Sally O’Reilly and Mel Brimfield, What Whistable, 2008. Image: Simon Steven.

Sally O’Reilly & Mel Brimfield

Sally O’Reilly writes for performance, page and video. Her diverse subject matter spans such abstractions as rhetoric and ambiguity, as well more concrete phenomena – for example, noses and 1970s policing. Her ongoing research and practice is a means to conduct an investigation into how knowledge is generated, circulated, expressed and overlooked.

Besides contributing to several art magazines and numerous exhibition catalogues, she has written the libretto for the opera The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music, Opera North, 2015), a monograph on Mark Wallinger (Tate Publishing, 2015) and The Body in Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson, 2009).

She was writer in residence at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (2010–11) and at Modern Art Oxford (2016); producer and co-writer of The Last of the Red Wine, a radio sitcom set in the art world (ICA, London, 2011), and co-editor of Implicasphere (2003–8), an interdisciplinary broadsheet.

Mel Brimfield is an artist working in film and live performance. The roots of her practice lie in her long-term commitment to devising support structures for the development and coherent presentation of interdisciplinary performance work. Operating as an independent curator and producer in the early part of her career, she devised projects ranging from gallery exhibitions, cabarets and performance festivals spanning several days, to radio and website broadcasts, book and CD publications, and short film productions and screenings for a variety of institutions and agencies.

Sally O’Reilly and Mel Brimfield co-produced The mess tent performance programme for Whitstable Biennale 2006.