Doorstep Collective; Lisa Beauchamp, Kate Day & Dena Bagi (Manchester based). Poppy Bowers (London based)

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Industry Arts
Location Manchester, Northwest, United Kingdom
Introduction Doorstep Collective is a Manchester-based visual and critical arts collective. Doorstep Collective was founded in 2006. After completing postgraduate courses in art history and museum studies we decided to form an arts collective that was inter-disciplinary in its approach and outcome. As a group we are focused on creating a socially engaged practice, utilising new spaces and contexts in different ways to create artworks and events that are unique in the combination of site-specificity, performance and participant interaction. Collectively we carry out a number of investigative and experimental projects promoting a more active engagement with local cultural resources. Without a fixed workspace we are able to explore some of the variables for exhibiting, such as audience and location, and take the opportunity to make the most of Manchester’s existing resources. Not wishing to label ourselves under specific categories such as ‘artist’, ‘curator’, ‘critic’ or ‘art historian’, we are developing a visual and critical process that both references those terms and interrogates them.