Contact is pleased to announce Demi Nandhra as this year's Contact Flying Solo Commission winner. Demi commences her journey with us to develop new, full length, solo piece to première at our next Flying Solo Festival in 2017.
The Flying Solo Commission offers a commission fee, in addition to R&D space, dramaturgical support and time with Contact staff. In an exciting development during Contact’s year out of the building for refurbishment, The Lowry will provide professional development support, and present the finished piece.
‘I'm thrilled to be working on my next project, a project dear to my heart, with Contact and The Lowry. The commission will give me the opportunity to really explore and connect with individuals, which is important to the work. The commission will give me space and time which is amazing for an artist like myself, to develop the show organically, with love and support from Contact.’
Demi Nandhra is an artist with an interdisciplinary approach, crossing over performance, installation, film and text. Her work is about playful approach to disgusting subject matters.
Her practice has always explored constructed binaries, both directly and indirectly her work inspects, unpicks or sometimes just observes cultural binaries. Previous projects have been obsessed with the Us and Other binary and her current performance project ‘Life is No Laughing Matter' explores mental health, in particular her personal narrative of the Well vs the Unwell binary, with the pursuit to find a cure against mental illness.
In 2013 Demi completed a Masters in Contemporary Theatre Practices at the University of Worcester. Demi was selected as a REP Foundry artist and awarded the Fierce FWD 14/15 commission.
Commissions have included Arts Admin, Fierce Festival, Month of Performance Art-Berlin, They Are Here collective, MAC Birmingham, Warwick Arts Centre, Battersea Arts Centre and the REP.