New Young Artists in Residence: Ella Deacy

Alpine Knew't from Ella Deacy on Vimeo.

The Young Artists in Residence are three emerging artists who play a central role within the Whitworth Young Contemporaries. They facilitate the group and work collaboratively with young people to develop ideas and also do workshops in the local community.

Meet our new Whitworth Young Contemporaries Artist in Residence…

My name is Ella Camille Deacy, and I am a Visual Artist based in Manchester. In 2014 I graduated from the BA(Hons) Filmmaking course at Manchester School of Art where I explored using film as a medium to develop my interests in non-linear narratives, using textures, layering of imagery and bouncy, energetic sounds as the body of my work. I have also been working with other practitioners, including fashion designers, musicians and artists to widen the boundaries of my work, with an interest in sexuality and the human body, choreography and the dynamic between the human and digitally rendered layers of film. For about six months I was the resident VJ for W.O.M, an independent techno music night at The White Hotel in Salford. I have gained commercial experience through commissions from Francis Lung, a local musician previously of the band WU LYF, and Short & Sweet, a performance based collective putting on one night events. I have also produced a fashion film for recent graduate Ruby Kirby who produced an exciting colourful knitwear collection which was stylistically akin to my film work. My work has been presented in Manchester Art Gallery, with Video Jam at The Whitworth Art Gallery, and an artists film night at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. I have also worked with dancers and green screens to produce film work for a show in Victoria Baths called FOOL where I collaborated with Josie Hepplewhite and Victoria Guy to create Alpine Knew’t, a psychedelic underwater inspired film overlaying choreography influenced by synchronised swimming with deep sea natural activity. I am also interested in working in drawing and painting as a freer extension of my film work, which allows me to sprinkle ideas for films onto paper, but also sits as things which can be a thing in themselves for my own enjoyment.