Holly Smith is a visual artist based in the South West. She focuses on traditional livelihoods, the communities within them and their success in contemporary Britain. She works by undertaking historical research, site visits and interviews.
Recent work includes a short film ‘Pg 106 Revisited 2008 ‘Family and Kinship of East London, 1957’ (Group Show, Trinity Wharf, London) the film explores the issues that face local traders and how ‘local characters’ working in the shops can help sustain their community. The film features a family of market traders in the East End.
Smith also works within rural settings. ‘Views of the Country’ (Wimbledon College of Art, 2008) was a participatory work in which visitors watched short films that documented farmers and local residents of South Hams discussing changes in rural livelihoods. Visitors also enjoyed a cream tea using a commemorative tea set painted by a Devon based Arts Society. Smith aimed to question tourist consumerism and contrast rural idylls and rural realities. Smith works across various medium most often in drawing, collage and film.
Gareth Ballyn is a curator based in the South West. Specialising in participatory work across a variety of contexts. Recent projects include a residency at Dartmouth Academy, ‘Through their eyes’, featured mixed media work made by students about WWII in Dartmouth.
He works with artists including Ellie Harrison, Kate Marshall and Laura Kikauka. Ballyn has curated spaces at Phoenix, Exeter and Dartington Gallery. He has been commissioned to make an interactive work with Marshall for Tagore 2012 Festival at Dartington. He has also managed large events such as ultimateDart: MA show 2010 at University College Falmouth. Ballyn also worked on A Circle at Cargo, Millbay (BAS, Plymouth 2011).