Sylvia is the Artistic Director, Co-Founder and Co-Producer for You & Your Work (Y&YW), a Bristol based Community Interest Company.
Y&YW commissions and showcases risk-taking and high quality work by early to mid career performance-based artists, who have an interest in participatory practice. We aim to reach and engage diverse communities and build new audiences, by facilitating opportunities for performative, playful and discursive exchange. By commissioning and hosting performative encounters in unusual contexts, Y&YW seeks to critically explore as well as bridge the gap between community and ‘high art’ performance works.
Since 2007, Y&YW has showcased nine successful contemporary performance festivals, each one increasing in size, impact and audience attendance. We’ve commissioned twelve live and mediated artist’s projects which engaged local communities, as well as the general public as passers-by to our various site-responsive projects. As part of Y&YW9 performance festival we also hosted an open panel discussion on participatory performance practice.