I have produced work for Leeds Light Night since 2012 as Programme Director alongside my students on the BA Visual Communication programme at Leeds College of Art work. I took on a new role as an Associate Researcher at Leeds College of Art in 2015 which has enabled me to return to my practise.
My present focus of practice is working on larger public projection projects. I am still utilising mobile phone technology and am exploring projecting video in outdoor public environments. I am interested in reaching a broader audience and want to produce provocative work with a powerful visual aesthetic. To further progress the work I am developing a collaborative partnership with Niladri who alongside a wide range of practise has interest and experience in theatre and performance.
Niladri has a diverse range of practice and experience : after an initial training in ‘theatre of the deaf’, and sign-based work, he developed a passion for creating visual narrative, working with different theatre companies including Red Ladder, Merseyside Young People’s Theatre, and Major Road (where he set up an Asian youth theatre project).
He then became artistic director of tutti frutti productions, a company specialising in creating highly accessible, visual theatre for family audiences. Core funded by Arts Council England, the company toured extensively to venues across the UK (including the National Theatre and the Manchester Royal Exchange as well as schools and far flung village halls). The company also created co-productions with various organisations (including the Lyric Hammersmith and the West Yorkshire Playhouse) and performed at international festivals.
Niladri has explored all sorts of other creative projects such as developing the product and brand for a fairtrade chocolate company, and (as the executive at the Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester) envisioning and realising the major redevelopment of a building of considerable architectural and cultural significance. He is presently creating new work as a designer/maker using laser technology, and with a particular interest in light.