Squirrel Nation Studio create memorable experiences and concepts that consider co-existence as an ethic. Our work spans installation and live events in a range of public settings, from an urban mushroom farm reimagining the future of food in climate emergency, to moving image; Nature’s Switch, which was also exhibited in a forest clearing and explores human-plant relationships to red light. Leading through intersectional practices, Squirrel Nation is co-founded and directed by Caroline Ward and Erinma Ochu. Squirrel Nation were artists in residence in The Stuart Hall Library/INIVA (2018) and Jerwood Fellows at Manchester International Festival in 2017 and 2019. We’ve been commissioned by Sheffield Doc/Fest, Brighton Digital, Shuffle Festival, Arts Council England, European City of Science, Wellcome Collection and Manchester Science Partnerships.
Caroline Ward is an artist, designer and researcher whose practice spans moving image, performance, digital interaction and installation. Her critical practice explores the public imagination as a contested site and care as an ethic, informed by architecture, human sciences and technology, and focused on posthuman perspectives. She has a Masters in Research at The Royal College of Art. She has worked as designer and researcher at BBC Future Experiences, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and currently, The Wellcome Trust. In 2019 Caroline was awarded a British Council research bursary and a Jerwood Fellowship at Manchester International Festival.
Trained as a neuroscientist, with a PhD from The University of Manchester, Erinma worked in broadcast science TV before securing a Sci-Art fellowship to evolve her practice through scriptwriting, filmmaking and digital participation. As EAVE-trained producer and curator, she executive produced film slates and exhibits for B3 Media and currently curates a public series of talks, film and exhibits at Sheffield International Documentary Festival, inspired by the convergence of social, environmental and digital movements. In this regard, as a practice based researcher and lecturer, she holds grants as Digital Society Fellow from Wellcome and in digital storytelling from UK Natural Environment Research Council.