Multidisciplinary British artist LUAP dynamically fuses adventure and art through his paintings and photography, drawing from his own experiences. His adult-size Pink Bear suit follows him up mountains, surreal landscapes, cities and remote spots in far-away places, juxtaposing them in stark contrast with his central figure The Pink Bear. Using different mediums and techniques, he tackles mental health, the climate and isolation head-on.
He has exhibited alongside internationally renowned artists, created bespoke artworks for exclusive Members’ Clubs and works with charities to raise money with a donated print selling for three times the listed price at Christie’s.
Specialising in collage, contemporary artist Edie Baker creates new narratives from predominantly ephemeral images sourced from magazines, books or those discarded on the street. Content is often brutally cut or edited, resulting in final pieces that speak more of what is absent, rather than that which is present. This treatment leads to work that is sometimes awkward, sometimes humorous, sometimes provocative but almost always surreal.
Exploring ways in which we read, understand, and respond to images, the work aims to allow room for the viewer to conjure up their own personal narrative beyond the boundaries of the visual presentation in front of them.
Originally a trained ceramicist, Patrick Colhoun's is now a multidisciplinary artist, combining sculpture, installation and ceramic with unconventional materials such as hosiery, neon, latex, and piercings. Introducing materials such as Meccano hark back to childhood and lead pellets from shotgun cartridges keep the dark side of Colhoun’s work alive. This unconventional approach reinforces the artist’s early decision to move away from the traditional craft of ceramics to a contemporary version that Colhoun terms ‘Anti-Ceramics’.
Recent work has focused on how the making process helps the artist function with everyday life and is integral to wellbeing. The duality in the titles allows the viewer to decide about the pieces; they can be personal, or oppressive.
Lucy Faherty (b.1997) is an artist and designer based in the United Kingdom with sculptures in private collections across the UK and internationally. Having graduated from BA Design at Goldsmiths University, London in 2019, her work is grounded in using design as a tool for research, where her sculptures are considered outputs of these investigations. Currently, Lucy’s work explores human interactions with space, place and nature.
The Moving Face, aka. Charlie Goodall
The Moving Face, aka. Charlie Goodall, is an interdisciplinary artist based in London. His practice focuses on masks and mask making, this takes the form of sculptures, films and performances. In 2020 he completed the ‘Moving Face Project’ where he made a mask a day for a year, since then he has worked under the moving face moniker for all mask-based work.
Chloe Harris' monoprints exploit the characteristics of familiar buildings she's been influenced by in cities she has lived in. It's her interest in print which has led to the development of her style. Whilst studying art in Exeter, inspired by the city buildings, she took on a new, abstract approach in her cityscape series.
A strong influence of abstraction complements the Exeter prints series and Leeds print series. She is now looking forward to exploring and interpreting other city buildings within the UK and beyond.
Current city: Leeds
Marian Lee is a sculptor and over-thinker who has recently come to terms with the undeniable truth of it all - that there is no such aching undeniable truth. Concerned with ideas of performativity, absurdity, and labour, they seek to coalesce disparate ontological gestures and integrate elements of participation that privilege and inhibit the viewer’s experience of the work. Creating disobedient objects, spaces, and systems that cyclically attempt to negate their imbued function and form... ultimately betraying you, me, and themselves.
Marian is a recent Goldsmiths graduate living and working in London.
Working primarily with plaster and Latex, Sara Osman creates large-scale installations that explore culture, mental health and politics.
Osman discusses subjects that are often disregarded by societies in the West, to evoke emotion from the viewer. She frequently invites viewers into desperate/dire spaces to acknowledge the injustices of the current calamities in the East, which have been neglected/unfairly represented by the media.
Osman also explores her personal struggles using psychoanalysis techniques. Through intense processes and physical touch Osman releases tension, of the mind and body, which enables the viewer to directly observe her emotions within the artwork.
Ministry of Arts: Gary Mansfield & Lee Ainsworth
The Ministry of Arts was founded by artists Gary Mansfield and Lee Ainsworth to reveal the inclusivity of the art world to those intimidated by it, alongside creating art happenings that benefit charities and marginalised groups, in the form of exhibitions, talk & lectures and The Ministry of Arts Podcast.
Listen the the Ministry of Arts podcast here
Stephen Nulty studied for his BA at the University of Gloucestershire and then later completed his MFA at UAL, Chelsea School of Arts. Stephen’s practice stems from digital language and the autonomy of individualism in an ever-needed collective world. Interested in the fragmentation of information displayed and viewed through digital and cultural means, such as cinema and media. Stephen’s palette is built up of digital symbols. Interested in the semiotic weight of this ‘language ‘and what it means in a ‘post pandemic’ world, Stephen creates sculptures and prints from digital fabrications of actual events from digitalised media, using ‘Instagram’ as a way of screen grabbing bitesize information.
My sculptures and installations are meant to explore our conceptions of queerness, sexuality, and femininity through the use of dark humour, macabre and camp aesthetic. Interested in the ideologies of the monstrous feminine, I strive to create a body of work that embraces wicked imagery in order to re-appropriate this narrative. If my autonomy and empowerment make me a monster, then a monster I shall be.
Carrie Reichardt’s public work reflects her engagement with people, place and politics, with a focus on marginalised groups, particularly women and their hidden histories. Reichardt draws on local archival sources to create works that resonate with the communities they are set within, describing her work as a form of “ceramic tapestry”, weaving local people and their histories together.
Reichardt has been involved in community and public art projects for two decades, designing large-scale mosaic murals in local communities. She has produced a community mosaic in Miravalle, one of the most deprived districts on the fringes of Mexico City as well as projects in Argentina and Chile. In 2018, Reichardt finally completed the transformation of her west London home into a giant mosaic mural – a process that took twenty years and tens of thousands of tiles to complete.
Mary-Ann Stuart’s practice explores the cultural representations of women, femininity and the female nude. She combine imagery and iconography from pornography, classic nudes and religious art to draw attention to, and raise questions about, the role of the woman and the female body. “Through creating my art, I am attempting to understand, and come to terms with, my place as a woman and the position of women as a whole within our culture”.
Jesse Tadini Rybolt
Tadini Rybolt is a sculptor, musician and performer currently living and working in London. The primary concern of his work is the interaction between humankind with both the built and natural world, the effect on our environments and in turn the ways in which they affect us. Using mostly steel and timber, he creates sculpture that interacts with animals, plants and people. Creating homes or creating prisons, attempting to cause a reflection both within himself and the viewer on how we interact with our world and with each other.
Ben: ‘My childhood and early adult life informs my work. I didn’t know how to talk about it until a doctor described my scribbles as self portraits and “outcomes”. I also have a record listing me as a vandal that causes criminal damage. These two long-standing issues produce an authentic rebelliousness in my art.
I work with the NHS North London Forensic Service as an artist, having engaged with them as a mental health patient for years. It’s exciting and complicated. The only way of processing this is through paint. I’m passionate about bringing individuals together for active change.’
Guest ‘Arts in Health’ lecturer in Psychology, UWE.
Founder of Outsider Gallery and Hackney Wick Life Drawing.
Ben has been delivering his own Expressive Arts and Wellbeing programme for the NHS MHT North London Forensic Service, since 2016.