Excited to announce I will be working with Manchester Metropolitan University as a Research Associate. The role is based within the Manchester School of Art and utilises my experience in practice-based research, supporting the school as they work towards their submission for the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
LeftCoast 'Real Estate' Residency
July 2018 - July 2019
I completed a one-year live/work artist residency, commissioned by LeftCoast for their 'Real Estate' programme. This culminated in a publication entitled Hawes Side Stories which was distributed to local residents and Blackpool Coastal Housing Association staff. You can find out more about Real Estate here and my work for the residency here.
As part of the Young Curator's Fellowship with Invisible dust I am developing a new project in collaboration with Layla Hendow entitled Many Hands. The project combines environmental pledges with hand portrait photography by Yasmine Akim. We first ran the project at Under Her Eye summit in London and will next be bringing it to Whitby in July. More information can be found here.
Invisible Dust - Young Curator's Fellowship Award
Really pleased to have been selected as one of Invisible Dust's Young Curator's for 2018/2019. First event will be working towards a contribution at Under Her Eye, an international summit exploring and celebrating the role of women taking action on climate change.
MIF (Manchester International Festival) Competition
Short film (3 mins) that featured in performance, Estate, won a recent open film competition as part of MIF. The competition ran alongside HOME 1947, an installation by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. My film can be watched here, and more information on HOME 1947 can be found here.
IFTR 2017 - Unstable Geographies: Multiple Theatricalities
I am heading to Sao Paulo to present my paper Autobiography & Social Housing: Performance-Making on the Thornton Estate as part of IFTR 2017 conference. I discuss my most recent work, Parachuting, and the use of auto-ethnographic methodology in regards to the politics of representation.
Really excited to announce my new work, Parachuting, will be shown for the first time on 26th May in Hull at the University. There is a further Hull date on 11th July at Thornton Estate and I will be taking the work to Liverpool and Manchester in the next year.
More information here
Thornton Urban Gardeners
For the past 6 months, as part of my time spent on the Thornton Estate in Hull, I have been volunteering with the Thorton Urban Gardeners project. They do really great work
You can find out more about the project here or follow them on Facebook
Poor Theatres Symposium
In November I attended a great symposium, Making Theatre in the Midst of Austerity, organised as part of the research project Poor Theatres: Theatre, Poverty, Performance.
You can find out more about the research project here
Estate - Feedback
Did you come to see a performance of Estate in the Autumn? If so, thank you!
Want to discuss any of the themes raised in the show or just give some extra comments? There is now a feedback form available to fill in and any responses would be much appreciated for my research.
The form can be found here.
Book Review Publication
I am really pleased that a book review I wrote of Fair Play: art, performance and neoliberalism, by Jen Harvie has been published in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (Volume 19 Issue 4).
The article can be found here.
TaPRA Annual Conference
Back from the TaPRA annual conference held at Royal Holloway. I presented my paper Performing Home - Creating new representations of social housing through performance, as part of the Performance, Identity, Community working group under their theme; Stuart Hall and Performance.
At Home project launch
The At Home project on Hillock Estate in Whitefield, Manchester gets up and running on Monday 1st September and workshops run weekly on Tuesdays through September and early October on the following dates:
9th September, 16th September, 23rd September, 30th September, 7th October
More information here.
FIRT-IFTR World Congress
Back from the IFTR World Congress, held at The University of Warwick; a great week of talks, performance and events. I presented my paper Process and Product - Participatory arts practice and social housing as part of the New Scholars' Forum. I also performed a work-in-progress showing of Estate as part of the conference open mic session. Take a look at the photos here.
TaPRA Conference 2014 - Stuart Hall and Performance
In September this year I will be presenting a paper as part of the Performance, Identity, Community Working Group at the annual TaPRA conference held at Royal Holloway University in London. The theme within the working group is Stuart Hall and Performance. My paper will discuss how our social housing provision and its residents are (re)presented in the media and how performance may participate in forming new representations.
Home - Photo Project
What is HOME? If you could capture it in a photograph and show us - what would we see?
The HOME project is a gathering of photographs, a collection of images that illustrate and explore what home is and what it means to us.
Get involved here.
FIRT-IFTR World Congress - Theatre and Stratification
In July/August this year I will be presenting a short paper at the FIRT - IFTR World Congress at The University of Warwick as part of their New Scholars' Forum. The theme of this year's conference is Theatre and Stratification. My paper will explore and critique the role of the artist within participatory, socially engaged arts practice based in the field of social housing and neighbourhood regeneration.
ArtWorks - Developing Practice in Participatory Settings
I have recently been involved in a series of workshops, organised by The University of Hull as part of a special initiative from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The scheme was both a sharing and learning experience between the staff of the university and local artists working in participatory settings. As an associate artist on the project it was an opportunity to share elements and ideas from my own practice as well as gain new knowledge and understanding by interacting with the work of others.