Meet the #tuneup line-up:
Art & Photography
Meet the artists who are sharing their time and expertise for #tuneup.
RACHEL ELIZABETH COLEMAN
Director, Artist & Environmental Activist
Rachel (she/her) is an artist-activist based between the East Midlands, London and West Scotland. Her work moves through intersections of climate, ecology and folklore, maneuvering fields of performance, dance, teaching, textiles, podcasting and writing. Rachel inhabits various other landscapes, including her work as General Manager of Orange Skies, her climate activist work, and as a facilitator and educator. Her works to date includes Nw== (2018), goatfell (2019), the caretakers (2020) and SWEAT IT (2020). She has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Peckham 24, Camden People’s Theatre, and the Royal And Derngate Northampton. She is a recent Performance Art graduate from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Senior Graphic Designer
Ruth is a Senior Graphic Designer currently working for The Bicester Village Shopping Collection. She previously freelanced under her own limited company, Kuiper Graphic Design, completing work for brands such as O2, Sony, The British Fashion Council and Macmillan as well as working as a digital illustrator. Prior to this she worked for around a decade in the Dance Music industry alongside a number of international artists, exploring a range of roles including design, marketing and artist management. She went to King Edward VI High School for Girls, before undertaking an undergraduate degree in Cardiff University and a postgraduate degree at UCL Bristol.
SELEENA LAVERNE DAYE
Seleena Laverne Daye is a textile artist making works primarily out of felt and using traditional techniques such as embroidery and cross stitch. Seleena has also been making zines since the age of 15. She is a self-taught artist. Bradford born in 1984, Manchester raised, her work features topics relating to race, class, sexuality and gender whilst being heavily inspired by '90s popular culture.
Ted Green is a British artist who now lives and works in Vienna. His current body of work is based on repetition and variation – it describes a painterly approach to the visualization of rhythms. In these paintings and drawings, biomorphic marks are repeated and organized as patterns or rows.
Performer, Artist & Make-Up Artist
Loretta Hope’s diverse work incorporates a range of artistic and physical disciplines. She trained in musical theatre before branching out into other forms of expression and entertainment. This includes chapters in circus theatre, protest art, social/political performance and more!
Dead Human is a graphic artist, illustrator, glitched gif maker & digital provocateur. With roots as a DJ & graffiti artist, he has maintained a position at the epicentre of the music industry, using his talent to create visual identities and artwork for bands, promoters, clubs, venues & festivals in the UK, Europe & US. His client list includes; Tom Shorterz (Rinse FM) 02:31 brand at The Rainbow Venues in Birmingham; Leftfoot, who’s events include Young Fathers, Gilles Peterson, Quantic, Andrew Weatherall and many other heavy weight artists both in the UK and in Europe; and This Is Tmrw who cater for indie live acts such as The Black Lips, Ghostpoet, HMLTD and Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) to name a few. Dead Human designed the visual identity, brand and album covers for DJ Cut La Roc and various acts signed to RocStar Recordings and he is currently working on a clothing range under the RocStar Threadz offshoot. He has a growing number of album cover designs produced for Mediagroove in New York and he recently provided several personal artworks for the exhibition, PROFILE at Ma-Wah Gallery, London.
Here is the link to Dead Human's website: https://deadhumandesign.myportfolio.com/projects
Trainee Art Therapist
Rachel is a trainee art therapist also known as an art psychotherapist! She is originally from Hull but moved to London about 4 years ago. Rachel absolutely LOVES visiting the Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and many more. Additionally, she is lucky enough to sing in a choir which is a nice break from studying and working!
Devika is a Junior Doctor specialising in Psychiatry, from Birmingham. Having always been interested in the arts and being creative, pursuing a career in Psychiatry has allowed her to merge her passion for science and art!
"Art and creativity is essential to everyone - not just Artists."
Rankin is a British photographer, publisher and film director. With a portfolio ranging from portraiture to documentary, he has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner and The Queen to name only a few. Fearless behind the lens, his imagery has become engrained in contemporary iconography.
He began his career co-founding the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack, tapping into the consciousness of the 90s and 00s with his intimate approach and playful sense of humour. He has since remained a prevalent force in publishing with AnOther Magazine, the bi-annual Hunger Magazine and over 42 books to his name. A film fanatic, Rankin soon turned his hand to directing moving image. As both a photographer and director, he has created landmark editorial and advertising campaigns for some of the biggest and most celebrated publications, brands and charities including L’Oreal, Dove, Pantene, Diageo, Women’s Aid, Comic Relief and Oxfam, alongside music videos for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora and Kelis. In 2002, he co-directed his debut feature film, The Lives of Saints, written by Toni Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Under the eponymous banner of Rankin Film, Rankin reps a roster of the hottest directing talent working today, creating outstanding work for the worlds of advertising, fashion and music videos. His affiliation with charities has seen Rankin travel the world, creating powerful campaigns both as a photographer and a director. Having worked with Comic Relief in 2015, he returned in 2017 to create the t-shirts and merchandise for a record-breaking Red Nose Day. His 2017 campaign with Macmillan Cancer Support went viral as people were encouraged to Brave the Shave.
Ben Sadler is a Birmingham-based artist. He has been making artwork collaboratively with his friend Philip Duckworth for nearly twenty years, under the name Juneau Projects. Juneau Projects make art in a variety of media, often working with a wide range of groups of people to design and produce the final works. Much of their work is made for public and outdoor spaces. They have exhibited at venues including Tate Britain (UK), PS1 (New York) and Frankfurter Kunstverein (Germany). Alongside Juneau Projects, Ben also paints, draws and makes videos, often with a quirky and humorous theme. More of Ben’s works can be seen at www.juneauprojects.co.uk or on Instagram (@bend_laser)
Illustrator, Designer & Educator
Rich Sheehan is an Illustrator, Designer and Educator living and working in Tokyo, Japan.
He left KES Birmingham in 2006 having studied Art, Geography and Maths. He studied Fine Art at Central St. Martins, and returned briefly to KES as a basketball coach whilst interning at design companies and freelancing. He went on to study Graphic & Media Design at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. During this time he had his work first published and exhibited, and he was able to experience working in many different fields from live art, fashion, music, gaming, apps, graphics, animation, web and print. He worked freelance, in-house and with agencies as a designer in London for a few years before moving to Japan. His 'Toy Terror' project has enabled him to collaborate internationally and has seen his custom artwork exhibited worldwide. An opportunity to help with the set design for a KES/KEHS performance of "Little Shop of Horrors" in the sixth form was a defining experience that sparked the beginnings of a varied and fulfilling career (so far!) in the arts.
Paul Stringer is an award winning documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Birmingham, UK. Paul has worked with a variety clients both nationally and internationally in film production, photography and workshop facilitation, including The British Council, University of Birmingham, TEDx, Beatfreeks among many others. Alongside commercial work, he is currently working on his first feature documentary film Hidden Philosophers documenting the open mic poetry scene in the UK and its impact on society.
Environmentalist & Campaigner
Daniel is the founder and director of Everyday Plastic. He launched and developed Everyday Plastic in 2017, taking the project from his spare room to become an important part of the conversation around plastic waste. As part of this project, Daniel used art as a tool to inspire change. He has worked closely with Surfers Against Sewage, Hubbub, City to Sea and Friends of the Earth, and delivers talks for schools, businesses and events including the British Library, Bestival, Deloitte, the Guardian and TK Maxx. His latest project – The Everyday Plastic Survey – encourages people across the UK to discover their own personal plastic footprint.