Nomadic Village 2012
Wolsingham, Durham, UK, May 2012 21.05. - 03.06


Sharon Bailey / Clymene Christoforou / Charlie Gregory

ISIS Arts is a visual and media arts organisation which was founded in 1991 and, for almost twenty years, has run an international programme of commissions, residencies and events.

Founded by co-directors Sharon Bailey and Clymene Christoforou, their core ethos is to support artists to facilitate international and inter-cultural exchange and to engage as wide an audience as possible in dialogue with artists and artworks. ISIS Arts actively seek out and engage with artists of all backgrounds and cultures to produce work that explores identity and challenges prejudice, creating projects of international relevance and local significance.

ISIS’s projects physically and virtually cross barriers, and are presented in diverse community situations, relevant to their context and content. Historically our projects are developed with culturally diverse communities for whom the work is their first engagement with the arts in the UK, and with particularly interested in continuing to reach audiences that might not otherwise experience contemporary art.

Clymene is responsible for company and programme development and has a particular interest in international collaboration, and projects which provide an international platform for local engagement. In 2007 Clymene was awarded a NESTA International Cultural Leadership Fellowship with placements in Brussels and India. Since this fellowship, Clymene has been elected onto the board of Culture Action Europe based in Brussels furthering her arts advocacy work with regional and national fora.

Sharon oversees programme development and initiates projects with a range of regional and international partners. Sharon is also a freelance photographer committed to socially engaged practice and best known for her work with older people and migrant groups. She has carried out many commissions and residencies in the region and has published two books.

Charlie Gregory is ISIS Arts Project Coordinator, taking on a role in project development, coordination and production. Charlie is also is a visual artist with her practice rooted in the industrial heritage of certain areas, focusing on different ways to map place through social and historical elements, tracing an interface between people and their environments. Charlie also works as an artist assistant and has previously worked for AV Festival and Wunderbar Festival.
ISIS Arts are co-producing the Nomadic Village UK, they will facilitate artist exchange and community engagement during the village in Wolsingham.