The Freedom Project was a 7 month residency for emerging artist from East & West Midlands, led by Rachael Young.  

It was about collaboration, conversation art and action. It was about building networks and sharing knowledge. It was about questioning what freedom means to us as individuals and questioning the limits that are put on us by society and facing the limits and restrictions we place ourselves.

Throughout the residency the artists explored these themes through their individual arts practice, creating a series of art works which were presented at mac, birmingham in September 2016.

The Freedom Project was kindly supported by Arts Council England, Arts Connect, mac, birmingham, Curve, Leicester and New Art Exchange, Nottingham.

Project Artists:

Daisy Barrett-Nash
Chiara Dellerba
Jordanne Renee Cameron
Joseph Coyle
Sebastian H. W.
Helen Morely
Orinta Jilija Pranaitytè
Louisa Robbin
Claire Woollard

Produced by Anna Smith


We are the Freedom Project: Collaborators

  • Louisa Robbin

    As a London bred, Birmingham based artist; Louisa has found Birmingham and its ever growing arts scene, to be the driving force behind her artistic career.

    Recent involvements with arts organisations include mac Birmingham, M.A.I.A Creatives, Unfinished Business Theatre, Birmingham Pride, Beatfreeks and Contemporary Other.

  • Daisy Barrett-Nash

    Daisy Barrett-Nash is an aspiring theatre maker who’s current practice is based around representing intersectional women’s issues through spoken word poetry and physical theatre. Daisy graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a 1st class (hons) in BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education.

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  • Chiara Dellerba

    Chiara Dellerba was born in Bari (Italy) and now lives and works in Nottingham (UK).

    Her practice is an organic open work structure of experimentation.  She is interested in how human nature works in relation to the process of making things.

    Chiara’s practice is a sub language ritual, related to repeated, simple tasks or continuous movement to create basic and ordinary shapes to turn into a vocabulary of images, symbols and signs most of the time in relation to particular spaces.  Using “Transitional objects” like mirrors and light, Chiara investigates the unconscious necessity for the human beings to regenerate their lives, their environment, their relationships and their way to perceive their reality in order to participate more actively within it.

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  • Sebastian H. W.

    Sebastian H.W. (MX:UK) is a live artist based in Birmingham and London whose work explores identity, memory, technology and the body through expanded and experimental approaches to live performances, experiences and interventions.

    Sebastian received a BA First Class Honours in Performance Writing with Sound Practices from Dartington College of Arts and Falmouth University.

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  • Joseph Coyle

    Joseph Coyle is a fine artist, illustrator and storyteller.   His work explores the multitude of mythic tales lying latent within the landscape, translating these stories into artwork; spanning a variety of media, from watercolour illustration and book-making, to sculpture, to film, installation and performance.
    BA, First Class Honours.

  • Orinta Jilija Pranaitytè

    Orinta Pranaityte is a visual artist engaged with performance art, video and sound combinations. Her practice reflects the ‘Passion for Freedom’ debate that uses universal languages of art to strengthen humanistic values “what is freedom and how hard is it to gain it back?”.

    In her work, she uses a mixture of psychology studies and the Eastern European identity, poetically narrating expressions through the sensuality of the female body. Former residencies and showings include ‘Pushing the inside out – Drawing the outside in’, Berlin (2015), UNESCO research project, Nida, Lithuania (2015), and ‘Free Frame’ City Arts, Nottingham (2015).

    Pranaityte has completed a BA (Hons) Fine Art course at the University of Lincoln in 2015 and is currently based in Lincolnshire, UK, part of soundLINCS as a Programme Facilitator.

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  • Claire Woollard

    After graduating from studying English Literature and Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, Claire worked in heritage for four years before realising she was creatively unfulfilled.  By taking part in The Freedom Project Claire hopes to rediscover her creative roots and be inspired by the fantastic artists surrounding her.  Claire wants to experiment with performance and installation that can create an immersive experiences for audience members.  Claire is also involved in other projects in the city as a creative producer.

  • Jordanne Renee Cameron

    Jordanne Renee is a poet, blogger and workshop facilitator.  She is often overwhelmed by the term artist as she finds it hard to pigeonhole the work she has created/wishes to create.  She is a self-proclaimed advocate of self-love and aims to push messages of positivity and self care through her work (with particular emphasis on removing the shame from solitude and encouraging people to do things by themselves).

    Jordanne Renee is a multipotential lite, intersectional feminist, plantain enthusiast, avid tea drinker and sometimes this allows her to make things.

  • Helen Morely

    Helen is a first year English and Theatre student at Warwick University.  She has directed several shows whilst at school and at Warwick, most recently Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill, which featured a post-show debate between the Jewish-Israeli society, the Friends of Palestine society and the Human Rights faculty.  She believes in creating work that is politically driven and socially engaged.