Kaleidoscope Guest 1-2-1’s

Deadline: 1 July 2021




















Sign up for a 1-2-1 with members of staff from Primary, Spike Island or The NewBridge Project.  These guest 1-2-1’s will be the start of a series over the coming year offered as part of Kaleidoscope.

Daniel Russel (The NewBridge Project)
Wednesday 14 July 3-3.45pm

Colette Griffin (Primary)
Tuesday 20th July, 11-11.45am

Rosa Tyhurst (Spike Island)
Thursday 29th July, 2-2.45pm

To express an interest in a 1-2-1 with Colette, Daniel or Rosa send a short email to amelia@eastsideprojects.org saying why you would be interested in talking to them. Email before Thursday 1 July. 

Colette Griffin is a curator, creative producer, and artist based in Nottingham. Her interests and research centre on commissioning and programming that explores the architecture of our lives, the institutions and expectations that continue to shape everyday experiences, actions, and interactions.

Colette is Artist Development Coordinator / Curator at Primary, an artist-led space in Nottingham that supports creative research through artist studios and residencies, public exhibitions and events. Here she leads on the organisation’s Artist Development Strategy, working alongside residents and partners to identify and generate opportunities for artists within Primary and across the City. Within the role she coordinators the New Midland Group Development Programme, 18-month project intended to support both established artists and individuals with an interest in working in contemporary art.  

Colette is the recently appointed Regional Director of CVAN East Midlands, part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network, a sector support and advocacy organisation that represents a diverse community of visual arts practitioners and organisations across England.

Until September 2020, Colette was Curator at Mansions of the Future, an arts and cultural hub in Lincoln adopting an approach which privileged social, site-specific, and collaborative ways of working. Previous experience includes working with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, UK New Artists, and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. In 2019 Colette was selected for CAMPUS, a year-long independent study programme in curatorial, visual and cultural studies, delivered by Nottingham Contemporary. 

Colette is an Associate with the Justice, Arts and Migration Network.

Dan Russell (b. Birkenhead, 1985) grew up in the Peak District; studied architecture to BA level at the top of the Arts Tower, Sheffield University; then did an experimental DesignLAB MA at Manchester School of Art. Since realising that interesting contemporary forms of art existed (aged 25), he has worked for the subsequent decade on socially engaged projects where the primary focus is people, conversation and action. 

He’s the Artist Development Programmer at The NewBridge Project, an Associate Lecturer at Newcastle University (Architecture and Urban Planning), and a freelance social practice artist, often working in collaboration with Lady Kitt and the Social Art Network North East.

Dan doesn’t have a specific discipline but projects he undertakes borrow from: visual and performance art, architecture, graphic design, self-publishing, writing, illustration, music and alternative education. His favoured approach to working is in an open, process-led and longer-term way and his favourite topics are bringing people together, developing ideas with them and trying to deal with the future.

Interests: Socially engaged art; Social practice; Performance/theatre; DIY Music and touring networks; Alternative art schools; Artist-led stuff; Participatory art; Non-gallery based art; Dealing with the future; Positive social/environmental change; How to expand your thinking.

Rosa Tyhurst is Assistant Curator at Spike Island in Bristol where she works with the programming team on exhibitions, events and artist development programmes. Before Spike Island, Rosa held positions at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino; KADIST, San Francisco; the De Young Museum, San Francisco; Limoncello, London and in the studios of artists Alice Channer and David Batchelor.