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Young Stove Member Profile: Sullivan Michael


What is your earliest memory?
I remember in the flat with Mum and the radio and a song with brass instruments was playing.  It was night time and the kitchen was yellow.  (It was usually yellow at night, and bluey-grey in the day.)  This could have been around winter time.  We were making a pizza with a smiley face on it.  It tasted disgusting.  We laughed.

What drew you to The Stove? 

What’s your favourite place to be in D&G?

Kirkbean…  The woods, the fields, the river with the cave.

What’s been the most exiting part of the Stove Process for you?
I suppose the most exciting part is seeing a variation of ideas and being part of interesting discussions with all these different artists.  Meeting new and intruiging people with great imaginations is a brilliant experience.

What instrument would you play if you could instantly master it?

Ocarina of Time.

Would you share three words that you love?

Sing, Treasure, Lux.

Tell us about your creative process.
Sometimes it’s hectic, sometimes it’s structured.  I’d say it’s a balanced combination of the two.  When I’m certain of what it is that I’m doing, then suddenly uncertainty may arise to spur on an unexpected avenue.  If I’m not quite sure of where it is that I’m going, then I’ll just wander blindly until my right hand grips the banister a split second prior to what could have been a plumetting journey down the staircase.  Sometimes I take that plummet too.  I am quite orderly beneath all the chaos though…  Or maybe it’s the other way around.

What’s the best thing anyone’s said to you?
“Eyes down.”

Tell us a joke.

(At this point we had to pause the interview as Sullivan began breathing into a paper bag, body contorted, rocking backwards and forwards in a most awkward manner.) 

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever got?
“Keep going.”

Tell us your passion:
My passion is to express myself… So I’ll do that to the very best of my ability.  And on those most formidable of lazy days, I’ll drag myself into action kicking and screaming.  It’s the least I can do for myself.

What’s your dream for the arts in D&G?

Uninhibited imagination (with bells on).


The Young Stove’s first collective exhibition, Not to Be Sold Seperately will open at The Stove on Friday, 11th September and feature performance, live art, installation events as part of the exhibitions opening. More details about Not to Be Sold Seperately coming shortly.

Aged 16 to 30 and interested in the arts? Find out more about the Young Stove here

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