LOW PROFILE are Rachel Dobbs (IRL) and Hannah Rose (UK).

We have been working together in collaboration as artists since 2003 and are based in Plymouth (UK). We regularly work with organisations across the UK, and on self-initiated artworks that shift in scale, format and medium depending on context. 

LOW PROFILE are most interested in the connections between people, and creating new experiences that happen in people’s real life. We use things like bold statements, text, badges, sound, temporary gatherings, and event-structures to help us do this. We make art that is designed to be encountered in social situations, public spaces and become part of people’s everyday life. We work hard to make these encounters hopeful, engaging, joyful and thought-provoking.

In our artworks, we find ways to create human-to-human connection, temporary communities, collective experiences or situations that get people thinking about their own role as an individual who is part of a group (feeling part of something larger than themselves). We celebrate the strength of coming together, commarardie, resourcefulness, resilience, generosity, loyalty and not giving up.

We are interested in shifting and flattening hierarchies, and drawing attention to situations where people butt up against rules, authority, systems of decision-making and power. 

We often bring people into our work as participants, collaborators & experts in their field, where their involvement is highly valued & carefully considered.


Recent commissions/projects include SIGNS FOR / OF CHANGE (temporary public artwork) The Box (2020); PEOPLE (temporary public artwork, film & jigsaw); In Certain Places & The Harris Museum, Preston (2019); For me, for her, for you (7 track audio artwork) The National Trust (2018); & Jamboree 2018 (artists professional development event for 150 artists & curators at the Dartington Estate) in partnership with a-n & Plymouth College of Art.

LOW PROFILE have work in a number of collections including FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library & The Box, Plymouth.

CV
[Selected projects]

Public realm
SIGNS FOR / OF CHANGE (temporary public artwork) The Box (2020)
PEOPLE (text); In Certain Places & The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Preston (2019)
– Never Give Up (large scale site-responsive text work) initially produced for – Against All Odds at Exeter Phoenix (2013), later toured to Toynbee Studio, London (2014); The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2016)
– WOULD YOU LIKE THIS BADGE? (limited edition badges & performance) commissioned and developed as part of Come to Ours (to run parallel to British Art Show 7), Plymouth (2011)

Gallery
– PEOPLE (film); (group exhibition) Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station, The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Preston (2019)
– Impromptu (solo exhibition) The Edge, Bath (2015); Plymouth Art Weekender (2016)
– Against All Odds (solo exhibition) Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (2013)

Participatory
– For me, for her, for you (7 track audio artwork); The National Trust 2018
– Picture In the Paper (participatory public art project and permanent display) ICIA, Bath (2014)
– LOYAL (loyalty scheme & badge work), Hunt & Darton Cafe (2012)

Artist-led
– Jamboree (artists professional development) originally developed in partnership with a-n & Plymouth Art Centre (2015) with a-n & Plymouth College of Art (Summer 2018), forthcoming (2020)
– LOCAL (limited edition badge work) Plymouth Art Weekender (2017)
– Come to Ours (programme of activity & events that celebrated and showcased the work of both emerging and established artists and curators) (Sept-Dec 2011).
– PL:ay (a festival of live art) (project managers & programmers) 2-day public-facing festival in unusual venues in Plymouth city centre funded by Arts Council England & Plymouth City Council, Plymouth (2007)

Commissions
SIGNS FOR / OF CHANGE (temporary public artwork) The Box (2020)
– PEOPLE (temporary public text-work & film); In Certain Places & The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Preston (2019)
– For me, for her, for you (7 track audio artwork); The National Trust (2018)
– Picture In the Paper (participatory public art project and permanent display) The Edge, Bath (2014)
– Survival Shelf 2012, LOYAL& LOW PROFILE newspaper (installation, limited edition badges & publication) commissioned and developed for Hunt & Darton Cafe / Live Art Collective East, Cambridge, & Edinburgh Fringe (2012); and 8 city UK tour funded by ACE Strategic Tour Fund (2014-2015)
– YOU MADE IT (limited edition badges) Night Watch, Cambridge Junction (2014)
– Singing Bottle (Britain’s Top 20 Most Requested Karaoke Songs, Organised By Starting Note) (limited edition wine labels), Plymouth Arts Centre (2014)
– MAKING YOUR WAY IN THE WORLD TODAY TAKES EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT (activities & performative actions commissioned for Inbetween Time 10), Arnolfini, Bristol (2010)
– Worth The Trip (publication & limited edition badge set) commissioned to mark the relaunch of the extended Newlyn Art Gallery and the opening of The Exchange Penzance, Cornwall (2007)

Archive 2003-2012 live work
– 3 Essays On The 3 Fictional Characters Americans Would Most Want By Their Side In A Situation Of Emergency (performances at: Artsadmin Showcase (2014); Miniature Essay: Happy Hypocrite, Spike Island, Bristol (2011) and Art Crush, The Junction, Cambridge (2013)
– A Lesson in Love (recent performances at: Peninsula Arts, Plymouth (2014); PW10/Lingua Franca, Arnolfini, Bristol (2010) and Dartington College of Arts, Totnes (2009)
– The Book of Survival (performances at: Exeter Phoenix (2014); Dartington College of Arts, Totnes (2010) and The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2008)
– MacGyver’thon (performances at: 91mQ Projectspace, Berlin as part of Nude as the News (2010) and Plymouth Arts Centre, as part of Proximity Effect, Plymouth (2008)
– Just In Case (performances at: diskurs05 festival, Gießen (DE) (2005); TENT, Rotterdam (NL) (2005) and OVADA, VENT live art residency, Oxford (2005)

Publications & writing
– Here’s To Another 10 (publication, book launch and performances) ICIA, Bath (2013)
– Worth The Trip (publication & limited edition badge set) commissioned to mark the relaunch of the extended Newlyn Art Gallery and the opening of The Exchange Penzance, Cornwall (2007)
– DIY (Do.It.Yourself) 2 (2015) Robert Daniels (ed) DIY (Do.It.Yourself) (2014) Robert Daniels (ed)
– How to… Work With Others (2013) Artquest
– Soon all your neighbours will be artists (2011) Extra Special People / Aid & Abet / Spike Associates / WARP
– OMSKBOOK: a testing ground for film, video, live art, sound and mayhem  (2007) Clare Moloney (ed)
– Black Friday (2005) Christoph Keller (ed) Revolver Books
– Looking, Encountering, Staging (2005) Anke Bangma (ed)

Collections:
Survival Shelf (2013-18), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, acquired 2019
Never Give Up (2013- on-going), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, acquired 2019
PEOPLE (film) (2019), Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Preston, acquired 2019
Would you like this badge? (2011), The Box, Plymouth, acquired 2012

Awards & Memberships:
Artsadmin Bursary Supported Artists (2012 – 2014)
Arts Council England – Grants for the Arts (2017) Jamboree; (2014) Picture In The Paper; (2011) Come To Ours; (2007) PL:ay
Arnolfini Associate Artists (2007 – 2013)

Education:
Rachel Dobbs – MA Contemporary Art Practice and Dissemination (AHRC funded, distinction) – Dartington College of Art / University College Falmouth (2008 – 10)
Hannah Rose – MA Fine Art, Piet Zwart Institute, Hogeschool Rotterdam (2003-2005)