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Geoffa Fells

Geoffa is a composer, trumpeter and visual artist who uses her expertise of creation and imagination to write music to highlight the lives of those who are subject to prejudice and stigma. Often focussing on the rights of women and girls, she has an interdisciplinary practice that she defines as artistic activism/ARTIVISM.
Geoffa gained her Masters with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with her final performance piece, ‘Addiction 2017’ receiving the ‘Starred Award’ for exceptional performance. Geoffa was subsequently a Fellow of the Guildhall School, writing ‘Objectification, Crash Dieting and the Cabbage Soup Diet 2017’ for Barbican’s OpenFest and ‘Scratch the Surface 1’ for a Tate Modern exhibition. Geoffa has been writing a long term piece ‘Tree Branch Language’ of which the 2018 version has just been accepted for online publication by CoMA.

In July 2018, Geoffa led a two-week gender equality research project in Gois, Portugal, to explore how the unique gender roles in the area could be represented through multi-media composition. Titled ‘Scratch the Surface part 2’, the music was directly inspired by discussions and workshops with community youth groups and interviews with local social workers and gender activists. The project culminated in a 40 minute multi-media performance with soundscapes from the local landscape, hand-drawn projections, perspex sculptures and live trumpet and cello. The piece drew a large local audience and engaged successfully with ARTIVISM techniques including metaphor, story based strategy, social engagement, ethical spectacle and memorability and Geoffa has subsequently been invited back to further extend the project.