The first few weeks of my beong on the AA2A scheme has coincided with the launch of Lady of Situations piece which I have developed by collaborating with Seni Seniveratne, a writer based in Sheffield. The piece has enabled me to explore issues such as containment, power, disaffection and gender through the use of photogrpahy, video, music, words and live performance> Collaboration has been at the core of the piece and as it has been funded through Arts Council England and supported through Sheffield's own Off the Shelf Festival of Words, it has meant that other srtists from Sheffield and the Peak District have been commissioned to produce specific artworks for both the exhibition and performances.Working in this way is what interests me most - being able to build a piece that has the involvement and expertise of a number of different artists, musicians, sculptors, fine art pefumier, actors, theatre Director and writer has ensured an exciting and diverse approach to what I consider, important and contemporary issues that resonate within a global, political landscape.
The piece was launched at Theatre Delicatessen, in Sheffield to an almost packed venue - we have received very welcome comments and a lot of love from people who came to see the piece. There's still time to catch the performance and exhibition as it moves from bank Street Arts, where it is currently to Exchange Place Studios where I am based as a practitioner and producer.
Exhibition - Monday 21 November to Friday 2 December, Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Place, Sheffield S2 5SZ
Performance – Friday 25 November, Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Place, Sheffield S2 5SZ
Please see vanitasarts.co.uk for more details and extracts from the piece