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Jessica is a sculptor and performance artist who lives off-grid. She recently finished studying for an MFA at University of Leeds and graduated with a distinction. She is presently in residence as ‘Creative Caretaker’ at Wild Rumpus in Cheshire.

Alongside her solo practice she has worked for the last ten years as a freelancer producer, theatre deviser and artistic director of outdoor arts. She runs her own company Rost Productions ltd, which is a collaboration of makers, technicians and performers who create outdoor installation and street theatre, which tours across the UK.

She co-founded Festive Road in 2005 -an MK based community interest company – for which she developed, raised funding and project managed the creative direction of, for many years (2008-2018). Here she was delivering artist training programmes, outreach projects, making and producing street theatre work, outdoor shows, public art commissions, workshops and many celebratory events.

Selected solo Performances:

2020     Becoming Batty                performed at The Tetley, Leeds, and Common Ground, Blackburn

2017     Safe       2 hour live-streamed performance, (welding herself into a cage) at MK Gallery

2014     Bat Squeaks       part of X-Centric scratch programme and other private events

2011     As it is in Life, as it is in Death, as it is in Art         at various private gatherings

2010     Darwinias Random Selection     Scratch performance at The Fishmarket in Northampton

2008     Gasping Goldie                                 ‘Artwash’, laundrette, Oxford & OU, Milton Keynes

2006     Road to a Plastic Democracy       (British Council Fellowship), Goethe Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2005     Arachne Revealed                           Braziers International Workshop, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire

 

Solo exhibitions of Sculpture:

2015     Compulsive Collectors  Temporary space, old nightclub in Milton Keynes

2009     Not in My Name              Kaunas Gallery, Lithuania

2008     Kindred Roots                   Kunsterein Ebersberg, Munich

2007     Plastic Democracy           Goethe Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Select group exhibitions of Sculpture and Installation: 

2020     Pause                                    Interim MA Show, Freehold Project Space, Leeds

2019     Undercurrent                    Digital & Electronic Arts group, gallery take over, NN Contemporary

2018     2nd Point of Contact      with artists Emma Talbot & Claire Summerson, MK Museum

2016       After the Party                  Barn Gallery, Westbury Arts Centre

2009       Make it                                The Fishmarket, Northampton

2008       From Inside Out: Feminist Art then and now       Dr M.T. Geoffrey Yeh, Art Gallery, New York

 

Grants & awards:

2018     MK Community Foundation, Arts Bursary

2018     Arts Council England, Developing Creative Practice Award

2011     Creative Northants Bursary

2006      Arts Council England International fellowship in Bangladesh

2005      Arts Council England research trip to Trinidad Carnival

 

 

Work in Arts Education:

Jessica has delivered numerous creative projects in schools and now focuses mainly on public and community participation work -most recently working on a public engagement project with Vodafone UK. At Festive Road, 2005-2018, she helped deliver hundreds of workshops and community led projects. Between 2008 and 2011 Jessica was working as a Creative Agent and a practitioner for UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton and also as a lead artist for various schools in Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire.

 

Partnerships, Workshops & Residencies: 

2021     Wild Rumpus      Creative Caretaker in Residence

2018     Blackburn Festival of Light           Artist in Residency and commission for the festival

2018       Emergency Exit Arts                        The Inventor’s Imaginarium, Lead Artist & Commission

2018     Handmade Parade                          Commission & Partnership -Eva the Polar Bear puppet

2018     Walk the Plank                                 Commission to create a mechanical Peacock puppet

2018     Manchester Day Parade                Lead Artist, working with communities in South Manchester

2017     Transform                                           Public Sculpture commission for Waste Recovery Park, MK

2016     Transform: India   Residency in Ahmadabad, India, creating art with construction workers

2013     Darwinia’s Random Selection    Street Theatre developed as part of Escalator Outdoor Arts

2012     Carnival Crossroads –Eastbound Lead designer for Norwich, Cultural Olympiad, UKCCA

2011     Windmill Primary School              Oxford, Creative Partnership change school (1yr)

2010     Farley Hill Junior School                Luton, Creative Partnership change school, Lead artist (1yr)

09-11    Northbourne Primary    Oxfordshire, Creative Partnership change school, Lead artist (3 yrs)

2009     Fishmarket         Project space and scratch events at the Fishmarket, Northampton (4 months)

2008     UKCCA Luton     Creative partnership, Ashcroft High School (2yrs)

 

Producing, Curating & Artistic Directing:

2019                     Devising and directing ‘Pockets of Resistance’ performed at MK Gallery , Bedlam Fair and                                    Green Gathering.                   

2018                     Devising and directing ‘Peddlers Pack: so many things you’ve never seen before’,                                                 performing at Bedlam Fair, MK Festival Fringe, LakesAlive! and Winter Droving.

2018                     Devising and directing ‘Steam Hammer Annual Rally & Picnic, performing at Spare Parts                                   festivals in NW: Fleetwood, Sandbach and Crewe.

2017                     Directing and producing touring walkabout show ‘The Futurists’

2015                     Directing ‘Best Company’ touring show, part of WW1 commemorations Jun-Sept 2015

2013                     Directed an outdoor show ‘Fair Play’ which toured across SE England in 2013

2012-2017          Milton Keynes Festival Fringe –direct and produce a multimedia arts festival

2011 -2012        Curated public exhibition spaces in Central Milton Keynes for Fringemk:Westbury

2009-2012          ‘Brewing Up’, a visual and musical arts experiment, London 2012 Inspire Mark project

 

Education and training:

MA Fine Art,  Pass with distinction, 2019-21, (graduation extended due to Covid-19)

B.A Hons. Fine Art, 2:1, 1988-91, Birmingham Polytechnic

GNVQ Basic Engineering, 1992-93, Decorum College, Hemel Hempstead

 

Jessica has had training and is skilled in the following:

Animation, Metal work and welding, Carving, casting and modelling, Public Art, Bookbinding, Liquid Light Photography, Film Making, Basket weaving, Costume making, Video Performance, Large-scale lantern structures, Stilt walking, Street Theatre, Dramaturge, Puppet making & puppetry.

View on line: Website:  www.jessicarost.co.uk