Accumulations is a research and development project led by four North West based artists: Dani Abulhawa, Hannah Buckley, Sarah Spies and Amy Voris.

Our overall aims are as follows:

  • To develop a deeper understanding of female activists, artists and theorists who have influenced our creative practices
  • To explore the lives and experiences of ordinary women and their contribution to the cultural landscape of Manchester
  • To explore the personal significance of each of our own grandmothers, mothers and sisters to our lives
  • To find methods of incorporating these findings and experiences into each of our creative practices

In order to explore these aims, we have identified four broad themes that relate directly to each of our respective artistic practices – these are, ‘gendered spaces’, ‘women’s work’, ‘archival practices’ and ‘intergenerational exchange’. We have been working to set up links with several community organisations that connect with these four themes, including the The Whitworth Art Gallery, The Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir and The Working Class Movement Library.

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Dani was a lead artist on Interactions, an ACE-funded project exploring socially-engaged performance. She makes site-based performance exploring gendered play in public spaces and recently completed a PhD on these themes. Dani also works as a Senior Lecturer in Performance at Sheffield Hallam University. She has over seven years experience as a practice-based researcher, and in developing community-arts partnerships.

Hannah is an independent dance artist. Her recent solo, Woman with Eggs has been performed at various locations such as The Place, Contact Theatre and Yorkshire Dance. Hannah’s current work, S/HE, is supported by ACE, Dance Manchester, The Place and Yorkshire Dance. Hannah is currently involved with a research project called Dancing in Time, studying the impact of dance on older people.

Sarah Spies is a choreographer, curator with The Choreographic Forum (London, Vienna), movement-based artist and Senior Lecturer, often working collaboratively with curated and research-based public programmes. Sarah has created dance work within international gallery settings and through her interest in the choreographic potential of scores, she has published a series or articles that focus on time-based performance within exhibition spaces/settings.

Amy Voris is a dance-artist based in Manchester. Her practice is responsive and associative, driven by an interest in developing relationships with people and with movement material over long stretches of time. Amy has worked in higher education for over a decade and completed training in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy with Linda Hartley in 2012.