Sue Palmer and Sally Watkins’ artistic work focuses on encounters between people and places and is fundamentally influenced by a contextual enquiry engaging with landscape, geography, movement and sensory perception. Collaboration with people from a diversity of places and communities – often with those who have little experience of making contemporary art – is embedded into the process of making work through conversation and exchange. We are exemplary at creating ways for people to become involved – to engage directly – through invitations and structures for dialogue and making that facilitate the production of high quality unusual artwork. Between us, we have over 30 accumulated years of professional experience of initiating, managing and producing participatory arts project that take a contemporary approach and we have a strong and established reputation for our work in the South West.
Sue Palmer is a contemporary artist making performance, sound, video and digital artworks, living and working in South West England and London. Place responsive work and participatory projects are central to her arts practice, drawing on over 30 years of professional artistic and project management experience, as well as a decade as an Associate Lecturer in Performance at the internationally recognised Dartington College of Arts. Over the past decade, Sue has created many place responsive commissions including ‘Hair Raising’ as part of Year of The Artist (2001), ‘Transience’ a digital artwork (2008), ‘The No 1 Bus’ commission with Joff Winterhart for b-side (2010), ‘Try This On’ at the Brewhouse (2011), and ‘The 100 Year Old Rock n Roll Band’ (2011), a collaborative work for ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Finland.
Sue has worked across a diversity of publicly funded arts projects making theatre and contemporary performance, work with people and places integrating digital media and live art. She has produced and directed international cultural exchanges in Russia and Georgia, community events and building based projects, and numerous works with young people. Recent work includes a residency at Mottisfont Abbey, the video documentation for Garden of Reason, and ‘The 100 Year Old Band’ in collaboration with Joff Winterhart and Simon Roberts, commissioned by Y&YW in Bristol. www.biggerhouse.co.uk/sue
Sally Watkins has worked as an artist, curator and producer of site based performance practice since graduating from Dartington College of Arts in 1999. Her work has spanned participatory practice in pubs, car-parks and bird reserves which at times invites audiences to create, alter, reverse or participate in the work during the performance. She is particularly interested in the extremes of large scale events and intimate, tender conversational exchanges/event in group specific locations, such as a retirement home, a library. Sally has given performance presentations at a number of national and international conferences including: Shrinking Cities: Public Art and Urban Regeneration at Forst Lausitz, Germany.
Sally has taught as an Associate Lecturer at Dartington College of Arts for 10 years and most recently as a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, London. She is currently a director of b-side multimedia festival CIC based in Weymouth and Portland.