Over time I've described myself as a maker, curator, dramaturg, writer - neurodivergent, queer. At heart I would say I am a poet engaged in choreographic thinking

—Luke Pell

Luke Pell is an artist based in Scotland who makes work across forms, through conversation with people and place. Imagining alternative contexts for performance, participation and discourse that might reveal wisdoms for living. Working with words and/as movements to draw together seemingly unrelated constellations of bodies and thought their practice takes form as intimate encounters: poetic objects, installations, performance/writing and designed environments - choreographies in print and in person.

Text and time; touch and care; and loss, run as threads throughout Luke's work. Ranging from the epic to the intimate it has been presented throughout the UK and Europe: as site-specific dances with large ensembles for libraries in Scotland; one-to-one encounters in broom cupboards in Kuopio; participatory walks and digital artworks in response to the decline of biodiversity across the UK; giant screen-dances for the ballroom of London’s Southbank; and creative and critical writing published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities, Intellect Books, Contact Quarterly and the Live Art Development Agency.

Associate Artist with Fevered Sleep and long-term companion in practice to other choreographers, dance and performance artists - including Lucy Cash, Claire Cunningham, Caroline Bowditch and Janice Parker - Luke previously led learning, participation and community programmes for a range of arts venues and companies, including 7 years as Head of Learning and Research with Candoco Dance Company. Now, he regularly hosts creative processes, artist labs and other spaces for critical reflection and replenishment in collaboration with organisations across the world, including Imaginate.