The project is commissioning three artists or collectives to work with community groups in order to produce creative work using health data.
Working with RISE:
Working with Oasis Project:
7000 Trees is a new creative agency focussing on producing and promoting multi-disciplinary arts practice. Led by the sound and performance artist Daniel Hignell-Tully (Distant Animals) and the photographer Lee Coppleston, 7000 Trees enables creative professionals and aspiring artists to produce, promote and distribute their work through a framework that seeks to both support socio-ecological methods, and to champion the use of environmental and ethical materials and processes. With a background in education, participation, digital technology, and experimental practice, the collective seeks to produce work and create spaces that explore socially-conscious and community-led artistic production, whilst maintaining a focus on contemporary and avant-garde approaches.
Oscar Romp is an artist and performer/DJ whose work is site specific, and encompasses live drawing in community settings, land/cityscapes and dance-club venues, exploring the themes of music, social-dance and cultural history. He works collaboratively with a wide range of client groups and has made public art for Kings College Hospital NHS Trust, Sussex Beacon, Oasis Project and the National Trust. When working collaboratively, the aim is not merely to pass on ‘making’ and ‘doing skills, but also to nurture the confidence and motivation in participants to become artists in their own right. I believe every living human has the right and ability to be an artist.
Alison Cotton is an artist and Inclusive Arts Practitioner, whose practice as a painter, although constant, has taken second place to her role as a facilitator of creative practice for and with others. She has worked with a range of community groups including Oasis Project, Rocket Artists, Open Arts Collective and Oyster Project. Previously a tree surgeon with a lifelong preoccupation with landscape and ecology, she often works outdoors with others in a participatory creative process that is not only phenomenological but also reciprocal, connecting group members to each other and to their environment. There has been a realisation that art-making need not be a solitary absorption, but can be experienced in a group, when it becomes a social process with an unpredictable life of its own.