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Jessica is a sculptor and performance artist. Alongside her solo practice she has worked for the last seven years as a freelancer producer, theatre deviser and artistic director of Outdoor Arts.

She now runs her own company Rost Productions ltd, which is a collaboration of makers and performers, creating Outdoor Installation and Street Theatre.

She co-founded Festive Road in 2005 -an MK based Community Interest Company – and managed the creative direction of the company for many years (2008-2018), organising training programmes, outreach programmes, fundraising and created street theatre structures, outdoor shows, worked on public art commissions, led workshops and organised many celebratory events.

Selected solo Performances:
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: 
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

Solo 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 -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: 
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:
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 multi media 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:
B.A Hons. Fine Art                           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, Illuminating structures, Stilt walking, Street Theatre, Dramaturge, Puppet making & puppetry.

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