Meet the Artists: The After Party

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Get to know The After Party project artists, who will be designing and leading us through our creative actions…

Mia Harris lives in London and is a designer, maker, producer, project manager and facilitator, with a special interest in costume, textiles, set, décor and events in unconventional spaces. With a BA in Theatre and Visual Art, Mia is passionate about the arts, working collaboratively and working with communities. She has travelled extensively and been influenced by her experiences abroad, and has worked on large and small-scale events in the UK, Cambodia, Africa and Brazil. Mia is very interested in other cultures and historical traditions of celebrations and rituals. She has been inspired by spending time in other countries at carnivals in Brazil, Africa and Trinidad and has worked extensively at many festivals in the for over 15 years including Glastonbury, Boomtown, Shambala, Bestival and Fusion. Mia enjoys the challenge of transforming spaces and dreaming up innovative ideas in event production or creative design roles.

Shepherd Manyika is a London based artist who works with mixed media. Manyika is interested in representations, drawing narratives from the everyday. Manyika graduated in BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s in 2011 and MA in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication from Central Saint Martins 2019. He exhibited at Royal Academy School of Arts with the Parasites School residency and produced site-specific works for INIVA, South London Gallery, TATE and also works on various education programs across London.

Kathy Horak-Hallett is a mixed-media artist, working with puppetry, animation, print, and textile. After graduating from Sussex University with a BA in English Literature, Kathy helped set up the artist collective Cardboard Cameras, which facilitated stop-motion animation workshops with children and young people. They collaborated to make a stop-motion with young asylum-seekers and the Red Cross, and were exhibited at the British Museum. She is currently studying for an MA in Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths University, and is developing her interest in the learning that happens through collaborative making and imagination.

Chuck Blue Lowry is an artist and filmmaker, specialising in documentary with a strong interest in art as social practice. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins, Chuck has worked with a range of communities in various settings, both nationally and internationally. Her film work has screened at various festivals and galleries including the British Film Institute, the London Short Film Festival, the Whitechapel Gallery and Charcoal in Hong Kong.