Carnesky Productions was founded by showwoman Marisa Carnesky, an artist who has been presenting performance-led work for over twenty years. Her most famous and long running piece is Carnesky’s Ghost Train, a large scale art-house theme park ride, permanently sited in Blackpool and set to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2014. Her solo shows include Jewess Tattooess (toured internationally including ICA; BAC; Riverside Studios; LA International Festival; Scena Contemporanea, Madrid; City of Women, Slovenia; Acco Festival, Israel), and past collaborations include the Olivier Award-winning C’est Duckie (touring included the Barbican; PS122, New York; Philippe Starck Building, Tokyo). She was an Arts & Humanities Research Council fellow at The University of Sheffield’s National Fairground Archive, and Carnesky Productions is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. Marisa is completing a practice-based PhD at Middlesex University.
Marisa regularly runs a scheme called Carnesky’s Finishing School. This generally takes the form of a one week intensive course ending with each participant presenting a new work at a public arts/cabaret event hosted by Marisa.