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Announcing our round three PANIC! bursary recipients

PANIC! Promoting an Artists' Network in the Crisis is delighted to share here its third round of bursary recipients.

Six artists in Leeds City Region have received £5,000 and £1,000 bursaries to support the making of a new contemporary visual artwork or project.

PANIC! Steering Group are proud to announce that the artist bursary recipients are:

For the £1,000 bursaries:
Edd Carr, Charlotte Cullen, Tyvin Haque and Lottie Sadd

For the £5,000 bursaries:
Ro Hardaker and Mathew Wayne Parkin

The bursaries will offer space to create a voice and help us think through the new psychological, social and cultural conditions we face today.

Discover the artists

A black and white film still showing silhouetted figures, with blotches and patterns overlaid

Edd Carr

Edd Carr (he/him) is an artist and founder of the Northern Sustainable Darkroom, a non-profit research facility based in Mabgate, Leeds.

Edd’s practice is material-led and focuses on adapting and innovating sustainable alternatives to photographic processes. He uses these to create animations about our relationship to ecological crisis, the mass extinction of life, and the trauma that comes as a product of living in this time of crisis.

For PANIC!, Edd presents an experimental moving image project. The piece will look at personal experiences of death, their intersections with the climate and ecological crisis, and the mass extinction of species. Edd will create animations using alternative photographic processes he has developed, including printing moving image frames on soil, developing film stock in plants sourced on the moors, and using water from local streams. Edd hopes to screen the work within his home landscape, the North York Moors, exploring how culture shapes landscape and landscape shapes culture, particularly in reference to our ecological and interpersonal trauma.

An artwork positioned on a wall, grey and black ink in patterns

Charlotte Cullen

Charlotte Cullen (they/them) is an artist and organiser based in Leeds. Their practice is broadly concerned with steel and its production. Cullen’s practice is shaped by the body and care, explored through the animacy of matter and how material and physical concerns intersect with social class, migration and gendered identity. The landscape, and land ownership, situate this encounter; muddied, uprooted, re-routed, and a site of familial and historical myth-making. Cullen’s practice encompasses sculpture, installation, mark-making, text and most recently, print as a way of documenting gesture.

For their PANIC! project, Cullen will make a video which documents the process of making an etched steel plate through a performance. The marks on the plate will be produced by walking and dragging the etching plate across an area of land impacted by the pandemic. This plate will produce a print which acts as testament to the site and encounter. The video will include the audio of the dragged plate interspersed with the vocals of a ‘caoíním’, or keening, a traditional Irish wailing practiced at wakes to lament and mark loss. Cullen’s project proposes ways of thinking through the new psychological, social and cultural conditions created by the pandemic.

A photo of Tyvin Haque sat cross-legged, looking away from the camera to her left

Tyvin Haque

Tyvin Haque (she/her) is an artist who works in performance, sound, sculpture and drawing. Haque’s work is a reflection of her everyday life and often references her cultural experiences both from Bangladesh and here in the UK. In this way, she invites wider exploration into the displacement of bodies and the politics of migration as mass movements across the globe.

Haque’s recent research is based on the milestone of being in the UK for 10 years. She is currently collecting memories, words and fragments from this period, and exploring these moments of joy or frustration as a way to invite people into a conversation about the formation of cultural identity. Haque’s PANIC! project focuses on a recent journey to the Home Office, based in Sheffield, for the next phase of her status. From this journey, Haque will create a sound work which will be developed into a performance, using phonetics and sounds as an oral record of the journey. She plans to use this process as a way to map the journey and what it represents.

A naked figure with arms pressed together behind a blurry screen

Ro Hardaker

Ro Hardaker (she/her) is an artist currently based in Leeds. She works with discursive, visual and embodied art forms. She produces instances in which language, intimacy and violence are extracted then redistributed as intense encounters. Through her work she addresses how specific technological, social and material conditions shape, restrict and organise access.

For PANIC!, Hardaker will present a collaborative video work, multi-layered audio descriptions and a text piece. The project addresses the ways art institutions platform work which boils trans and queer identity down to an aesthetic, ignoring the hostile environment facing trans communities. Hardaker’s project will provide a framework for trans and non-binary artists to make and understand their own contexts and revoke the access institutions have to trans trauma without first creating the material conditions which contribute to trans joy. Three workshops will be held with artist and wrestler Hannah Lawless to explore over-acting and grief, loss and desire through wrestling performance.

Artist Lottie Sadd performs in a white room with red-ish light, surrounded by speakers

Lottie Sadd

Lottie Sadd (she/her) is an interdisciplinary composer-performer who creates immersive sonic performances and installations. In her work, Sadd invites audiences to step outside of an object-centric art experience and into dynamic processes, often using improvisation, field recordings, and text. Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sadd’s practice has focused on the voice – verbal language and other non-verbal and bodily communication – in response to feminist mythologies of women as sirens, Medusas, and witches. Through her practice, in addressing the historical and contemporary persecution of the ‘other’, the unsettling results of Sadd’s work resonate with the tumultuousness of today’s pandemic world.

For her PANIC! project, Sadd will work with language, exploring how a new (post) pandemic lexicon might be created and understood. Through workshops, Sadd will collect recorded words and phrases that reflect individual and collective experiences of pandemic living. Using digital techniques to combine these recordings, she will experiment with repetition, malformation and synthesis as a means to build a potential new vocabulary. With this project, Sadd will examine how we connect with and are understood by others, re-imagining conventional communication and calling for new approaches in light of the uprooting of ‘normality’ caused by the pandemic.

Installation shot of a white room with a screen showing a tortoiseshell cat; stools and cushions are scattered in front of the screen

Mathew Wayne Parkin

Mathew Wayne Parkin (they/them) is an artist, educator, activist and home cook. They often work with experimental moving image as part of an expanded practice that encompasses exhibition making, writing and programming. Parkin is particularly interested in autobiography, forms of documentary, sex and public speech acts. Resisting dominant and professionalised forms of media and moving image production, Parkin embraces DIY and home video techniques, as well as queer crip analysis.

Building on their research undertaken during a recent residency at Cove Park, Parkin will produce a new moving image work called ‘SWAMP’ for their PANIC! project. SWAMP will explore public sex and its intersection with disability; the instructions from Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson’s film SWAMP (1969); and how bats see and navigate. Central to Parkin’s research for this project is exploring what queer disabled sex looks like, how queer disabled people can access intimacy and the tension between risk and touch.