B 1989. Essex.
Immersive, participatory and environmental provocations form the basis of Calmus's practice which ranges from fixed large scale light installations to month long nomadic social interventions. Interested in psychological and philosophical narratives, her explorative practice is intentionally multidisciplinary; a series of experiments underpinned always with explorations into interaction.
Calmus graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone (2014) in Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices, after which she moved to Edinburgh and began volunteering as a Hidden Door Festival team member, where she currently sits as a Core Team Member, Programming and helping to develop the festivals content.
Since 2014 Calmus has participated, organised and been selected for over 40 joint exhibitions, residencies, events and interventions, predominantly in Scotland. In 2018 Calmus was granted Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award from Creative Edinburgh and City of Edinburgh Council to develop work that was selected to show at the 121st Annual Exhibition of the Society of Scottish Artists 2018-19 exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy. Calmus teaches with City of Edinburgh Council and Look and Draw and has tutored for The Mary Erskine School. This year Calmus has devised and facilitated workshops for Youth Arts Network Cymru at Fran Wen in Wales and for The Drawing Room with National Galleries of Scotland at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Calmus was recently invited to be a Professional Artist member of Visual Arts Scotland and has recently been elected as a Council Member for Visual Arts Scotland and the Society of Scottish Artists.
Selected exhibitions, events and commissions include; Forth Valley Open Studios commision for Falkirk Community Hospital (2015), Selected and Invited Visual Artist; for the Hidden Door Arts Festival (2015, 2016, 2017), Paradigm Electronic Arts Festival (2017), Architecture Fringe Festival (2018), New Glasgow Society (2018) Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition (2018/19)
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