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ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

I'm a creative practitioner who develops works of art in collaboration with community partners. I create site-responsive works that activate dialogue, interaction, visual impact and community cohesion. My interests lay in neighbourhood narratives, hidden mythologies, psychogeography, and outdoor works.

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

 

A commitment to social engagement and site-specific work has led me to design and deliver a range of works such as outdoor performances, sound installations, audio walks, circus, and immersive theatre.

 

I co-founded Social Art Network UK in 2017 and have 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 my work include leading organisations with remits in public art and social practice such as Artangel, People United, and Freedom Festival.

I 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 entitled: 'Applied Live Art: Co-authorship in Socially Engaged and Site-Responsive Performance Practice', which was subsequently published as a book.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Elan Links, Artist Residency (2018)

Arts Council England, Project Grant (2018)

Freedom Festival Hull & In-Situ Outdoor Arts, Atelier Commission (2017)​

Market Place, Celebrate Newmarket (2017)

London New Years Day Parade Award (2017)

Perry Barr Arts Forum, Public Art Commission (2016)

Young Foundation, Communities Can (2016)

People United, Courage Commission (2015)

Creative Barking and Dagenham, Neighbourhood Commission (2015)

Artangel Artist Commission, Collaborative Projects (2014 & 2015) Research & Development Grant, Barbican ArtWorks London (2012)

Production Grant, Arts Council Hoxton Hall (2011)

Grant for the Arts (Beirut, Lebanon)British Council (2009)

Grant for Youth Visions, Ghana, West Africa, EPFAR Grant (2008)

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

Overseas Research Bursary, Royal Holloway University of London (2007)

Artist in Residency, O’Theatrone: La Fabbrica delle Arti, Naples (2007)

Fluxus Artist as Nomad, Sommerakademie Bildende Kunst (2006)

1st People’s Choice/2nd Juror’s Award Lord Mayor’s New Years’ Parade 

City of Westminster Float (2006)

 

Centro de Calidad Educación y Vida, Centro Cultural San Jose,
Santiago de Chile (2006)

 

© 2019 by R.M. Sánchez-Camus

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