BiographiesAgile Structures contributor biographies, in no particular order.

Sovay Berriman

Sovay Berriman produces sculpture, drawing and events, often using fractured staging, repeated symbols and fantastical narratives. She is interested in the potential of an element or individual, the possibilities of the collective, and challenging the balance of power. Sovay has initiated and co-ordinated a number of artist-led events, shows and residencies, also working with organisations such as Spike Island, Contemporary Art Society, VASW, SpaceX and Cultivator. Prior to working within the arts, Sovay was a co-founder of Truro Young Women’s Centre, where she worked as a housing worker and campaigned for better understanding of rural homelessness. She was also part of campaigns raising awareness of Cornish culture and the need for improved higher educational provision in Cornwall. Since 2016 Sovay has run her own plumbing business, PlumbMaid, alongside her art practice, and also works as a Gas Safe engineer.

Photo Credit: Matt Burrows
Photo: Sovay Berriman

Sara Bowler

Sara Bowler is an artist based in Cornwall. She regularly collaborates with artists, curators and producers to make things happen at places she finds interesting. Tapping into all kinds of knowledge held by specialists, local residents, archaeological records, archives, folklore and direct experience, she investigates the palimpsest of place, drawing on this material to make temporary interventions at selected sites. Latterly, she has been experimenting with soundscapes presented in situ, most recently presenting Thresholds at Goonhilly Village Green, an experimental cross-disciplinary project devised in conjunction with artist, Elizabeth Masterton and co-produced with curators Field Notes and Amy Brocklehurst.
Photo: Sara Bowler
Photo Credit: A Tixiliski 2019 Goonhilly Village Green

Bridgette Ashton

Bridgette Ashton’s practice includes sculpture, print, publications and guided walks. With a focus on sculpture, she works with ceramics as well as with cardboard and other low value materials making scale-models, depictions and proposals which often engage with histories, narratives and networks.

Current commission, Coxside Cartographies, a collaboration with Joanna Brinton, with Take A Part and The Box, Plymouth -
Photo: Bridgette Ashton
Photo: Bridgette Ashton ‘Artifialia

Cinzia Mutigli

Cinzia Mutigli is a visual artist born in Edinburgh and based in Cardiff, “I use texts, performance, still and moving imagery to create work that links my own story to wider cultural histories. I consider how domestic, social, political and popular cultural aspects of our environment interact to impact our persona, our emotions, our psychologies and our sense of place in the world.”

Recent projects include Cheery Like Lorraine Kelly’s Cheery, text, ON CARE, Ma Biblioteque, 2020; My Boring Dreams featuring Kylie, Neneh, Whitney and the Gang, video, The Sunday Painter Gallery, London, 2019; and Diana Ross Shaped, Cubitt, London, 2018. A new film commissioned by Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, will be launched in August 2020.

Since 2011 Cinzia has worked at g39 as Warp Programme Coordinator, developing and managing a programme of professional development for artists based in Wales.
Photo: Cinzia Mutigli
Photo: Inviting Strangers, video still, from Diaries series, February 2020

Holly Davey

Based in Cardiff, Wales.

Since graduating from Goldsmith College, London, Davey has exhibited across the UK and internationally. Recent exhibitions in 2018 include The Conversation, at g39, Cardiff and The Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham Spa; Charcoal is the Colour of Absence, The Newbridge Project, Newcastle as well as The Conversation book launch at French Riviera, London.

Recent commissions include (2016-18) Here Is Where We Came From at Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth; There Is No There There, A La Ronde, National Trust, Exeter; Here Is Where We Meet, a Situations Commission for Bath and Bristol Weekender and The Nameless Grace, The Holburne Museum, Bath; Nothing Is What It Is Because Everything Is What It Isn’t, Colwinston Trust Commission, National Museum Wales. 

She received a Creative Wales Award in 2017 and was the Creative Wales Fellow at The British School of Rome in 2019.  She is currently working towards a solo exhibition at Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London, opening in autumn 2020. In 2019, she became a member of the a-n artist council.

Holly is a personal and professional development coach and mentor. She offers group and one to one coaching for creative professionals and organisations. For more information about coaching and her experience please follow the link:
Photo: Holly Davey
Photo: Holly Davey, The Conversation, Plywood, perspex and acetate projection, studio research, 2019

James Fergusson

James Fergusson is an artist based in Cornwall,“I question our relationship with the natural/built environment through the politics and science of land use. I work in a protracted manner on a number of projects which develop over time as the theses evolve. See the individual projects on the website for more information. Much of what I do involves growing and planting trees, usually where I shouldn't.”
Photo: James Fergusson

Shama Khanna

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Shama Khanna is an independent curator, writer and educator from London via Nairobi where they were born. Khanna is committed to creating opportunities for marginalised artists and publics to practice and engage with the arts, as much as possible, on their own terms.  With over ten years’ experience working in the UK and internationally, Khanna has curated numerous artists’ projects and commissions both independently and as part of collaborations with organisations including: The Showroom, Goldsmiths University of London, Jerwood Visual Arts, Camden Arts Centre, London, P.S. 1 and PERFORMA in NYC and Documenta14 in Athens. She works as an Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts, Royal College of Art and Kingston University, London.

