Approved: 11.08.2020

R.M. Sanchez-Camus

Artist, Arts development worker, Community worker, Maker, Project manager

Approved: 11.08.2020

Sanchez-Camus is a UK-based and settled, born in New York City to parents who emigrated from Chile. Their work explores interaction, public spectacles, social systems, the body politic and urban imagination. The practice can be understood in four layers that mutually compliment and inform each other: collaborative making, psychogeographic explorations, visual arts and social practice.

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Artist Statement

Sanchez-Camus is a UK-based and settled, born in New York City to parents who emigrated from Chile. Their work explores interaction, public spectacles, social systems, the body politic and urban imagination. The practice can be understood in four layers that mutually compliment and inform each other: collaborative making, psychogeographic explorations, visual arts and social practice.

Sanchez-Camus co-founded Social Art Network in 2017 and has led various creative art collectives including: Coalition of Creative Artists (COCA) 1999-2002, Blank Collective 2002-2005, Lotos Collective 2006-2011. Partner organisations that have commissioned work include leading organisations with remits in public art and social practice such as Artangel, People United, and Freedom Festival.

Sanchez-Camus trained and earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in 1999 from the School of Visual Arts, NYC and in 2006 was awarded a Master’s in Scenography from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London and a completed a practice-based PhD in Performing Arts at Brunel University.

Read more about their work and the theories and practice driving the studio in the publication: ‘Applied Live Art: Co-authorship in Socially Engaged and Site-Responsive Performance Practice’

CV & Education


R.M. Sánchez-Camus

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Facebook / Instagram / Twitter: @appliedliveart


Education and Qualifications



Performing Arts, Brunel University, West London (2011)
Thesis: Applied Live Art: Co-authorship & Site Responsive Practice


Scenography, Central Saint Martins, London (2006)

Thesis: Urban Desire Lines: Site-specific Performance & Intervention


Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York City (1999)

Thesis: Interactive Installation Art & The Body




Selected Social Art Projects              



South London Stories: Seeing Through the Eyes of Time (Short Film) – Lewisham, London

A short film commissioned by Festival of Creative Ageing looking at the city from the eyes of older neighbours and their perspectives on who we are today and we have come from to get here. Supported by Lewisham Council.


Elan Calls: A Creative Companion Guide [Exploratory Guidebook) – Elan Valley, Wales

An alternative walking and exploring book to the Elan Valley nature reserve in mid-Wales written through collaborations with rural community of farmers, rangers, and residents of the valley. Commissioned by Elan Links 


Social Art Summit [National Review of Social Art] – Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Multi-venue programme of exhibitions, films, performances, outdoor interventions, labs, talks and meals all exploring arts and social engagement across the UK. Co-convener and Co-founder of Social Art Network UK. Supported by Site Gallery and ACE.


The Print Shop: Rise up! [Slogan T-shirts] – Hull, East Yorkshire & Kelburn Castle, Scotland
Pop-up shop on the high street before during Freedom Festival and military tent in a forest during Kelburn Garden Party, designing custom slogan t-shirts by community members exploring topics that are important to each individual. Invisible theatre flash mob action. Commissioned by Freedom Festival, IN SITU, & UZ Arts.


Glimmer & The Goddess [Large scale puppetry] Horniman Museum & Gardens, London

Developed a performance and exhibition based on the museum’s collection and investigating the theme of animism. Created a large dry felt mantle with people’s stories and co-designed with participants a large mask that became a performing object brought alive in the museum in garden with live accompanied music.

Newmarket Kite Symphony [Kites & Music] – Newmarket, Suffolk
Public arts commission developing a sensory controlled symphony created by stunt kite choreography, designed and flown by community members. The final event consisted of a large-scale parade down the town high street, with large fabric kites designed by community members. Commissioned by Marketplace Creative People Places Arts Council.


Pegasus and The Circle of Life [Large scale sculpture] – London New Years Parade 2017

Large-scale sculpture based on the mythical Pegasus, taken on a float accompanied by a costumed 80 member community choir, and Young Adults with life limiting illnesses on wheelchairs. Developed in workshops with hospice users. Commissioned by St Christopher’s Hospice and Lewisham Council.

Designs in the Sky [Street Banners], Witton, Birmingham

Public arts commission co-designing large scale outdoor banners on the theme of community and neighbourhood in the areas of Aston and Witton of North Birmingham. Developed in workshops in schools, community centres, and shopping centres; Commissioned by Perry Barr Arts Forum.   


Seek Courage [Outdoor Performance Event] – Ashford, Kent

A multi-location series of social interventions around the theme of courage, with aerial work, choir, skateboarding, giant puppetry and installation. Developed with local residents and artists exploring the theme of courage. Commissioned by People United.


