Faith Bebbington

Faith Bebbington has been a professional artist since 1994, with a studio base in Liverpool. She has a BA Hons. Degree in Fine Art: Sculpture from Winchester School of Art 1986 and a Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Art from Liverpool John Moores University 1992.

Faith creates "dynamic figurative sculpture which capture movement and can humanise public spaces. After many years of creating 'human figures in action' recent public commissions have led [her] to create life size sculptures of animals - including exploring the contribution made by the horse to canal life and highlighting the plight of an endangered species like the wild tiger."

Faith now focuses on re-using recycled waste materials mainly for large scale works and modelling with polymer clay for smaller scale work, and exploring sculpting with papercrete (concrete & paper). Her artwork for ITV has been made out of recycled milk cartons.

Dan Rawlings

Dan Rawlings is a contemporary British artist. Born in Watford in 1979, he grew up in Essex and currently lives and works in Gloucestershire.

A sympathy for unloved and forgotten relics and a fascination with nature’s resilience have inspired Dan to create visions of a world where man’s impact is being slowly reclaimed by nature. Dan considers no technique or substrate out of bounds in achieving his intended results, but is probably best known for his manipulation of metal and light, conceived with intricate hand-plasma cutting. Recently he has been introducing sign painting and motion to his works.

Notable projects include the sculpture ‘nature delivers’ based on the wreckage of a ford transit van and the huge ‘mighty oak’, based on a 16 ft farm yard silo constructed for the affordable art fair’s 15th birthday in Battersea park. His signature works cut from vintage hand saws and street signage can be found in collections around the world.

Sam Curtis and Dave Bennett

Sam Curtis is an artist and curator based in London. Collaborating with a range of people from diverse areas of work and life, he develops projects that provoke, question or subvert our ideas around creativity, economy and labour. Building relationships and trust are key to the conversations he fosters; from which unexpected collaborations grow.

For over 10 years he has used his day jobs as platforms or starting points from which to develop practice and projects. This has been a useful way to navigate precarity and has become a vehicle for inhabiting the grey areas and permeable boundaries between art and life.

Informed by two years working as a fishmonger in Harrods, he now runs the Centre for Innovative and Radical Fishmongery, an organisation that explores how fishmongery intersects with art, individuals and society. During a six-year period working in education as an outreach tutor within the homeless sector, he co-founded and facilitated Seymour Art Collective (2009-on-going), a group of artists who have experienced homelessness. He currently work as a curator at the Bethlem Gallery situated within the Bethlem Royal Hospital, the gallery supports artists with lived experience of mental illness.

Sam graduated from Goldsmiths MFA programme in 2008 and has exhibited across the UK, Europe and the USA. His work is represented by Division of Labour.

Anna Berry

Anna Berry is a UK artist, most known for creating socially- and politically-conscious pieces, creating large installations, and often working with paper.

More broadly, Anna's work is often concerned with the way cognition shapes reality, and hence how reality differs from what we perceive. This includes toying with politically-charged cultural notions like gender, race, nationality, and religion.

Anna's interest stems from living with a brain that works a little differently, which means she 'quite literally inhabits a parallel world to the rest of humanity.' This different and very particular perspective leads to work that probes and undermines the fabric of reality. Much of her work also relates to outsiderness, the marginalised voice, and disenfranchisement (political and otherwise).

Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor is a freelance artist educator. Her work has been exhibited around the UK, in Europe and the US, and is held in a number of public and private collections.

Jo’s practice examines the relationship between artistry and architecture; details are re-interpreted acknowledging structure, light, form, surface and line. She combines techniques (hand building, extrusion, potter’s wheel) to create unique pieces by moving traditional ceramic skills away from the functional. References to Baroque, Rococo or Corinthian columns are evident yet the response is contemporary.

Disruption of traditional techniques extends to colour; work is fired once, unglazed, in order for the clay to communicate the marks, textures and surface without hindrance. Colouring the clay began in reference to Wedgwood; now taken further to encompass the full spectrum it is central to recent works. Composition of form is made instinctively during the build phase, a combination of technical skill, expression and drawing in three dimensions. Finished works can be free standing, wall hung or group assembly.

Kochi Kochi | Marie Jones

Kochi Kochi is Japanese slang for Kochira and translates in English as a polite way of saying “This way!” or “Over here!” Inspired by this after many trips to Tokyo, it became a fitting moniker to sum up the work and style of Marie Jones, a multi-disciplinary freelance graphic artist.

Marie’s work explores various forms, from combining computer generated visuals with more traditional and tactile mediums such as needlework and knitting, to her most recent exploration which challenges the conventional way of archiving, and our responsibilities around loved ones’ possessions who have passed away.

Originally from Anglesey, Marie moved to the North West in 2003 completing her BA in Graphic Arts at Liverpool School of Art and Design in 2006, and her MFA in Graphic Design & Art Direction from Manchester School of Art in 2015. Marie has produced work for a wide range of clients across various sectors; ranging from start-ups to established companies, and creating design for large scale, mass participation art events.

NEON

NEON was founded to elevate the everyday. They empathise and listen to ensure their projects resonate with people who use them. They manipulate familiar materials in ways previously un-imagined. They design with every sense in mind. They deliver once in a lifetime emotional experiences.

NEON is an award-winning design practice based in Margate, UK. The studio was founded to investigate the territory between architecture, art and design. NEON has worked on projects ranging in scale from objects up to monumental art installations. Alongside the team in the studio they work with a highly skilled team of engineers, interaction consultants and fabricators to deliver their projects.

Noëmi Lakmaier

Noëmi Lakmaier's work explores notions of the ‘Other’ ranging from the physical to the philosophical, the personal to the political. The individual's relationship to its surroundings, identity, and perception of self and other in contemporary society are core interests in her predominantly site-responsive, live and installation-based practice.

Noëmi’s work aims to emphasise and exaggerate the relationship between object, individual and space. Through the use of everyday materials as well as her own body and the bodies of others, she constructs temporary living installations - alternative physical realities - exploring the psychological implications of power, control and insecurity, the drive to belong and succeed as well as feelings of self-doubt and otherness.