Kahoon Projects creates a space for artistic exploration of the concept of social class, and consider the ways that a person’s background and social experiences influences their artwork.
Named after the painter Robert Colquhoun, the Projects are based around collaborative, interdisciplinary artistic residencies offered to contemporary artists and writers from working-class background.
Shonagh Short is a socially engaged artist from Lancashire whose work aims to challenge the stigma associated with social housing. Using an ethnographic approach she collaborates with working-class communities to develop participatory projects, performances and interventions which explore ideas of class, gender and inequality.
María de la O
María de la O Garrido was born and raised in Andalucía (Spain) and moved to England in 2011, where she completed her MA Photography at Central Saint Martins in 2016 being the recipient of the Jane Rapley Scholarship. She lives and works in London, where currently combines her practice with a number of different jobs in order to survive the chaotic capitalism which involves her and you.
Employing humour, improvisation and collaboration, my work is informed by diverse social structures and institutional frameworks and I am directly influenced by the people I work with. Since graduating from CSM, Byam Shaw in 2006, my work has taken me to care homes, refugee camps, Slovenian Zavod’s, schools in India and Ghana and UK colleges and universities.
Mitchell Vowles’ work is constructed intuitively around pre-existing objects and their subjective meaning. His work plays with self-referentiality and ideas of inner psychology, while the personal narrative of the Artist is explored fundamentally in attempts to broaden artistic comment. Observation of consumerism, subculture and class are examined as a way to understand how we are products of our unique localities.