Comissioned by R17 to commemorate 100 years since the Russian Revolution P.A.R.A.D.E. was co-created by artist Marc Rees and NDCW artistic director Caroline Finn. The ballet Parade was originally staged in 1917 by the Ballet Russes with music score by Satie and set and costumes by Picasso.

I was invited to create the scenography for the re-imagined ballet Parade, directed by Finn as well as the additional scenes created and directed by Rees staged in the foyers and plazas of the Wales Millenium Centre and Pontio Arts Centre.

Taking inspiration from the number of workers packing and shipping goods inside cardboard box emporia in 2017, most of the scenes were staged in cardboard. NDCW dancers employed various devices to revolt from assembly workers into a circus of players wearing costumes by Rhi Matthews.

The recording originally shown on the BBC is available at the Parade minisite.

Guardian review by Judith Mackrell.

Photos by Mark Douet

(proto) elips

‘I’ve gone way beyond whale sounds…I’ve been playing with my fingernails!’Peter, newly discovered musician, Chester

Commissioned by CALL Llandudno and curated by Marc Rees, (proto) elips was one of three residencies under an Arts Council of Wales ‘Lost Space’ scheme. The brief was for a ‘visioning’ exercise to explore how a listed building such as The Tabernacl could be re-imagined for a new cultural use.

(proto) elips made sounds and at times, music. It was played by people of all ages over the course of a month that included the Llawn 04 festival. During this time musicians were invited to experiment as a part of a soundLAB exploring the instrument/ installation’s potential.

It was shown on ITV Wales and on Y Lle and was kept open for an additional week at the request of local music teachers who relocated their lessons to the Tabernacl to explore the installation. Here is a short film about the project.

The prototyping was useful research into how this idea could be expanded into a touring event or permanent sculpture.

Photo 1,3,4,5,6,7,8 by Lindsey Colbourne, Photos 2 & 9 by Llawn04, Model photos and visualisations 10-15 by Jenny Hall


An exhibition exploring construction and destruction. See Hollow for more details.

“Completed by human interaction, shoes-off, climbing and crawling, Hollow requires a wholly physical encounter. Only then can you experience its claustrophobia, its mystery, its magic, its majesty.”Ellen Bell, a-n reviews

“Through the imaginative playfulness of Hall’s installation, through its use of light and mirroring…The functionality of a brown box is transformed into something engaging…We are encouraged to impose our own meanings on the piece, just as we are encouraged to refashion its form.”Claire Pickard New Welsh Reader


“Crafted Space brought us an experimental idea, to expand our performance programme into the landscape of the estuary itself.
It was a pleasure to create a performance which responded to
Festival No.6’s unusual location.”Sophie Meadley, Commissioner

‘Urchins’ – A journey over land and water, a tribe of primordial life rafts drift, collect, connect, seek sanctuary to survive…

‘Urchins’ is a proposal that grows from an experimental seed project developed in collaboration with a collective of skilled artists, sailors, and makers based in the Dyfi Valley in Mid Wales. Each have been drawn on their own personal pilgrimages to the region, renowned for its future thinking and practical work at the Centre for Alternative Technology, and the transformative landscape of the valley’s river and estuary.

Initially conceived at ‘Estuary Lab’ in 2012, informal exploration of the Urchins took place in the estuary at Festival No.6 at Portmeirion in September. The landscape and architecture were a sublime context for exploring the ‘beyond now’ time of a pure liminal state of being that the Urchins engender. Selected as 1 of 3 new commissions for the Environmental Arts Festival Scotland 2015 we look forward to the evolving journey.

Photos by Giles W. Bennett

Water Tables

“At night these mesmerising meeting places of well-ness reflect another world, an underworld, a world above of poetic loveliness.”Jane Lloyd-Francis, director and performer

Commissioned by Powys Arts Month, we were invited to create an installation piece that reflects the intimate and innovative nature of the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Sited along the Woodland Way between two prestigious historic buildings in Machynlleth, the piece seeks to amplify what already exists in this beautiful natural corridor.

At a distance the arrangement of salvaged tables and chairs is familiar: an intimate setting around which families and friends gather to relax, to share food, to see one another more clearly.

