Cumbrian director and artist Catherine Shaw is one of the latest acts to be confirmed for the MAPS Festival.
The contemporary theatre and performance student at UCLan brings her show to the all-day contemporary arts festival.
Here we ask Catherine about her work:
Why are you taking part in MAPS?
I am taking part in MAPS Festival 2012 because it is a good opportunity to show my work to the public, and also its good for experience, as any experience is good experience and this is perfect. It is also interesting because all the performances are shown in unusual locations around Preston.
What is your act?
My act is an installation called ‘Awaiting Dreams’; an autobiographical piece symbolising a failing in meeting expectations and my personal battles. Audience members can walk in and out of the space. The piece uses multimedia and visual elements with a twist.
Where are you from?
I am originally from the Lake District, however at the moment I am staying in Preston whilst I am studying at University.
How long have you been an artist?
Honestly I would not call myself an artist, as I am still experiencing and learning new things. Broadening and widening my performances styles, and finding out my like and dislikes within the contemporary theatre world.
What do you do when not an artist?
I currently studying Contemporary Theatre and Performance at UCLan, I also partake in volunteering work for theatre companies for example Anna Fenemore and Pigeon Theatre, and also theatre events
What do you think/know of the arts scene in Preston?
I think the arts scene is still emerging, however I think both MAPS 2012 and the Preston Guild will promote Preston as more of an arts city.
Where have you shown work before?
This is the first time I have shown my work to the public as a solo performer.
Anything else you think we should know?
Everyone should come to MAPS Festival 2012 and support the artists and everyone involved!
MAPS Festival takes place on Saturday 8 September at venues across the city and more information on the website.