Alice May Ling (AL) - Choreography and Visual Arts. I starting dancing with a Dance East company when I was 12 years old. I heard about the audition about 2 hours before it was due to start, and so I turned up with drawing all over my feet that my sister had drawn the night before; they still let me in and was the youngest for two years. It was here that I found a love for crafting movement, and I went on to study Choreography and Visual Arts at Dartington College of Arts. I particularly enjoyed making site and interactive work (including a version of Andy Riley’s ‘The Bunny Suicides’ and Angela Carter’s version of ‘Red Riding Hood’ as part of ‘The Bloody Chamber’ collection).
Bryony Tilsley (BT) - Writing and Theatre. I’ve loved writing ever since I was little. I was obsessed with creating new worlds and was totally inspired by The Hobbit and everything written by Roald Dahl. As I got older a love of performing for theatre also grew and overtime writing and performance merged together. Studying at Dartington College of Arts was a revelation for me. They encouraged collaboration and it made me realise how amazing it can be to work with others to achieve a common creative goal. I was also able to study choreography and music - something I’d always wanted to do so creatively it was a huge experience for me. After finishing at Dartington I went on to complete a Masters in Professional Writing at the University of Falmouth, which added really different elements to my experience at Dartington.
AL - I am currently a Programme Manager for an event’s company based in Bath. I previously worked at Ways With Words Literature Festival, Royal Ballet School and freelanced for Kaleider. I currently volunteer at the Tobacco Factory. In between studying an MBA at Falmouth University, focussing on the future and sustainability of the arts and culture sector.
BT - I’m a Project and Finance Administrator for Encounters Arts. They’re a wonderful organisation. I love how they use creative practices to allow people to explore and understand the world around them. When I don’t have my Encounters hat on I’m developing Dartmoor Skies, a charity I set up with my husband. The charity aims to inspire people about science and astronomy, offering the public an opportunity to learn more about space and do stargazing for themselves.
AL - Walking, cycling, knitting, gardening, cooking, yoga, making jam, surfing, creative projects.
BT - Astronomy, reading (and falling asleep whilst reading), walking, Latin American and African percussion, paper crafts, acting. Can I include napping?
BT - There’s a wood very close to where I live call Hembury Woods. The river Dart flows through it and it’s stunning all year round. I get to walk my dog there most days, and I love it.
Opening an observatory on Dartmoor, but it will have a creative element too with resident artists and we’ll encourage people to develop creative work inspired by space.