Michelle Wren is a socially engaged multidisciplinary artist from St Helens who lives and works in Liverpool 8. She creates immersive installations, 3D artworks, puppets, public interventions & projection maps sets she builds. More recently she has been working with digital animation, film & virtual reality. Her practice is informed by her on-going social activism, commitment to people being heard and giving new narratives, which has led to several large-scale public art commissions from Brandalism Collective.
For over 15 years she has worked in communities in both the public sector and as a self employed artist giving her a unique perspective and ability to engage and respond when working with people.
She’s a founding member of independent, artist-led installation & video mapping collective Projectile Vomit who re-launched during lockdown as People Versus TV (PVTV) a streaming platform for video artists, where amongst other projects she has produced a short film for MaMa, a Merseyside refugee women’s choir. She also co-runs Dingle Community Print Workshop, who do free drop in lessons for low/non-waged people and young people in the community to enable them to access the arts and explore their creativity.
Her Residency at Metal Liverpool will be a research and experimentation period to inform a new body of work around Land Rights/Ownership and Enclosures. This is something Michelle has become really passionate about through trying to setup a local housing co-operative and through her community activism. The opportunity will enable her to investigate more complex themes and how they impact people locally and explore how this work could go beyond exhibition work and become part of change making, enabling her to merge her creative practice with her activism.