Mark Bleakley Mark Bleakley- Artist Research Bursary


Mark Bleakley is undertaking a remote research process supported by an Artist Research Bursary

His research will take place between August and December 2021.


Mark says: "Over the past year I began to feel groundless and in response to this I started to build a ground, a dance floor precisely. Currently it consists of 2 square metres of teak parquet flooring slowly being pieced together on one A0 and three A3 wooden panels. It is growing. 

Dance Makes the Floor is a new project where I am looking to develop a collectively built modular dance floor. The artist research bursary will initiate the first conversations with different artists and develop some responses to making panels of flooring collectively. I wish to begin developing a method to create an environment where the task of building a floor opens up a conversation with audiences/collaborators/participants exploring their relationships to the ground, to dance and the politics of public and social space."


The Artist Research Bursaries are a programme of support introduced by The Work Room in response to the ongoing and precarious position of freelance dance artists during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly artist members who are facing new or heightened barriers to accessing a studio practice. The bursary awards support members with flexible, remote research time to sustain and deepen their artistic practice in these uncertain times. The support is offered without a required outcome although The Work Room will support members to share or disseminate research where appropriate.

This research bursary is made possible with support from Jerwood Arts’ Commissioning for the Future Fund Jerwood Arts black and White text logo