Reconnection to and collaboration with the land and communication of the unseen, including sensory response to place and space.
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.
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?'
Octopus of Omnipotence exploring Kindness in a uniquely accessible environment with Utopias Bach.
Explorative development of a Collaborative Contract & Kindness Pledge with Ffiwsar.
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.
The Blueprint of Peace Explored Through Ma (Online Experiential Workshop) & Peaceful Play (Self directed outdoor event). Kindly funded by Utopias Bach Collective Seed Fund
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
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
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.
Crucify - Outside//Inside, DAC Art Prize, Oriel Davies, Powys, Wales and Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, Wales
Life (UotS) - Open Exhibition: Oriel Q, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
The Ma of Equilibrium (Performance) - Live Screen, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry (Commissioned by Home for Waifs & Strays)
15 Minutes (Performance collaboration with Aleksander Wojtulewicz) - Backbone, Home for Waifs & Strays, Digbeth, Birmingham
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
Kindness - An artist’s resource film commissioned by g39/WARP supporting arts organisations to welcome neurodivergent artists & visitors.
Raising the Bar Together - supporting access for disabled artists. (Arts Council Wales Lottery Grant Funded)
Vessel - Roots Gallery Open Exhibition, Coventry
TALKS & PRESENTATIONS
Unlimited Connects Wales: Making Space – Curating disabled Artists (in conjunction with Visual Art Group Wales)
Social Sculpture: The Role of the Artist, Roots Gallery, Coventry
Fragile, Femme:5, Roots Gallery, Coventry
[UP] Unhinged Plan (experimental performance and installation group), Meter Room, Coventry
AWARDS & PRIZES
Arts Council Wales Project Grant for Rewilding the Artist: Breaking New Ground
Cultural Freelancers Wales funding for Holding Space
Utopias Bach Seed funding for The Octopus of Omnipotence (collaboratory project)
Utopias Bach Seed funding for Cathedral of the Trees
Arts Council Wales Project Grant for Rewilding the Artist
DAC Art Prize Finalist
Art Council Wales Lottery Fund for Raising the Bar Together
HCE 10: The Circles Competition (3rd Prize)
Judith Phillips Award for Outstanding Achievement
Shortlisted for Phoenix Group Creative Prize
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