They embody a search for the authentic, the raw and the unrefined, and are subtly influenced by consumer culture, Modernist painting and the history of mark-making, from cave painting to expressionism and neo-expressionism.
His repetition of figurative motives becomes a vehicle for exploring the act of painting itself, utilizing a repertoire of seemingly casual marks that are, in fact, worked and reworked to create hard won, layered paintings. He uses oils, acrylics, spray paint, sand, charcoal and pastel with abandon on rough, stretched and re-stretched canvases that he often scrapes back and over-paints many times. Corrections are brutal, collaging further canvas and assorted material on top of past imagery to edit and proceed quickly, retaining spontaneity in the development of his ideas. His characters are introduced and reintroduced into the paintings, one feeding the next. Ancient gods and goddesses, mix with Yetis, and Belfie girls from Instagram -abstracted yet realist, false yet real.
Crews-Chubb’s employed methodology involves using his canvas structure like an ever-evolving collage both conceptually and physically, the architecture of which if dissected, would reveal numerous iterations, thoughts and actions that led to the final state of rest. If the artist dislikes or wants to change something it is covered with linen, clothing or whatever material is to hand, allowing him to adjust and proceed quickly. Thus, he is capable of making paintings that feel at once the product of their own layering and time worn history whilst remaining truly dynamic and gestural. So, whilst these works are ‘new’, they are also laced with both the history of their making and a patinated record of progress and recession. In this way, Crews-Chubb gives us something we crave – the new fresh and organic with a sense of time, history, patina and physical progress. This is combined with his ability to trigger displaced memory through reference to historical figurative parallels and abstracted homage to his inspiration both in terms of art and artefact.
Daniel Crews-Chubb was born in 1984 in Northampton and lives and works in London. He completed the Painters Studio Programme at Turps Art School in 2013, having previously received his BA from Chelsea College of Arts in 2009. His work is in public and private international institutions and collections including Denver Art Museum, The Bunker Art Space in West Palm Beach, The Saatchi Gallery and the Hall Foundation in New York. He has had notable exhibitions with Vigo Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Roberts Projects and Galerist and residencies in Bali, LA, Denver and Istanbul.
Tim Hopkins works as stage director, scenographer, film maker, creative director, theatre maker and creator of audio-visual projects, often exploring opera and the digital realm.
As director, commissions include productions for Opera North, ENO, The Royal Opera, WNO, Staatsoper Hannover, Munich Festspiele, Teatro Dell’Opera Roma, Theatre Basel, Bühnen Graz, Almeida Opera, Aldeburgh Festival, South Bank Centre, BBC Symphony, BBC Proms, Alternative Lyrique Paris, Glimmerglass, Wexford Festival, Dublin, BCMG, Batignano Festival, Channel 4, Aurora Orchestra, and London Sinfonietta.
Tim also makes performance pieces, often with composers, responding to themes such as architecture as social vision, scientific objects, horror fiction, the Victorian creative imagination, Russian folk performance, migration, the sound-world of WWI, and social media. His projects are often meeting points for a range of artistry in creative teams, often connecting traditional and contemporary ideas. He has worked with many composers including Lionel Bart, Luciano Berio, Harrison Birtwistle, Mira Calix, Tansy Davies, Dai Fujikura, Elena Langer, Claudia Molitor, David Sawer and Judith Weir.
Tim was awarded a NESTA Fellowship in 2001, an AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts in 2007, and has a Research Fellowship at the University of Sussex.
Tim and Robert Thomas are currently working on Empathy Machine, towards a participatory opera in Virtual Reality designed to address conflict.
Robert Thomas is a composer based in London UK. His work often explores the possibilities of music adapting and changing in realtime to the listeners situation.
He uses a range of techniques and approaches from conventional composition to graphic / rule based scores, adaptive systems, algorithmic, generative, stochastic composition, procedural generation and machine learning / artificial intelligence. He composes and programs bespoke experiences for each project.
Recent commissions include The Barbican, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Google, Boiler Room, the BBC, Sky and National Geographic. Robert has also collaborated with Massive Attack, Imogen Heap, Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL / Tom Holkenborg, Carl Craig, Air, Ben Burtt, Richard King, Bookashade, Jimmy Edgar, Mel Wesson, Little Boots, Chiddy Bang, Console, Sophie Barker (Zero 7) and Kirsty Hawkshaw (Opus III, Orbital, Tiesto).
Lynne Page is a choreographer who works in Film, Tv, Music, Musicals, Plays and Opera. In 2010 she was nominated for a Tony award, a Drama Desk award and an Olivier award for her work on the West End and Broadway’s La Cage Aux Folles. In film she has worked for Warner Brothers and Working Title as a movement director and choreographer. On stage, credits include extensive work for London’s West End, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Broadway, where again in 2010 she had two shows playing opposite each other.
Dan is an award-winning social artist, writer, and speaker living in Margate.
His work is about people and places, and the stories that connect them. He is interested in the creation of social capital, in activating abandoned or underused spaces, and in DIY approaches to art, culture and social action. Dan often starts work with a crowdsourced exploration of a place, or with archives or collections relating to a place or topic. His work often touches on themes of migration in the UK.
