Destructura x Axis Participants Announcement


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We are pleased to announce our participants for our partnership with European arts project, Destructura, are Emily Doyle & Madeleina Kay. They will be attending the 9 day forum in Tallinn, which is being held under the patronage of the European Parliament, and contributing to research examining structural barriers to opportunity and success faced by emerging artists in Europe. We are excited to follow Emily and Madeleina’s contribution to the forum, and as a partner organisation, we will support dissemination of the research findings and group projects organised by Destructura participants.

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Still Life with Oysters, 2020, Emily Doyle

Emily Doyle

Emily AKA Old Bort is an interdisciplinary artist based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Throughout 2020 the ecology of her local cemeteries has been a source of respite and inspiration, culminating in a series of stop motion videos for the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project. A regular exhibitor at Digbeth’s Kaleidoscope Arts Market, Doyle is an active member of the local creative scene. She curates Old Bort’s Sticker Club a group design project that fosters co-promotion and access to affordable commercial printing for over thirty early career creatives, and Low Brow Brum, a roaming exhibition that held its first event at Tilt just weeks before the first lockdown. She’s also an illustrator and writer for Birmingham Review and Counteract magazines covering drag, music and cabaret, and a dedicated recording artist and live performer with local band The Devil and Saint Joseph.

'I’m always seeking new ways of using my broad skill set for innovation and driving positive change, and as a creative I look to continually grow my network and uplift those within it.'


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Copyright: Karlspreis/Leonhard Simon

Madeleina Kay

Madeleina Kay is an artist, writer, activist and communications producer for Axis. She was awarded 'Young European of the Year' in 2018 and the EU Charlemagne Youth prize in 2020. Her creative practice is focused on themes of cultural heritage and diversity, migration and identity politics. She has self-published nine illustrated books, and performed at museums and festivals across Europe. In 2019, she was granted a ‘Democracy Needs Imagination’ grant by the European Cultural Foundation and completed a tour of the EU27. Her portraits profile subjects who have experienced cultural disorientation and disruption to their sense of identity, she is particularly interested in the symbolic and subjective meanings of colour and how colour-schemes can be used to represent an individual’s identity.

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Brexiles Portraits, 2020, Madeleina Kay