Cleo Evans – Artist & Co-Producer
cleoevans (AT) hotmail.com
Dennis Hopkins – Co-Producer
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Cleo Evans is a UK based site specific artist who often works on temporary installations in the public domain. In 2009 Cleo was commissioned by the Futuresonic festival to develop and produce her concept of ‘Imagine’ at Liverpool Cathedral. Along with Dennis Hopkins, the co-curator of the festival and in collaboration with members of the Liverpool Guild of Change Ringers led by Sam Austin, they overcame the challenge of using a musical technology thousands of years old, to peal one of Lennon’s most popular and secular songs. In 2008, Cleo was nominated for the UK National Women of the Year Awards.
Her background includes a body of work that specifically addresses groups that do not easily access the arts. Her practice has always been concerned with socially engaged issues and her MA in Art as Environment for which she achieved a distinction, led her to working in San Francisco with the internationally renowned activist artist Suzanne Lacy. She is currently part of the Amonite Cultural Leadership Programme in the UK and has experience in collaborative projects with international partners, working with the voluntary sector, delivering high profile projects needing significant PR management and developing important funding partnerships and sponsorship. In 2010, she produced the Inside Out festival which was a 10 day programme of outdoor performances across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole in the UK. The festival included a large participation programme with people who do not usually engage in the arts, as well as career and professional development for artists.
Dennis Hopkins is an independent curator and project manager living in Sweden who works with artists using moving image, sound, and electronic media. Between 2001 and 2007 he directed Lumen, an Arts Council England regularly funded organisation he founded to support artists using technology. During this time Lumen provided a platform for many new artists alongside key figures in film and electronic art such as Woody and Steina Vasulka, Vito Acconci, Dan Graham and overlooked pioneers such as Billy Kluver and Gustav Metzger. Significant commissions he has overseen include Sound Lines, a public sound artwork by Bill Fontana (US), Midtown by Wolfgang Staehle (GE) and Antenna by Robert Whitman (US). Primal Soundings, a second commission with Bill Fontana was curated with the Contemporary Art Society and forms a permanent work in the collection of Leeds Museums and Galleries.
In 2009 he co-curated a programme of events and commissions for the Futuresonic festival (now renamed FutureEverything). The Lever Prize winning programme included new commissions by Elin Wikström (SE), Jon Cohrs (US) and Imagine by Cleo Evans (UK).
Matt Hilling – Exeter Cathedral Ringing Master
Matt learnt to ring in Kent when he was 11 years old, following in the footsteps of his father. He very quickly grasped the necessary skills and rang a full peal less than 11 months after his first lesson. Much of his early ringing was done in Kent and London before moving to Exeter to study in 1995. During this time he joined the Cathedral Society and was elected Deputy Ringing Master before becoming Ringing Master soon after.
Matt enjoys the challenge of ringing the Cathedral’s heavy bells to the highest standard possible. Bell ringing is a team activity which requires clear leadership to get the best out of the Society members and give them the best opportunities to improve. Under Matt’s leadership the Exeter Cathedral Society has qualified for the National 12 Bell Final for the last two consecutive years, firmly putting Exeter on the bell ringing map and amongst the best teams in the country.
Matt is also Tower Captain at St Mark’s church in Exeter where he coordinated the augmentation from 8 to 10 bells in 2005. He is a keen peal ringer, notching up over 800 peals in his 23 years of ringing. However, the recent addition to his family has slowed this down a little!
Matt has worked at the University of Exeter as a Computing Development Officer since December 2000.
Paul Pascoe – Exeter Cathedral Ringer
Paul has been the Deputy Ringing Master of the Exeter Cathedral Society of Ringers for some 8 years – having been a regular ringer at the Cathedral since 1998. Since the age of 8, he has been brought up within the art of top quality bell ringing within a variety of forms from an historic Devonian four generation family of bellringers!
He has been the only member of his traditional Devonian ‘Call-Change’ family though, to convert his art to ‘change ringing’ and since 2006 has been the leading peal ringer in the world; having now rung over 200 3 hour peals for the past 5 years in succesion.
Outside of ringing, Paul has been involved in a number of Regional Sales roles for major UK based companies, but following redundancy in 2008 is now self employed and now works as a ‘Will Writer’ for another independant national UK company.
The ‘Imagine’ project will produce a brand new challenge to the Cathedral Society, but is confident that we will be able to produce a good piece of ringing on the day; and looks forward to the ‘world’ hearing our humble project via various online media as well as being ‘live’ on the Exeter Cathedral Green.
Ian Campbell – Exeter Cathedral Ringer
Ian Campbell has been ringing at Exeter Cathedral for more than 35 years, and has been the tower captain for most of that time. He is also the captain of the bells at Heavitree in Exeter, and is out ringing most evenings and weekends. He has been an officer in the Exeter branch of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers most of this time and is one of the two Devon Guild Bells and Belfries Advisors so helps with inspections and reports of work needed on local bell installations. Since taking early retirement from his work as the computer network manager at the University of Exeter a few years ago he is able to concentrate on these activities! In his spare time he plays the cello in the Newton Abbott Orchestra and attempts to play the organ in local churches.
Ian Avery – Exeter Cathedral Ringer
I was born in North Devon and my parents moved to Kingsteignton in 1955 where I learnt to ring at some 50 years ago. My Father, who taught me to ring, was Tower Captain then and remains so today. Kingsteignton has always been a call-change tower and for many years I only rang call-changes. Having remained living in Kingsteignton, I still ring at the Parish Church for Sunday Services, and practice nights, where I am also Choirmaster and Organist. I was in my thirties before taking up method ringing and was privileged to become a member of the Exeter Cathedral Band some years ago. Most of my method ringing takes place in and around Exeter, ringing at the Cathedral 3 times a month and partaking in peal ringing once or twice a week. I so enjoy bell-ringing as I derive immense pleasure from the music within the ringing, whether it be on 8, 10 or 12 bells. I also organise a Devon Bellringers Carol Service every year and this has often taken place in Exeter Cathedral.
I am a Social Worker by Profession and my work for Social Services has taken me all over our lovely County of Devon. I am so lucky to be married to my wife Sue, an extremely understanding non-bellringer, and our 4 children and produced 4 beautiful grandchildren. I very much enjoy my family life which I fit in between ringing commitments.
Geoff & Sue Sparling – Exeter Cathedral Ringers
Geoff and Sue Sparling both learned to ring in the mid 1960’s and met through bellringing whilst at Liverpool University. They rang for many years in the Liverpool area, particularly at Liverpool Parish Church and Wallasey in Wirral.
Recently they moved to Crediton, Devon to be nearer family and are now regular ringers at both Holy Cross, Crediton and Exeter Cathedral.
They both took part in the original performance of “Imagine” at Liverpool Cathedral.