Artists

Wallis Eates

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Wallis Eates completed her MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art in 2001. Since then she has worked as an art educator and facilitator, as well as a manager for the children’s film education charity, Into Film. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel prize for her work-in-progress graphic memoir, ‘Mumoirs’ about growing up as an only child with her single mother in the 1980s. She continues to work in this medium and also co-leads the London branch of the international graphic novel forum, Laydeez do Comics.

Wallis will be attending most days and recording some events in her own style.

Dudley Sutton

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Sutton became known after playing a gay biker in The Leather Boys (1964), a role which showed his potential for eccentric screen personae. He married American actress Marjorie Steele in 1961; she had previously been married to the millionaire producer Huntington Hartford. Sutton and Steele had one child together, but divorced in 1965. On stage, he played the title role in the first production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane (1964). From 25 May 1966 he appeared in Tango, a play bySlawomir Mrozek at the Aldwych Theatre alongside Patience Collier, Peter Jeffrey, Mike Pratt, and Ursula Mohan under director Trevor Nunn.[2]
Sutton has appeared in many films during his career, including Rotten to the Core (1965), Crossplot (1969), The Devils (1971), Madame Sin (1972), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Fellini’s Casanova (1976), Edward II (1991), and The Football Factory (2004).
Among his many television appearances are his roles as Tinker Dill in Lovejoy (1986 & 1991 – 94) – whose friendship with Lovejoy, the title character, and expertise in the antique trade was the backbone of the show – as Mr Carter in the Beiderbecke Trilogy and as Oleg Kirov in Smiley’s People (1982). He also featured in The Sweeneyepisode ‘Golden Boy’ and in a Christmas special episode of Porridge (1976) as the somewhat unstable trusty-turned-hostage-taker Reg Urwin, with Ronnie Barker andRichard Beckinsale.

Chris Wilson

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Chris Wilson was born in 1961 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and grew up in Dar es Salaam, East Africa. He moved with his parents to California in 1971. After many years of living in the streets and prisons of the USA, he was extradited to the UK in 1998. Since becoming drug and crime free in 2001, he has studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, where he was awarded a First with Distinction. His paintings have been exhibited across the UK and are held in numerous private collections. His debut short story collection The Glue Ponys was published by Tangerine Press in August. He currently lives in London.

Josephine Wood

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Josephine Wood’s paintings reveal a preoccupation with the body in domestic space. Her work has a psychological intensity that fluctuates between sexuality, alienation, deprivation and excess.  Her subjects are imagined with some reference to source images such as found photos.  Her London upbringing and work as an artist practitioner in prisons informs the ideas for her work.

Her recent drawings on vintage bedsheets originally came from her own nostalgia for and research of 1970s British sit com; specifically how class and gender were represented. Using stills from sit coms as a base, she extends the images and reconstructs their meaning through her use of multiple lines and adding several figures. The patterned sheet is interwoven into the image as opposed to serving only as a background.The drawings result in chaotic renditions of the original imagery.

In 2015 she was selected as a finalist for the East London Painting Prize and the Exeter Contemporary Open. Exhibitions include: Revolutionary Britain; Art, Power & Politics, Harts Lane Studio, London, Dead Darlings, Royal Academy of Art, Ghent, All that glitters’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Press, RED Gallery, London & Natural Language, Vitrine Gallery, London.

Stephen Millar

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I am a visual artist specialising in painting and illustration. Based in Belfast as part of Creative Exchange Studios.

I am a visual artist specialising in painting and illustration. Somewhere between abstraction and caricature, my work makes use of the interplay between image and text, often for satirical ends. Colour and texture are also important to me. The composition of a piece is often an unconscious response to the depiction or manipulation of global events in the media. The result may be bleakly comic or unsettling…

I am passionate about promoting art as a medium for social rehabilitation and inclusivity. To this end I have volunteered within community arts and worked for  the offender arts charity Koestler Trust in London.

In the last few years I have exhibited in Ireland and England. I have most  recently exhibited in London with Art saves Lives.

