Collaborator Profile: Hollie Miller

Hollie Miller is a performance artist with an interdisciplinary practice. As part of the Shed Loads of Happiness project, her playful performance installation, Miniac, explored traces of Sutton’s steam history through a surrealist lens. using a range of small treasures to recreate fragments from the past and imagine new futures.
Hollie Miller

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have performed internationally in the UK, Europe, Finland, Switzerland, Japan, Argentina and New York. Select performances: V&A Museum, Nottdance Festival, The Place Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery, Fold, Land Art Biennale Art Safiental and Spiral Tokyo. 

I hold an MA from The Royal College of Art and BPA from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

How were you involved in Sutton STEAMs Ahead?

My performance and activity was presented in the garden of Little Holland House. I welcomed the audience to explore traces of the past to reimagine the future, with a range of unique objects such as miniatures from model railways, dolls houses and other small treasures. You could have expected to be immersed in a world of imaginative storytelling where the micro becomes macro through our attentiveness and care towards small things. Little Holland House tour guides were also on hand to offer brief tours around the house.
A small cabinet of surreal trinkets and models
Three adults and two children looking into a shed containing a small cabinet filled with surreal trinkets and models
Hollie Miller constructed a unique exhibition containing surreal trinkets and models as part of 'Miniac!', an activity within Stories from the Shed.

Were there any highlights and/or take-aways from being part of Sutton STEAMs Ahead?

This opportunity allowed me to create a participatory performance installation for young children and their families that I haven't done before. I really enjoyed interacting with the children and seeing their reactions to the imaginary world I created.
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