6th June 2009, Easton Community Centre, Bristol

Featuring...Rhiannon Chaloner and the Refugee Women of Bristol, Tinned Fingers, Joana Cifre Cerda, Lynn Lu, Emily Orley and Katja Hileevera, Folake Shoga, Orbita, Alex Bradley and Dane Watkins, Louise Ritchie and Malcolm Whittaker

You and Your Work is back and this time it’s international!

YaYW returns to the Easton Community Centre on Saturday 6th June 09 to bring you the latest and very best in innovative contemporary performance, site-specific work, live art, installation and interventions alongside live music and world food.

With over ten emerging and established artists and companies taking part from as far as Australia, Singapore and Spain not forgetting some local Bristol and UK favourites, a specially commissioned new outdoor performance work, alongside the results of a project facilitated by a local artist working with refugee women, YaYW is full to bursting with exciting performance adventures!

YaYW6 wishes to expand on the success of last year’s event and its growing audience base by locating this event once again at locations in and around the Easton Community Centre in Bristol. YaYW6, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Groundwork UK South West and Quartet Community Foundation, attempts to add to and merge the local cultural calendar of Easton by placing a contemporary arts event alongside a programme of live music, street dance and world food stalls.

About the Artists

Heading up the line up will be Sydney based performance artist Malcolm Whittaker who is currently on a cultural exchange research trip funded by the Australian government to strengthen his practice through experiencing the thriving British cultural scene and sharing his work with us. It is a rare privilege to see Malcolm’s new show which focuses on the performer’s fear and desire for the spotlight, ‘The Red Room’ is a space where the performance is longing to and resistant to take place. Will you help Malcolm make it through the fear?

Local artist Folake Shoga will be on hand in her intimate one to one performance ‘Lost Photographs’ where she will attempt to draw for each audience member a precious photograph they have since mislaid. Meditating on travel, relocation and history this work is a poignant reminder of where we come from and what we hold dear.

‘Home (bitter) Sweet Home’ is an outdoor durational work from Spanish artist Joana Cifre Cerda, who, accompanied by her sister will build, disassemble and rebuild elaborate brick houses around themselves. This work embodies the constant fight to escape, the desire to belong and the need to overcome obstacles.

Reknowned artist Alex Bradley who has been working for over 18 years making innovative developments within live and digital art, sonic practices and installation, will join forces with animator Dane Watkins for their new work ‘Love Match.’ Mixing virtual and real worlds this lecture style performance quickly becomes a search for love and the lengths we will go to find it.

Singapore based performance and installation artist Lynn Lu will show a series of film works which are all bound by their questioning of place, context and humanity. Lu works to create resonant relationships between her live and remote audiences which explore the innate human capacity for empathy.

Aberystwyth based artist Louise Ritchie will front a team of four performers who, armed with notebooks, video cameras and curiosity will attempt to capture the in-between moments of the evening. ‘Here Comes Everybody’ is an event of non-events, a cacophony of overheard conversations, stolen gestures and found objects.

Young performance company Tinned Fingers will be taking over the cycle path behind the Easton Community Centre in a new You and Your Work commissioned interactive performance ‘The Carrier Pigeon Project.’ As an audience member Tinned Fingers invites you to entrust them with your messages, they are ready to send, deliver and receive.

‘Ivory Towers’ is a brief but evocative performance installation where London based artists Katja Hilevaara and Emily Orley will construct an epic table top landscape from domestic cutlery. The duo seek to construct unstable and unfixed images which are fleeting, unexpected and powerful.

The end is nigh or so say local theatre company Orbita in their new performance ‘The Stars Below Us.’ Starting with the end of the world they explore humankind’s relationship with the cosmos, time and the interconnected nature of everything ever. Fusing science fiction and science fact, lecture with animation and live music, Orbita tell a tale of a time when life was simpler and the sun brighter.

Rhiannon Chaloner is a cross-disciplinary visual artist who has been commissioned by ‘You and Your Work’ to work with a group of local Bristol based refugee and asylum seeking women. The group will develop a series of art works that explore personal interpretations of home and identity through the various mediums of documentary photography and video as well as hybridised Fair-Isle knitting patterns which will then be installed at the Easton Community Centre.

With its emphasis on social as well as artistic exchange YaYW6 will also play host to live music and a wide range of world food.

You and Your Work is not only aimed at committed art audiences but seeks to give an opportunity to a wider community to see selected, good quality risk-taking work by emerging artists and meet and talk with them.

YaYW6 is a free non-ticketed event which begins at 5PM on Saturday 6th June 09 at Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6AW.

For more information contact: cubeyourwork@hotmail.co.uk

YaYW6 is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Groundwork UK South West and Quartet Community Foundation (Grassroots Grant)