I work as an artist, creative educator and project/technical Manager, regionally, Nationally and Internationally. Although much of the creative work involves the use of technology a mixed medium approach is always employed resulting in installation work, performance and a fusion of artforms.
My background in theatre and performance has transferred to installation, visual arts and the creation of works using projection or moving image, often in public spaces.
The link between mediums is under-pinned by the content of the work and the communication the artwork has with its audience.
I have particular interests in interactivity, participation, and social/public involvement in the creation of artwork. This often leads me to create works that engage on a variety of levels and for a wide demographic of audience.
My creative work, or group work with Low Brow Trash and Engagement Party, has been exhibited widely across the UK, including Nottingham Contemporary (Sound Tardis), Arnolfini (Bristol, 1/800 and TAG), Format Photography Festival, (Derby, It's Good to Smash pt1) and a variety of 'pop-up' spaces such as disused shops (MYGO exhibition for example - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc-OAyOPyxA&list=FLR5H8zl71ZDhGTaLhq0TRlg&index=14).
My most recent works include Edge To The Big Sky, an interactive sculpture designed for a heritage site in Lincolnshire, The Circle Squared, an interactive audio/visual experience created in a geodesic dome structure, and can be shown in or outdoor at events, festivals and galleries and window projection/interactive work Press Hear, created for a window/shop front.
Collaborative projects or relationships are key to many creative projects and I have worked under the guise of Low Brow Trash (1/800, TAG, Gossip, For Amusement Only, Mwahahaha, The Mooderator) and in artists groups such as The Engagement Party (MYGO, Digital Stage).
I have often utilised performance in my projects; live work with Lee and Dawes, Stark, Low Brow White Trash and Dogs in Honey has complimented work in film, installation and interactive performance.
I have created and delivered educational projects across a multitude of environments and with diverse groups; ipad work with older generations in care settings to working with students at Nottingham Trent University. I have often devised my own eduction projects with external funding, but have worked with Arts Council, Ignite Futures and the Youth Justice Board to create and deliver projects.
Project management and technical management includes work for International artist Ray Lee, Lightwaves (Salford, The Lowry/Media City), City Arts (Nottingham), Now Festival, Islington International, Barclays New Stages and Japanese dancer Suburo Teshigawara.
Most of my technical and production work is with artists or creative organisations as the projects tend to be bespoke and therefore offer greater challenges and creative input.
4 INTERACTIVE ARTWORKS, USING TOUCH BASED AUDIO INTERACTION.
WINDOW DISPLAYS, 3D SCULPTURAL WORKS AND WALL MOUNTED ARTWORKS.
edge to the big sky.
interactive audio sculpture, moulton mill, lincs'
Edge to the Big Sky is a commissioned sculptural work that incorporates interactive touch audio sensors. The design is based on a period of research working with the windmill, collecting visual material and audio samples. The top surface and symbols are interactive, when touched they play music, spoken word, or sound effects/recordings. The structure is based on the shape and size of a mill wheel and includes visual material from photos, drawings and manipulation in Photoshop/Illustrator (created in collaboration with artist Sarah Manton).
The work was commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council, artsNK, Lincolnshire Heritage 2018.
Selected by Format International Photography Festival. It's Good to Smash Pt1 takes images of destruction, labels them (A Moment of Madness, for example) and asks the audience to try to remake the image. A near impossible task, and possibly futile yet consuming and attempts to reflect our need to pull apart and then try to re-build. Whether it be a riot, regeneration or neglect, we are often having to re-build where sometimes the task and the pieces are hard to reassemble.
'Graham Elstone has had made three 1,000-piece jigsaws of windows smashed in riots in Nottingham. You can sit at a table and help reassemble the shattered panes.
Elstone’s little installation is a good example of one of Format’s core values: this is accessible stuff, but it goes a long way'. Format Photography Festival, Financial Times review.
Currently much of my Technical and Production work revolves around the use of a 10m geodesic dome structure that tours as a multi-purpose arts venue. Suitable for market places, fields, open spaces, and City/Town public spaces the venue has lighting and PA, and has been used for music, spoken word, performance, dance, exhibitions, film showings and a number of other possibilities.
My Technical/Production skills and experience is very varied, most recent jobs include work for Lightwaves, Salford working with The Lowry, Media City/BBC, Nottingham Puppet Festival, First Art , Nottinghamshire and Photo London at Somerset House. Previous work; managing events for World Event Young Artists (Cultural Olympiad), Game City (Nottingham), Barclays New Stages, Nott Dance, Now Festival, and Islington International Festival.
I work with individual artists and companies on touring work including Ray Lee, Invisible Forces (sound/audio installations), UK and International (Croatia, Romania, France, U.S., Hong Kong, Korea for example).
Previously I have worked with renowned Japanese dancer Suburo Teshigawara as a technical and stage manager for European touring shows including Paris, Berlin, Lyon, Helsinki and London.
Working in this area of creativity has developed my understanding of PA/sound, lighting, projections and staging and to the creation of Risk Assessments, compiling information for SAG (Safety Advisory Groups) and managing logistics, staff and budgets.
I have specific interests in working with artists on bespoke projects, projects in unusual spaces ( dis-used buildings, shops, caves, a boat yard, factories, public squares, for example) and projects that interact directly with the public.
For all my projects I hold 5 million PLI, and produce Risk Assessments for all activities.