"Pierce Starre is an artist unafraid of pushing boundaries, challenging hierarchies and producing site-specific performances and works of art that leave a lasting impression on the viewer" - Peter Bonnell, Senior Curator, QUAD

Pierce Starre (b.1984 Liverpool) is a UK based artist with a practice situated in performance. Pierce situates their personal experiences within a broader social and political context. Their artworks provide the viewer with an opportunity to be immersed within an embodied experience, creating a platform for connection, reflection, and discussion. Pierce understands the capacity of performance art to engage the artist and the viewer in a transformative exchange both through the live performance of the work and through its documentation. Their previous work has explored their lived experience of being a Child of Deaf Adults and has critiqued the restrictive nature of institutional frameworks.


Pierce has been awarded a commission by DaDaFest as part of their Artist Development fund; they are receiving ongoing mentoring support from Ireland’s leading Performance Artist; Amanda Coogan. Pierce performed at Word of Warning in Manchester and participated in Live Art Development Agency’s DIY16: 2019 – Ania Bas & Amy Pennington: Performance for Shy people. Playwriting for dyslexics. Pierce has also performed as part of Bbeyond’s monthly performance art meeting in Belfast and is an artist in residence on the MA Performance programme at Liverpool’s Hope University. Pierce  recently started an artist residency at METAL Liverpool as part of the Independents Biennial 2020, this residency has since been postponed due to Covid-19


In January 2020 Pierce participated in the CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY “Dissenting Bodies Marking Time” at Venice International Performance Art Week.  and has also been awarded a commission by Heart of Glass as part of their Home Work programme. Their most recent performance, Reflection, was shared as part of Performistanbul’s Stay LIVE at Home project, the work is to be added to the British Library collection. Pierce is also a recent recipient of an Arts Council award as part of the Arts Councils Covid-19 Emergency response fund.


In June 2020 Pierce will be presenting a live-streamed performance artwork in collaboration with their partner Nicholas Ball. The work explores what it means to be visible as a queer couple in a heteronormative world. The work will feature at the Arts Council funded Unshut Festival. Pierce will also be presenting a sound based performance exploring his relationship with his Profoundly Deaf parents during the Covid-19 lockdown. This work will feature in a podcast by the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research.


Pierce also runs Drip, an artist led platform facilitating the exploration and development of Live Art in Liverpool. Through Drip, Pierce has established SPILL YER TEA, an accessible and all inclusive experimental Live Art and Performance Art event that takes place at Constellations in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.  Since August 2019 SPILL YER TEA has supported and platformed the work of twenty two emerging and established artists working both nationally and internationally. 


Upcoming Dates 


CODAs in Motion: A talk and workshop open to Children of Deaf Adults over the age of 16. Supported by METAL Liverpool. Taking place on Friday 02 August 2020 at 10:00am – 11.30am (BST)


SPILL YER TEA #4 – DRIP Liverpool is back with is fourth instalment of SPILL YER TEA on the 20 August 2020. This time it’s online. 



  1. BA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class HonoursUniversity of Derby, UK, 2018

Talks and Panels

  1. CODAs in MotionZoom, METAL Culture UK, 2020
  2. CHRONICLES of CONFINEMENT: Europa ConferenceArterial Performance Lab, 2020
  3. (In)visible: Navigating the Heteronormative SpaceTruth and Reconciliation, Unburn.co, 2020
  4. Accessibility ConsultancyJerwood Arts, 2019
  5. Sounds Like HerNew Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK, 2017
  6. Why Performance Art?University of Derby, UK, 2017
  7. Movement & PerceptionQUAD, Derby, UK, 2014

Live Performance

  1. (In)visibleUnshut Festival, Sheffield, UK, 2020
  2. EmptyFuture Network Shorts, Metal Culture UK, 2020
  3. ReflectionHomework, Heart of Glass, St Helens, 2020
  4. ReflectionStay LIVE at Home, Performistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey, 2020
  5. Tea SpillLive Art Club, Cafe OTO, Hackney, London.  , 2020
  6. “COLLECTIVE” DissentVenice International Performance Art Week, Venice, Italy, 2020
  7. ChaosVenice International Performance Art Week, Venice, Italy, 2020
  8. LabelsEmergency, Word of Warning, Manchester, 2019
  9. ParadoxUniversity of Derby, UK, 2018
  10. /hiə/Divine Locale, Derby, UK, 2017
  11. Raising Your VoiceUniversity of Derby, UK, 2017


