Curator Richard Hollinshead (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK,) Director of Grit & Pearl is an artist, designer and curator, and holds a BA, MA and PhD by Practice with a specialism in contemporary projects for heritage landscapes. Richard’s 5×5 project is titled Magnificent Distance.

His five artists are all from Grit & Pearl’s home city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, and bring an outsiders’ perspective of Washington DC to the 5×5 Festival. The ideal of Washington DC, the iconic DC, exerts a powerful claim on their imagination, but each artist also explores the ‘domestic’, human DC with its complex histories and communities.

Artists in Magnificent Distance:

Cath Campbell
Ben Jeans Houghton
Jo Ray
Isabella Streffen
Wolfgang Weileder

Richard Hollinshead is an artist, designer and curator based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, and holds a BA, MA and PhD by Practice with a specialism in contemporary projects for heritage landscapes. Richard is the Director of Grit & Pearl (www.gritandpearl.co.uk), a creative agency that curates and manages public art, innovative landscape and architecture projects, and professional development programmes for artists, designers and craftspeople. He is currently working with artists from the North-East of England to develop a set of proposals for the 5×5 festival, and hopes to work with five DC-based artists on a reciprocal project in the United Kingdom. In the occasional spare moments between developing the 5×5 proposal he is the lead artist for a regeneration scheme in the County of Cumbria, designer of a maze and outdoor classroom in the City of Sunderland, and curator of a programme of artists’ residencies in Edinburgh, Scotland.

www.gritandpearl.co.uk