Lauren Barri Holstein

Since 2010, Lauren Barri Holstein has developed a substantial body of work (Notorious, Splat!, How to Become a Cupcake, How 2 Become 1, Lady Love, Cherry Pop, Women are Pathetic and How to be Amazing) presented in Live Art, Dance, and Theatre contexts including including The Barbican (London, UK), SPILL Festival (London, UK) FEM Fest (Girona, Spain)and Abrons Art Center (New York, U.S.), gaining respect and notoriety within the Live Art world 

She has collaborated with a number of prominent UK artists, including Kira O’Reilly, Dominic Johnson, Julia Bardsley, Martin O’Brien, and Manuel Vason. 

Her most prominent work to date, Splat!, commissioned by SPILL Festival of Performance, premiered as the opening of SPILL 2013 at The Barbican, London. It was named Time Out’s ‘Critic’s Choice in Dance’, one of Time Out’s ‘Must See Shows of 2013’, one of The Stage’s ‘Dance Picks of 2013’, and one of The Guardian’s ‘Theatre Picks’. Holstein holds a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London and is a visiting lecturer at various UK and European universities.

She has authored several published articles, including: ‘A Queer Family Tree’ in The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: The Performance Work of Lois Weaver, ed. by Jen Harvie and Lois Weaver; ‘Splat!: Death, Mess, Failure and Blue-Balling’, in Performance Research; ‘The Cyclical Pleasure/Death of Symbolization in How to Become a Cupcake/The Famous’ Adaption of Frankenstein’, in On Repetition: Writing, Performance, Art, ed. by Eirini Kartsaki; and several articles.

Alexa Wright

Dr Alexa Wright is an artist and academic living in London, UK. Working at the intersection of art and medical science to explore human inter-subjectivity through qualities like vulnerability and empathy, Alexa uses a wide range of media in her work, including photography, video, sound, interactive installation, performance and book works. She has extensive experience of working with people with disabilities and metal health issues, as well as with medical scientists and other creative practitioners.

From 1999-2010 Alexa worked collaboratively with Professor Alf Linney and computer scientists at UCL to create three interactive installations, Conversation Piece (2009), Alter Ego (2005), and Face Value (2001). These works have all been widely shown internationally. In 2011-12, funded by a year-long AHRC Fellowship, she created A View From Inside, a series of portrait photographs of people who experience episodes of psychosis. In 2015, funded by the Arts Council, she initiated Piecing it Together, a participatory project for people experiencing mental ill health at two NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Recovery Centres. Since 2007 Alexa has been part of Hybrid Bodies, a unique international, interdisciplinary project based in Toronto, Canada that brings together medics, visual artists, a philosopher and social scientists to explore the emotional and psychological effects of heart transplantation from multiple, interwoven perspectives.

Alexa has a 0.5FTE post at the University of Westminster, as Reader in Art and Visual Culture.

Melanie Jackson

Melanie Jackson was born in Hollywood, West Midlands. She now lives and works in London and attended LCC, Byam Shaw and the RCA and has recently completed a practice based PhD at the University of Reading.

In 2017/18 she published co-authored articles with Dr Esther Leslie in Parallax Journal, Effects Journal, the online journal Studies in the Maternal, and cabinet magazine. They have also co-authored a book Deeper in the Pyramid (2018), and have previously produced a comic The Ur-Phenomenon (2013) and a newspaper The Urpflanze (2010). They devised a series of performance lectures based on the book for the Delfina foundation (2016), UCL (2016), Birkbeck (2017) the Atlantic Project (2017), Lux (2017) and Primary (2018).

Solo exhibitions include Deeper in the Pyramid at Grand Union, (Birmingham), Primary (Nottingham) and Banner Repeater, (London all 2018) and The Urpflanze Part 2 (2013) and The Urpflanze Part 1 (2010) at the Drawing Room and Flat Time House, (London). She has also made solo exhibitions at Space Exchange (Colchester), Chapter (Cardiff), Matt’s Gallery (London) and Arnolfini (Bristol) and exhibited internationally in group exhibitions including Take Me to the River, DRF Biennale, (Osaka, Japan), The Global Contemporary, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, (Karlsruhe, Germany) as well as exhibitions in the Museum of Contemporary Photography, (Chicago, USA), Art Gallery New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), Kerlin Gallery (Dublin, Ireland) Project (Dublin, Ireland), Sabine Wachters Gallery, (Brussels, Belgium), Shanghart (Shanghai), Para/Site Art Space, (Hong Kong), Hanart TZGallery, Hong Kong).

She was awarded residencies in Shanghai and Hong Kong (British Council), Mauritius (Gasworks) and in the UK (University of Bristol, The Mothership). She has been shortlisted for the Whitechapel Max Mara Art Prize for Women and was a winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize.

She has work in the Tate and Government Art Collections, and in Private Collections.