Up close it becomes apparent that there is more to the surface than meets the eye. The trees delicately up lit, cast a reflection on the still surface of the water that gives the illusion of great depth.

Poetic and playful, the public also made the tables their own: one was filled with flowers to create
an exquisite mandala and others hosted at times, tiny swimmers and boats as well as bottles of
chilling Prosecco!

Photos 1, 3, 5 & 7 by Giles W. Bennett and Photos 2, 4 & 6 by Keith Morris

The house

“Playful and innovative, The House was perfectly in keeping with Shambala’s atmosphere and theme of unexpected surprises! Professionally and imaginatively delivered from concept to build.”Chris Johnson, Director Shambala Festival

What is left of a house if you take away its roof, floors and walls?

A commission of new original work designed and installed for Shambala Festival, a highly successful and established arts event, renowned for its creative, unique programming.

With a history of investigation into crafted spaces that play with inside and out, we made a pot, sat round the table, took a house and considered, “If a house no longer serves as shelter, what does it become?”

The result was a piece that turned a house into a multi-layered storytelling device, the doors and fixtures providing anchor points for people’s own narrative.

Running for the duration of the festival, the piece became a stage set, meeting place and a games board, where imaginations ran riot and dynamics changed from daylight family games to intrigue and mystery through shadows and spotlights under cover of darkness…

Photo 1 by Mark Welby, Photo 4 by Terry Rook – Glance Image
used with permission by Shambala Festival and Photo 5 by
Fergus Coyle

The Junk Boat

“The Junk Boat combined sculptural and technical artistry to create a thought provoking space that generated a real sense of belonging and celebration” Emily Eavis, Co-organiser Glastonbury Festival

How do you communicate the reality of climate change in an engaging, original way that gets people ON BOARD?

Powered by the sun and wind, The Junk Boat departed on a voyage mission to do just that, pulling up to port at high profile arts festivals across the country including Glastonbury, the Big Green Gathering and Shambala hosting workshops, talks, music, story telling and cinema.

A meeting of creative, playful and environmentally conscious minds, The Junk Boat was designed, built and toured by Craftedspace in collaboration with Recycled Venues.

A space for everyone, it was a resounding success – a highly imaginative playful arena that encouraged both children and adults to be truly present, a platform for connection, communication, sharing and most of all celebration!

Photo 1 by Stonefree Photography and Photo 2 by Recycled Venues

Turf works

“Jenny and Mehdi design and build simple, expressive and playful structures, fit for purpose and aesthetically right on.” Bob Wilson Special Events Co-ordinator Greenpeace UK

Turf works is a long-term creative project that is the product of a highly successful working relationship between Greenpeace and Craftedspace.

A central feature of Greenpeace’s field at Glastonbury, the Turf Works concept evolved over a period of 6 years from a grassy mound, with comfortable seats cut out and upholstered in turf, into a landscape of amphitheatre proportions.

This unique seated environment has been a significant success, creating an atmosphere in and around the grassy furniture that is palpably at ease, its ambience one of warmth, relaxation and humour.

To date the installations have been temporary, created from spoil that has been removed elsewhere onsite, with a view to creating a permanent turf landscape in the future. We advise that all that is required for maintenance is an army of guinea pigs…or possibly a strimmer.

Photos 2 & 3 by Will Rose for Greenpeace UK

Natural forms

Arts events and festivals have proved a fertile ground for experimenting with natural forms and materials.

Their platform is our investigational outdoor studio keeping our creative practice fresh and informing our more permanent architectural designs.

Using woven willow, bamboo, thatch and hazel in conjunction with wooden shingles, cordwood and clay, we aspire to create low impact temporary structures, sculptural forms that allow the play of light and texture to define beautiful soulful spaces.

The woven willow environments were created in collaboration with artist Julie Starks, combining design and craft skills to sublime effect.

These projects have allowed us to observe how hundreds and thousands of people negotiate playful environments. How they can flow like liquid, how they respond to invitation. We have observed the tension between stimulation and stillness, learning how to avoid creating dead spaces or ones that are frenetic: exploring how to soothe people’s souls through changing their physical environment.

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