Ross Alexander Mason

Circuit Member/ Young Associate Artists

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  • LocationManningtree, United Kingdom

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About me

 

Hello I'm Ross, and I take a great interest making things. Be it websites, articles, video's, photographs, workshops, performances, music or digital art, I am obsessed with creation. The notion of making things and seeing what others can make fascinates and inspires me. This passion helped me to obtain a First Class Honours in Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Portsmouth, and has allowed my work to be featured in local publications and media. After university I have continued with my practice and have worked closely with Firstsite Gallery to curate and produce a variety of exciting new projects, both with and for young professionals. I am available for local projects as well as potential employment opportunities. Please email to inquire about rates and availability, or just to say hi.

Skills

 

  • Art Direction
  • Performing Arts
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Word
  • Workshops
  • Digital art
  • Performance Art
  • Website Builders
  • Admin Assistant
  • Video Editiing
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Photo and Video Editing
  • Writing Essays Features

Work history

Currently

Young Associate Artists

Firstsite

Jul 2015
  • Duties Include: Organising events and working to a very specific time-frame Marketing event “SSSHHHHH”, including poster and flyer creation Collaborating with artists to produce concise and coherent work Directing a workshop film using various creative tools such as lighting, projection and Chroma Key Using VGMX and Final Cut to edit and produce films and visual effects Responsible for managing budget and producing order forms for required materials

Currently

Young Associate Artists

Firstsite

Jul 2015
  • Duties Include: Organising events and working to a very specific time-frame Marketing event “SSSHHHHH”, including poster and flyer creation Collaborating with artists to produce concise and coherent work Directing a workshop film using various creative tools such as lighting, projection and Chroma Key Using VGMX and Final Cut to edit and produce films and visual effects Responsible for managing budget and producing order forms for required materials

2016

Assistant Manager Events Organiser

Mistley Gallery Tea Shop

Feb 2015 - Oct 2016
  • Duties Included Responsible for opening and closing the store Precisely manage daily takings; including cashing up, and examining for inconsistencies Leading a team of three; ensuring that morale is high to increase efficiency Provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all customers Assist customers with their orders Knowledge of the sale and presentation of local artists work

