Artist / Project Manager
John Hall works across several art forms and a wide variety of community contexts in Cumbria and the north.
His recent solo and collaborative projects including video, soundworks, performances and other visual art work. These have involved traditional musicians, schools, DJs, broadcasters, actors and national and regional archives in creative examinations of locality.
This has led to a developing focus on arcane forms of expression and ritual celebration and their place within (rather than alongside) popular culture. John is pursuing this interest independently and introduce these themes to collaborative work in 2019/20 .
Elsewhere John's work continues to provide often overlapping spaces for individual and collaborative practice around community and locality through new partnerships with artists, schools, and community groups.
During 2020John worked as artist and Project Manager on "Soft Drive" and "Ritual Exchange respectively explorations of the mediators of communal memory and vernacular creativity.
John's 2020 film 'Horngarth' on the craft and logistics of the Whitby Penny Hedge Service featured in this years Whitby and Furness Tradition folk festivals, and has been hosted by the Folklore Society.
john will release a vinyl EP of music from the project in Spring 2021.
John was a founding director of the Sound Arts and new Music organisation Octopus Collective co curating the first three iterations of the FON festival .
As artist/ project manager for Artspace he edited the 2020 Soft Drive Project book, His site, below, includes audio visual work, video, music and links to editions and publications.