Los Angeles/UK Fellows 2012-2014
UK to Los Angeles
Ed Webb-Ingall is a filmmaker with an interest in exploring practices and forms of collaboration. Recent projects have been with the South London Gallery, International Project Space, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tate Liverpool and The British Film Institute. He Co-edited a book on the filmmaker Derek Jarman, published by Thames and Hudson in September 2013. Whilst in LA, he was based at Echo Park Film Center (EPFC), together with them, he utilized filmmaking as a means to explore different communities through self-representation. The outcomes of the exchange included the production of a number of short filmmaking workshops and public screenings, to learn about the potential of the implementation of visual arts practices similar to his own.
Maria Oshodi is the Artistic Director and Founder of Extant, the first performing arts organization in the UK, managed for and by visually impaired professional arts practitioners, as well as a freelance writer and arts consultant. For her exchange to Los Angeles, Maria engaged on a residency in summer 2014 with Watts Village Theatre Company, collaborating with its Artistic Director Lynn Manning.
Owen Griffiths, based between Swansea and Copenhagen, is currently a National Advisor to the Arts Council of Wales on Architecture and Regeneration and a postgraduate student of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, at the School of Walls and Space. Much of his activity as an artist is connected to collaborations, socially engaged practice, artist-led activity and networks as well as consultancy and research. During his visit to L.A, he met with artist Fritz Haeg and the Center for Land Use Interpretation, where he was invited to utilize their Desert Research Base in the form of a residency.
Originally a dancer, Orode Faka trained in traditional African dance with Nii Tagoe and performed in the UK and Europe with his dance and drumming troupe Frititi. Orode's specialism is making theater with children and young people and communities or groups who are a minority, and more recently, she has been exploring the arts and health. These projects range from mainstream education to youth offenders to using the arts with children who speak English as a second language. For her exchange, Orode spent her residency with Inner-City Arts and EngAGE to support the development of Roehampton R.O.C.K.S.
Richie Cumming is a fulltime Outreach Officer at The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS), dedicating much of his spare time to his role as an artist and curator. Outside of his role at the National Galleries, he leads Creative Stirling’s Freedom Versions cultural program, where he is curating and developing two installations and associated public events. He is also currently involved in creating a large-scale mural in conjunction with regular artist collaborators, residents’ associations, arts organisation Leith Late and Edinburgh City Council. Richie was in residence at The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, CA, to learn about their program, artistic methods and ability to creatively engage disenfranchised youth.
As Programme Director and Producer for Flo-culture, Sally Lockey’s practice centers around finding new ways to increase community engagement with the arts through the innovation of creative production. This involves developing and producing original and insightful arts programs that advance learning and practice through the use of digital technology. Working within different cultural, educational and community settings across the UK, Sally has produced and overseen work that is both strategic and pioneering.
Los Angeles to UK
Malcolm K. Darrell
A native of Los Angeles, Malcolm Darrell earned a BA from the University of California, Berkley and an MFA in Theater Management from Yale University School of Drama. An artist turned manager, Malcolm has worked in arts organizations including Cal Performances, The New Victory Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2007 he received the Foundry Theatre’s Inaugural Producer’s Chair Award and co-produced the critically acclaimed original play The Brothers Size, by Tarell McCraney, at The Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival. In the fall of 2007, Malcolm became the founding general manager of Ebony Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles’s first African American Equity theater company. Over a three-week period, Malcolm got to know people with stories that relate to his as an African American, in the hopes that his residency will contribute to how he examines and produces art in the United States.
After establishing a body of work as an actress and TV presenter in the UK and internationally, Sabra Williams arrived in Los Angeles in 2002. Sabra also created The Actors Gang Prison Project, a prison theater program that works to rehabilitate prisoners in California. She is currently the program’s director of outreach, in which role she oversees the Prison Project, programs for at-risk youth and gang prevention, and a new program at Homeboy Industries.
For her exchange to the UK, Sabra visited British organizations that explore the use of theater arts for criminal justice, social engagement and educational enrichment. She began her residency at a week-long training session with Birmingham’s Geese Theatre, and shadowed The Forgiveness Project in London and The Arts Alliance.
Dena Younkin is a process-oriented mixed media artist who explores the narrative potential of found and repurposed objects. Her childhood fascination with building houses from books led her to pursue a career in architecture, where she developed an interest in how spaces affect the people within them, as well as “the way people come together as a process to build a community.” Dena holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree with an emphasis in adaptive reuse from Woodbury University in Burbank, California.
Currently, Dena works as the vocational programs coordinator at the Downtown Women’s Center,overseeing a program that empowers homeless and formerly homeless women to create handmade products for sale at the Center’s café and boutique. Dena works directly with the women of the Downtown Women’s Center to break down social barriers, increase self-esteem and re-engage with the Los Angeles community. For her exchange to the UK, Dena addressed social design and community impact with a global perspective while gathering fresh insight from partnering with cross-cultural organizations that could benefit the Downtown Women’s Center.