Damian Le Bas

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In the past years Damian has worked extensively with maps and cartographies. These he subverts with his drawing, painting and collage style converting the contours, boundaries and border lines into faces and figures. Damian’s maps explore the character of the Gypsy community – a people without a nation state – and the fluctuating condition of national and ethnic lines due to economic, political, territorial and armed conflicts. They explore his conviction that as human beings we all go back to the earth and the earth belongs to all of us. The maps question ideas of nationalism, belonging and identity and symbolise an ongoing conversation about these phenomena.

Damian Le Bas is a cross practice artist he lives and works in various locations across the U.K and Europe. He has exhibited internationally including Venice Biennale 2007, Prague Biennales 2005 & 2007, The Third Edition Of The Project Biennial Of Contemporary Art D-0 Ark Underground Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015,  Goteborg International Biennial For Contemporary Art Extended 2015

Delaine Le Bas

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Woven in the spaces in between their voices and legacy remain. On the fringes of the landscape, in the spaces in between. Their voices and practices muffled by the majority who do not wish to hear them or see them but they survive, across centuries, across millennia, still here. Survivors from persecutions centuries old, currently practised. In between the bold symbols, flags, the hysteria of nationalism, the hatred of racism, the uncomfortable truths of the fabrics of the lands. These old outsiders are still here to be damned and spat upon by the rest. Hear their protestations against the hissing majority, listen and look, their voices and images are rising..

Delaine Le Bas is a cross practice artist she lives and works in various locations across the U.K and Europe. Her works include mixed media installations, performance, films and photography. She has exhibited internationally including Venice Biennale 2007, Prague Biennales 2005 & 2007, Gwangju Biennale 2012,  Zacheta National Gallery Of Art 2013, MWW Wroclaw Contemporary Art Museum 2014, The Third Edition Of The Project Biennial Of Contemporary Art D-0 Ark Underground Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015, Off Biennale Budapest 2015, Goteborg International Biennial For Contemporary Art Extended 2015

Suke Driver

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I am a self-educated, multidisciplinary creative currently sculpting sound and image in response to living 17th floors high in a soon-to-be-demolished tower block in East London. The work initially emerged 4 years ago whilst I was residing on the 21st floor of Balfron Tower and has gathered momentum through my involvement with Phoenix Community Housing Co-op and my resulting awareness of the increasingly detrimental effects upon it, the area and its communities, through changes in social housing policy. The work is also a celebration of social housing and high-rise living.

Joe Duggan

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“under-rated, lyrical, haunting and witty.”
Saskia Sarginson The IRISH TIMES
“Stunning debut collection, vibrant and memorable.”
Salena Godden NEW CAMDEN JOURNAL
“Under the chatty vernacular is a lovely, casual sharpness, like an unexpected hot chilli in something sold as sweet.” Cherry Smith BRAND MAGAZINE
After starting out with the “Bunch of Chancers” based in Derry, Northern Ireland, Joe moved to London in 2002, and his first collection “Fizzbombs” (Tall Lighthouse, 2008), was highly commended in the Forward Prize. He has featured at Latitude, Cheltenham and Galway Festivals, the Southbank Centre, and runs buzzing sold out nights in Crystal Palace. He has also written for Irish band “Different Drums”, Echo Echo Dance Company, and recently recorded with ambient-loop geniuses “The Fireflies” for legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall’s Moine Dubh label.

Kevin King

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I was born in Plaistow Maternity Hospital in the East End of London on the 26th of July 1967.I am the middle child with one elder brother and a younger sister.

I was diagnosed with Mental Health issues and Sectioned under the mental health act in 1993.I had been in a secure hospital from then and did not take up any form of drawing until I was transferred and re-assessed in 1996.

In this year I was encouraged by nurses to “doodle” just to take my mind off of things and pass some time. Little knowing how much of a impact this suggestion would make on my life.

When the need to do more than just doodling came and I started at the education department I was very apprehensive and frightened of what my abilities were through teachers encouragement .Meeting Alison Wickstead  the Art Teacher at that time she saw  I had a talent ended up being  such a inspiration to me ,  bringing me out of my shell ,boosting my confidence and guiding me through 3 exams in Art and Design where I excelled. Art made me feel so good a different person

Whilst doing my education I was going through years of art therapy so doing art did not stop in the classroom. I was drawing prolifically for years even on the ward. The therapy and educational side seemed to go hand in hand. This  seemed to dovetail….to be my salvation in some way.

