Annis Joslin is an artist and filmmaker working for over 20 years in social and collaborative contexts creating work with and about people’s lived experience through a reflective and participatory process, encouraging dialogue and freedom to play. She uses different approaches to generate material, including drawing, animation, photography, performance and story-telling to create lens-based digital artworks that can operate on different platforms, such as galleries, museums, online and in community contexts and situations.
She believes that the arts have the potential to transform and support, having worked closely with people at very difficult points in their lives, for example with teenage mothers, young people with acute mental health challenges, trafficked sex workers and young male offenders.
She has a strong track record and experience through projects, residencies and commissions with arts, educational and heritage organisations including The National Trust, Fabrica Gallery, People United, The British Museum, The Women's Library, Glyndebourne, Brighton Museum, The De La Warr Pavilion and The Barbican.
She is lead Associate Artist with Project Art Works, Hastings and works regularly as an artist educator with Towner Art Gallery and Photoworks. She has a particular specialism in working in the area of inclusive practice and mental health and well-being through her many projects with Sussex Partnership NHS Trust. She is asked regularly to mentor artists in the area of inclusive and social practice and has delivered large-scale projects and worked with a wide spectrum of individuals, groups, organisations in primary, secondary, tertiary and H.E learning environments.
Annis’ background is in performance having graduated from Dartington College of Arts in the early 90’s. Her MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2000 was followed by being awarded a year-long fellowship. She has also collaborated with artist Sarah Cole since 2018 on a body of work generated originally from People United’s ‘Self-Identity’ commission, working with women survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse followed by a residency at Fabrica Gallery with film screenings including Cine-City Film Festival and Courage Film Festival, Berlin (and semi-finalist).