Current & recent work
With five artists, he is exploring connections between the Lochnagar Crater on the Somme battlefields and TS Eliot’s time in Margate writing The Waste Land.
In an ongoing collaborating with Dawn Cole, he’s exploring the archives of two Margate printing companies. And he is ghost writing a series of short history books about Dreamland, Margate with a woman who’s lived in the town since 1700.
Dan has recently programmed The Troublemakers’ Festival for From The Station To The Sea in Swansea. He has also working with the Southampton Cultural Development Trust to map creative use of space across the city. He has also just written a number of documents making up a successful £1 million bid for Heritage Lottery Fund money to reopen Margate Caves.
In 2016, Dan made new work for the first Estuary Festival (exhibited at Gravesend, Tilbury and Margate) and in 2015 published a complete history of Stoke, from the Ice Age to thirty years in the future, told through stories he collected on one road.
Dan was the founder and director of Revolutionary Arts (2000-2015) and author of Pop Up Business For Dummies (2012). In 2012, he was included in the Time Out and Hospital Club’s Culture 100, a list of the most inspiring and influential people in the UK’s creative industries.
Dan has used empty shops for 13 years, and he is now a recognised expert on the reuse of empty shops, and on how to create a pop up shop, and runs the Empty Shops Network.
He also started #riotcleanup, after the August 2011 riots in London. That project inspired the Nesta-funded #wewillgather, which uses social media for social good. For this work, he has been singled out by David Cameron as an example of great British leadership.
Dan has provided advice and support to projects across the UK, and spoken at workshops, festivals and seminars across the country, and in Holland, Italy and Australia. He has worked for Unilever, RIBA, Renew Australia, the Transported Creative People & Places programme, Place NI, vInspired, University of the Arts, Spacemakers and Yell.
He is the author of Pop Up Business For Dummies, published Oct 2012, and has previously written the Empty Shops Toolkit for the government’s Living Places programme. In 2012, he authored and published Pop Up People, the first study of pop up urbanism, which has been read by government ministers. Mary Portas referenced his work in her High Street Review.
Dan has written for The Independent, the Daily Express and The Guardian. Other media includes The Sunday Times, Evening Standard and The Stylist, and he has also been featured in news reports on BBC News, Radio 4, Sky News, ABC and CNN.
As well as his Culture 100 award, Dan made The Independent Happy List 2012, the BBC Radio 4 iPM Alternative New Year Honours 2011, received a Team London Award from the Mayor of London, was named in GQ’s 100 Most Influential list and was winner of the Coast Awards 2011 ‘Unsung Hero’ trophy.
Fred Cuming is a Senior Royal Academician and, when elected RA in 1974, was the youngest member to be elected to the Royal Academy of Arts. His artistic career has spanned over sixty years so far, and he has created (and sold) a body of work of some 5,000 paintings. Particularly fascinated by the observation and depiction of light and atmosphere, Fred Cuming is now one of England’s foremost and best-loved contemporary landscape painters.
Fred has exhibited widely, for many years, and has work in private and public collections internationally. In 2001 he was given the honour of being the ‘Featured Artist’ by the Royal Academy and honoured with a one man show and whole gallery, coinciding with the RA Summer Exhibition. In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts at the University of Kent in Canterbury, in recognition of his status as an artist and his lifetime contribution to the Arts.
The East Sussex coastline, in particular the area around Camber and Rye, has provided the backdrop for much of Fred’s work. The tonal and pictorial values in his oil studies are true to nature achieved by his distinctive technique of quickly layered colour resulting in a sensitive and unique rendering of light and mood. His trademark palette, indicative of the Camden School Group, is refreshingly limited, making his paintings definitively ‘Cuming’.
Joe Sweeney works with a visual language created through British idiosyncrasies, everyday references and the banal, commenting on our fast changing times by elevating the throw away. Through quick observation, the artist encourages a pause for thought on the daily interactions that we don’t always pay attention to. Playing with Britain’s passion for nostalgia, he often creates morbid but humorous work through sculpture, print and installation.
“Some of the best art work is made from junk. Or is it the other way round? Anyhow I forget… Joe Sweeney takes his chalice and dips it in the spastic colon of Britain’s large intestine, the gutter. He holds it above his head and allows the neon lights of every takeaway Sign refract and abstract through his malignant melting pot of half submerged spanenglish. For Joe, beauty at this point lies somewhere in between the kebab fat, mushy peas and Monosodium glutamate. Joe thinks to himself. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the kebab sign”. – Henry Hudson
Joe Sweeney (b. 1991 lives and works in London) graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Loose Change’, Cob Gallery, London (2017); and ‘Take Away’, Cob Gallery, London, UK (2016). The artist has also participated in numerous group shows including ‘An Exquisite Mess’, curated by India Dickinson, London (2018); ‘FOURTH’, London, UK (2016); and ‘Quality Produce’, London (2016).