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THE MERRIE COLLECTIVE

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EMILY RYALLS 

Emily Ryalls is a freelance photographer and arts programmer/producer, she graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Fine Art Photography from Nottingham Trent University and has since gone on to exhibit work in venues across Europe as well as championing local community-based arts projects in West Yorkshire. Emily’s practice is rooted in visual storytelling and analogue processes. Her work explores the history of her own locality and portrayals of women, inspired by female gothic narratives - often creating beautiful and haunting imagery hand printed in the darkroom. Her ambitions lie in creating more opportunities and resources for young northern creatives, striving to work in a London-centric creative sector. 

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NIAMH DONNELLY 

2020 BA(Hons) Photography graduate Niamh Donnelly is a freelance photographer based in Wakefield. She is interested in analogue art practices, specifically in the North of England. She is currently undergoing development programmes with highly regarded organisations such as Redeye, to further her interest in documenting the spaces and places around us. 

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ELIAS CHADWICK

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KATIE HOPKINS

Katie Hopkins is Education, Communications and Events Manager at New Talent Fashion and freelance creative, managing all marketing for The Merrie Collective. In 2020 she graduated from Manchester Fashion Institute with a first-class degree in fashion promotion.

 

With a background in content creation, marketing and professional development; Katie strives to create opportunities and build confidence in young northern talent.

RYAN BELL

Ryan is a creative with a background and love for writing, particularly music journalism. Previous experience writing for online magazines such as Fortitude and Breaking Glass has allowed him the opportunity to review albums, report on concerts and interview notable artists and industry figures. As a Wakefield resident, some of Ryan’s proudest moments with the pen included his contribution to an anniversary zine celebrating the city’s premier record shop Wah Wah Records, and his affectionate article about local indie-rock titans The Cribs earned recognition from the band themselves. Having turned his hand to photography for the Our Diary project, Ryan has a newfound love for shooting on film and looks forward to incorporating it into future projects.

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RANYA ABDULATEEF

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THOMAS BAILEY

Tom is an aspiring photographer and all round creative. He specialises in documentary photography, wildlife photography and has a love for a broad range of styles including black and white film and more contemporary editing within Photoshop. While relatively inexperienced in paid photographical assignments, Tom creates work for his personal portfolio constantly and regularly updates his Instagram
page with his latest creative endeavours.

 

While photography is Tom’s main focus, he does often like to venture into musical arrangements and sketches, providing an array of different art forms within his portfolio of creative works. Tom can often be seen out and about various places, camera in hand (be it digital or film), seeking to create something new and always sharpen his skills with every passing shoot.

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CERYS DYSON

Cerys Dyson is a 25 year old visually impaired photographer from Wakefield that has studied photography at a HND level. Her practice involves documenting everyday surroundings, inspired by a quote from Elliott Erwitt which says “To me, photography is an art of observation." -

that's all about finding something interesting in an ordinary place.

 

Her achievements include featuring on the Wakefield Express and exhibiting at Artwalk Wakefield's 'Surrealism x Visual Impairment' at Create Café.

Ranya Abdulateef is a UK-based designer and printmaker working under the name, Rumanh.

Born in Iraq and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Ranya studied fashion and textile design at The Art House through the Studio of Sanctuary programme. Inspired by nature, art and Islamic geometric design, her unique hand-drawn designs, screenprints and embroidery pieces are extremely detailed. 

Ranya's work is made more distinct by the use, and often layering, of multiple techniques including printmaking, embroidery, drawing and illustration.

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CATHERINE SMART

Catherine is a multidisciplinary creative focusing on social research and writing. After graduating from Durham University with a BA (Hons) in Anthropology, Catherine’s interests lie in understanding different perspectives and ways of approaching the world. She has since worked in market research, which involved generating representative and relatable insights. 

 

Catherine has always engaged creatively through dramatic arts, which has influenced future projects through a focus on performative and expressive work. She enjoys exploring self expression through creative mediums, such as combining portrait photography with digital art, and raising social and political issues through writing and illustration.

ILISHA ALDRIDGE 

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