Siân Hutchings is an artist whose practice is grounded upon how we can understand environments through an ‘active’ listening approach. Her work often considers the equality of the senses and combatting ‘sonic competence’ first termed by Canadian composer and sound theorist, R. Murray Schafer. Her work often incorporates participation with her audience whether that may be through joining her on a sonic walk or generating sonic journals and listening to paint dry. Through her work, Siân aims to highlight the importance of sonic understanding and how we can navigate experience through a multitude of senses rather than just relying on the western dominant sense of the eye.
Sandra Johnston is a Northern Irish visual artist who has been working internationally since 1992, predominantly in the areas of site-responsive performance and installation. Johnston’s performances often involve exploring the aftermath of social and historical violence, developed through either workshop processes, or public actions that exist as forms of testimony and empathetic encounter. Teaching and research are integrated aspects of her creative practice, evolved through several academic posts, namely: 2002-2005, AHRC Research Fellow at the Ulster University, (investigating ‘trauma of place’), 2007-2008 ‘Ré Soupault’ Guest Professor at the Bauhaus University, Germany, 2005-2012, Lecturer in Time-Based Art, Ulster University, and currently Course Leader of the BxNU MFA at Northumbria University, England. Several artworks have developed through intensive collaborative processes, notably long-standing partnerships with Alastair MacLennan and Dominic Thorpe that have greatly enriched the practice. In addition, Johnston has been committed throughout her career to initiating, facilitating and supporting several artist-run collectives.
Robert Curgenven is an Australian artist living in Ireland. His performances, installations and album releases span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl and field recordings from remote areas in Australia - where he lived for many years. He has presented sound, audio visual and sculptural work in galleries across Europe & Australia and performed extensively at festivals and contemporary art centres.
Robbie Maguire is a visual artist based in Meath. He is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, where he studied Sculpture. His practice is situated in between art and music, incorporating interactive performance and installation.
Patrick Cole is an artist currently based in London; he graduated from Camberwell College of Art in London in 2005, he studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in 2013 and completed a Master of Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2014.
Recent Performances include: 'Are We There Yet' at the 57th Venice Biennale, in association with Neoterismoi Toumazou and the Cyprus Pavilion. 'Are We There Yet', Plaza Plaza, London 2017. Bardisum (BBQ) at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop., Edinburgh.
Recent solo exhibitions include: 'Diving', The Glue Factory, Glasgow; 'Bullfighting', Crownpoint Studios, Glasgow International, Glasgow, 2016; 'Hippy!', Neoterismoi Toumazou, Nicosia, 2016 and 'A Cowboy’s Rite of Passage', CCA, Glasgow, 2015.
In 2017 Patrick was selected for the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Micro Residency. He was shortlisted for the Converse x Dazed Emerging Artist Award, The Royal
Academy, London in 2015; included in the Catlin Guide, 2015; received Performancepreis, Filigran Trägersysteme, 2014 and was included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2013.
Grace Denton is an artist based in Newcastle who weaves performance, text and object-making to explore personal facade, authenticity/artifice, and imposter syndrome.
Francesca Steele is a performance and visual artist who works with her own material; this could be the composition of her body or materiality of presence. Steele intends for the work to ‘float’, or become a reflection of that held or felt in memory, or in the body, or both. Most recently Steele's work has explicitly included autobiographical references, together with remembrances and recollections of her bodies living and lived.
Steele's work has featured in various publications, including The Live Art Almanac, Manuel Vason’s Encounters and Marina Abramovic and the Future of Performance Art. Steele have exhibited internationally at venues such as Baltic, Tramway and CCA, Warsaw. Steele's work has been commissioned by English Heritage and Wellcome Trust and has given talks about her work at WoW, Southbank Centre, CCA, ICA amongst others.
Steele is a current PhD candidate at Northumbria University supervised by Sandra Johnston, researching artists’ transformative and transactional languages produced in response to trauma.
Image: Auto-oscillate, Flare 3 at Vane, Newcastle 2017.
Eleni Kolliopoulou is a media artist (performance, video, installations) particularly interested in the intersection between performance and philosophy. Kolliopoulou studied at the University Kapodistriaka of Athens in the Department of Methodology, History and Theory of Science (1998 -2003, BA).
In 2007 she moved to Turin (Italy) to attended the Philip Radice School of Physical Theatre for one year. There she studied contemporary dance, dance theatre and Butoh dance and took part in several public group performances.
Between 2008 and 2013 Kolliopoulou completed a BA and MA degree at the Academy of Fine Arts of Turin.
Kolliopoulou is currently pursuing a practice based PhD in time-based art at Ulster University (Derry, Magee Campus) from September 2016 with a project proposal that explores the notion of Butoh body.
Uk's premier Vocalist, the Virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer Cleveland Watkiss presents VocalSuite: an a-cappella vocal improvisation performance that uses the atmosphere of venue to present a performance of the moment: seamless links between musical cultures from Africa to Europe go together to create human vocal soundscapes. Watkiss has performed with a host of diverse artists from around the world, including: Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder,Wynton Marsalis,The Who, Nigel Kennedy, William Parker & Hamid Drake, Project 23,Goldie, Y.M.V, and is a fellow musical collaborator of Black Top, to name a few.
“(Cleveland Watkiss is the) Best male jazz singer in Britain” – EVENING STANDARD.
Ciara Lenihan is a multi disciplinary artist working with performance, video and sculptural installation.
Driven by an interest in the theories and practices of playwrights and practitioners Brecht and Beckett Ciara Lenihan’s work seeks to investigate ideas of displacement, borders and boundaries in both the personal and geopolitical sense. Using a mixture of improvisational movement, audio visual elements, installation and grafted sound Lenihan’s practice seeks to create a new space existing in the rift between live art and contemporary theatre.
Image: Become what you rehearse, you deserve it. Temple Bar Gallery and studios, 2017. Credits: Ciara Lenihan, Lisa Freeman, Dan Reidy (Photography); funded by AIDF.
Beagles & Ramsay
Beagles & Ramsay have worked collaboratively since 1996 to reactively manage consumer expectations. Their work has been exhibited widely in the UK and also internationally at venues including the Venice Biennale, PS1 and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Migros Museum, Zurich, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Recently their work has been included in the national survey exhibitions ‘Generation. 25 Years Of Contemporary Art In Scotland’ (2014) and ‘The Scottish Endarkenment. Art and Unreason 1945 to the Present’ (2016).