I had been in Secure hospitals for a total of 18 years (1993-2011) and during this time i was drawing under the name of Sebastian Wilbur getting more audiences I was able to enter competition organised by The Koestler Awards Trust which they still do today in secure hospitals and prisons to.  I was very successful indeed winning certificate after certificate and cash prizes where the winning entrants pictures  were exhibited  at  high profile venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Institute of Contempory Art and i had some features in the outsider magazine Raw Vision.

All the support I have had throughout the years inside hospital obviously staff and teachers have a duty of care but my family my mother especially was a rock. I have made great strides mentally and have the belief and self worth all through taking up Art. I have made strong and long lasting friendships like Alison Wickstead and Jon Holt.

I draw from the heart and in a very impulsive way using certain symbols and icons throughout my works. My favourite medium is pen and ink where I started out doodling I suppose. Followed by acrylics and pastels both dry and oil based. I rarely use oil paints.

I now plan to start a Open University BA course in Arts and Humanities starting next month to take my passion for the arts further. Along with juggling my time studying I still plan to keep drawing keep producing these pictures which I cannot express how important Art in my life is and I feel blessed in a way and for all the people in my life who I have met from doing it.

Matthew Meadows

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I’ve been working in as an artist in prisons for 15 years, planning and delivering projects for arts trusts and charities as well as teaching art in a couple of London ones. Over these years I’ve seen many men and women transform their lives through art, and have much enjoyed  helping them find a wider audience for their inspiring artwork – both through exhibitions and the prison art and writing magazine Not Shut Up. I have been curating exhibitions of art by prisoners and ex-prisoners in Manchester and London since 2005, most recently the Freeflow Arts programme of one-person exhibitions at Garden Court Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, London Publishing on prison arts includes Insider Art – a survey of art in the UK’s criminal justice system (A&C Black London 2010) and ongoing work as art editor for the national prison arts and writing magazine Not Shut Up. (http://www.notshutup.org/) The Not Shut Up Academy developed ventures with ex-prisoners alongside various organizations including fashion house De Rien, helping them publish and exhibit their work

I’m a huge fan of Carlotta Allum’s work with her charity Stretch, and its a privilege to help the artist Kevin King exhibit his amazing art work at the Stretch Outsider Art Festival, most of it made in secure settings.

Luci Bocch

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Luci Bocch trained at East15 Acting school and studied with Jean Newlove on Rudolph Laban’s Crystal Theory techniques.  She is an avid Labbanette.

Through her studies and experiences, Luci is highly knowledgeable in Alexander Technique, Relaxation, Voice Projection, Writing and Performing.

During this workshop she will lead some simple exercises as part of the creative progress.

CamTan Ringel

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CamTan Ringel (aka CT) has been a poetry workshop facilitator and event organiser since 2008. Prior to that, she has performed poetry, drama and music in numerous countries. Her life is where her insight and empathy lies: “Your work will not deceive you, so don’t deceive your work” [quote; CT]

Now she has published her first poetry collection and is working on the next.

Kirsty Allison

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Kirsty is editor & publisher of Cold Lips, founder of the Sylvia Plath Fan Club, and the Books, Film and Arts editor at DJ Magazine.  She is a regular chair of panels, and frequent host and guest on radio.  Growing up in the media and nightclubs, it was following the participation in an exhibition called Label at the Tate Modern, where she showed a film which explored digital identity, she decided to eschew labelling herself.  This was a few years ago.
First published as a teenager on Loaded magazine when it was winning awards every lunchtime, she was soon freelancing widely, for titles including NME, Dazed, Vogue, Scene and The Guardian. Modelling for friends, by 19 she was presenting on TV in the UK and across Europe, by 22 she had a DJ-band with Kris Needs and Irvine Welsh, with a residency at the infamous Manumission Motel.
“Kirsty Allison combines the cerebral with the carnival…” The Sunday Times’ Style Magazine