I am an artist who makes work across the fields of visual art, writing, street performance.
Inspired by the clown, I make mischief that is playful - defiant, teasing and delivered with a dry wit and humour, and often in the form of pranks. The pranks and performances I create instigate dialogues, which are disruptive and imaginatively delinquent.
I use a strategy of beguiling discomfort to construct counter-public spheres with publics. Satire, awkwardness and exaggeration are tools I instigate to maintain that beguiling discomfort. This enables the work I create to permeate, rather than to confront; and seeks to blur the boundaries between activism and everyday life. I
n this context, mischievous pranks have the potential to reveal positions of political and/or hegemonic power, and to humorously propose alternatives. My practice develops the positions taken by Jurgen Habermas and Chantal Mouffe, and considers democracy, dissent and the public sphere, not as abstract and theoretical positions, but ones that are visceral, tangible, embodied, (pace Lefebvre and Benjamin) encountered, experienced and performed. I am currently a PhD Research Scholar at Loughborough University.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2013 - MA Art and the Public Sphere (Distinction) Loughborough University.
2011 - Arts Award Advisor (Bronze & Silver), Trinity Guildhall, UK.
2008 - PRINCE2 - Foundation, Raj Khanna Associates, Derby.
2000 - Artists in Educational Settings, Post Graduate Certificate, University of Derby, Derby.
1998 - BA Fine Art, University of Derby, Derby.
Seleected competitions, prizes, and awards
2015 - Enterprise Projects Group/HEIF Enterprise & Research funding, Loughborough University, Loughborough.
2015 - Street theatre commission, Derby Feste 2015.
2013 - Creative Student Award, Loughborough University, Loughborough.
2013 - PhD Studentship (3-years), School of the Arts, Loughborough University, Loughborough.
2013 - Arts Grant, Bath & North East Somerset County Council, Bath.
2013 - Bedlam Fair: performance & peer review bursary, Bath Fringe Festival; Arts Council England, Bath.
2012 - Graduate School Prize, Loughborough University, Loughborough.
2011 - MA Scholarship (Art and the Public Sphere), School of the Arts, Loughborough University.
2011 - Mintfest Bursary (emda), Mintfest Summer School for Street Arts, Kendal.
Selected conference papers, presentations and screenings
2016 - Using a confident gaze to engage potential participants (participatory workshop), NCCPE Engage 2016 Conference, University of Bristol
2015 - Testing Agonism with Mischief: Mark Thomas and 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. Politics and Humour: Theory and Practice, The University of Kent.
2014 - Guerrilla performances of political satire in the public sphere. The Critical Role of Art in the Public Sphere, 6th Annual Research Student Conference in Arts and Design, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
2013 - Bankers on Active Community Service (BACS). Axisweb Selected Film Screening Programme, The Art Party Conference, Scarborough, UK.
2013 - Mischief and the counter-public sphere. Generations of Protest: Marxism Matters? MeCCSA Social Movements Network, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
2013 - Technology, the participant, the passer-by, being convivial and its relationship to forming opinion. Eighth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. (Co-written with Mel Jordan).
2013 - Beguiling Discomfort. Performative Mischief Symposium, Loughborough University.
2013 - Shared Awkwardness. Public Communications: Art, Technology & the Public Sphere research group workshop, Loughborough University.
2013 - Shrinkles of Dissent, UrbanSelkie, UK.
2009 - Ms. Mischief presents: Ms. Mischief's quest for the Golden Fleece, UK.
2013 - The MA Show 2013, Loughborough University.
2012 - Games People Play, The Atrium Gallery, The ICCA, Nottingham.
2012 - Midlands Open, Tarpey Gallery, Leicestershire.
2011 - Card Deal, Artcore, Deda, Derby.
2011 - Card Deal, Artcore, Departures Gallery, East Midlands Airport.
2011 - Games People Play, Artcore, Deda, Derby.
2010 - Bon Voyage, Artlink, Hull.
2010 - Grammar & Heather, The Beetroot Tree, Draycott, Derbyshire.
2010 - Mail Art, Tron Theatre Gallery, Glasgow.
2010 - Showcase, Salford Zine Library, Manchester.
2009 - Don't Stop Believing / Customs and X Files, Derby Quad, Derby.
2009 - MobFormat, Format International Photography Festival, Derby.
