jo (participatory artist)
Jo trained as a theatre designer, passionate about collaborating and working with different creative minds to produce magical performances and experiences for audiences. Early in her career she realised that she was less interested in creating work on a stage for a seated audience, and relished exploring how to break-down the barriers between artist and audience.
Naturally her work became participatory, inviting the audience to experience creativity first-hand though sensory and playful projects, often in the format of workshops and participatory art works. Artists and participants were transported out of their everyday lives into a new world of possibilities. Jo is at her happiest when she is playing with paper and cardboard on Animate Art projects. She loves creating large-scale installations from shops to gardens, and watching how people interact with the work.
Tim first worked with Animate Arts on ‘The Little Prince’ project back when he was completing his MA. Since then he has worked on a range of projects, often documenting the work produced. His videos include beautiful time-lapsed films, that help to record the important process of putting a project together.
Tim graduated from UCA in 2008 with an MA in Artists’ Film, Video and Photography. He now works as an artist, photographer and film maker in and around Kent. His artwork has a deeply considered approach and explores themes of performance, journeying and human experience, searching for subjects and people’s lives that are often overlooked. He has exhibited internationally, in London and extensively in the South East.
Tim runs workshops with schools, youth centres and community groups that encourage and explore creativity through photography. Workshops have included studio photography, digital photography, shooting on location, stop-motion animation, video and portraiture. These workshops not only look at technical aspects of photography but also explore the creative side and the performative nature of the medium. Tim regularly works with other visual artists, musicians and performance artists and loves the creativity that grows out of collaborations.
Lisa Payne is a freelance drama facilitator and performer, working with a wide range of ages and abilities in the public and private sectors. She regularly writes, produces and tours interactive theatre shows for primary schools on transition to secondary school.
Lisa is particularly interested in the use of improvisation and devising in her work with the community. She is a working actor, a cabaret artist specializing in comedic monologues and has formed her own theatre company which most recently toured a sell-out show in the South East.
Lisa describes her first experience of Animate Arts,
“My first project ‘The Little Prince’ was on a truly magical cross-arts project, where every day we transported children to a world of imagination, play and creativity. It was breath-taking to see the children grow in confidence and take joy in each and every moment, and it was the first time I had ever seen different arts working together to create something that to this day lives on in my memory – as I am sure it does those children …..”
rob (public artist)
Rob studied painting at St. Martins School of Art and after leaving went on to paint large scale community murals. Painted artworks developed into mosaic artworks which has become Robs particular specialist craft skill. Public Art inspired by communities all over the UK forms the core to his work. Rob can now look back over a long career and see that maps have been a constant theme through the years, and now he produces maps with the view that they are important cultural documents.
It is the participatory aspect of creating community artworks which has bought Rob into a long standing relationship with Animate Arts,contributing to the delivery of a broad range of their projects. As a visual artist, Animate Arts’ immersive performance projects has taken Rob into areas of personal creativity and exploration that a lot of artists won’t be lucky enough to have experienced.