Collectively, Sharon Bennett and Dan McDermott have 30 years experience as professional artists and arts educators.
Sharon Bennett works with community groups, artists or family and friends. Her work blurs the boundaries between the positions of artist, artwork and audience. Bennett’s work has featured in arts festivals, including Art Licks, Tribe London, Site Festival, Stroud and Portsmouth Festivities. She has worked with Aspex, Portsmouth on a number of projects including being artist in residence in 2018 and 2019. Bennett is co-founder of artist duo The Women’s Art Activation System (WAAS). In 2019 the WAAS were commissioned by Axisweb to perform their artwork A Visit by the Officials of the Bureau for the Validation of Art, at Social Works?: Live and were selected for the Kickstarter/Social Art Network mentor scheme. They were also awarded the Midcounties Coop Fund to pilot their project The Baby Makers. In 2018 Bennett was interviewed by a-n for their Artist Parent Resource series and is a recipient of their 2020 bursary.
Dan McDermott is an experienced artist and arts educator working primarily in painting and printmaking. His works have been placed in private and corporate art collections worldwide. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and been included over 60 group shows and international artfairs and is currently represented by Alon Zakaim Fine Art. McDermott is a course leader of the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design at Stroud School of Art (SGS).
Bennett and McDermott are based in Stroud, Gloucestershire where they live with their two daughters. They travel widely to present Twenty Years and other projects around the UK and beyond. They were shortlisted for the Best Visual Artist award at the Portsmouth Guide Awards 2019 for their project Twenty Years.
Our collaboration as a new way to practice art, no longer separate, but as a duo, have a numbers of ideas or guiding principles that are emerging; they are:
We hope to embody these notions in what we do now and next.
This collaborative practice galvanises our commitment to expanding the critical and socio-political reach of our art practices both as individual artists and as a family seeking to live a creative life.