Artists Profiles: Craig Manson
Craig Manson is a performance artist from Wick who is currently based in Glasgow. Having studied acting and performance at Inverness College, he is now entering his final year on the Contemporary Performance Practice programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Craig makes original performances which fall under the category of Live Art – a contemporary method of creating new work which constantly challenges and interrogates what 'performance' is and what it has the capability to be. He creates performances, installations and interventions on his own and with other people, both artists and non-artists. Craig's work usually doesn't centre on fiction, characters or narratives – he always performs as facets of himself and uses his own personal experiences and autobiography as material for devising. His solo practice focuses on identity, sexuality, endurance and transformation. He believes that the process of making contemporary performance is a valuable tool that people can use in order to interrogate who they are and what their agency is in the wider world. As well as making performance, Craig has led various participatory and community projects with people of all ages and abilities, and has also worked as a guest lecturer at colleges.