I want to raise the alarm of our own hypocrisies. I feel suffocated by my own cliches and the predictability of our social norms that we seem to not be able to escape. Through bringing people together, dancing with one another, celebrating, appreciating the art of others I do believe that we can make systematic and social change. Unless we rise up we will not have a world to make art in. I endeavour to use whimsical humour and my own paradoxes to create relatable work that reflects the human condition, questioning what we think of as destined and ignite the activist within us all. I believe that art has no borders and am confused by the clear segregation of art forms that institutions still impose. Movements within art history have always been reactive to all art forms in their quest to move art forward, I want to curate events and spaces that celebrate all art disciplines and does not label itself as a specific type of work, endeavouring for everything to just be called art.
Art, Ethics and Social Change - Central Saint Martins
Bringing Performance into the Museum - Victoria & Albert Museum
Producing, Marketing and Arts Management (Fi.ELD 2017) - East London Dance
London Studio Centre
Sept 2013 - June 2016
BAHons Degree in Theatre Dance specialising in Contemporary Dance 2:1 (1st achieved in all academic modules)
The Sixth Form College, North Hill, Colchester, Essex
Sept 2011 - June 2013
GCE A Level
A* - History of Art, Dance
A - English Literature, Fine Art
Extended Project Qualification – Dance - A*
Dance East Centre for Advanced Training
2018 – 2020
DanceEast Junior Associate Artist 2018-2020
Workforce Development in community with DanceEast
Sadlers Wells Young Choreographers Showcase
Sadlers Wells Young Associates Summer School
Tim Casson Choreographic Observation Placement 2017
Nov 2019 – Feb 2020 CULTURE DECLARES EMERGENCY
Curator and Production Administration
Together with Culture Declares Emergency I have been curating the upcoming ‘Extinction Underground’ VAULTS LATE Event in association with Extinction Rebellion. I have been responsible for programming over eighty artists throughout the evening across the different spaces within the vaults as well as sorting the logistics for this and liaising between artists and technical support.
Jul 2019 – Jan 2020 PROJECT .DOT
I worked as company producer for Arielle Smith’ Project .DOT from July 2019 on their creation period for a full length work and Tour planning. I was responsible for social media, rebranding, organising employees, studio spaces, talking to venues and proposing the show to potential funding committees.
Jan 2019 – May 2019 KAIA GOODENOUGH DANCE
Successfully receiving Arts Council funding for a new creation period. Organising and scheduling collaborators, rehearsals and budgeting. Marketing and organising a three-night run of performances at ArtNumber23 in April with TOBY.
Nov 2018 – Feb 2019 DANCE EAST
I produced an event for graduate dancers in December to reconnect and share their skills at DanceEast. I had to handle budgets, organise artists and advertise the event over social media platforms.
Jan 2018 – Jun 2018 ARIELLE SMITH COMPANY
As Company Manager for Arielle Smith we worked closely together to produce a 4-night show at the Rosemary Branch Theatre at the end of June 2018. My organisational roles included; timetables, dancers, auditions, studio space and theatre hire. As well as this I updated the website, created a marketing campaign, handled social media and organised a gala evening to raise funds.
Oct 2017 FRAMELESS X OXJAM
Myself and my colleague organised and programmed an evening of poetry, music, art and dance films in Homerton in aid of Oxfam. Together we organised the entire event including; programming, curating, marketing, fundraising and artist/venue liaison.
Jul 2017 EAST LONDON DANCE
Marketing and Fundraising
Working Freelance to create leaflets and media to advertise the Live and Direct Festival. Programmed by Young people for Young People. I was required to work closely with programmers and graphic designers as well as applying for funding and pitching to organisations.
Jun 2017 – Current (Intermittently) BOOM CYCLE
Front of House Receptionist
Being the first face the customers see I am required to ensure that the best experience is always had when they visit Boom Cycle. Signing people into classes and ensuring they have all the relevant information to have the best class.
Jun 2017 – Aug 2017 RICHMIX
As part of RichMix marketing team, young influencers are required to create promotional material, takeover the social media channels and report live from the events of the Takeover Festival 2017.
Apr 2017 – Jul 2017 DANCE EAST
DanceEast CAT Administration Assistant
To assist in the running of the audition season as part of Dance East Centre for Advanced Training. Processing all the applications, organising audition sessions, writing follow up results, ensuring the smooth running of the audition days and processing the outcomes from all parties. I was required to assist the CAT Manager and provide support administratively.
OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
Since graduating I have been creating my own work that has been presented in platforms and festivals around London. This has required me to project manage a team of dancers and collaborators as well as create the work. I have been successfully supported by Arts Council England and am an Associate Artist at Dance East. This has armed me with many skills in budget management, scheduling and general administration. Most recently I have been running social media accounts for Project DOT and creating assets for the company as well as commissioning other artists. Having to market myself through social media and write funding applications has meant I have learnt the different ways of writing for a variety of purposes to gain the support you require. I have worked within preconceived festival settings as well as organising my own evenings and events.
I worked extensively on the Autumn Rebellion with XR and headed up the programming for one of the sites. I worked with other programmers of varying experience where I learned a plethora of valuable skills. This was one of the most challenging experiences of my career, having to plan for two weeks of performances and talks from 10am-10pm, manage a large team of volunteers as well as being ready to change the plan at any moment. I gained technical experience, artists liaison skills and just generally the ability to abort plan and try something different whilst ensuring I deliver what I was aiming to. This gave me the bug for fast paced positions that require you to work in the moment after months of meticulous planning.
I trained as a dancer and choreographer and have found this to arm me with many skills that are often unexpected within this area of study. I have gained experience working as a freelancer and have managed many different events from workshops to films to performances. This has meant that I have liaised with a variety of people in different stages of their careers and this has provided a breadth of knowledge on collaborating and working in different settings. Through choreographing I have gained skills in dealing with people directly, composing space and understanding composition. These skills can be deployed into all arts activity and facilitate coherent understanding of artist ideas.