Associates 2021– 22

Suzy lies on a patch of grass while smiling with eyes closed.

Suzy Crothers

Suzy Crothers is a Belfast born solo artist, writer, director and collaborator working within theatre and live performance.

She makes massive hearted, multidisciplinary work that illuminates unheard stories. She makes work for ‘Auntie Mary’, who sits in the cheapest seat and comes to see a cracking story unfold. Fusing movement, music and storytelling, her work explores the clash between lived experiences, illusion and delusion.

She is an invited member of the Lincoln Centre Director Lab NYC, Young Vic Springboard Group for Directors and Tamasha Developing Writer Group. Training: E15 (BA Act), EACT Programme and Director training under Olivier winner Di Trevis.

Hicham in a blue jacket and grey skull cap.

Hicham Gardaf

Hicham Gardaf works across photography, film and installation, and uses them as a vehicle to engage people in critical conversations with their immediate environment. A large part of Hicham’s practice looks into transformations of contemporary landscape in relation to time, space, and politics of place. He is drawn to the social spaces we inhabit such as buildings, streets and cities; and researches practices we apply to these places by reshaping, appropriating and controlling them. Hicham Gardaf was born in Tangier and is currently based in London.

Sara leaning against a handle truck with one foot on a paint bucket.

Sara Jackson

Sara Jackson is a local artist who graduated in Fine Art from UCA Canterbury and is currently an artist in residence at Palm Bay Primary school. Her practice explores architecture, materials and our surrounding environment; her research utilises various mediums to explore our interaction with these themes. With a keen interest in our relationship to our physical surroundings, Sara is keen to develop her practice to involve the local community and create lasting, impactful projects that evolve and grow as they develop.

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James Jordan Johnson

James Jordan Johnson (b. 1997, London, UK) is an artist working in performance and sculpture. He explores how personal/collective memory and mythmaking informs historical experiences within Black life (specifically Afro-Caribbean life). Through this, he uses his practice as a way to think about the embodiment and unnamable ties between objects and people within life-cycles.

Lottie wearing a striped top with hair tied up.

Lottie McCarthy

Lottie is an anti-disciplinary artist who draws on her experience in architecture, design, engineering, printmaking, painting, and working in the humanitarian and social impact sectors. Lottie’s work is dedicated to harnessing the power of art and design to change lives through improving our mental health and wellbeing. She explores how our environments speak to us, the value of the opportunity to make a tangible mark, and how our ability to impact our environment impacts us.

Moina wrapped in pink fabrics with gold sequins stuck all over her face.

Moina Moin

Moina Moin (b. Stroud 1998, Drawing School/Goldsmiths alumni) is a multimedia artist beavering in surreal celebrations of humour, ceremony, the land and its stranger beings.

Using spontaneous, playful, expanded methods, Moina works in a responsive cycle of sculpture, textiles, performance, film, sound, drawing and social happenings. Her work is inspired specifically by ancient spiritual ceremonies alongside contemporary everyday rituals (e.g. big supermarket shops, clubbing, buffets, karaoke, washing up, TV dinners).

Rosemary reclining on an angled tree branch.

Rosemary Moss

Rosemary spends her time working between film/moving image, stop motion animation and music production – she loves to combine these processes in her works. An interest in miniatures and dioramas has also plagued her for several years now and frequently crops up in her work and research. 

Most recently, Rosemary was a part of the Wysing Gallery’s AMPlify residency where she was lucky enough to be mentored by the sound artist RKSS. She hopes to build on her background in live music and performance during her time at OSE.

Poppy lies on the floor on top of several pairs of stuffed jeans.

Poppy Nash

Working predominantly with lo-fi traditional printing, Poppy Nash is an artist whose practice centers on the process of craft, and the care taken in developing techniques by hand. Driven by a belief in accessibility to the arts for everyone, Poppy is inspired by projects embedded in the community.

Having exhibited extensively across the UK, Poppy has delivered commissions with Tate, Shape Arts and National Disability Arts Collection & Archive; as well as developing research with the Wellcome Collection.

Daniel smiling with a fence and tree branches behind him.

Daniel Norie

Daniel Norie is a multi-disciplinary artist working with sculpture, video, music, typography, photography and painting. Norie speculates on the politics of intention, distribution and status of found materials. Using disparate elements, he explores language, form, purpose and associations; utilising scraps, the discarded, and the overlooked to generate conversations around material support and clashes.

Daniel is interested in social and cultural engagement and how we see these relationships. Groups of people are enjoyable and varied; things happen, planned and spontaneous. It is only through gathering that we are able to explore our time together, as humans.

Tolu standing against a grey concrete background.

Tolu Oshodi

Tolu is a visual artist and performer born in Nigeria and raised in London with a background in Performing Arts (primarily dance) and Psychology. Her practice combines movement, photography & film, incorporating art direction & set design. She is part of the London Ballroom Scene as a member of the UK Chapter of the House of Revlon, wherein theoretical interests behind her movement practice are based in black sexual politics, exploration and liberation.
She is particularly driven to create emotive work that is rooted in our shared human experience, exploring notions of self, identity, relationships & community. She is interested in developing her work further to create immersive viewing experiences for an audience.
One of Sarah's paintings with various objects including a snake, apple, handcuffs, hourglass and feathers, all on a blue background.

Sarah Al-Sarraj

Sarah (she/her) currently works with painting, writing, and moving image. She previously worked within Palestinian advocacy and at Forensic Architecture before joining Healing Justice London, an organisation working at the intersections of oppression, healing, and liberation practice. She is hoping to explore new mediums and move into new ground at OSE.

Greta stands in a field with trees in the background.

Greta Sharp

Greta Sharp is an artist and writer who makes work about trauma, disability, queerness, spirituality, sex, recovery, community and care. They draw on queer (LGBTQ+ Studies) and crip (Disability Studies) theory, and notions of embodiment (what it means to experience the world as a being with a body) to inform their writing. They are hoping to create zines and workshops in the near future if their C-PTSD will let them.

I am a white, non-binary femme, a person living with Complex PTSD, a feminist, someone with a specific learning difficulty, a survivor, an ally, a cat mum, and a non-monogamous pansexual.

Sam Slattery

Sam is constantly tinkering, whether it’s with music/sound, (creative) writing, painting, drawing, or making films. He loves performing and has told stories, sung silly songs, and played improv music/noise at gigs across the UK.

Sam’s work often reflects various interests and multiple sources of inspiration, including pop culture, human communication/interaction/experience/collaboration, the paranormal, everyday life, escapism-and cats. He continues to explore new avenues of enquiry and development, as well as regularly taking commissions, and collaborating with others on projects.

Sam is a member of Athelstan Sound, and has performed with them at events at Turner Contemporary and venues around Kent.

Kathryn Tovey

Spanning across sound, performance, sculpture and photography, Kathryn’s practice explores multi-species narratives flowing through collective acts of walking, listening, and digesting. 

Currently, she is working with the light from her bedroom window – reimagining collective spaces through the process of photographic exposure and slow correspondence. 

Kathryn has also recently co-founded the cyanotype collaboration ‘Collective Intermission’ with the aim of opening a window into shared intimacies.