INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES CLUB
IAC is an artist collective that makes intercultural participatory performance.
IAC work from a shared set of values in which participation, formal experimentation and responsiveness are key.
IAC believe all people are valuable and should be given a platform to make ambitious art work.
In initial workshops with community groups IAC facilitate exercises around the political self and explore a group’s passions and concerns. From the content of these workshops IAC work like architects to build the creative frame participants will inhabit.
As with Make Yourself At Home, some of the workshops and outcomes are set, but we also respond to new groups to generate new performances.
WHO WE ARE
IAC are artists Caroline Williams, Deborah Pearson, May Abdalla and designer Gary Campbell.
Caroline Williams is an artist working in multi-disciplinary intercultural participatory performance. Her work focuses on current political issues, for example the semantics of screens in relation to the war in Syria, migration or the relationship between loneliness and technology. Using personal narratives, she works to find a performative language that will most powerfully communicate the heart of these stories. At the core of her work is a passion to give people who wouldn’t primarily consider themselves artists a platform to create great works of art. Projects include Now Is The Time To Say Nothing at The Young Vic, Millions of Years for English National Opera at The British Museum, Dad Dancing with Second Hand Dance and Puffball at Battersea Arts Centre. Her installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Shakespeare’s Fools, was chosen to represent the UK at the Prague Quadrennial 2015. Caroline often works with Improbable theatre company on their outreach programme.
Deborah Pearson is a Canadian writer, performer, producer and founder / co-director of the multi-award winning Forest Fringe. Innovation, intimacy and narrative are central to her practice, which includes solo and collaborative work, and she works frequently as a dramaturg for companies such as Made in China and Action Hero. Her current show ‘History, History, History’ is on tour throughout the UK.
Gary Campbell is an artist/educator specialising in creating immersive environments and participatory events. A dedicated Eco Scenographer he explores the potential of salvaged and innovative materials. He is Sustainability co-ordinator at Central St Martins, an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London working across a range of courses and a visiting Professional on BA PDP [CSM] and Theatre Design BA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
May Abdalla is a documentary filmmaker who has worked internationally making films for the BBC, Channel 4 and Al Jazeera. As half of ANAGRAM she is writing and producing immersive documentaries that bring physical experience into screen narratives. Door Into the Dark, a blindfolded sensory journey for one through the stories of people who have been profoundly lost which premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2014.
International Activies Club is based out of Somerset House as part of the Artist’s Studios Programme
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