Khanna curates Flatness and the artists’ moving image series, Non-Linear. Both programmes learn from artists’ practices in order to address the artistic, structural and the material conditions and possibilities of working immaterially. Screening and discussion events have taken place at international venues including: Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen; Chisenhale Gallery and Auto Italia in London; Palais de Tokyo in Paris; Moderna Museet, Malmö; LIMA, Amsterdam; Western Front, Vancouver; Microscope, New York; Rupert, Vilnius; warehouse, Berlin; LUX Scotland and CCA, Glasgow.

Khanna has contributed to Afterall, NANG, Art Monthly, The White Review, LUX and Aorist, co-edited with 7 other writers. Khanna is a Trustee of not/ cooperative, an Arts Adviser for Jerwood Arts and a curator-in-residence at Afterall.
Photo: Shama Khanna

Simon Bayliss

Simon Bayliss is an artist and music producer, based in west Cornwall. He spent his formative years immersed in the rave scenes in the rural South West and has been making dance music and DJing for more than two decades. He is also one-half of club-duo Splash Addict and has a bimonthly radio show Meet me in the Carpark on
Photo: Simon Bayliss
Photo: The Garden Zone (icaro), 2020, Simon Bayliss, still from video as part of Club Goddess, an online Kunstraum event curated by Susie Green, 01:34

Ilker Cinarel

Ilker Cinarel is an artist working in a range of media including painting, performance, video, photography, education and social arts practice. He employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Guest Projects, London, White Crypt, London, Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, Edgezone, Miami, and USNexpo, Sardinia.
Photo: Ilker Cinarel
Photo: Imagine the future, 2019, still from video work, 5:35

Senara Wilson Hodges

Senara Wilson Hodges is a filmmaker and activist based in St Ives. Best known for her independent documentaries, such as Ghost Town and Fragments of a Rebellion, she has also directed and produced documentaries for BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, including the cult Cornish classic John Peel: Sounds of the Suburbs, featuring Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert. Senara is also a leading proponent for Extinction Rebellion in West Cornwall, and recently instigated the No Going Back Sundays movement.
Photo: Senara Wilson Hodges
Photo: Fragments of a Rebellion, 2020, Senara Wilson Hodges, still from video documentary on the October Extinction Rebellion protests in London, 1:00:00

Dave Beech

Dave Beech is an artist and writer. He is Reader in Art and Marxism at Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon, the University of the Arts, London. He is the author of Art and Postcapitalism: Aesthetic Labour, Automation and Value Production (Pluto 2019) and Art and Value: Art’s Economic Exceptionalism in Classical, Neoclassical and Marxist Economics (Brill 2015), which was shortlisted for the Deutscher Memorial Prize. Art and Labour: On the Hostility to Handicraft, Aesthetic Labour and the Politics of Work in Art (Brill 2020) will be published in August 2020. Beech is an artist who worked in the collective Freee (with Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan) between 2004 and 2018. His current solo art practice revisits the critical traditions of photomontage and documentary film through an engagement with the status of photography in the era of the smartphone through produced sequences of prints by cutting into the archive of photo books. Recent exhibitions of these works have been staged in New Orleans, Vienna and a postponed exhibition at Exeter Phoenix due to Covid-19.
Photo: Dave Beech
Photo: Dave Beech ‘Montage Number 2 (May 2020)

Ceri Hand

Ceri Hand has extensive experience of working in the arts and culture sector, with previous key positions including: Director of Programmes, Somerset House, London; Associate Director: Institutions and Public Relations, Simon Lee Gallery, London; Associate Consultant, Contemporary Art Society, London; Director, Ceri Hand Gallery, London/Liverpool; Director of Metal, Liverpool; Director of Exhibitions, FACT, Liverpool; Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts, Cumbria and Director of Make, London.

She established Artist Mentor in 2014 to support artists and creatives in developing their work and enabling them to successfully navigate their creative journeys. She has worked closely with emerging and established artists throughout her career, commissioning, producing, programming, exhibiting and selling new interdisciplinary, intergenerational work, including large scale live events, performances, public realm works, touring exhibitions and public engagement, participation and education programmes.

She is also a Trustee of Matts Gallery (London) and is an Independent Member of the Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice Advisory Committee 2020-2024.
Photo: Ceri Hand/Somerset House

Speed Show Artists at the Symposium 2020

During lockdown, artists have had limited opportunities to show, share and discuss what they’ve been up to in recent months, these Speed Shows are an attempt to address that. A key part of Agile Structures is the opportunity for artists to network; you will find links to the presenting artists’ online presence below, please do get in touch and continue the conversation.

Thursday 25th June
Clare Heath
William Luz
Liam Jolly 
Patricia Wilson Smith 
Tim Ridley

Friday 26th June
Helen Trevaskis
Katy Richardson
Delpha Hudson
Kitty Hillier
Melanie Stidolph

Saturday 27th June
Melissa Hampson-Smith
Patrick Lowry
Alison Brown
Jacqui Orly
Caroline Pedler
Dean Knight

Agile Structures is an artist-led project, organised by Sovay Berriman & Sara Bowler.