  1. ReflectionThe British Library (Acquisition), 2020
  2. LabelsMarcin Sz | The Past Tense + Guests​, Stryx Gallery Birmingham, 2019
  3. Vibrations and SynesthesiaNew Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK, 2015
  4. Movement & PerceptionQUAD, Derby, UK, 2014


  1. Remote ResidenciesMetal Culture UK, 2020
  2. Artist in ResidenceMetal + Independents Biennial, Liverpool, 2020
  3. MAP Artist in ResidenceLiverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK, 2019
  4. 12 Hour ResidenciesThe Gathering, ROAR, Rotherham, UK, 2017
  5. AmnesiaTempting Failure CIC, London, UK, 2016

Awards and Funding

  1. Remote ResidenciesMetal Culture UK, 2020
  2. Future Network ShortsMetal Culture UK, 2020
  3. Unshut FestivalSheffield, UK, 2020
  4. Arts Council Emergency Response Fund: for individualsArts Council England, 2020
  5. Home WorkHeart of Glass, St Helens, 2020
  6. Artists Development ProgrammeDaDaFest, Liverpool, 2019

Training and Workshops

  1. Mentorship with Peter Bonnell, Senior Curator, QUADDerby, UK, 2020
  2. Andrigo/Aliprandi, Vest&Page and La Pocha NostraCo-Creation Live Factory, Venice, Italy, 2020
  3. Bbeyond | Performance MonthlyBelfast, Northern Ireland, 2019
  4. Mentorship with Amanda Coogan, DadaFestBelfast, Northern Ireland, 2019
  5. DIY16: Performance for shy people… dyslexics.Live Art Development Agency, St Helens, 2019
  6. You Are Awesomely Wonky and Burning with RageJackie Hagan, DaDaFest, Liverpool, 2019
  7. Lead Artist, Sounds Like Her, New Art ExchangeNottingham, UK, 2017
  8. Lead Artist, Collabor8, Nottingham ContemporaryNottingham, UK, 2017
  9. Mentorship with Brian GriffinThe Shoes of Deauville, Deauville, France, 2016
  10. Lead Artist, Get Started With, FORMAT and Princes Trust, QUADDerby, UK, 2016

Curatorial and Programming

  1. SPILL YER TEADrip, Constellations, Liverpool, 2019

Publications and Media

  1. Venice International Performance Art Week: Pierce Starre’s ReflectionsDADAFest, 2020
  2. Zine Without A Crown, Page 38Wroclaw, Poland, 2020
  3. Getting Personal with Pierce StarreFilm4, Together TV and BSLZone, 2020
  4. SPILL YER TEA by DRIP LiverpoolThe Common Zine, Liverpool, 2019
  5. Meet the Artist: Pierce StarreDADAFest, 2019
  6. An unstoppable force vs. the immovable objectThe State of the Arts, 2019
  7. SPILL YER TEABBC Radio, 2019
  8. In conversation with SPILL YER TEAConstellations, Liverpool, 2019
  9. Restrictions on Creative FreedomDerby News, 2018
  10. 10 CODA Artists to ExploreKODAheart, 2018
  11. An enduring performance ; the Art of being /hɪə/Derby News, 2017
  12. /hɪə/BBC East Midlands Today, 2017
  13. /hɪə/BBC Radio, 2017
  14. Why this man will sit silently, blindfoldedDerby Telegraph, 2017
  15. Public try to ‘put off’ artist sitting silentlyDerby Telegraph, 2017
  16. How to be /hɪə/ now with Pierce StarreThis is IN Magazine, 2017
  17. Growing up as a CODAThe Limping Chicken, 2015