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CV

PROJECTS:
 

Earthsong

     Reconnection to and collaboration with the land and communication of the unseen, including sensory response to place and space.

Rewilding the Artist

     A journey unearthing personal creative solutions to access and wellbeing based in personal practice. Reshaping the experience of neurodivergent & disabled artists through an experiential development program & activism for a Culture of Care.

2023-2025

     Further development of the project & the concept of a Culture of Care though the development of the Rewilding the artist process for others, launch of a Culture of Care podcast & the development of a new body of work informed by authenticity and the wider Rewilding process. Kindly Funded by Arts Council Wales Lottery Grant with integral support from Utopias Bach Collective. 

2021 - 2022:   

     An Arts Council Wales Lottery Funded research and development project asking 'Can neurodivergent sensory practice become the foundation of a sustainable arts practice that nourishes the artist?' 

Including:

     Octopus of Omnipotence exploring Kindness in a uniquely accessible environment with Utopias Bach.

     Explorative development of a Collaborative Contract & Kindness Pledge with Ffiwsar.

   

Cathedral of the Trees

     A socially engaged project with a focus on reverence & care for the natural world and understanding ourselves more deeply while creating inner stillness through innate human connection to the land.

2023:

     At Eich Coed / Tree Sense (Ysgol Arbrofol / Experimental School ) residency at Ponto, Bangor in collaboration with Utopias Bach Collective

2022:

     The Blueprint of Peace Explored Through Ma (Online Experiential Workshop) & Peaceful Play (Self directed outdoor event). Kindly funded by Utopias Bach Collective Seed Fund

Raising the Bar Together

2020 - 2021:
     The project supported four artists with varying lived experiences of disability and none, to discuss & identify barriers to access while collaborating to discover create routes through challenges during the creation of new work. An ACW Lottery Grant Funded Project.   

OTHER PROJECTS, EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2023:

     Grounding Sounding Drawing Breath for Artes Mundi/Creativity is Mistakes in collaboration with Utopias Bach

     Holding Space, Penrhyn House, Bangor part of Cysylltu

     Utopias Bach Collective, Galeri Caernarfon

     Shizen - Aildanio, DAC Art Prize Exhibition - g39: Cardiff & Cynon Valley Museum: Aberdare, Galeri: Caernarfon

     Ysgol Arbrofol (Experimental School) - Residency brining together Utopias Bach Collective & Cathedral of the Trees at Pontio, Bangor

2022:

     Becoming – Residency with Utopias Bach & Cwrdd â mi wrth yr afon at Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales. Exploring processes that aim to foster deeper connections that bring together the human and more-than-human. 
     Unspoken - Bodfa Continuum, Plas Bodfa, Anglesey, Wales

     The Possibilities of Time - Bodfa Continuum, Plas Bodfa, Anglesey.

     Ways of Seeing Green, Bell House, Dulwich, London.

2020:

     Crucify - Outside//Inside, DAC Art Prize, Oriel Davies, Powys, Wales and Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare,         Wales

2019:

     Life (UotS) - Open Exhibition: Oriel Q, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

2018:

     The Ma of Equilibrium (Performance) - Live Screen, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry (Commissioned by Home for Waifs & Strays)

2015:

     15 Minutes (Performance collaboration with Aleksander Wojtulewicz) - Backbone, Home for Waifs & Strays, Digbeth, Birmingham

2014:

     YOU (Performance) - Breaking the Law / Burning Down the House, Home for Waifs & Strays, Digbeth, Birmingham

Life (UotS) - Coventry Open, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

COMMISSIONS

 

2021:     

     Kindness - An artist’s resource film commissioned by g39/WARP supporting arts organisations to welcome neurodivergent artists & visitors.

 

CURATORIAL

2020:

     Raising the Bar Together - supporting access for disabled artists. (Arts Council Wales Lottery Grant Funded)

2013:

     Vessel - Roots Gallery Open Exhibition, Coventry

 

TALKS & PRESENTATIONS

2020:

     Unlimited Connects Wales: Making Space – Curating disabled Artists (in conjunction with Visual Art Group Wales)

2013:

     Social Sculpture: The Role of the Artist, Roots Gallery, Coventry

2012:

     Fragile, Femme:5, Roots Gallery, Coventry

     [UP] Unhinged Plan (experimental performance and installation group), Meter Room, Coventry

 

AWARDS & PRIZES
 

2023:

     Arts Council Wales Project Grant for Rewilding the Artist: Breaking New Ground

     Cultural Freelancers Wales funding for Holding Space

2022:

     Utopias Bach Seed funding for The Octopus of Omnipotence (collaboratory project)

     Utopias Bach Seed funding for Cathedral of the Trees

2021:

     Arts Council Wales Project Grant for Rewilding the Artist

2020:

     DAC Art Prize Finalist

     Art Council Wales Lottery Fund for Raising the Bar Together

2014:

     HCE 10: The Circles Competition (3rd Prize)

2012:

     Judith Phillips Award for Outstanding Achievement

2011:

     Shortlisted for Phoenix Group Creative Prize

ASSOCIATE POSITIONS

     Arts Council Wales Associate (Ongoing)

    Oriel Davies Associate Artist (2021-2022)

     'Seer of the Unseen' at Utopias Bach Collective (Ongoing)

Gaia would like to acknowledge the support of the following organisations:

Oriel Davis, Arts Council Wales, Utopias Bach Collective, g39, DASH, The Gane Trust 

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