Olivia Sparrow

Olivia Sparrow (b. 1987, Birmingham UK) is an artist, facilitator and sex worker whose practice encompasses performance-orientated conceptual work, writing and curating. Thematically, their work is typically centred around queer and marginalised sexualities, (traumatic) memory and space, with these subjects often interlinking. In 2016 they set up the DIY education project Queer Day School, a project influenced by their own experiences of self-education.

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EDUCATION
2018 - 2019: MA Fine Art, Birmingham City University (Pending) - Recipient of the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest Award 2018
2013 - 2016: BA (Hons) Interactive Arts, Manchester School of Art (First-class Honours) - Awarded the MSoA Dean's Dissertation Prize for Unwanted Spaces / Abnormal Acts: Architecture, space and queer sexualities
2011 - 2013: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (specialising in Fine Art Installation), Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (Distinction)

RESIDENCIES
2016/2017: Manchester School of Art, funded by the Artists' Benevolent Fund

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2018: Queer Day School at SHOUT Festival, Birmingham
2017: Queer Day School at The Penthouse NQ, Manchester
2017: Queer Day School x Manchester LGBT Zine Library occupation of the Institute of Urban Dreaming's Temporary Research Space at Manchester School of Art
2017: Queer Day School at CCA Derry~Londonderry
2016: Queer Sunday School at DIY Space For London
2014: Part One: Culture, Thursday Late: Centre For The Imagination, Manchester Art Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017: Motel One Piccadilly 10072017, Sexy Boy Unites Salford, Paradise Works, Manchester
2017: Drowning (x JF Hancell), Queer Art Show 5, The Penthouse NQ, Manchester
2016: The Miss A Broadcast (No. 1), Millionaires Can Be Trans* // You Are So Brave*, Schwules Museum, Berlin
2016: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Show Me Your Birmingham, Anchor Gallery, Birmingham
2016: I'm Living In A Silent Film, Manchester School of Art Degree Show
2016: Online (20 Minutes, 00.34 on a Thursday) and I Have Nothing Left, Intangible Forms, NCAD MFA Project Space, Dublin
2015: The Sound of Construction and Dreamhome Heartache, Thursday Late: BROKE Takeover, Manchester Art Gallery
2015: I Have Nothing Left, F E M M E , Link Gallery, Manchester
2014: Uncle and 550 Self Portraits, New Century House, Manchester
2014: Damien as me as Alma for Watcher and Auto Portraits, L'Archipel, Fouesnant
2014: Diary Text 1-6, Link Gallery, Manchester
2014: Session - Process, Neckerchief, It Felt Like A Kiss and Wash Off (I), Anti-Apathists Present, Link Gallery, Manchester
2013: Watcher, Link Gallery, Manchester
2013: I Have Nothing Left, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design End of Year Show
2013: Disabled, Socialist, Artist - I'm Screwed, NOISE Festival's Art of Protest, People's History Museum, Manchester
2012: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Performance ] s p a c e [, London
2012: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design End of Term Show

SCREENINGS
2018: The Miss A Broadcast (No. 1), Thinking Flesh: Gut Feelings, Centrala, Birmingham
2018: Drowning (x JF Hancell), Just Experimenting: Playing the Sexual Edge of Film, Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco
2017: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Paradise Lost But Not Forgotten, Birmingham Heritage Week Community Hub
2017: The Miss A Broadcast (No. 1), Artist as Superconnector/Superconductor, Coventry University
2016: I'm Living In A Silent Film (installation view), All in one, Piazza Martiri della Libertà, Chiari
2016: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Paradise Lost / Flatpack Festival: Birmingham on Film, Birmingham Open Media
2016: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Video Strolls at Flatpack Festival, The Victoria, Birmingham
2016: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, SQIFF Presents: Queers in the City, GMAC Film, Glasgow
2016: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Queer Experiments: Queer Femme, Hackney Attic, London
2015: A Teenage Melodrama In Four Parts, Wotever DIY Film Festival, Cinema Museum, London
2015: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Wotever DIY Film Festival, British Film Institute, London
2015: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Leeds Queer Film Festival, Wharf Chambers, Leeds
2014: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Bar Wotever, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London
2013: I Have Nothing Left, Wotever DIY Film Festival, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London
2012: The Very Last Plea From My Heart, Wotever DIY Film Festival, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

LIVE PERFORMANCES
2018: Zero point four miles / Dirt, In The Pink launch, Grand Union, Birmingham
2018: Splitting, online
2017: Desperate For Attention, The Pink Room, The White Hotel, Salford and online
2016: The Miss A Broadcast (No. 1), online
2016: Window Occupier, Camden People's Theatre, London
2013: Confessional, Bar Wotever, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London
2013: Free Live Breakdown, online

TALKS
2017: SHOUT! Festival: Queer Digital Futures, BOM, Birmingham
2017: FLUID Festival: What does queer sound like?, Stryx, Birmingham
2015: Filmmaker Q&A, Wotever DIY Film Festival, Cinema Museum, London
2015: Filmmaker Q&A, Wotever DIY Film Festival, British Film Institute, London
2012: Filmmaker Q&A, Wotever DIY Film Festival, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London