Live at LICA Supported Artists: Mel Brimfield

Mel Brimfield, Production still from Barbara Hepworth > Henry Moore, 2011

Mel Brimfield's art practice takes a romp through the vexed history of performance art, revealing and inventing a rich history of collaboration between artists, dancers, theatre makers, political activists and comedians. Meticulously painted posters and programmes for fictional cabarets, together with costumes and props, sit alongside documentary-style films and live events that playfully associate performance art with significant cultural developments of the last 100 years.

Brimfield's supported artist relationship began with a commission to make a new work for our visual art programme. Produced in-house at Live at LICA venues and staff, it was premiered in a solo exhibition at Peter Scott Gallery in January 2012. The exhibition coincided with a Black Dog publication about Brimfield's practice, This Is Performance Art, with a foreword by Live at LICA Director, Matt Fenton.

The commissioned work has gone on to be shown nationally and featured in the inaugural exhibition at Ceri Hand Gallery, London, and subsequently the Ikon Gallery Birmingham. Brimfield is currently devising her next major project that takes the Jack Hylton Archive held by Lancaster University's Special Collections as the jumping off point.