What do Marvel movies, Florence and the Machine, Frieze, the Royal Ballet, Live at the Apollo and the Royal West Academy of Art all have in common? The answer is, they all include practising creatives who were either born, raised or are based in Crawley, West Sussex or nearby Surrey. We celebrate them here. Find out more about them by clicking on their square.
You can watch a show reel of some of the creative's work here

Crawley Creatives

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Abigail Conway

Live Artist
West Sussex

Abigail Conway

Live Artist
West Sussex

Abigail Conway is live artist. She works with material objects, craft and actions to create playful, site-specific installations and immersive encounters. Her work crosses many disciplines, including sound and video design, music technology, nature, architecture and performance.

Abigail’s work has been presented in galleries, theatres, architecture festivals and showcased by the British Council. It has been presented nationally at arts spaces including the ICA, Shakespeare North Playhouse, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, Battersea Arts Centre, The National Theatre, Forest Fringe, Wellcome Collection, Attenborough Centre for Contemporary Arts, Wales Millennium Centre, Latitude and Summerhall, Edinburgh. Internationally, her work has toured Europe, China, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Canada and the USA.

Abigail’s critically acclaimed work includes; The Candle Project (2021) & An evening with Primrose (2017) for Brighton Festival, Atomic 50 (2019) for Waltham Forest Borough of Culture, Border VR (2019) The Barbican, //RIDE (2015) at Junction Arts Centre Tasmania.

Abigail is part-time Senior Lecturer in Theatre at University of Chichester and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths University. Abigail’s research focuses on instruction led performance and the politics surrounding participatory arts. Her practice as an artist is centred around a methodology called, The Hobby Project.

She lives in Chichester and is from Bognor Regis.

Find out more at https://www.Abigailconway.com

Eloise Armary

Artist, Poet, Producer
Crawley, West Sussex

Eloise Armary

Artist, Poet, Producer
Crawley, West Sussex

Éloïse is an artivist (artist & activist) born and raised in France. She is the author of Body Compost & other ghost poems, Pink Goo, co-host of Poetry To Your Ears and director of Collections Of Queer Poets. She creates from an ecofeminist, neurodivergent, queer and multicultural perspective.

Éloïse has lived in Crawley since 2019. She has worked in a local school in Langley Green and now runs creative workshops. She otherwise spends her time in the greenhouse gardening and feeding the Crawley crows.

Find out more at https://www.eloise.armary.com

Karl Singporewala

Architect, Artist
Crawley, West Sussex

Karl Singporewala

Architect, Artist
Crawley, West Sussex

Karl is an award winning architect and Royal Academician at the Royal West Academy of Art. His studio’s goals place sustainable outcomes and the simple desire to make a better built environment at the heart of everything he designs. Architecture awards (always in collaboration and shared with others) include the BCI Major Building of the Year Award, RICS Innovation Award, Architecture Today Schueco Retrofit Award and most recently the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Re-use award.

His artwork focuses on emotions, memory, witnessing, and his Zoroastrian heritage. His art work is held in collections world-wide, including the RWA.

Karl was born and raised in Broadfield, Crawley. He first attended school at Broadfield North, followed by St Francis of Assisi, Notre Dame middle school, and then St Wilfrid’s secondary school.

Find out more at https://www.singporewala.co.uk/

Louise Blackwell

Producer
Crawley, West Sussex

Louise Blackwell

Producer
Crawley, West Sussex

Independent Producer

I connect people, spaces and places through creativity and learning. I am currently Creative Director of Creative Crawley and Co-Director of LOOKOUT Brighton

I was born and raised in Crawley. I attended Ifield Community College. Later I worked in the bar at The Hawth. Some of my family still live in Crawley.

I now work in Crawley again after many years working around the UK and the world.

Image credit: Hugo Glendinning

Find out more at http://www.louiseb.co.uk