Pierce Starre (b.1984 Liverpool) is a UK based artist with a practice situated in performance. Pierce situates their personal experiences within a broader social and political context. Their artworks provide the viewer with an opportunity to be immersed within an embodied experience, creating a platform for connection, reflection, and discussion. Pierce understands the capacity of performance art to engage the artist and the viewer in a transformative exchange both through the live performance of the work and through its documentation. Their previous work has explored their lived experience of being a Child of Deaf Adults and has critiqued the restrictive nature of institutional frameworks.
Pierce has been awarded a commission by DaDaFest as part of their Artist Development fund; they are receiving ongoing mentoring support from Ireland’s leading Performance Artist; Amanda Coogan. Pierce performed at Word of Warning in Manchester and participated in Live Art Development Agency’s DIY16: 2019 – Ania Bas & Amy Pennington: Performance for Shy people. Playwriting for dyslexics. Pierce has also performed as part of Bbeyond’s monthly performance art meeting in Belfast and is an artist in residence on the MA Performance programme at Liverpool’s Hope University.
In January 2020 Pierce participated in the CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY “Dissenting Bodies Marking Time” at Venice International Performance Art Week. Pierce has recently started an artist residency at METAL Liverpool as part of the Independents Biennial 2020 and has also been awarded a commission by Heart of Glass as part of their Home Work programme. Their most recent performance, Reflection, was shared as part of Performistanbul’s Stay LIVE at Home project, the work is to be added to the British Library collection. Pierce is also a recent recipient of an Arts Council award as part of the Arts Councils Covid-19 Emergency response fund.
Pierce also runs Drip, an artist led platform facilitating the exploration and development of Live Art in Liverpool. Through Drip, Pierce has established SPILL YER TEA, an accessible and all inclusive experimental Live Art and Performance Art event that takes place at Constellations in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. Since August 2019 SPILL YER TEA has supported and platformed the work of twenty two emerging and established artists working both nationally and internationally.