Commissioned Artists and Writers

These artists and writers that have been especially commissioned by the Live Art Development Agency for the Live Art Sector Research – A Report Mapping the UK Live Art Sector project.

Aaron Williamson

Over the last twenty years Aaron Williamson has created over 300 performances, videos, installations and publications in Britain, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Scandinavia, USA, South America, Canada and many other countries around the world.

He has a PhD in Critical Theory from the University of Sussex (1997), and has published widely, including a monograph for the Live Art Development Agency ‘Performance / Video / Collaboration’ (2007). Awards as an artist include the Helen Chadwick Fellowship at the British School at Rome (2000–01); Three-Year AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at BIAD, University of Central England, (2004–07); and the Stephen Cripps Studio Bursary, Acme Studios (2013–14).

Williamson’s work is informed by his experience of becoming deaf and by a politicised and progressive sensibility towards disability. Between 2006 and 2019 he collaborated with Katherine Araniello as the Disabled Avant Garde.

He is currently a Research Fellow in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University.

Alexandrina Hemsley

Alexandrina Hemsley’s creative practice lands in the fluid spaces of dance, choreography, writing, facilitating and advocacy. Their interests are both enduring and in expansive states of flux – or just in connection/relation to the processes within life and within living. They turn towards the sensorial, the bodily, the multiple subjective positions of self – and self in intimate relation to self and other selves – as ways to find breath and voice amidst the unjust and inequitable. Alexandrina has recently founded her own organisation Yewande 103. Yewande 103 formalises the past 10+ years of Creative Director Alexandrina Hemsley’s work in the contemporary dance field as a choreographer, performer, writer, mentor and educator.
Twitter @AlexandrinaHemsley

An*dre Neely

An*dre Neely is an artist working at the intersections of performance, writing and digital practice.

Anne Bean

For over fifty years, Anne Bean has presented work in numerous galleries and venues worldwide. Galleries in London that have shown her work include Tate, Hayward, Whitechapel, Serpentine, ICA and Royal Academy. She received several large-scale awards such as a British Council Creative Collaborations fund, activating international work with women from countries of conflict. She was artist in residence at many institutions including Franklin Furnace, New York and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Matt’s Gallery, London presented several solo shows of hers. In a major monograph on her work, Self Etc., 2018, published by Intellect and LADA, Dominic Johnson wrote that Anne’s art ‘makes strange our sense of time, memory, language, the body, and identity … along a vital continuum between art and life.’ Throughout 2020 she programmed monthly works on the Thames foreshore, titled Come Hell or High Water, involving over 100 artists. Anne is currently working with several Zambian artists.
For her commissioned response to the Live Art sector research project, Anne Bean worked in collaboration with the following artists: Agness Buya Yombwe, Gladys Kalichini, Marita Banda and Serah Chibombwe.

Annie Jael Kwan

Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator and researcher whose exhibition-making, programming, publication and teaching practice is located at the intersection of contemporary art, art history and cultural activism, with interest in archives, histories, feminist, queer and alternative knowledges, collective practices, and solidarity. As co-director of Something Human, she has presented Live Art projects across the UK and Europe, and launched the pioneering Southeast Asia Performance Collection (SAPC) at the Live Art Development Agency in 2017. She leads Asia-Art-Activism (AAA), a research network that explores the proximities of art and activism. She was the co-editor of Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia’s guest issue: Archives. She is a recipient of a Diverse Actions Leadership Award 2019, and currently teaches at Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London, and at KASK, School of Art, in Gent, Belgium.

Jamal Gerald

Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds, UK. His work is conversational, unapologetic and provocative with a social message. He makes work that he wants to see, intending to take up space as a Black queer person.

In 2018, he was awarded Arts Council England’s Artists’ International Development Fund to do research in Trinidad and Tobago. Jamal’s work has been shown at Kampnagel (Hamburg), SPILL Festival of Performance, Battersea Arts Centre and the Barbican. Jamal is a Recipient of a Jerwood Arts’ Live Work Fund Award in 2021.

Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

Phoebe Patey-Ferguson is an academic with a counter-hegemonic practice of teaching, researching, making and curating Live Art.

Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells’ practice shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. Leading the renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment since its foundation in 1984, his work has been exhibited and presented in significant institutions all over the world. His short fiction collection Endland was published by And Other Stories in 2019.