Collective Collaborations and Bury Collective artists discuss the ways in which they work together, and the benefits of being part of a collaborative. Street Level Photoworks Director discusses the importance of collaborations on an organisational scale, how Street Level works to improve the infrastructure to help develop artists work and profile.
Elin Melberg - Creative Director, Elephant
Elin Melberg (b. Stavanger, Norway, 1976). In 2002 she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from the Royal College of Art (London). Since 2003 Melberg has lived and worked in Stavanger, also co-directing the artist-run project space Prosjektrom Normanns. She is co-founder and co-owner of the creative working space ELEFANT in Stavanger.
Elin Melberg has recently exhibited at Nordenfjeldske kunstindustrimuseum (Trondheim) (2017), Stavanger Art Museum (2017 and 14); Sølvberget Galleri (Stavanger) (2016); Galleri Format (Oslo) (2016); Open Source Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) (2016), Griffin Gallery (London) (2015), Vestlandsutstillingen (touring 2015); Galleri Opdahl (Stavanger) (2014); KUBE Art Museum (Aalesund) (2013); The Annual Autumn Exhibition (Kunstnernes Hus) (2011); Galleri Maria Veie (Oslo) (2010/11/12).
Lee Crocker - Artist
With over 30 years of experience in his practice, Crocker combines illustration, graphics, painting and sketchbooks to tell his stories about everyday life from an honest perspective. Pushing boundaries as an artist, his punk ethos, traditional mediums and eclectic range of subjects invite the viewer into a world that is both familiar and unfamiliar.
Crocker is a Southerner working as an illustrator in a Manchester studio and in a Sainsbury's Warehouse... he is now a happily adopted Northerner working at Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, he is responsible for in-house productions of live events including long running arts workshops and live music events which have included Adamski & Wreckless Eric. He also leads the Bury Collective and produces his own work on everyday life and it's surroundings.
Stephen Nuttall - Artist and Creative Production Manager
Stephen C. Nuttall is one of the core Curated Place team working as Production Manager and an illustrator focused on communication through his work. He is leading the Collaborative Collectives project as well as the delivery of several festival sites.
His practice crosses over numerous art forms from traditional illustration and drawing to education workshops and major festival production. He has managed the operational and technical delivery of SPECTRA 2015-17, ENLIGHTEN Manchester 2014 & 2015, Kew Gardens' Easter Festivals; Dig the City sculptural public realm installations and numerous artist-initiated projects.
Malcolm Dickson - Director, Street Level Photoworks
Malcolm Dickson is a curator, writer and organiser. He is the Director of Street Level Photoworks, a leading photography arts organisation that provides artists and the public with a range of opportunities to make and engage with photography, which is extended through a network of local and community venues, regional art galleries, and through national and international partners.
Ann Carragher - Artist
Ann Carragher is a practicing artist and lecturer of Fine Art and Critical Studies.Born in Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, after completing her MA in Fine & Applied Art at the University of Ulster Belfast 1997/98, she obtained an 8 month Artist Residency at the Hangzhou Academy of Fine Art, The Peoples Republic of China, supported by the University of Ulster and the British Council.
Her visual art practice examines and explores the concept of liminality and ‘in-betweeness’, applicable to debates concerning border studies and identity politics. The overarching premise of her practiceinvolves theoretical examinations regarding embodiment, affect and female subjectivity, relative to border experiences, specifically the Irish/ Northern Irish border.
She has contributed to a range of conferences and symposiums regarding her visual practice and on going research - ‘Landscape, Liminality and Lament’, and has recently contributed to ASLE- UKI & Land2 Biennial, Sheffield 2017.
Recent exhibitions include MILK Collective Exhibition – Middlesbrough; Collective Collaborations ‘Nomad’ Project – Bury, Blackpool, Aberdeen; and ICW- Blackpool. Ann is currently a member of Abingdon Street Studios, Blackpool.