The visual and dance artist Mark Bleakley was employed by Govanhill Baths for its Culture Collective work from Sept 2021 to August 2022.
Mark spent a good deal of time at The Dixon Community in Govanhill, Glasgow, that provides support to older people and carers living in the Southside of Glasgow.
The Culture Collective support allowed him to get to get to know, and become known to, this community. The project culminating in a number of works, including the participatory dance piece ‘Dance Makes The Floor’, on Victoria Road during the Govanhill International Festival 2022.
Formally trained in visual arts Mark graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 with a Ba Fine Art. His practice is rooted in social dance through Bboying (Breakdancing) and more recently House dance. He is interested in creating spaces or situations for artists and audiences to come together to share space and explore ideas mutually.