This series of 19 micro-commissions by artists based in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall was rolled out across our digital platforms in the summer of 2020, and explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our notion of freedom.
Beyond Face CIC is a performance company based in Plymouth whose mission is to raise the profile and visibility of Black, Asian and People of Colour in the Arts. During the Covid-19 crisis, their mission felt more vital than ever.
Natasha Carthew is an award-winning writer and performance poet from Cornwall. Her work goes deep beneath the core of what it is to live in rural UK today, exploring subjects such as social isolation, poverty, nature and environmental issues.
Richard Cook's subject matter is taken from quick, calligraphic drawing done in situ – mostly place of wilderness. In order to comply with government guidelines, Cook restricted his practice into making drawings from his own window.
Allister Gall is an artist-filmmaker whose work explores the idea of Imperfect Cinema as an ongoing social and contemporary interrogation and re-employment (and re-imagining) of filmmaking as a social-participatory praxis.
Leo Geyer is a young composer and conductor with a passion for imaginative, daring and dramatic approaches to music-making, encompassing new work, cross-disciplinary collaborations and re-imaginings of existing music.
Naomi Hart is a multimedia artist who utilises salvaged materials and found objects to investigate and explore the relationship between human interaction and the environment, particularly themes around water, elements, journey and memory.
Using two (ostensible) public drinking fountains in Plymouth, Mary Loveday and Jason Hirons have created a work of creative non-fiction writing which examines the intersection of public health and private self-interest or self-promotion.
Molly Erin McCarthy is a visual artist from Plymouth, working across 3D and new media. For State Of Emergency Micro Commissions, McCarthy presents PROJECT MECHA:HEART, a series of animated, digital collages exploring data-hoarding and freedom of information in a post-internet, post-pandemic world.
Ellen Moran is a Geordie poet now living in East Devon. For the State of Emergency commissions, Moran has produced a spoken word piece which explores bodily autonomy, patriarchal control of bodies, physical containment and domestic slavery.
Carly Seller is an artist working with performance, sound, textiles, objects, drawings, photography and moving image. For the State of Emergency micro commissions, Seller has created a soft sculpture from which a bunch of hands and arms made from fabrics are suspended.
Still/Moving Projects is a platform for the delivery of collaborative projects with a focus on engagement with targeted communities, co-directed by Devon based artists, Martin Hampton, Laura Hopes and Léonie Hampton.