The Commissioned Artists

Liz Clarke with 1625 Independent People 
Liz Clarke is a live artist and facilitator who works primarily with the Body as Site and Object. Her personal work explores the constraints and possibilities of the  Body in performance. She has worked with communities in an artistic context for over ten years and believes in making strong, beautiful sometimes challenging work that is socially engaged.

1625 Independent People is the leading provider of housing, support and advice to young people aged between 16 and 25 in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. 
"We exist to support young people to build independent lives. We do this by helping people find (and keep) a safe, stable home. We also offer non-judgmental support and advice on counselling, training and help finding jobs. No other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience and resources".

Rhiannon Chaloner with several members from the Bristol Roma Community
Rhiannon is a visual artist and performer, musician and arts producer, with a background in collaborative performance practices, which has directly led to the development of a socially engaged arts practice. She often works with different community and specialist interest groups, to construct actions or performances. Her work uses extreme handy-crafting, writing, photography and video, particularly performance to camera. Rhiannon met the project participants via running an art club for Roma children and young people, at Kensington Baptist Church in Bristol.

Kate Rowles with Lincoln Gardens and Traveling Light Theatre Company
Artist Filmmaker, Kate Rowles is particularly keen to work in community settings, and is always actively seeking opportunities to make artistic social documentary film and moving image work that empowers and poeticizes 'ordinary' people and 'everyday' life.
Lincoln Gardens is a supported housing scheme (through the Guinness Trust) for elderly people, based in Barton Hill, Bristol.
Traveling Light Theatre Company is an organisation which enables young people to create their own highly successful original plays, using ideas that have come from them.  These might be shown to family and friends or they might be performed publicly.

Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon with local boat dwellers
As the duet, Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon have been collaborating for the last four years, making performance work both inside and outside of the studio. They have made two studio-based performances, as well as site-specific work, both in the UK and across Europe. Having recently moved onto a boat (Fitzcarraldo) themselves, Neil and Simone will be working with local boat dwellers from around the Bristol Dockside. 

See 'About the Work' for more information about what will be happening during these projects!

Y&YW8 is funded and supported by Arts Council England, Arnolfini, Groundwork South West and Quartet Community Foundation’s Grassroots Grant.