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The inspiration for imprint comes from the different ways we connect with our natural and wild environments, the imprints we leave and the memories we take away.


Our work explores themes of nature

  • as metaphors for the body in how we express ourselves physically
  • as stories we hold or create
  • to share experiences that bring us together.

Who we are

Imprint is led by artists Anne Colvin and Matt Bartram


Anne Colvin

Anne is a Dance Artist, Choreographer and Creative Practitioner. "Important for me in my work is human connection. I love the depth and richness that comes from exploring ideas and personal stories together through creativity and the unexpected that arrives as we play."


Matt Bartram

The other half of imprint is Matt Bartram, who is a Digital Artist working in film, design, illustration and photography. “I am drawn to the contrast, movement and patterns we find in nature and the ever-changing shifts in the environments we inhabit and exploring the parallels between us”


A card showing a photo of tall tree trunks in a wood lies on an old wooden gym floor with faded and bubbling varnish and some red and green criss-crossing tape. Around the photo are some twigs, leaves and pine cones, and small pieces of sheep's wool with moss tangled through. The warm sunlight is crossing this whole image.
Three balls of wool sit together on a fallen tree stump, overlooking a meadow with trees and the sky in the distance


Anne’s dance training is rooted in her creative approach which follows Laban's theory of movement - how we observe, describe and interpret what we experience, and the different ways we can choose to share.


Matt brings his experience and expertise in visual art and moving image to encourage us to really look, see and sense the detail and relate these to our individual and shared worlds.


Together we focus on creating connections and sharing meaning through visual, verbal and physical storytelling.


Our inclusive approach invites everyone into playful creative possibility and adopts the principles of co-creation, where we embark on the journey of exploration together, listening to each other, growing the process and being open to discovery.


"Together we notice, recognise and explore not just how our bodies move, but how we think, remember and can follow our curiosity."


As well as working on their own projects, imprint collaborate with cultural and community organisations to develop and deliver bespoke creative activity and projects for people across our communities.


These include

South East Dance

Great Ormond Street Hospital Arts

Highdown Gardens

A photograph of a sky mostly filled with dark clouds. The sea and a white sky can be seen in the far distance. Four people stand very small, as silhouettes standing on some grass. Three of the people stand close together, one behind the other with their arms out to the side. The fourth person stands about 10 feet away, looking at them.
Their complimentary skills lend themselves to a considered deep practice that is accessible and meaningful for participants and audiences alike.

Emily James-Farley, Creative Communities Manager, South East Dance