Born in Burnley. Works in Manchester, UK.
Elliott Flanagan’s practice focuses on social debate with themes of class and identity reoccurring throughout. An enthrallment with his own history of pop culture and the recognition of a broader cultural conversation is often central to his ideas. Motifs are realised via media including video, installation, text and sound.
Flanagan looks at masculinity and explores the male gender stereotypes that saturated his youth. He explores a tension in men’s experience between one’s own consciousness and social expectation, where men mask their identity to conform to society’s model appointed to them. This allows the artist to enhance his exploration into disconnection from state of consciousness and to survey the effect the modern world has on the psyche.
His most recent work studies the relationship between place and self as a method of enquiry whilst equally a sense of memory and contemporary history unfold in the mind. Often the result of research, filming on location and found footage, dialogue and field recordings also inform his output.
Nightshift International is a collaboration formed by Flanagan & Sarah Boulter. Working with performance and video installation, the duo explore broken communication, budget decadence, the mundane and recreate seemingly banal interactions via unresolvable, off kilter on-screen relationships. They study public space, intimacy, expectation, disappointment and loss glossed with a poignantly familiar surface of a made for TV world.
Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours, Visual Arts, University of Salford 2014-17
Begehungen Art Festival, Chemnitz 2019
Spring Sprung, g39 Cardiff 2019
Proforma Pavilion, Corte Supernova, Venice Biennale 2019
Manchester Contemporary, Nightshift International x Proforma, Manchester Central 2018
Island Life, Paradise Works, Manchester 2018
Proforma Contemporary Art Festival, The Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester 2018
Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester 2018
LEGROOM presents FÉMININFÉMININ, Sounds From The Other City, Salford 2018
Nightshift International: Love is a 3 Way Game, Co-Curated, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Great Northern Tower, Manchester 2018
Sense of Place, Clifford Whitworth Library, Salford 2017
Politics of Paradise, Exhibition and Open Studios, Paradise Works, Manchester 2017
Create Salford, Degree Show, University of Salford 2017
Nightshift International: KNOW YOUR PLACE, Co-Curated, Pop-up Exhibition, Manchester 2017
20:20, National Touring Exhibition, Neo:Gallery, Bolton 2017
Matters of Order and Chaos, Curated by Lindsay Taylor, The Old Fire Station, Salford 2016
A Strategy for Homesickness, Curated by David Hancock, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester 2016
This Is Not A Polling Station, Islington Mill, Salford 2015
Hidden Salford, Curated by Lindsay Taylor, The Old Fire Station, Salford 2015
Selected Articles and Press
Residencies, Artist Talks and Awards
Begehungen Art Festival, Residency, Chemnitz 2019
Proforma Pavilion, Residency & Artist Talk Series, Corte Supernova, Venice Biennale 2019
Proforma Fellowship Scheme Award 2018/19
Graduate Scholarship Scheme Award, Artist Talk, University of Salford 2018
Nightshift International: Love is a 3 Way Game, Artist Talk, University of Salford 2018
Sense of Place, Artist Talk, Clifford Whitworth Library, University of Salford 2017
Graduate Scholarship Scheme Award, University of Salford 2017/18
A Critical Examination of Film and Psychogeography, Artist Talk, University of Salford 2017
A Strategy for Homesickness, Artist Talk, University of Salford 2016
Littoral Arts Trust, Group Residency at Kurt Schwitters' Merz Bahn, Elterwater 2016
Proforma, Commission, Showreel 2019
The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair, PAPER Gallery, Exhibiting Artist 2018
FUSE Studios, Commission, Clifford Whitworth Library, Public Artwork 2017
Nightshift International: KNOW YOUR PLACE, Zine, Writer and Contributor 2017
Nightshift International, Co-Founder of Artist-Led Contemporary Arts Collaborative 2016