Alex Bickley Trott is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Oxford Brookes University, where she leads the Art & Design programmes in the School of Arts. Alex is co-convenor of Kahoon Projects, which is part of a broader research interest in working-class representation in the arts. She is also co-editor of ‘The Working-Class Avant-Garde’, a Special Collection published by the OLH.
Pablo Molina Larrosa has a background in marketing, creative production and events management for the culture sector including roles in theatre, art galleries and community arts events. He’s a freelance designer and the Project Development Officer for Emergency Exit Arts, an outdoor arts and creative engagement charity in London.
Roland Fischer-Vousden is a Director and Co-Founder of SET. Roland organises arts projects as a part of SET Projects. He is currently working to deliver a new SET centre in Woolwich, one of the largest meanwhile-use projects in London, where SET will provide free workspace to artists and organisations, a broad arts programme and some of the most affordable workspace in the capital: https://setspace.uk/woolwich
He is also a writer, and publishes his writing sometimes.
Maria de la O Garrido is a visual artist who works across digital image, sculpture, collage, and video. She was born and raised in Spain and moved to England in 2010, where she completed her MA Photography at Central Saint Martins in 2016. Through her practice and research, Maria tries to describe her experience of immersion/participation in the Spectacle/System and its ultimate failure to involve all within its network of meaning and relations – there is always that which exceeds it (yellow). In this failure, the Spectacle/System can be a tool of emancipatory potential and not only the totality of our alienation within it. Her work is the process of this re-negotiation with the Spectacle/System, creating new connections and exposing the ruptures which themselves are its symbolic consistency. Its internal antagonism provides us with the tools to construct new languages, subjectivities and sites of resistance.
Morgan Tipping is a socially engaged, multidisciplinary artist who employs humour, improvisation and collaboration. Her work is informed by diverse social structures and institutional frameworks and is directly influenced by the people she works with. By paying close attention to individual stories, the work she makes resonates and explores broader social and political issues. Since graduating from CSM, Byam Shaw in 2006, Morgan’s socially engaged practice has taken her to care homes, colleges and universities in the UK, refugee camps in Europe, Slovenian Zavod’s, and schools in India and Ghana.
Shonagh Short is a socially engaged artist based in the North West of England working predominantly with marginalised communities in a social housing context. Her work Care Instructions explored the language of dirt as used to ‘other’ people and place, particularly working-class women and the council estate and its relationship to the politics of care. Shonagh has been an artist in residence on the Limehurst estate in Oldham since 2016, creating a Friendly Society for the arts, culture and creativity with over 400 members. She describes her approach as process-led, ethnographic and based on common values and reciprocal exchange. In 2018 Shonagh completed an MFA at the University of Central Lancashire under the supervision of In Certain Places, a curatorial partnership exploring the meanings and production of place through art-led research.
Mitchell Vowles’ work is constructed intuitively around pre-existing objects and their subjective meaning. His work plays with self-referentiality and ideas of inner psychology, while the personal narrative of the Artist is explored fundamentally in attempts to broaden artistic comment. Observation of consumerism, subculture and class are examined as a way to understand how we are the products of our unique localities.
Many thanks to our mentors, who offered their time and expertise to help our resident artists develop their ideas and artwork during the residencies.
Michael Dean, Artist, Turner Prize nominee 2016.
Nick Lee, Lecturer in Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London; Co-Director Peckham Pelican.
Stephanie Straine, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh. She was previously Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford and has worked at Tate Liverpool and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. She publishes widely on modern and contemporary art, with a focus on artists working with drawing.
Aaron Williamson, artist. Williamson’s work is informed by his experience of becoming deaf and by a politicised, yet humorous sensibility towards disability. At a University of California San Diego lecture in 1998, Williamson coined the term ‘Deaf Gain’ as a counter-emphasis to ‘hearing loss’.
Joe Bickley Trott, Harry Bix, Tim Bowditch, Hazel Brill, Judith Carlton & Vivian Harland (Southwark Park Galleries), Louis Castle and Elliot (of Modified Mercs), Tommy Chavannes, Joe Davies, Oli East, Robbie Eatwell, Josh Field, Alf Guedeney, Miki Holloway, Reuben Kyriakides, George Lynch, Daniel McCarthy, Lisa Mckenzie, Aimée Neat, Deirdre O’Neill, Harriet Rickard, The Peckham Pelican, Ollie Tobin, and WANK Collective. Also to Lorraine O’Donnell, Charlie, and the residents of Tower Bridge Care Home.
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