Lisa Matthews is a published poet and professional writer, tutor, writing-researcher and literary consultant with more than 18 years experience of cross-art form collaboration and art-science practice and research. Lisa is one half of Literal Fish, a poetic-digital production practice that uses poetics, words, language and visual art in diverse environments. Visit the Literal Fish portfolio.
Melanie Ashby is a photographer, fine artist, graphic designer and digital designer/developer with her own design agency Lemony Design. While starting out with a biology degree at Oxford University, followed by a leap to English Literature, Melanie has always been a practitioner within the visual arts, uniquely straddling the worlds of arts, humanities, science and technology.
We invited visiting artists to spend a day with us in Beadnell, and contribute to the project. Poets/writers Jo Colley and Linda France, and Claire Murphy-Morgan and Simon James from Monkfish CIC joined us during our residencies – Jo in the summer and autumn, Linda in the autumn and Monkfish in the winter.
A Year In Beadnell has been made possible with the support of several organisations, including Arts Council England, Northumberland County Council with Active Northumberland, Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and New Writing North. Along with financial support, we would like to say a big thank you for the enthusiastic and unwavering support of Northumberland AONB – Jessica, Catherine and Claire – as well as vastly helpful conversations with Anna (NWN), Wendy (Active Northumberland) and Alison (ACE). The hands-on support of partners is utterly invaluable.
The online gallery/journal has been designed and developed by Melanie Ashby of Lemony Design. All original artworks, creative responses and the design and content of A Year In Beadnell website – unless otherwise stated – are the property of the artists, Lisa Matthews and Melanie Ashby.