Here are the amazing artists and organisations who worked in schools over autumn 2018 on Our Biennale Commissioned Projects.

Charlotte Watson

Charlotte is a professional cellist with wide ranging experience. She has collaborated with many different artists including dancers, visual artists, poets, composers and performing musicians from a variety of backgrounds. She was the cellist in Black Hair, a contemporary music theatre ensemble for many years, collaborating with composers and performing many world premieres both nationally and internationally. She has also always done a lot of educational work and been involved in several projects with the Children’s Art School as well as Holmfirth Arts Festival. She has worked extensively with people with disabilities and was musician with Full Body and the Voice, now Dark Horse Theatre, a theatre company of adults with learning disabilities, for 8 years.

Charlotte worked on Our Darkness and Light Animation project.

The Children's Art School

The Children’s Art School

The Children’s Art School in Holmfirth is a charitable organisation committed to promoting the value of art education for children and young people. It aims to promote arts education as a tool to develop creative and innovative thinking, and to promote arts activities to support child development and well-being. Art education allows children to experiment, to find things out for themselves, to make their own decisions and to have the confidence to take risks. Quite simply art can teach children to be innovative and they can learn all about this at The Children’s Arts School.

The Children’s Art School ran the Our Darkness and Light Animation project and The Great Kirklees Railway Exhibition.

Workshops given by CHOL Theatre

Chol Theatre

Chol work with children and young people to create democratic theatre with imagination! Chol strive to work with children from all backgrounds and are passionate about finding ways to create new work with children who may not usually take part in theatre or story-making experiences. All Chol's participants are valued as Equal Players, everyone can develop their potential and unlock their aspirations. Chol's unique Equal Players approach inspires democracy; imagination flourishes and communities are built.

Chol Theatre ran the Imaginary Communities Project.

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Picture shows guitarist Craig Odgen, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England, Thursday Nov. 25, 2010. (Photo/Jon Super - - 07974 356-333 )

Craig Ogden

Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

One of the UK’s most recorded guitarists, his recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. Craig’s five Classic FM albums all shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart and he is one of Classic FM’s most played artists.

Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all the main UK orchestras plus many abroad. He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major venues and collaborates with the UK’s top artists and ensembles. Craig enjoys performing new works for guitar and gives the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Andy Scott with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Manchester in November 2017. Composers David Knotts and Geoffrey Gordon are also writing concertos for Craig. He has presented programmes on BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia).

Craig Ogden is Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Curator of Craig Ogden’s Big Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall and Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival.

Craig Ogden performed at Huddersfield Town Hall on Tuesday 20th November 2018 in Untroubled Light // Melt and the Biennale Finale.

Duncan Chapman working with Pentland I&N School in Dewsbury for the Dark Skies project with Manasamitra

Duncan Chapman

Duncan Chapman is a composer and sound artist who regularly works with leading music organisations throughout the world. Much of his composing and sound artistry results in sound installations, recordings or multi-media performances. Recent projects include co-directing a large-scale performance project for Casa da Música (Porto) and the St Andrews Voices festival in Fife.

Duncan Chapman ran the Dark Skies Project with Manasamitra.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

hcmf// is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film – with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need.

hcmf// aims to provide life-changing and unique artistic experiences to as wide an audience as possible; to be an international platform for new music and related contemporary art forms in Britain; to enthuse existing audiences and draw in new ones through adventurous programming and informed, stylish presentation, and to be an active cultural partner within the region.

hcmf// ran the Campervan Radio Project.

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James Mabbett

James Mabbett is a composer, performer and sound artist, regularly running workshops with a wide range of people, scoring music for film and performing as Napoleon IIIrd around Europe. As Napoleon IIIrd, James combines analogue tape machines and delays with laptops and heavily effected guitars. Working under the monicker Napoleon IVth, James creates experimental music and sound art.
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Louise Fazackerley

I’m Louise Fazackerley. I write poetry for children and grown-ups, and I also write children’s theatre. I’m inspired by making the everyday beautiful and speaking with those who are often unheard. My work has appeared on BBC 1, BBC Radio 3 and 4 and in The Guardian.

Louise worked on the Our Darkness and Light Animation project.