Education

2014

Interdisciplinary Studies

University of Portsmouth

Aug 2011 - May 2014
  • I am a First Class Honours Drama and Performance graduate with excellent knowledge of the form, genre and practitioners within the visual art sector. I have a large amount of experience of producing precise and coherent writing, and delivery a variety of artwork. From my job roles and degree work, I have gained the ability to cope with numerous responsibilities, to adapt and work efficiently in different environments, and work well in a group or individually. My degree has granted me with a wide knowledge of the theory, practice and form of most common art styles from the 16th century to modern day. The teaching was primarily focused on analysing artistic styles and situating art in theoretical and critical frameworks. Specifically ranging from Hans Holbein the Younger to William Morris and to Allan Kaprow. Furthermore, my personal dissertation, of which I received a high First class grade, questioned the very notion of creativity from feudal society and early capitalism to the modern western society. The extensive research undergone in this process has provided me a an excellent knowledge of the shifting states of the popular art world. From my years of practice I have adopted an interdisciplinary art style which merges numerous mediums in order to produce work which is across the board and accessible to most people, on a variety of levels. Not only has this taught me to be proficient when operating technical equipment, such as projectors and cameras. But I have also had to apply knowledge from: Final Cut, Adobe Premiere and a plethora of music software, to my work which is something I have particularly enjoyed and would like to further develop in the future. . An example of this work is entitled Love/Obsession/Fetishism which was an installation using the notion of fetishism by Karl Marx and applying it to a digital format. The piece emulates an interaction with the two participants and creates an illusion's of touch and physical interaction though a digital medium. An interesting feature was that the person standing and being recorded does not know where they were being touched or when the person was touching them. Adding a feeling of alienation and objectification of the subject, this relates highly to the interaction people have with pornography and how this one way relationship is constructed. For more information, http://ramason.weebly.com/loveobsessionfetishism---2014.html In the years of experience I have with producing a variety of performances, I have gained invaluable team working skills. This has become so essential to my professional life that it is second nature to me. In my opinion, the key to successful group work is to make sure everyone's point of view is listen to and respected and a diplomatic solution is met. Specifically, upon starting my first company “Re:works”, I realised that it was important to keep the group dynamic strong and positive, this allowed us to be confident with each decision made and collectively progress. Particularly when allocating duties to each member in the company, I found that the best way to keep a positive dynamic was to support one another and collectively progress towards a common goal. In addition to this, co-managing “Re:works” gave me the opportunity to liaise with local authorities in the Portsmouth area. After a company presentation during a press lunch; Ian Howard-Harwood, from Portsmouth Blind Society, and Amanda Richards, from Portsmouth City Council, both expressed a keen interest to work with us. Amanda Richards stated that she would like to proceed with funding the company due to the initiative aspiration and passion our company possessed. Due to the ever changing dynamic in a performance atmosphere, I have become accustomed to creatively adhering to change. This allows me to proactively harness an ever-changing work environment and to be innovative when providing new ideas and creative solutions. My desire to be constantly active within my artistic career has allowed me to continue these pursuits from my studies. Setting up the company “dodo” this year, has enabled me to meet potential partners, work with new ideas, liaise with new people and successfully apply to present our work in gallery spaces*. Furthermore, due to my passion of producing coherent and detailed work, I am able to reach the full potential of a presented task and achieve the highest quality. This is illustrated by my First class grade. During my time collaborating with fellow students, in group work, and when producing practical work, I have gained invaluable knowledge when working with others. As previously mentioned, I value a diplomatic group ethos and am always interested to hear my colleagues opinions. In addition to this, my work with teaching and leading workshops has provided me with the ability to set appropriate boundaries in order to define the scope of a task, which allow for a more efficient process. Furthermore, my passion for artistic endeavours spurs my interest when discussing ideas with others, whether it is personal or professional. Therefore setting up meetings and establishing new partnerships is something that I feel very comfortable with, and personally enjoy. An example of this is my collaboration with James Tattington aka Fugitive Orchestra, who is a professional musician that I approached and who became a full member of “Re:works Theatre Company”. This collaboration was invaluable to the expansion and progression of the company because he provided us with new knowledge and key skills that were used in our workshops. Furthermore I have been recently responsible for arranging music events for Mistley Quay Teashop, which also involved collaborating with local musicians and artist, furthering my knowledge in this sector and meeting creative people within the local area. From my experience of producing performances and gallery instillations, I have learnt the importance of being vigilant when presented with risks that are out of my control. In a specific situation, during my degree, a gallery space that had been previously booked was retracted one day before the scheduled viewing. In order to resolve the situation, I was able to collaborate with my university building and move the venue in order for the viewing to continue. This was a good result, and the situation taught me to plan for the unexpected in the future. Not only through my university practices but also through my company endeavours I have been in constant contact with social networking and website design. Through this I have learnt how to efficiently use social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to utilise a following for future events and communicate with the local press to gain media attention. This is something I would like to further develop. For more information on the websites I have helped create, please visit: ramason.weebly.co.uk cargocollective.com/ramason createdodo.weebky.com www.facebook.com/createdodo www.twitter.com/ReWorksTheatre www.facebook.com/Reworkstheatrecompany Throughout my studies, learning various practices within the visual arts sector, I have been frequently developing my creative approach and adapting my methodology with all work I have produced. This has allowed me to question the very notion of what it is to be creative, and open my mind to all forms of artistic pursuits. This is particularly highlighted through my current project “dodo”, which has been designed to be a all-encompassing forum for creative individuals to pursue their creative ideas, ranging from music and stage performance to sculpture and drawing. This is also an exciting chance to meet with other professionals and expand the company. “dodo” has already received great interest from Firstsite, Colchester and personally, I am working closely with the YAK organisation. Furthermore, during my degree, I was approached by a number of higher year students to help manage and coordinate exhibitions and performance instillations; being recommend by tutors and fellow students for my creative flare and dedication to performance projects. This has also enabled me to work with a a variety of performance styles and interact with a range of audiences, from the ages of six to eighty. Particularly from leading workshops with a wide age range, I have learn much about people's approach to performing. Most interestingly, I found that older people were more comfortable reaching outside their comfort-zone than younger people. Therefore I learnt to take a more proactive and forward role in younger children to make them feel at ease with learning new things. Working as part of “Re:works Theatre Company”, I was opened up a variety of opportunities, such as, meeting with Ian Howard-Harwood, from Portsmouth Blind Society, and Amanda Richards, from Portsmouth City Council. This experience taught me how to convey eloquence and passion when governing a press launch, and doing so will attract potential investors to your cause.