Heath Spark [Exhibition and Outdoor Performance Event] – Dagenham, Essex

Artist residency in Heath Park Estate, part of the Arts Council People and Places fund, bringing arts to challenged communities. Developed with local residents, producing an event based on parkour, poetry, music and fire arts. Commissioned by Creative Barking & Dagenham.


At The Crossroads with Vincent (A Van Gogh walk) [Audio walk] – London

A performance for one over headphones developed in collaboration with CoolTan Arts, a charity for people with mental distress. The work focused on Vincent Van Gogh’s time in London. Commissioned by Artangel


Marshes: A Walk for One [Audio Walk], Hackney Marshes - London

An audio walk that explores the geography of the marshes of East London focusing on folklore, fantasy, history and myth. Commissioned by the Hackney Marshes Preservation Society.





Ø  Righting On Social Practice – Journal Article in Social Works?: Open Vol.1 Issue 1 Axisweb, Wakefield (2018)

Ø  Defining Praxis in Social Engagement – Journal paper in the Journal of Arts and Communities, Vol. 8 Issue 2. Intellect Books, Bristol (2017)

Ø  Applied Live Art: Co-authorship in socially engaged site-responsive performance practice – Published book (primary author) Lambert Academic Publishing (2013)

Ø  End of Life Care: A Guide for Therapists, Artists and Arts Therapists – Published book (co-author) Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2013

Ø  The Art of Dying: Aesthetics and Palliative Care , Article in Journal of Applied Arts & Health, Intellect Journal Volume 2, Issue 2, August (2011)

Ø  The Problem of Application: Aesthetics in Creativity and Health Published article in Healthcare Analysis SpringerLink Journal Volume 17, Number 4, December (2009)



Ø  The Power of Collectivity in the Arts. Social Art Summit, Key Presentation  –  Site Gallery (2018)

Ø  Do you want to come outside and play? Outdoor Arts Festival Seminar – Freedom Festival, XTRAX and Creative ENRG

Ø  When Art Sparks – Presentation at Migration Lab: Art On The Front Line, Art/Migration/Refugees. Counterpoint Arts, Dublin, Ireland (2016)

Ø  Shared voices in Collaborative Practice – Presentation for Being Seen Being Heard 2011, Chelsea Theatre Sacred Festival

Ø  Co-authorship & Applied Live Art – Paper presentation for Authoring Theatre 2011, Central School for Speech and Drama

Ø  When Place Haunts Space – Paper presentation Theatre and Ghosts Conference, University of York (2011)

Ø  The Capital of Time: Heidegger and Dogen on presence – Keynote Speech for Journeys Across Media Time Conference,  Reading University (2011)

Ø  Naples Flayed, Revealing the Layers in Performance and Community, Paper presentation Contemporary Italian Theatre Conference, Italian Institute of Culture, University of Central London (2009)

Ø  Aesthetics and Applied Live Art, Paper presentation Theatre and Performance Research Association, Leeds University (2008)

Ø  Assumed Identities, Invented History. Invented Histories, Assumed Identity. Workshop Presentation Objects of Engagement Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London (2008)


Awards and Grants


Ø  Arts Council Englang, Project Grant Scrolled Life Stories (2020)

Ø  Festival of Creative Ageing Award (2019)

Ø  HOME – Slough, Artist Residency (2019)

Ø  Elan Links – Wales, Artist Residency (2018)

Ø  Arts Council England, Project Grant Social Art Summit (2018)

Ø  Freedom Festival Hull & In-Situ Outdoor Arts, Atelier Commission (2018)

Ø  Marketplace, Public Art Commission (2017)

Ø  Perry Barr Arts Forum, Public Art Commission (2016)

Ø  Young Foundation, Communities Can grant (2016)

Ø  People United, Courage Commission (2015)

Ø  Creative Barking and Dagenham, Neighbourhood Commission (2015)

Ø  Artangel Artist Commission, Collaborative Projects (2014 & 2015)

Ø  Research & Development Grant, Barbican ArtWorks London (2012)

Ø  Hoxton Select – Rebirth Season Award, Arts Council Hoxton Hall  (2011)

Ø  Grant for the Arts, British Council Middle East (2009)

Ø  President’s Emergency Fund for Aids Relief, Ghana, West Africa, (2008)

Ø  Grant for the Arts, British Council Italy (2007)

Ø  Laboratory Bursary for Artist as Nomad workshop led by Geoff Hendricks, Sommerakademie Bildende Kunst (2006)

Ø  Lord Mayor’s New Years’ Parade, City of Westminster Float (2006) Lewisham Borough Council float (2017)

Ø  NYC Innovative Theatre Award for Best Production, Vital Theatre, Scenic Design: Shakin Mess Outta Misery (2005)

Ø  La Mama’s Summer Dance Showcase, Scenic and video design: Moodswings, Journey of a Hair (2005)

Ø  OOBR Award for Best Production, Vital Theatre, Scenic Design: Idiot’s Delight (2004)