Ella Jarman-Pinto is a Cumbria-based composer and vocal leader. She studied composition with Julian Philips at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Ella was one of six composers selected to take part in the Wild Plum Songbook workshops, a collaboration with PRS and Cheltenham Music Festival, with Everyday Magic, in March 2019. She was Composer in Residence with Streetwise Opera from 2016-17 and an RPS Young Musician from 2013-14.
Elise Bernal is an artist, maker, and educator from Pico Rivera, California. She is currently trying to understand loss. Her favorite mediums are textiles, clay, and zines. She loves creating objects and spaces for people to feel and build community. Her work has been displayed and taught at Flatline Gallery, Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms, Museum of Latin American Art, and she was recently featured in the book Love Activism by Stacy Russo.
Sara Eileen Hames makes art about monsters, landscapes, emotions, and other aggressively beautiful things. Ze currently works in watercolor, mixed media, porcelain, and fiber.
The NAMES Project; AIDS Memorial Quilt
In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.
Dan Hett is a BAFTA-winning digital artist, games designer and writer. He builds things with technology, and about technology, for himself and sometimes others. His work lives online, offline, quietly, loudly, and sometimes in public spaces and galleries around the world or close to home. If you ask him very nicely, he sometimes produces work for others too. His work has been covered by the BBC, Guardian, Forbes, Creative Review, Engadget and a whole pile of other places. Dan has also written for the likes of the Guardian, Rockpapershotgun and the BBC. He hates writing about himself in the third person and lives in Manchester, UK.
Casey Middaugh makes interactive art that deals with challenging subjects.
Christina Tran makes tender, autobio comics and essays that pull us toward a more complex and compassionate world. She has been making webcomics since 2014 and self-publishing zines since 2015. Her Eisner-nominated “On Beauty” won the 2016 Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize, and the spin-off project “Dear Beloved” serves as an ongoing conduit for writing more empowering messages out into our world. She is also a design researcher, an educator, and a [holder of blank spaces] who is striving to center connection in her work and her lives. You may find her online at sodelightful.com or in-person at the renegade community art space called Mt. Caz in Corvallis, Oregon.
Michael B Maine
"I use photography, video, and audio to work with people to find, develop, and share their stories. Everybody has a story, and I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to know that story, play an active role in it, and share both the process and product with the world. I feel most alive when working with people to bring out and share their authentic selves and stories. I feel personal evolution in each photograph we (”we” meaning the subject and I) make, interview we conduct, or stroll we take—as I find some piece of inspiration from them."
Community Built Collaborations
"Arts and Casket" - a cardboard cremation casket, generously donated by The People's Memorial; decorated by audiences.
"What Was The Best Thing Anyone Ever Said To You While You Were Grieving? ...And What Was The Worst?" collaborative posters.