I am the Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the research centre, Making Books: Creativity, Print Culture, and the Digital, at Bath Spa University, alongside the Centre for Culture and Creative Industries. I am also an artist in residence at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol.
Additionally, I am a lecturer in Theatre and Performances Studies at Bath Spa University and Cultural Geography. I hold a Diploma in 35mm Filmmaking from New York Film Academy, a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies from Queen Mary University of London, an MA by Research from the University of Hull in Performances Studies; and a PhD from University of Bristol’s Theatre Department, where I have also lectured on modules related to the BA (Hons) course in Theatre. The method developed through the research of my MA thesis, Young Voices: An Applied Theatre Project Bridging the Gap Between Youth and Adults – is widely used by youth workers in North Yorkshire to support mechanisms of youth inclusion.
My doctoral research was entitled, An Exhibition of Hidden Stories: Research into methods of staging oral history archives. It investigated artistic approaches to presenting and staging oral histories, using participatory performance as a means of disseminating such materials within the setting of sound installations that encourage a democratisation of processes and materials through audience/user-curation. The research aimed to stage the practices of documenting, archiving, curating and exhibiting oral histories, making the processes visible through a performance event, and develop user-oriented approaches to archiving and curatorial frameworks.
I write and publish about technological interfaces and narrative, specifically ways of delivering narrative through live art and performance installation; as well as curating oral history in cultural heritage settings using immersive performance forms. My main research interests also include the relationship of the archive/record to other documents and memorabilia and performance, alongside notions around the Quantified Self and using Social Network Sites as digital archiving platforms for performing identity. Due to my own cultural heritage and family history, I am furthermore interested in female narratives of war, contested borders and artistic practices that emerge from such crisis.
I am a live art practitioner working with immersive and participatory performance, creative technologies, narrative and sound art installation, developing new ways of storytelling and experiences with narratives with and for the public. My performance work is always collaborative working with creative technologists, researchers and practitioners from different fields; and most importantly it uses the audience’s memories as the main content of the piece presented to devise innovative interactive approaches to exhibit/curate and to engage with personal/public oral histories in a variety of settings beyond performance.
My performance project, Love Letters has been touring the EU for over five years at renowned Festivals/Symposia and venues: Museum of Broken Relationships (Zagreb, Croatia), MIX 2017, Tempting Failure, i-Docs, Performance & Live Art Platform and Latitude. I am currently working with creative technologists and sound artists to develop this project further, using wearable technologies. Love Letters has also extended to an interactive artist book project, where I have formed a collective of designers (graphic and screen printing) and book-making practitioners to co-produce this side project. The Love Letters artist book called “To you,” will be showcased in the spring of 2018.
I am also a Performance art photographer and the initiator/artistic director of Performance & Live Art Platform Cyprus; though which I attempt to reach new audiences and create opportunities for young people working with Performance and Live Art in Cyprus.
I have been commissioned to produce numerous cross-disciplinary participatory arts projects worldwide. In May 2017, I co-produced a project in collaboration with researchers from University of Bristol and University of Rome Tor Vergata. This project fused Geography, Participatory Arts (film, performance, poetry, painting), Architecture and Policy Studies for conflict – management and interfaith, outreach and inclusion. This project was realised in Rome, where our work was exhibited at Rome’s National Gallery of Modern Art (La Galeria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna). I coordinated the creative engagement aspects of the project, commissioning a diversity of artists to work with local communities in Rome, producing with them a series of artistic workshops and a walking poetry performance, which took place in the streets of Rome.
I have furthermore worked as a freelance producer and artist commissioned for festivals such as the Children’s Bath Literature Festival; as well as this I have supported the award winning Artist, Caitlin Shepherd, with her piece Discord, exhibited at Somerset House for KCL’s event Paths to Utopia in August – September 2016.
Between 2012 – 2014 I was a resident writer for the Cypriot online cultural magazine, SkalaTimes. My column was called Σκέφτομαι Τέχνη [I Think of Art], where I published weekly articles on contemporary art and philosophy, as well as performance and philosophy, alongside reviews on art and cultural events both in the UK, where I am currently based and Cyprus, where I am originally from.