Are you starting out your creative career? Interested in finding out how others make a career in the arts? Join Nathan Geering, The McGuires and Madeleine O’Reilly for a conversation to explore their careers so far. We will explore:
- How did they get started in the cultural sector?
- When did they feel confident to describe themselves as “an artist”?
- How do they balance paid work with their own practice?
- What do they wish they’d known when they were starting out?
There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and talk about your own career.
This session will be hosted on Zoom, include captioning, BSL and will be recorded.
Nathan specialises in accessibility innovation and strives to make work that heightens accessibility for both disabled and non disabled artists and audiences. He was the Artistic Director of the 2017 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony which saw him bring together over 200 disabled and non disabled artists to perform in front of a live audience of 16,000 people.
His passion for innovating cutting edge technologies and accessibility within dance, theatre, music production and art has lead him to develop the multi-award winning Rationale Method of Audio Description which utilises the skills of beatboxers and poets to provide a richer soundscape for people with visual impairment.
Recent years has seen Nathan become a TEDx speaker, published author and multi-award winning film maker. He has featured on BBC television and worked with the likes of the National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Wayne McGregor, British Council and Singapore Reoprtary Theatre.
Nathan is also part of the Sheffield Race Equality Commission and champions racial equality and diversity within the arts and beyond.
He continues to implement his work both nationally and internationally and strives to provide opportunities that make art accessible for all.
‘what follows makes the jaw drop and the head whirl’ – The Times
Davy & Kristin McGuire are multi award-winning multimedia artists, renowned for their idiosyncratic experiments in digital projection and storytelling. Combining physical installations and virtual experiences they create delicate and exquisitely crafted worlds full of visual wonders.
The couple’s work has included the world‘s first projection mapped pop-up book: The Icebook; a multimedia stage adaptation of fantasy novel Howl’s Moving Castle and The Paper Architect which won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2013 and received the Helpmann Award for Best Visual Theatre Production.
Crossing genres of theatre, film, live performance, and installation. Their works have been exhibited, sold, published, and screened internationally, and their critically acclaimed theatrical projects have been invited to tour to more than 100 venues in
23 different countries over 4 continents. The McGuires have also been commissioned by organisations such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Canal+, Museums at Night, the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts, the Projection Mapping Association of Japan, Barneys NY, Courvoisier, Mikimoto, Elle China, Canal +, Polydor and Epitaph Records,
Their large-scale immersive projection installation A Night at the Mansion, commissioned by Harewood House, was awarded Innovation of the Year by the Museum & Heritage Awards in 2020.
Madeleine is a freelance director and theatre maker from Hull. Currently she is directing 2 site specific shows across Yorkshire and will be directing Aladdin for CAST, Doncaster in November 2021. She has directed a range of theatre work: new writing (Play, Pie and a Pint), developing her own work (The 1975 Project) Opera (Die Fledermaus). She has also directed site specific work (Round ‘ere – 3 taxis shows) and conceived small to midscale outdoor work (Assemble The Caravan – travelling convoy show and Our Street Our Stage). She has also directed for drama schools and universities (LIPA, ALRA North, University of Northampton).
In 2013, she cofounded Assemble Fest a one-day theatre festival which occurred on Newland Avenue, which commissioned local theatre makers to make work in shops and businesses on an independent high street. The festival supported 18 Hull based Theatre Companies to create over 25 pieces of new work. The festival saw the beginnings of companies such as The Roaring Girls, and Brick by Brick and saw work by Middle Child Theatre Company and Silent Uproar. The Festival culminated in the creation of Our Street Our Stage which worked with multiple artists to tell the story of Newland Avenue.
Additionally, she has worked as an education officer(Northern Broadsides, Hull Truck Theatre), artist support(Absolutely Cultured), festival director(Assemble Fest), project manager(Freedom Festival – Rise, Feastival, RUSH, Art Trail) and festival programmer (WOW Hull 2017). She has worked in a myriad of positions including workshop facilitator, assistant director, box office staff, assistant producer and bar staff for theatres and festivals across the country.
