Approved: 01.07.2020

melissandre varin

Artist, Community worker, Editor, Film-maker, Researcher

Approved: 01.07.2020

Relation, displacement, multiplicity, identity, interdependency, and language emerge from melissandre’s work. Making from an Afro and Caribbean diasporic context, melissandre adds layers of complexity using a situated Black feminism. 
Through performance arts, moving image assemblages, 
and site-specific installations 
- among other things - 

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Artist Statement

Relation, displacement, multiplicity, identity, interdependency, and language emerge from melissandre’s work. Making from an Afro and Caribbean diasporic context, melissandre adds layers of complexity using a situated Black feminism. 
Through performance arts, moving image assemblages, 
and site-specific installations 
- among other things - 
                                  melissandre investigates love, intimacy, 
and tenderness.

CV & Education


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2021 curatorial training, Outside In, UK

2021 School of Participation, Creative Europe, Novi Sad, Serbia

2020 Film liberation, home-based film school, UK

2020 half PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies and Sciences du Language, Universities of Warwick and Luxembourg, UK Luxembourg

2018 Un Oeuf Maison d'artistes, Artists' House, funded by EU leadership fund, Martinique, Caribbeans

2016 Master in Environment and Sustainable Development,UCL Development Planning Unit, UK

2014 Intensive Mandarin course, Fudan University, ShangHai, China

2015 Bachelor in International Management, Toulouse Business School, France


Awards and residencies 

March 2022: How to build a loving environment? at Nest Daimler Power House, Talking Birds  - artist residency, UK

March 2022: Building the City of Dreams at Yard Art House, MAIA, Birmingham - collective artist residency, UK

February 2022: papaya at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry - collective artist residency, workshop, performance, UK

November 2021 Our Teaching Takes Shape As We Go, international project Africa/UK: Transforming Art Ecologies, curated by Soukaina Aboulaoula and Cindy Sissokho Morocco

2021 - 2022 Cities of Cultures: Sharing Practices of Storytelling between Casablanca and Coventry, curated by Lou Sarabadzic

September 2021 Black TestimonieS, Small Bells Ring, Studio Morison, funded by the UK City of Culture Trust, Canal Boat, UK

2020- 2021 Seasonal Residencies, Arcadia Gallery, Coventry Artspace, funded by ACE and Coventry City Council, Coventry, UK

2020 - 2021 Building Our Own Knowledge (B.O.O.K), research and development, Coventry Biennial, UK

November 2020 when things go wrong, Talking Birds, Coventry, UK

2020 Coventry Artspace in Action Award

December 2020 Outside In Featured artist, Midlands, UK

July 2020 in-between-us, Theatre Absolute, Coventry, UK

May 2020 Nest residency with Eole, Talking Birds, Coventry, UK


Solo exhibitions

2022 half-pronounced incantations, a toilet and bathroom installation at Yard Art House, Birmingham, UK

May 2022: linoleum dreams, installation, the Assembly Festival Garden,Coventry, UK

2021 sorry we are close(d), Coventry Artspace Arcadia City Gallery, Coventry, 

2020 a living space, Coventry Artspace Arcadia City Gallery, Coventry, UK


Group shows

2021 All Bound Together?, curated by Elinor Hayes, Shape Arts, UK

2021 multiplicity of us, curated by melissandre varin, Arcadia Gallery, UK

2020 Art and Activism curated by Helen Wewiora, Outside In, UK

2020 The Criposium, digital exhibition, UK

2020 Collectif24, digital exhibition, curated by the Caribbean collective



2022: re-assembling, Coventry Artspace, Coventry, UK

2021 plastic flowers, ShapeArt, UK

2021 B.O.O.K (Building Our Own Knowledge), Coventry Biennial, UK

2021 extraction of knowledge, Life Futures, Coventry University and Warwick University, UK

