Working with artists: Mudlarks
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Mudlarks International Residency

Mudlarks International Residency is Complicité’s Idea Development Programme.

Artistic ideas are always beautiful. The realisations, often troubled. On this residency programme, we do not propose any solution to this problem. There is no ‘thesis’, no ‘method’. The aim of Mudlarks International Residency is to give activists and artists of any discipline the space, time and support to develop an idea, on their own terms, in their own way.

In March 2023, we piloted our first ever international residency at Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking, Glouceshire, UK. We worked with Schaubühne, Bristol Old Vic, Activate Performing Arts, Nottingham Playhouse and Barbican who nominated and financially supported 6 out of 10 participants. We looked for people who:

  • Create innovative work that takes risks (and broadens what we, in the UK, might think of as a traditional forms)
  • Are committed to – or have an interest in – activism through the content of their practice or work, finding new ways of telling the story of the Climate and Ecological Emergency
  • Have an integrity of practice, depth of thought and the willingness to do things differently


2024 residency activists and artists:

Ramon Ayres (Actor, Director, Theatre maker)

Pauline Mayers (Writer & Theatre maker)

Lynn T Musiol (Theatre maker) Nominated by Schaubühne 

Natasha Nixon (Theatre Director & Performance Practitioner) Nominated by Activate Performing Arts

Sonny Nwachukwu (Writer & Director) Nominated by Queens Theatre Hornchurch 

Katie Thompson (Director) Nominated by St George’s Theatre Great Yarmouth and Sheringham Little Theatre 

Paula Varjack (Artist working across performance, video & participation)


2023 residency activists and artists:

Shankho Chaudhuri (Set & Costume Designer)

Rosie Elnile (Set & Costume Designer)

Alice Boyd (Sound Designer) 

Farrell Cox (Maker & Aerialist) Nominated by Nottingham Playhouse

Dom Garfield / High Rise Nominated by Barbican

Zakiya McKenzie (Writer) Nominated by Activate Performing Arts

Nora Wardell (Director) Nominated by Schaubühne

Christina Deinsberger (Director) Nominated by Schaubühne

Caroline Williams (Maker) Nominated by BOV

Stephanie Levi John (Performer & Writer)



The week was self led with provocations issued by experts from a broad range of disciplines. There was time for participants to be together with others on residency and work independently. Each participant was paired with a mentor who works outside of the UK that worked with them 1-2-1 remotely.

Complicité hopes to develop this into an annual, two-week residency.

© Camilla Adams