Born in Burnley. Works in Manchester, UK.
Social and cultural debates are at the forefront of Elliott Flanagan’s studio practice. The domestic and themes of class and identity reoccur throughout with focus often on the representation of the working classes in the North of England. His motifs are realised via a range of media including installation, illustration, print, photography, text, sound and video.
Flanagan’s most recent work reflects on contemporary masculinity and extols self-expression as a response to the ideas entrenched in the male gender stereotype. Flanagan 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. He searches for glimpses of honesty in the chaos of fractured masculinity and marks the value of camaraderie and the communal experience therein.
Nightshift International is a contemporary collaborative, founded by Flanagan & Sarah Boulter. Working with performance and video installation, the duo explore broken communication, budget decadence and modern living by way of late 20th century iconography, creating the polished and poignantly familiar surface of a made for TV world.
Nightshift International pursue the reassuringly 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 light entertainment sheen.
Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours, Visual Arts, University of Salford 2014-17
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
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
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 Editor 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 Events Collaborative 2016
Still, Contribution to Artists' Book, University of Salford 2015