Priya Mistry

I partner with inter/national organisations to initiate risk-taking opportunities that challenge the status quo. I develop strategies for working sustainably, respectfully and ethically. Artist-led projects and collaboration are key to my creative development and success, expressing and developing my authorship and amplifying the politics of my work. I seek to reconstruct societal hierarchies, through creative producing and commissioning alongside making work.

whatsthebigmistry is Priya Mistry, multidisciplinary artist, socially engaged practitioner and creative producer straddling dance, performance, visual, performance and live art. Mistry’s practice adds to discourse on topics of mental health/neurodiversity, feminist politics, identity, sex and queerness, whilst deconstructing language, exploring  sensory/non-word based vocabularies.

Priya is Associate Artist with In Good Company consortium, New Art Exchange , Artist Member at East Side Projects and Chisenhale Dance Space and Quarter Master for Artistic Mutiny. She’s a collaborator with artist Bobby Baker at Daily Life Limited- (Mental Dis/ability Arts Organisation) including  work with William Morris Gallery and Diagnosing Diagnosis Symposium with The Wellcome Collection.

In 2019 Priya was part of  a British Council funded cohort to attend IETM Rijeka, Croatia and was recipient of  DYCP (Developing Your Own Creative Practice) Grant from ACE. In 2020 this saw Priya partner with Critical Path (AUS) to design research, collaboration laboratories and exchange in Sydney and Research Creative Partnerships in Australia.

Current projects and collaborations include Tropical Awkward Bastard, Love, Lament Psycho Girlfriend, Artist is Absent and Intimate Conversations with Furniture, Radical Sabbatical Research Residency on The Unconditioned Mind with Eastside Projects and University of Birmingham, Rita Evans & Pepa Ubera collaboration on Instrument Sculptures and Emma Smith’s Touching Space.

Creative Producing projects include Glitter & Guilds in partnership with DAO, She He They BROWNNESS Programme Guest Curator De Montfort University Cultural Exchanges Festival and Curator Bursary Chisenhale Dance Space/Choreographers’ Gallery Trust. Sustainable practices Events: Axis Social Works? (Primary, Nottingham), Social Art Summit  (Site Gallery, Sheffield) LAB on with Elsa James and presently collaborating on a Mental Health Toolkit disability arts producer Alice Holland (Unlimited-Producers International) and partners.

Priya works as a project based artist, across artistic disciplines and extending the forms within which she works, creating scalable and transferable projects. Mistry’s work:

  • Straddles performance, dance, live, visual art and digital online, working locally across U.K and internationally
  • Makes provocations and adds discourse at the intersection of mental health, invisible dis/ability, Identity, POC, Queer and Feminist politics. Deconstructs language whilst exploring sensory/non-word based Vocabularies.
  • Generates safe and social spaces for explorative modes of exchange, sharing and dialogues for
    artists, creatives, audiences, publics/ communities. Practices authorship, agency and sustainability in the ways she choose to work, live, make decisions whilst extending this approach to others
  • Invests in Residency and Laboratory style working. Exploring in cycles of Research – Creative
    Processes – Sharing-Performing- Research. Incites and invite Collaborative approaches, embracing
    risk and the unknown.
  • Explores possibilities and choreographies between bodies, objects and space. Rethinks bodies, objects as functional bodies and investigating them as sculptural propositions, as static and moving arrangements.

Mistry teamed and has been Mentored by Bryony Kimmings, Director Joseph Mercier of Panic Lab to create her show Musical Mental Health Cabaret. Other Performance and Collaborations include Carnesky Productions’s ‘The Incredible Bleeding Woman’, Emma Frankland and Keir Cooper’s Don Quiojte, Florence Peak Make Remake project, as well as New Art Club, Micheal Pinchbeck, Duckie, 2Magpies Theatre, Lucy Suggate Swarm Sculptures, Rebecca Davies and The Bedfellows among many others.

Commissions, Residencies and platforms with Theatres, Galleries and Festivals including METAL Culture, Eastside Projects, Terrestrial, Axis, LADA, Hatch, Little Wolf Parade, hÅb, Fierce, Birmingham REP Theatre, Dance 4, IGC Theatres, CCA, Bonnington Gallery, Critical Path, Australia, USF Verftet Norway, Tou Scene Norway, Emotional Bodies/Zona Dance Romania, Intercult Sweden amongst others.