2021 love languageS, Apples and Snakes, UK

2021 an Other ABC, collaboration with 2yo Eole, Axisweb, UK

2021 synthetising violence, stark bollock naked, commissioned by Larisa Faber,CID Fraen Gender, Luxembourg

2020 staying in touch commissioned by Culture Central, Birmingham, UK

2020 #BlackLivesMatter, screen-based performance, Slanguages, FUEL, and Don't Settle, UK

2020 Eating the (m)other, digital live performance, Word of warning, Manchester, UK

2020 DO IT YOURSELF, Text based mails on performance, Coventry Biennial, Coventry, UK

2020 Uninterrupted forms of resistance, screen-based performance,Coventry Pride, Coventry UK


Collectives and Curatorial Projects

2019 - 2022 Papaya writer, performer, curator, producer, UK-Luxembourg

2021 unregulated Black intimacy, 10 Black feminist film commissions, papaya,funded by the UK City of Culture Trust

2021 - present B.O.O.K  (Building Our Own Knowledge) founder, working group member and artist-curator

10 art residencies, 3 commissions, Artworkers’ podcast, fees for 10 filmmakers, coordination working group, facilitation… funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, UK

2020/2023 Open Call artist-curator, Studies Theatre and Performance journal

artist-researchers’ commissions, organising of public facing events, working group, co-curation for special issues funded by SCUDD, UK


Selected Creative Consultancy/ Workshops / Talks / Facilitation/ Publications/ Interviews

April and June 2022 invited curator, Wolverhampton Arts School Degree Art Show, UK

2021-2022 Creative consultant, Black Queer n'done, Coventry Pride, UK

Laura Lulika in Conversation with melissandre varin, FIELD publication, 2022

2022 (Black) liberation?, Papaya workshop, Warwick Arts Centre, UK

02/12/2021 Don’t mother me podcast with Zinzi Bunchanan, Laura Lulika, melissandre varin, and Sheena MCGrandles

October to December 2021 facilitator, Art For The People, facilitation of a Citizens’ Assembly, Talking Birds, UK

November 2021 life futures, round table with Carolina Rito, Abhijan Toto, and Jessika Khazrik, Patricia Domínguez and Antonia Taulis, Hannah Honeywill, Daniele Lorenzini, and Federico Testa, Coventry University, Warwick University, UK

2021 mouvement consultant, Motherland, Ayesha Jones, project supported by Unlimited 

September 2021 Institutional AntiRacism, panel conversation, TAPRA conference, UK

Peckham-based arts collective launches online exhibition of work by disabled and non-disabled artists, 2021

June 2021 Black imagination(s), curated by Amahra Spence, Imagination Infrastructuring, UK

August 2021 Troubled Waters and Dwelling, 13 Films Aspect Analogue at Commonground curated by Adele M. Reed, Common Ground, Coventry, UK

June and August 2021 Visibility BlackArtProject talking about the work of Keith Piper and Lubaina Himid

June 2021 artist talk, student showcase, Roehampton University, London UK

March 2021 anti-racism and performance arts, Brunel University, London, UK

February 2021 funeral of normativity, Switchboard, fundraising artist talk, UK

February 2021 practice of resistance process of mothering, and round table with Yinka Esi Graves, Dance Democracy 2, UK

Axisweb December Artist of the month, 2020

BBC CWR interview as part of Black History month, 2020

September 2020 handle/ with care, prendre/ avec soin, film in collaboration with Jérémie Priam, Coventry - Martinique, Outside In, UK

Freezing elements of research, Journal of Embodied Research (JER), UK, 2020

my plot, my rules, The Garden Zine, issue one, Coventry UK, 2020

When does the rainbow stop? with Eole, Gertrude Zine #2, Coventry UK, 2020 

Black Lives and their pluriversal ways of expression Matter, AV interview CID Fraen Gender, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2019

2019 Black Feminist Workshops, poetry and home movie, CID Fraen Gender, Luxembourg

September 2019 Presentation of Framing/Reframing fragmentation, CID Fraen Gender, Luxembourg