One of the North’s up and coming filmmakers will bring her directing style to an all-day contemporary arts festival in Preston.
Elsa Washington who is currently studying performance for stage and screen at Sheffield Hallam University.
She will bring some of her work to the MAPS Festival, and we caught up with her to find out more about her.
Why are you taking part in MAPS?
MAPS is an exciting opportunity for me to be able to show my work and gage audience reactions to my developing practice.
What is your act?
I’m currently a student studying Performance for Stage and Screen at Sheffield Hallam University with developing interests in film production. Using non-naturalistic techniques and a contemporary approach, my work explores the depths of human emotion.
Where are you from?
Originally from the midlands near Derby, I moved to Sheffield to study. The buzz and the atmosphere of the city motivates me and influences my work.
How long have you been an artist?
Film is a relatively new medium for me, but I have been making performance work whilst studying for the past two years.
What do you do when not an artist?
When I am not concentrating on my own practice, I am and have been involved with organising, promoting and producing various music and performance projects/events in Sheffield.
What do you think/know of the arts scene in Preston?
My knowledge of Preston is very limited, but I look forward to being involved in a festival that aims to promote more awareness of contemporary performance and art within the city.
Where have you shown work before?
I have not shown work outside of Sheffield as of yet, but look forward to having my work shown to a wider audience.
The MAPS Festival takes place on Saurday 8 September at venues across the city.