Natanya Mark

I am an artist, mobiliser, educator and co-creator. I grew up in London and am based in South East London.

My research is concerned with the poetics of co-creation and the material everyday, relationships to site and the formation of alternative publics.

Through practices across film, writing and live work, I use inclusive processes to explore how we can be better in touch with each other – and with our local environment. I take a hands-on, playful and poetic approach, one that is grounded in material fragments of the everyday.

Works have taken place on the street, in galleries, in council buildings, in studios, in educational spaces, in community centres, online, in parks, in cafés.

I am the founder of Local Senses, a collective of individuals with varying levels of sight. We have been working together since 2017, and our current project is ‘Local Senses: Mapping in Lewisham’, a commission for Liberty Festival 2022 and Lewisham Borough of Culture. You can read more about Local Senses here, or on our website.

I am a co-director of F.A.T. Studio, a design studio Community Interest Company based on Old Kent Road. We run the Old Kent Road Arts Club, and I manage the Second Life Club programme. You can read more about Second Life Club here.

As Senior England Development Officer, and formerly London Development Officer for Creative Lives, I lead on initiatives that promote resilience in creative grassroots organisations, and address barriers to taking part in creative activity. I am the founder of Creative Network Old Kent Road @CN_OKR, a co-creators peer-support network.

I am a visiting lecturer in Curating, Design for Sustainable Futures, Sustainable Fashion and Visual Communication BA and MA programmes. Institutions I have taught at include Academy of Art, Zwolle, Utrecht; Goldsmiths University of London; HKU, Netherlands; London College of Communications; the Royal College of Art, UCA Epsom.

I completed an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of art in 2018, and graduated with a First Class Honours BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2015.

Organisations I have worked with include:

_ Camden Disability Action
_ Creative Lives
_ DIY Space for London
_ Equal Arts
_ F.A.T. Studio
_ Goldsmiths University
_ Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
_ Hackney Council
_ Holborn Community Association
_ Justice4Grenfell
_ Lewisham Borough of Culture
_ Liberty Festival
_ Local Senses
_ London College of Communication
_ London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine
_ Nika's Kitchen
_ Pandemonium Drummers
_ Parkfield House Nursing Home
_ Project Natty
_ Rosebud Centre for Girls
_ Royal College of Art
_ Royal National Institute for Blind People
_ Southwark Council
_ Sustrans
_ The Southbank Centre
_ Thenga Café
_ UCA Epsom
_ UCA Farnham
_ Walworth Living Room

If you would like to have a chat about any of my projects, or about how we could work together, please get in touch:

Instagram: @chippychipchipzz

Address: F.A.T. Studio, 765 Old Kent Road, SE15 1NZ