Introducing the Exhibitors

Artists, activists, performers and curators who will also appear at the Tate:

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Artist
Dan Catt

I worked as an artist most of my life, beginning as a freelancer in 2007.  Over the next three years I founded my promotions company, which supplied body painted performers to London venues, e.g. Koko, Brixton Electric, Matter, Scala, Zoo8 Festival. In addition, I created hand painted T-Shirts and shoes, working alongside artist Johnny Cotter in Folkestone.

Artist, Musician & Performer
Peter Doherty
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Pete Docherty is a Pop star who likes to use his artistic talents to highlight the social injustices he sees around him daily. Former lead singer of the Libertines, Peter Doherty exhibits drawings and paintings. He will exhibit a piece around Traveller injustice.

Artist
Graham Lewinton
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Graham Lewinton Self Taught Quaker Artist. Worked for NHS over 30 years while practising his art. Iwas in the bottom stream throughout school and Remainded at 13 (put back a year) into a holding class, where teachers just came and did their marking. The following year I returned to normal schooling, only further behind everyone else.

At school the only thing I was good at was art. I wanted to do A level art. The school said I wouldn’t understand it or the concepts, but I was a competent drawer.

My first exhibition was at Borne hall Ewell. For me, it's a precious memory.

Geoff Bell
Actor
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Geoff Bell is an actor from Roman and Pavee Traveller stock. Geoff is most notable for his performances in Green Street, The Business and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Geoff has used his photography to illustrate the open wound of the devastation of the Dale Farm eviction 8 years after its completion.  

Curator & Founder
Phien O'Reachtigan
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Curator & founder of Traveller-Art-Performance. His artist name is Phien O'Phien. Unpublished material includes  a play, book, photographs and several poems. He has also produced  live shows about the Irish Travellers' histories, which educate and entertain.Phien likes to take the norm and repackage it as the slightly abnormal as in the way of recycled materials and ideas.

Zita Holbourne
Artist
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Zita Holbourne is an award-winning, trade union, community and human rights campaigner and activist, an author, visual artist, curator, poet, vocalist and writer. 

The Mc Carthy Sisters
Artistic Performance
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The McCarthy sisters strongly resisted the Dale Farm eviction by using their creativity.

Their performance outside the London High Court invited meaningful dialogue with politicians, rather than a costly and violent eviction.

They will recreate this scene for Tate Modern audiences in June 2019.

Best selling Author & Artist
Tommy Rhattigan
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Tommy is a best selling author and artist who resides

Kent. Tommy's debut book "1963: A Slice of Bread & Jam" is a Sunday Times bestseller and reached Number 1 in the Amazon book charts.

Tommy was born in Southern Ireland in 1955 into a Pavee family.

Grattan Puxon
Activist, writer and archive owner
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Activist, writer and archive owner Grattan was a founder member of the Gypsy Council. He holds an extensive archive of political activity from the 1960s across Europe and the UK in support of Travellers' rights.

 

My last large action was to resist eviction of Dale Farm (2011), which many families continue to occupy".

PJ Rattigan
Artist
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PJ. Is a LGBTQ activist. he is the lead on LGBTQ issues with the Gypsy and Traveller coalition. The G&TC is a national community organisation supporting and empowering Romany Gypsy and Pavee Traveller communities

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Artist & Showman
Joe Brown
Artist
Jim Mellis
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Romany artist Jim Mellis has been painting for years now, producing Romany inspired paintings along with marinescapes and portraits of icons and memories.

A professional artist he uses his artistic talent to attempt to break down prejudices against Travellers. 

Designer & Children's Author
Tamara Phoenix
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Tamara Phoenix is a Kent born children's author and designer. Tamara is of Pavee Traveller heritage.

Tamara will be exhibiting artwork depicting the prejudices against Traveller communities and the negative impact the media and news agencies create towards Travellers.

Alyson Hunter
Artist & Professor
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Alyson Hunter.  Trained at Chelsea and the Royal College of Art. Professor  UCD California

Joe Brown
Artist & Showman
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Joe Brown is a showman from Margate, Kent. Joe uses

social comment in "defence" of his world.

Kiah Astin
3D Artist & Film maker
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Kiah is the youngest contributor to the art exhibition.

Kiah is a 3D designer and is currently studying film studies and creative media at college.

 

Kiah will be exhibiting a pencil piece depicting the eviction at Dale Farm.

Entrepreneur
Marc Rattigan
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Marc is a business man from Kent from a Pavee background.

Marc will be exhibiting a painting at the exhibition

entitled "Carnage", depicting the destruction caused by the Dale farm eviction.

Jackdaw Jasmine
Artist & Entertainer

 

Jackdaw is a Show-woman entertainer and will be

singing Pavee songs as part of the exhibition.

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Jo' Casso
Rap Artist
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Jo'Casso. Raps his conclusions in a cascade of words with each capsule of spoken thought provoking other thoughts along the way.

George Boros
Musician
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George is a classical music student and will be exhibiting a painting for the Dale farm exhibition

Amanda Milligan
Artist
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Amanda is an Artist and Sculpter.

Le Fu
Eco-Warrior
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LeFu is a singer, songwriter, writer, artist and film-maker living as the quintessential, independent off-grid nomadic Traveller.  

James Rattigan
Artist
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Pavee Traveller James works with old books and makes 3D pictures within them. He will exhibit a piece about the eviction using old Traveller magazines.

Saoirse
Pavee Traveller Band

Saoirse is a Pavee Traveller band playing throughout England and Ireland

James Terrence Rattigan
Spoken word performer

James is from a Pavee Traveller family and will be presenting a piece on the Traveller experience of prejudice.

Brian Davenport
Artist

Artist Brian Davenport. Born South London. Painting from a young age. Paints and teaches art at his studio and gallery in Margate, Kent

Elizabeth Gavin
Cake Designer

Elizabeth is a Pavee Traveller who makes bespoke cakes as exhibition pieces but also for consumption. Self-Taught she revels in the challenge of the complexity of some of her commissions

Dance Collective
Dance

Will bring together themes of movement, eviction and solidarity. 

Performed in and around the exhibits (4pm Friday, 3pm* Saturday and 3pm Sunday)

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