Cap & Dove


Joshua Sofaer

Joshua is Cap & Dove’s commissioned artist. Central to his work are the modes of collaboration and participation, which he explores through sculpture, performance, installation, exhibition and publication. Joshua’s practice is diverse and unfolds in all sorts of spaces, from the traditional gallery space to the opera house stage, from public outdoor spaces to domestic rooms in private homes. Recurring themes of his work include ‘rubbish’: what we choose to throw away; ‘collections’: what we choose to keep; and, ‘names’: how what we are called becomes who we are.

Tim Denton

Tim lives in Sale, Manchester. His studio in Trafford built the Cap & Dove vehicle. His studio imagines, visualise and builds engaging structures, furniture, objects and spaces. Recent projects include making furniture for a marketing suite, building a meeting pod for a creative office and installing a Christmas Tree at Sadler’s Yard on the NOMA estate in Manchester.

Caroline Dowsett

Caroline is originally from Stockport and now lives in Chorlton, Manchester. Caroline designed the posters displayed on the Cap & Dove exterior. A freelance artist and maker, her work is inspired by movement, words, sounds and feelings. Caroline mainly works in acrylic and ink, using a flat edged brush on paper and walls. She works with all the colours, using bold, fluid shapes and words in a playful approach to convey messages and conversation.

Maisy Summer

Maisy lives in Withington, Manchester and is based at Marketplace Studios, Stockport. An illustrator and animator, Maisy designed the Cap & Dove wallpaper. She works on a range of projects across publishing, animation, murals, installations and editorial. Maisy illustrations feature a variety of techniques including paper collage mixed with other traditional and digital mediums. This handcrafted and playful approach creates work that is skilfully composed and beautifully produced.

Zaynah Arif

Zaynah lives in Blackpool and is currently studying BA (Hons) Textile and Surface Design at the University of Bolton. Zaynah designed Cap & Dove’s curtains. Her design was chosen from 25 ideas submitted by students on the degree course. Zaynah enjoys working in both a traditional and contemporary style and is inspired by the combination of colour, composition, texture and pattern. Her pattern for Cap & Dove developed into a Kaleidoscope style repeat print, which has a floral design.

Afreena Islam

Afreena Islam is an artist and producer born and raised in Manchester. She is a performer in the Cap & Dove ensemble. She performed her solo show Daughters of the Curry Revolution all over the UK and internationally, and is a Project Manager for Diverse Actions, an initiative championing culturally diverse artists in Live Art. She sits on the board of Contact and has been learning British Sign Language for five years. She has two young children, Mikhail and Nuria, and spends most of her time hanging out with them.

Anna FC Smith

Anna is a Wigan based multimedia artist and one of the performers in the Cap & Dove ensemble. She has an obsession with folk culture and communal tradition. Her works develop through historical and anthropological research, emerging as multi-dimensional symbolic collages spanning eras. Touching on politics and examining low culture, through her work she explores the role history plays in our interpretation of the present, seeking links between contemporary society and its predecessors.

Jenny Gaskell

Jenny is an artist and celebrant – she gathers people here today. She’s interested in connection, art that happens in everyday places and creating scenarios for people to take agency. Jenny’s work includes creating an Art B&B bedroom in Blackpool, a cloakroom for The Lowry’s Girl Gang exhibition, international feminist campaigns, city-wide art festivals, a snooker hall series and a karaoke retreat. She also once worked as a non-religious church leader. For Cap & Dove, she is one of our performers.

Mark Croasdale

Mark lives in Stockport. He is an interdisciplinary artist and theatre maker and is a performer in the Cap & Dove ensemble. Mark is interested in human psychology, human history and the humour of being human. His work encompasses immersive art installations, intimate artistic ‘encounters’ right through to more traditional theatre. He is currently developing his first solo show, Staying In, premiering Feb 2021.

Richard Shields

He is a performer in the Cap & Dove ensemble.

Chanje Kunda

Chanje Kunda is a poet, playwright and performance artist. Her work explores 21st century life, and aims to use art as a tool to transform lives, shift consciousness and also bring joy to an otherwise serious and stressful modern existence. She predominately works as a solo artist in performance, across the literary, theatrical and live art sectors. Chanje has toured widely in the UK and internationally. During lockdown in 2020, Chanje has had creative commissions from DadaFest International Festival, Manchester International Festival and the Imperial War Museum.

Klaire Doyle

Klaire Doyle is a performance and interdisciplinary artist based in the North of England.

Her research predominantly investigates documentation, abjection, and the representation of these via actions, performance and participatory practise. She practises at Castlefield Wigan New Art Spaces, Cross Street Arts, The Birley and Wigan STEAM. Her work has been internationally exhibited since 2014, including solo and group works in TATE Modern, New York City, Venice Biennale, Moscow, and Helsinki.Klaire

Megan Griffith

Megan Marie Griffith is a Manchester based theatre director, creative producer, curator, facilitator and artist. She is the Artistic Director and Executive Producer of Girl Gang Manchester with whom she creates large scale collaborative events, immersive environments and inclusive atmospheres, including immersive screenings, exhibitions, creative club nights, online projects and workshops. Her varied career has included work with Contact, Manchester International Festival, Warp Films, HOME, The Lowry, Royal Exchange, Oldham Coliseum and the NHS.


(Photo by Annie Feng)

Steph Reynolds

Steph is a performer with a passion for interactive performance and utilising non- traditional theatre spaces. She is an associate artist with Hidden Track Theatre, and performed in their most recent show Drawing the Line as part of the Albany Rebels Season. Other credits include Stoke, A Love Story (Potboiler Theatre), Voices From The Moon in the Old State Cinema for Hidden Door Festival, other recent work with Mark Croasdale and Waterside Arts Centre on the site specific Live at Lyme. She has previously appeared in Scavengers (Hidden Track) Slingshot, Brief Encounters (24:7) and performed Twelfth Night in a swimming pool with Malkin Tower.

Joe Hartley