Associate Artists

Associate Artists

Updated 24th February 2022

Our first cohort of Associate Artists will be working with the programme for 3 years from September 2019,  both leading workshops in community settings and exploring models of engagement, co-creation & socially-engaged arts practice.

Our Associate Artists are passionate about working with us in the long-term and will receive an enhanced package of support through our Cultivate programme. This will include a dedicated budget for professional development and testing new ideas locally, support with fundraising to realise ambitious projects in our communities and brokering relationships with other arts and community organisations to help develop their practice.

Meet the Artists

Jason Wilsher-Mills

Jason was traditionally trained in Fine Art at The Cardiff Institute of Higher Education and after initially specialising in traditional painting techniques,  he later embraced the pixel after becoming disabled.

The adoption of digital apparatus, as a tool for making art, was a pragmatic resolution to not being able to make large work, as he had when able-bodied. Previously he taught for many years at one of the toughest prisons in the UK, HMP Leeds, where his art department won the prestigious Jerwood Community Arts Award.

Jason now creates 2D lightbox installations, 3D prints, interactive wallpapers, fibreglass and inflatable sculptures which have hidden content that can be unlocked through the use of the Augmented Reality apps.

Jason was recently awarded substantial Arts Council England funding for his work with disabled communities in Corby, Hull, Scunthorpe and Manchester, delivering more than 60 digital art workshops, collecting stories and new work for exhibitions. in 2021 Jason and his work were featured on ITV ad breaks, his work was exhibited at the Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021 and he appeared on Sky Arts Landmark and his talk, How I Came to Love the Pixel, featured at #MergedFutures3. Jason is currently working on inflatable/digital installations for the People’s History Museum in Manchester and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Liz Clark

Liz Clark is a dance artist who works exclusively in early years and with children with special educational needs. She is Artistic Director of Turned On Its Head and Associate Artist for People Dancing with the responsibility for development of a national network to support artists and practitioners who want to work through dance in Early Years.

Liz blogs thoughts and ideas about creativity, interaction and dance at Our Creative Adventure and her current projects include developing programmes of dance work for Looked After Children aged 0-4, research into the wellbeing of babies in day nursery settings using creative movement & improvisation and using dance as a tool for parental engagement for families with mental health concerns.

All throughout lockdown Liz has been posting out dance ideas for families on her Dance Ideas 4 Early Years facebook group. Liz has recently worked with us at Corby Playday, Shiny Playday and will be soon be doing some work in Wellingborough.

Follow Liz on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

The Eloquent Fold

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The Eloquent Fold, artists Carole Miles and Phiona Richards have worked collaboratively since 2013 designing and developing innovative arts initiatives for communities in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Boston and South Holland, Essex, Nottinghamshire, London and Lincolnshire.  Both artists are drawn together by a love of text,  books,  maps,  fabric,  history,  journeys, exploration, photography, making and doing.  Within their work they use recycling and upcycling as a way of connecting with participants of all ages and abilities and to re-affirm the importance of reducing waste.

During lockdown The Eloquent Fold ran various remote arts projects, such as Joyful Conversations, Marking Time in Remarkable Times and Material Memories, where participants make their artworks at home then meet online to share their work, for a cuppa and a chat. Phiona is currently Artist in Residence at Corby Library and The Eloquent Fold have recently started a new project called BeLonging. as well as Reset/Refresh for Carers in Northamptonshire.

Follow The Eloquent Fold on Facebook and Instagram as well as Phiona and Carole on Twitter.

 Ryan Leder

Ryan has been tutoring writers in Corby for the past year with The Core at Corby Cube’s Playwright Ensemble, where he was originally introduced to Corby through the theatre’s Young Actors programme in 2012. Since then, Ryan has become a playwright in his own right, regularly producing work in Northamptonshire as an individual artist and with his theatre company, Theatre In Black. Outside of Northamptonshire, Ryan has completed China Plate’s The Optimists, is currently working with New Perspectives Theatre as one of their New Associates, and most recently was commissioned by the BBC’s New Creatives scheme.

Ryan has worked on You Must Stay At Home, a publication created with Wellingborough’s homeless community. He is also working on collecting stories as part of the 60 Miles by Road or Rail project.

Follow Ryan on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

We also offer community groups and artists with creative project ideas in Corby or Wellingborough support through the Cultivate Programme.

Artist call outs are advertised via our e-newsletter and Arts Jobs, and can be found on our Opportunities page. Also check our Resources page for more opportunities from our network.

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