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Poppy Jackson: Pathways Home

Ongoing Project

Poppy lives and works from an isolated Suffolk flint cottage with her two young children, Elora and Wanda, surrounded by acres of meadows and woods that are mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Through Live Art in Rural UK, Poppy will be developing a year-long series of performances and actions in the surrounding landscape and further afield into Norfolk and Suffolk.

The live works will explore performance as a marker of presence in the land that connects embodied discovery of its history with its potential. All performances will be documented by local photographers and videographers and will build towards a larger event and an exhibition at the culmination of the project. Centring these works at the artist’s base will engage, develop and expand local performance art audiences, and establish the artist’s relationships with regional arts organisations, venues and educational partners.

During the Pathways Home programme, introductory workshops on performance art will be hosted in Diss, the nearest town. Poppy will also connect with performance artists based in the region, through which she aims to deepen East Anglian public and arts audiences’ understanding of current local performance and Live Art practices.

Live Art in Rural UK will enable the transformation of the artist’s home, studio and workspace into an ‘arts centre’ that can host artists workshops, residencies and events, whilst nurturing and amplifying the artist’s embodied practice.

Biography

Poppy Jackson makes work that explores the female body as an autonomous zone. Her practice spans performance, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Public space and architecture in relation to the body are often at the centre of her work. Poppy’s performances employ the impact and power of the live body and have excited discussion worldwide on the body in art; her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, ArtReview, BBC 2 and Radio 4.

Poppy gained a BA (Hons) from Dartington College of Arts and an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work has been presented at The Barbican and Whitechapel Gallery (London), Grace Exhibition Space (New York), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago), Spider International Festival of Dance (Ljubljana). She has delivered lectures at The Royal College of Art, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, NHS Hospitals Bristol and The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Arts Council England and British Council awards have supported UK-US projects reaching beyond the bounds of art. Poppy is an Associate Artist of ]performance s p a c e [.

More about Poppy Jackson

Call out for artists based in Norfolk and Suffolk

Live Art in Rural UK artist Poppy Jackson is bringing together artists based in Norfolk and Suffolk who work in Live Art and performance to connect, discuss their work and cross-pollinate.

Poppy will host a meeting with the aim of creating potential for a future network, regional collaborations, regular local meetings, links, events, or trips.

You can register your interest by getting in touch with Poppy at [email protected]. Please share this invitation and pass it on to others in the region.

Collage of five photos depicting a topless woman in the woods, amidst tree branches. On top of the photos there are stripes of blood. Poppy Jackson, ‘Cord’, Suffolk 2023. Photographs and birth blood.

Banner image credit:

Poppy Jackson, Holy Marys (as part of In Search of the Miraculous, Curated and Convened by Anne Bean for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival). Walsingham, Norfolk 2023. Polaroid photos by Fenia Kotsopoulou

Part of Live Art in Rural UK

Live Art in Rural UK is a year long programme conceived by LADA’s former Director, Vivian Chinasa Ezugha. It focuses on amplifying the embodied practices of artists living and working in rural locations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Live Art in Rural UK

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