Manasamitra is a Yorkshire based arts organisation delivering a range of South Asian arts and cultural experiences in traditional and innovative ways. The company’s work is stimulated by ideas, forms and aesthetics from India located within a contemporary British context. They are proactive in collaboration, drawing together diverse disciplines, skills, talents and cultures to create new content. Over the last nine years they have worked with York Minster, Harewood House, Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Leeds Art Gallery, Howard Assembly Room, Northern Ballet and University of Leeds.

Manasamitra ran the Dark Skies Project with Duncan Chapman.

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Matthew Bellwood

I am a Leeds-based writer and storyteller with a wealth of experience of working with community groups. My background is in devised theatre and I have performed at drama festivals in Canada, Germany and New Zealand as well as throughout the UK.

I currently run Moveable Feast Productions, a local community arts company, for whom I have devised and produced a wide variety of shows, events, projects and workshops for a diverse range of participants. Over the past few years, I have worked extensively in collaboration with A Quiet Word ( – a site-specific theatre company based in Leeds – and have co-produced a number of promenade performances, responding to locations around the city. Performance sites include parks, roads, libraries, pubs and private houses.

Matthew worked on The Great Kirklees Railway Exhibition.

Musica Kirklees concert

Musica Kirklees

Musica Kirklees, is an independent charity, which exists to promote the advancement of public education in all aspects of music. The organisation works closely in partnership with KC Children and Young People’s Service and Musica Kirklees is the preferred provider of music services for the district – in schools, at central classes and ensembles at the five Musica Centres throughout Kirklees. Musica Kirklees delivers tuition to over 5,000 pupils in Kirklees through Whole Class Ensemble Tuition and a further 2,400 pupils in small group instrumental tuition. Twice a year our teachers form recital or #LearnToPlay demo groups and give live performances in schools, bringing live music to a further 6,000 pupils.

Musica Kirklees presented Untroubled Light // Melt and its Youth Orchestra performed at the Biennale Finale.

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre is the UK’s longest standing contemporary dance company outside of London. Since the Company’s small beginnings in 1981, it has grown to be a key Northern forerunner in contemporary dance and has performed across the globe. Phoenix employs a permanent company of professional dancers to showcase an innovative programme of dance performances by a diverse range of choreographers to audiences across the UK and internationally. It has an established dance education programme that delivers workshops and pre-vocational and accredited dance training in schools, colleges, universities, community settings and at its own studios to young people from diverse backgrounds and with varying abilities.

Phoenix worked on the Transformation project with Zoe Robertson.


Rozi Fuller

I have been a freelance animator for over 20 years. I create short films, content for TV and Web, projections for theatre productions, outdoor events and gallery spaces, collaborative installations and socially-engaged participation.

I also help other people make animation, from school groups, adult community groups to university students.

Recent work includes ‘Forecast’ a sand animation created in response to a poem by Adults with Learning Disabilities, screened at Light Night Leeds; and ‘Connections’ an installation created with sculptor Jim Bond and a group of Adults with Learning Disabilites, for Beyond Festival, both for ArtLink West Yorkshire.

Rozi worked on the Our Darkness and Light Animation project.

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Sellotape Cinema

Sellotape Cinema are Steven Chamberlain and Stephen Snell. They use found visual footage, field recordings and audio traces to provide a visual and aural canvas. Analogue technologies are utilized in the construction of artist manufactured equipment in which the duo create film worked directly onto sticky tape. These are played through specially adapted projectors alongside ‘drawing drums’ and ‘sonic machines’ that draw and produce sound.

Sellotape Cinema featured at Our Biennale's Big Draw and Play Day.

Zoe Robertson

Zoe Robertson

Zoe Robertson is an award winning designer maker who skills span a breadth of materials and processes. She enjoys the making process and describes herself as a ‘Blue Peter Girl’ where she was introduced to making things via this cult children’s television show back in the 1980’s! She has acquired over 20 years of educational experience, teaching students 3D design and making skills in various Art Colleges and Universities across the UK. Currently she divides her time between the Dual Works design studio and lecturing at the world renowned School of Jewellery where she has been residence for the past 10 years.

Her artistic studio practice explores themes relating to jewellery within performance whereby she creates theatrically sized jewellery and experiments on the edges of the discipline. The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of her works moves beyond jewellery and into the fields of performance, sound, and dance. This approach enables her to create experiential and immersive environments which invite audience interaction and participation. Her work is exhibited within an international arena and images of her work are published extensively which you can see on her website.

Zoe worked on the Transformation project with Phoenix Dance Theatre.