Yoga @ Humber Street Gallery
Installation View. HSG Open Call - Season One. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists, 2021. © Jules Lister
HSG Open Call - Season One (2021)
Dance Exchange Hull, 2019 © Tom Arran
Meet the funders
Installation View. Practice in Place. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists, 2020. © Jules Lister
Practice In Place
HIPI Hang Out Forum, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured
Arts Council England under £15k Applications: Top Tips with Deb Ashby
Remote Talent Development
Installation view, 2019. Ollie Dook, Proboscidea Rappings. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Proboscidea Rappings, Ollie Dook
Dance Exchange Programme, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured
Dance Exchange Hull
Language Café © Chris Pepper
Hull Takeover: Previews © The Herd/The Roaring Girls/Just Club
Hull Takeover: Previews
Athena Papadopoulos, A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale-Heart, courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist 2019. © James Mulkeen
A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale Heart, Athena Papadopoulos
Installation view. Place To Place: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2019. © Tom Arran
Place To Place: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme
Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit © Jamie Reid
Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit
Contains Strong Language © BBC
Contains Strong Language
Land of Green Ginger © Tom Arran
Act VII: Land of Green Ginger
John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay © Chris Pepper
John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca © Hull Truck Theatre
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca
Creative Hull © Studio Capri
Chatty Hull, 2019 © Absolutely Cultured
Making work with and for communities
Installation view, 2020. Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist. © Jules Lister.
Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love
Model City, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
Volunteer Community Support and Crisis Response
Installation view, 2020. Lucy Clout, ZZZ. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. © Jules Lister
Lucy Clout, ZZZ
Lucy, 2019. Aniara Omann, Equanipolis. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Equanipolis, Aniara Omann
Installation View. Mike S Redmond and Faye Coral Jones (MSR FCJ), Ecstatic Rituals.Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
IETM Hull © Tom Arran
Emerging Cultural Leaders Mobility Bursary 2019 - Information Event
PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2019, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019
Cut, Humber Street Gallery 2019. © James Mulkeen
Cut, Richard Houguez & Graham Jones
Candoco Dance Company © Hugo Glendinning
IETM Hull 2019 Plenary Meeting
Oh The Night! - imitating the dog. Urban Legends: Northern Lights, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
Urban Legends: Northern Lights
Home Town Story, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
Home Town Story
Installation view. It Takes A Village. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2019. © James Mulkeen
It Takes a Village
Installation view. It Takes A Village. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2017 © Hull News & Pictures
States of Play
Fruit Factory Network site visit to Bloc Projects, Sheffield © Absolutely Cultured
Life as a Creative
Autosuggestions, Leo Fitzmaurice
Gipsyville Christmas Tree, 2020 © Absolutely Cultured
HIPI Hang Out Forum, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured
1:1 Advice Surgeries with Arts Council England
50 Queers for 50 Years Workshop © Chris Pepper
Creative Micro-Commission Programme
Model City, Absolutely Cultured © Chi He
Nnena Kalu, Wrapping. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Wrapping, Nnena Kalu
Frances Disley, The Cucumber Fell in the Sand. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Frances Disley: The Cucumber Fell In The Sand
Installation View. Jade Montserrat, Instituting Care. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care
Ella Dorton, Journey to the Centre of the Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas). Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Journey To The Centre Of The Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas), Ella Dorton
The Witching Hour, Absolutely Cultured © LDi Studios
The Witching Hour
Man On The Moon Keisha Thompson. IETM Hull 2019 © Keisha Thompson
IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme
Installation view. Measures of Life, The Lumen Prize for Digital Art. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2018. © Tom Arran
Measures of Life by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art
Dominoes, Absolutely Cultured © Rob Battersby
Blade © Tom Arran
A Duckie Summer Tea Party/LGBT50 © Tom Arran