Associate artist at The Tetley (Leeds,UK)
Ro Hardaker questions fixed logics of embodiment, advocates for difficult modes of artistic production and forms kinships with others. Using the body as the starting point for inquiry, they explore how things feel over what they look like.
Hardaker studied (BA) Fine Art At De Montfort University (2012) and MA Contemporary Art Practice: Performance at The Royal College of Art (2018). From 2014-2015 they were a participant on Spill Festival of Performance’s National Platform Programme, undertaking a year long mentorship programme with Zierle & Carter.
The project “CHANT (cleanse)” received an Arts Council Grants for the Arts in 2015, allowing Hardaker to undertake a rigorous exercise and training regime to alter and record the physical architecture of their body, whilst working and reworking half a tonne of clay and sheep’s fleeces over a period of months; culminating in multiple live incarnations of “CHANT (cleanse)” a rumination on the immovability of sculptural forms, the pliancy of flesh and a stark meditation on gendered grief. This work was extensively workshopped, with other makers and non-arts audiences and performed for the final time at Queer City Cinema and Performatorium (CA) in 2016.
Hardaker has been a visiting lecturer at De Montfort University, Birmingham University, Nottingham Trent University & The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama often working closely with artist Alicia Radage, a frequent performance and research collaborator.
Hardaker has been a life model for 8 years, working at Loughborough College, De Montfort University and many private & public classes. They have also worked as as an Early Years & Families Facilitator at Tate (Modern & Britain), assistant for the “Live Art & Families” programme at The Whitechapel Gallery & currently as a volunteer on the Tetley’s “Springboard” participation programme.