Spotlight on 19/20 Creative Fellow Lea AndersonFellowships
Choreographer, film maker and artistic director Lea Anderson has been involved in hundreds of collaborations all over the world. She is one of the founding members and Artistic Director of The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs, two of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the UK. In 2002 Lea was awarded an MBE for her services to dance, and in 2006 gained an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Dartington College of Arts.
Although a choreographer her concerns are not solely with dance, ‘I am interested in the choreography of objects and their hierarchical place in our lives. I have a special interest in working with museums and collections, and I am particularly focused on ways to present objects and ideas in new and engaging ways.’
She is currently working with Associate Professor John Plunkett and the team at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum looking their expansive collection of items to explore new ways of understanding this material and enrich the educational work that takes place there.
'When working with museums and other institutions I have found that although I enter the relationship full of ideas and big plans, I cannot ever truly understand the values, purpose and the potential of the project until I actually am installed and understand how the institution functions.'
She has already spent time down in the museum immersing herself in the collection and with such expansive and varied material to look at she says she will be 'forcing herself to concentrate on just one thing as an outcome. This is going to be tricky. I will have to make a shortlist soon!'
Regards working with Arts and Culture, University of Exeter Lea said ' This fellowship is a refreshing opportunity to find new ways into a subject in collaboration with open-minded people and I am excited to discover what each discipline (artist and academic) can offer each other. Artists need more spaces like this!'
Find out more about all of our 2019/2020 Creative Fellowships here.
Header image: Steven Haywood.