In January 2018 I directed and mentored seven MA students from Leeds Beckett University to perform actions at Leeds City Art Gallery, in response to the Artist Rooms exhibtion of work by renowned German artist Joseph Beuys.
The group worked with sculptural objects, audio of Beuy's lectures, organic materials and in live gesture to explore body and presence.
the resulting work was attended by Richard Demarco - Curator and Archivist, and friend to Beuys. This was done in conjunction with the Henry Moore Institute's symposium on Beuys.
Curation of a weekend programme of live and digital media art for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, March 24-26 2017.
With Mike Stubbs and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).
ReROOTed celebrated the work and impact of the historic commissioning agency Hull Time Based Arts, and brought over thirty artworks, talks and discussions to new audiences and old friends.
North Leeds Life Magazine, 2014: http://www.northleedslifegroup.com/tag/gillian-dyson/
A performance exhibition work for Union 105 Gallery Leeds. Dyson worked with local people, including residents of the Chapeltown district in Leeds, to record and respond to their personal stories about objects they kept and treasured.
Dyson delivered a series of social engagement projects with women in Chapeltown, particularly first-generation immigrants from the Caribbean, to talk about the food, objects and places that give a sense of place.
The personal stories were performed as a verbatim live work of gestures, with the exhibition of significant objects. 2014.
Working with student performers Dyson led the re-iteration of the performance work Act of Memory by Monica Ross, that involves the reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from memory. The work was performed at the Unitarial Chapel, Mill Hill Leeds to a public audience. 2016
In 2014 five artists based in the North West and Yorkshire who work in the field of socially-engaged performance practice have come together to discuss their work, exchange ideas, research and approaches to making work.
This blog forms a platform for; the group’s discussions, reportage and debate about other socially-engaged performance practice, and interrogations of wider ideas and research around socially-engaged practice in the contemporary arts.
We aim that the Interactions blog will be of value those beyond the group; whether emerging, mid-career or mature artists, curators, programmers, producers, academics and other arts professionals – and look forward to ‘interaction’ with you about our posts.
Additionally two public Mini-symposiums on the themes and issues on socially-engaged performance practice arising from the five artists work together were held in September (19.9.14) in Liverpool and October (8.10.14) in Leeds.
In an arts context, socially-engaged practice, can be understood loosely to fit into one or more of these descriptions:
Engages audiences beyond the arts institution (ie theatres/galleries) in social spaces or contexts
Takes the social as its subject or modus operandi
Asks what society or ‘the social’ may mean
Forges alliances directly with communities defined by place or by interest / experience / knowledge
Directly engages with non-artists to produce art-works
This project was funded by Arts Council of England
A mobile theatre work for Lattitude Festival, 2013.
Dyson was artistic director and producer for the work that then went on to be performed at Light Night Leeds, 2013.
A site-specific installation event for the Manor House, Louth, Lincolnshire. 2010.
Local people were invited to make drawings of a still life made up of archive objects, found and donated objects from Louth Musueum, or belonging to local people. The evening's drawings were displayed in the site - once a Georgian Reading Room, a WW2 Dance Hall, a library and now a semi-derelict museum store.
A creative project for over 2,000 children in Hull. Working across different sites in the city lead artists Gillian Dyson and Adele Howitt helped children to make clay models of favourite buildings. These were then fired and exihibited as large-scale installation. Supported by Hull Community Play Newwork and Sponsored by Sandtoft Tiles. 2006.
Dyson worked with dancer Jo Ashbridge on the production and delviery of workshops for young people, exploring the built environment using dance and the body. 2007.
Since 2010 Dyson has design, directed and produced a on night event with students from BA Performance Leeds Beckett University The works are designed to respond to universal interests of light and spectacle with costume, theatre, dance and proejcted image as well as intimate 1:1 micro-peroformances for all the family . The works are staged in Leeds city centre for an audience of over 2,000 people.
A new work for October 2016 is currently in production.
Light Night 2015: 'Luminesence' - participant reponses: