1. Explain to us what kind of work you do and what you have been doing up to this point.
I am an artist who works with people. I argue that art is a collaborative process that can’t exist without the help and dialogue of others. I perform, direct and facilitate actions, performances and events that generally question the pre-existing structures that constitute ‘artist’ and ‘audience’ but also any established behaviour. I aims to integrate audience by making them proactive in the process of making the work and attempt to democratise their encounter by using rigmarolish site specific actions to encouraging shared experiences.
I am based in Belfast and have just finished the Harvest Festival in Peterborough as one of 10 commissioned artists by Metal to work alongside Studio Orta. I went to Art School in Scotland, graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2004 before by way of a short detour arrived in Belfast in 2008.
2. Over the next few months you are going to be researching and spending time unravelling the eccentric history of Tintern Abbey to our audiences. Where did this initial interest in Tintern Abbey come from and where are you hoping to take your research during your residency?
I visited Tintern Abbey when I was a child and have photos of my family at the Abbey where I was really excited about the space and the feeling of the site. When I saw that there was an opportunity to work here I jumped at it knowing that I was really inspired by the site and wanting to find out more about the history of the site, area and people.
3. What interested you about the opportunity to be an Artist in Residence at Tintern Abbey?
The Cinematic qualities of the site and the history of the area are uniquely inspiring. It is a residency that would help me bring people into the site to have a shared experience, and this is really important to my understanding of the site.
4. Is it important for you to interact with Community First groups during a residency? In what way?
I would like to invite some groups possibly gardening groups from Newport and some local farmers or people that work on the land to come to re-tell the history of Tintern Abbey using performance as the medium. I want the people to come and explore what the performance will be and what it will look like.
5. What can we expect to see from you throughout your residency at Tintern Abbey?
Colour, movement, conversation, energy, reflection, land, site and food