2009 - Open Books, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby.
2009 - The 2nd Sheffield Artists' Book Prize Exhibition, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
2007 - Dreamscapes, Ridgeway Gallery, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
2006 - Dreamscape Paintings, Melbourne Arts Festival, Derbyshire.
2006 - Mob Format, Format International Photography Festival, Derby.
2005 - Leicester Open, Leicester City Gallery, Leicester.
2004 - Dreamscapes, Open Exhibition, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby.
2004 - Virtual Collect 7 - Painters, St. Marys Gallery, Nottingham.
2003 - Pools of Colour paintings, Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
2000 - The Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
1998 - The Dough Key, Derby City Live Festival, Derby.
Selected curatorial projects
2012 - Light Relief: the autumn/winter 2012 season, Royal Derby Hospital.
2012 - The Village Green Stage, Pedal Powered Party. Cultural Olympiad, Derby.
2011 - Derby: City of Invention, Derby city centre. Empty Shops & bill boards, Derby.
2010 - COGmachine, Bar One, Derby.
2016 – Market Town Lecture, Loughborough University Arts, UK
2015 – Freckled Mischief, Derby Feste, Derby, UK.
2015 – Freckled Mischief, London, (Hackney, Hackney Wick), UK
2015 – Freckled Mischief, Leicester University, UK
2013 - The Delegates, Mintfest, Kendal, Cumbria, UK.
2013 - The Delegates, Devizes International Street Arts Festival, UK.
2013 - The Delegates, London (Dalson, City of London), UK.
2013 - The Delegates, Bedlam Fair, Bath Fringe Festival, Bath, UK.
2013 - The Delegates, Bob-a-Job Bankers, street theatre, Bath.
2013 - The Fool King, Loughborough University, Public Communications: Art, Politics & the Public Sphere (EPSRC funded).
2012 - The Delegates, Derby Feste, Derby.
2012 - The Delegates, Street theatre, Widcombe Rising, Bath.
2012 - The Delegates, Masquepony Festival, Lakes Alive, Cartmel, Cumbria.
2012 - The Delegates, The Banquet Tour, Lakes Alive, Cumbria.
2011 - The Delegates, Street theatre, Mintfest, Kendal.
2011 - The Delegates, Street theatre, Derby Feste, Derby.
2010 - Ms Mischief and the Raffle of Shame, COGmachine, Bar One, Newland Street, Derby.
2010 - Synaesthesia Performance, Derby Big Draw, Derby.
2010 - Synaesthesia Performance, Sonic Asylum, The Edge, Birmingham.
2007 - A Drawing in 6 Movements, Derby Jazz, Jazz Week Festival 07, Derby Dance, Derby.
2007 - DJ Stories & Spanners: Mischief Night soundtrack, Hurly Burly, Derby Feste, Derby.
2007 - Ms Mischief presents: The Mischief Night narrative, City-Zen, Derby.
2007 - Ms Mischief presents: The Mischief Night narrative, Hurly Burly, Derby Feste, Derby.
2007 - Synaesthesia performance, Derby Jazz, Jazz Week Festival 07, Derby Dance, Derby.
2007 - Synaesthesia performance, Trigger at Derby QUAD, Derby.
2007 - Visualizing Pinski Zoo - A Derby Jazz gig, Darwin Suite, Assembly Rooms, Derby.
2006 - Synaesthesia performance, City-Zen, Derby.
2006 - Synaesthesia performance, Critical Meet Festival, Derby.
2006 - Synaesthesia performance, Draycott Festival, Derbyshire Intervention.
2009 - Ms. Mischief presents: The SpudOrrery, Feste Wrap Party, Deda, Derby.
2009 - Ms. Mischief presents: The SpudOrrery, VIP launch, Derby Feste, Derby Museum and. Art Gallery
2008 - DJ Stories & Spanners presents: HOME Trajectory, soundtrack, HOME launch, Derby.
2008 - Ms Mischief presents: The Carrot Questions, HOME launch at Big Blue, Derby.
2010 - Dreamscapes, Outside the Intensive Care Unit, Derby Royal Hospital.
2007 - Dreamscapes, Deda, Derby.
2006 - Dreamscape Paintings, Gallery S, Matlock, Derbyshire.
2005 - Dreamscape Paintings, Banks' Mill Gallery, Derby.