Team Grief

We are a small team of three brilliant woman with a wider team of associate artists we collaborate with regularly.

Ellie Harrison

Artistic Director

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Ellie Harrison is a performance maker and artist living in Leeds and working internationally.

She creates a range of solo and collaborative devised performance work for studios, galleries, found and public spaces. Participation is at the heart of all of her work as a performer, facilitator and mentor of young people. Her work is often characterised by a playful and provocative approach to difficult topics, encouraging audiences to make decisions and participate.

She graduated from Bretton Hall with a first class Degree in Acting in 2006 and an MA in Performance with Distinction from Leeds Beckett University in 2011.

After graduating Ellie was on the Artistic Direction team for Pointed Arrow, making a range of journey based public art projects. Her first solo show Dressing The Part toured nationally and was developed into a durational performance in collaboration with Ollie Smith and supported by Greenroom Manchester and Light Night Leeds.

In 2015 Ellie won A Love Arts award for her work on The Grief Series. Working on Grief Series has seen Ellie travel to Prague, Paris, Mexico City, Sibiu Festival and Timisoara Romania. The Projects in The Grief Series have gained national press attention. She has been invited to speak on Radio 4's Women’s Hour and has been included in Lynn Gardner’s theatre pick of the year.

Anna Turzynski

Senior Producer

Anna is an independent producer based in Leeds. Her work spans art forms and she specialises in site-based and community work.


Dedicated to bringing work to non-traditional spaces and audiences, Anna is the senior producer at Compass Live Art and for the acclaimed Grief Series. Her focus is on maintaining strong links with project partners and bringing projects to fruition using rigorous research.


She has produced work for Leeds Playhouse, Unlimited Theatre and Riptide, as well as large-scale work for local authorities such as Light Night Leeds and Woven Textile Festival in Kirklees. 


Anna is also part of The Holy Art Grail peer support network run by East Street Arts. She sits on the board for Urban Angels Circus Ltd and lectures regularly on careers in the creative industries, as well as mentoring young female producers in Yorkshire.


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Jessica Sweet

People and Projects Producer


Jessica is an artist, producer, project manager, chef, bar maid, cleaner and curator. She has been involved with The Grief Series in various capacities since 2012 when she came on board as a placement student and in 2016 joined as Producer of Team Grief. Her role in this team is to manage people and places. 


Her interests lie in making hard to define or unusually placed artworks and events happen, occasionally appearing in them.  


When Jess isn't producing for Ellie she is the Artistic Director of CLAY: Centre for Live Art Yorkshire . CLAY is an organisation based in Leeds that seeks to bring experimental, interdiscerplinary performance and live art to Yorkshire and beyond, and to support artists working in that field.

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Bethany Wells

Bethany is a designer working across theatre, site-specific performance + installation design. She learnt fairground sign-painting when designing Part 4: The Unfair, and has collaborated as designer on Part 6: Journey With Absent Friends and Part 7: All That


Matt Allen

Matt is a digital/ live artist and curator. He collaborated on Part 7 All That Lives R&D and has documented Grief Series work using 360 filming.

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Dr. Anni Raw

Anni is an ethnographer and independent academic. She was instrumental in setting up the international collaborations for Part 7 All That Lives. She collaborated on the R&D for All That Lives and continues to be an important sounding board.


Dr Jessica Hammett

Jess is a historian who collaborated on Journey With Absent Friend as well as co-writing an article for History Workshop Journal and delivering The Senses and Spaces of Death, Dying And Remembrance International Conference with Laura and Ellie

Dr. Laura King

Laura is a historian based at University of Leeds. She collaborated on Part 6 Journey With Absent Friends and she has worked with Ellie and Jess Hammet to write an article for History Workshop Journal. Ellie, Laura and Jess have also delivered a number of international conferences, workshops and outreach activity together

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Hayley Mills Styles

Hayley is a textile artist who collaborated on part 6 Journey With Absent Friends as
well as a number of mini collaborations for Part 4 and various outreach activities.

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Jo and Stu are chefs and independent restaurateurs. They collaborated on the performance meals in Journey With Absent Friends

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Matt Rogers

Matt has collaborated on many Grief Series projects as an outside eye, documentor, photographer and invaluable friend

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Fergus Dunnet

Fergus is an illustrator, game designer and maker who collaborated on Part 5 The Crossing

Matthew Bellwood

Matthew is an artist who co authors projects with communities who collaborated on Part 5 The Crossing

Matt Skyes Hooban

Matt collaborated on Part 6 Journey with Absent Friends renovating the caravan. He has also worked on every Grief Series project being a Roadie, technician, designer, builder and advocate of The Grief Series.


Adam Young

Adam is a live artist and collaborated on Part 4 The Unfair and the R&D for Part 7 All That Lives.


Team Mexico City

Mexico City Collaborators

Collaborators for part 7: All That Lives

Vlady Diaz 

Vlady is an independent film maker and producer based in Mexico City. He has been instrumental as an international host, translator and producer on Part 7 All That Lives. He also has spoken at 3 International conferences alongside Ellie. 

Laura Pirezz

Laura is a visual artist and vintage shop owner based in Mexico City. She is a collaborator on Part 7 All That Lives and has brought her varied skills including translation, illustration and making to Ellie and The Grief Series

Zion Art Studio 

Lead by Marco Medina, Zion Art Studios Collective include: 

Magnolia González Garcia, Jonathan Perez Ramirez, Christian Cruz Hernandez, Alejandro Pacheco.

Zion are Cartoneria (Paper craft artists and sculptors) based at Faro De Oriente Mexico City. They are collaborating on Part 7 All That Lives and continue to bring warmth and life to whatever they do.

Roshana Rubin Mayhew

Roshana is an artist working in film and photography. She collaborated on Part 3 What is Left? taking all the portraits as well as shaping and delivering the project

Jaye Kearney

Jaye is a performer and arts marketer. She collaborated on part 2 The Reservation and has carried out marketing activities, as well as being an invaluable friend, outside eye and advocate of The Grief Series since the beginning.

Matt Tullett

Matt made the video for Part 1 Etiquette of Grief and has taken documentation and publicity images for part 1 and 2 of The Grief Series

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The Grief Series is an unincorporated arts organisation. We work project to project on a part time basis with guidance from our wonderful Steering Panel made up of Artists/ Academics Alex Kelly, Alison Andrews, and Death Doula and founder of Pushing Up Daisies Festival Sue Robinson.

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Peter Reed

Peter worked with Ellie from the beginning of The Grief Series and produced parts 1-4. He is Co-Director, with Annie Lloyd, of Compass Live Art, supporting artists to make live, interactive and socially engaged contemporary art projects through a residency programme and a biennial festival in Leeds.