I am a Visual Artist and Filmmaker.
Rayna draws inspiration from everything she experiences around her, drawing source imagery from community ephemera and utilizing local pound shop materials to produce bold collages that explore diverse topics both global and personal, but always with a mischievous touch. Socio-political issues are often adressed and this juxtaposition is made uneasy by using an intensely bright colour range.
Trained in fine art, Rayna went on to work in digital photograpahy and film, creating and conducting many successful collaborative arts projects and documentaries, until a recent shoulder injury made her re-assess the time she spent working on the computer.
As a result she has returned to an older, non-collaborative, pre-digital method of creating hand-crafted works on paper.
Sept 13 Still Keeping The Fight Alive. Vodafone World of Difference Award Winner to make a film for the largest community anti-racist organisation in the UK – Newham Monitoring Project
Jan – Sep 12 It’s a Newham Thing. Year Long Arts project exploring locality in LB of Newham.Commissioned by Newham NDP, funded by Olympic Lottery, Arts Council of England, LB of Newham. Inspiring People. www.itsanewhamthing.com
Aug 11 Your Place or Mine. Public art audio, photo and web project. E7.
Funded by Newham ‘Go for It’ grants.
Jun 11 We are East. Curator and exhibitor for programme of artists film/ video in East London. Screened at Leytonstone arts festival, Arch 1 and Grassroots Cntre.
Jun 11 EXHIBIT. LOCATED. Newham’s Comtemporary Art Shows. Grassroots Centre, The Hub. Newham
May 10/11 The Fellowship Arts Project. Moving image project using Digital cameras with Waltham Forest education/community groups.
Sept 10 1 Square Mile. Lead artist on project exploring urban environment through ecology. Waltham Forest. Visiting Arts, British Council
Dec 10 Gaza Trilogy. Series of short films created and filmed with young people in Gaza, Palestine. Funded by Save The Children.