Photo: Angela Kennedy in Gateshead, North East

Angela Kennedy

Artist, Maker, Researcher, Gallery educator, Community worker

I am a multi-disciplinary artist working in performance, installation, text, spoken word, choreography, drawing and video, as well as painting. My work is about process and the body. Since 2008 I have completed a transition from my training in Fine Art to a point whereby I have integrated and utilised both my skills and identity as a movement artist and visual artist. I make work through a process of investigations using improvised movement scores arising from site specific spaces. I then translate those responses into installations and performances, often with a live audience. In a site specific residency for '25sg' I used Authentic Movement processes to develop improvised movement scores. This work explored my relationship to the spaces and developed material which resonated with me physically and emotionally. Out of that process, themes of the elemental, injury and nurturing emerged, resulting in three installations, part of which was video and live performance. Please see the 25sg link on my CV. My work has investigated the different body systems through the experiential training of Body-Mind Centring in the USA and Germany; particularly the Skeleton, Organ and Nervous systems. These explorations manifested into text and poetry, were embroidered onto clothes, embossed on copper sculptures, and then developed into soft white multiples of felt sculpture. In two solo exhibitions of paintings I focused on the use of improvisation through colour, gesture and mark making, using oils, acrylics and mixed media. As a dance performance artist I have made over twenty five pieces of performance and dance theatre. My movement and dance work is influenced by the experimental movement forms of Contact Improvisation, Release and artists such as Rosemary Butcher and Pina Bausch. I have made performances for theatres, galleries, cabaret evenings, parks, poetry and women's events; often using text as part of the performance. read full statement

Location Gateshead, North East
Activities Early years education, Primary education, Higher education, Further education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Community arts, Public art, Private commissions, Creative writing, Gallery education, Visual arts consultancy
Artforms / type of project Education project, Installation, Performance, Research, Text
Tags Installation, movement, embodiment, experiential, text, performance, choreography, women, community, drawing

News & Events

  • Waking the Body - workshops

    28/03/2015 – 20/06/2015
    The Wylam Institute, Church Road, Wylam, Tyne & Wear, NE41 8AP

    A series of movement workshops: the body in space, with one another, the earth. Using principles of Body-Mind Centering, Release and Authentic Movement.

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  • Artist of the Month for August. Many Thanks for the opportunity Axisweb

    A small film about my practice, work and role as Chair of Artist's Union England

  • Artists' Union England - a new trade union for visual and applied artists launches today

    Launches today - International Labour day: Please join

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