Welcome

Welcome to the curious home page. We call our company "curious" because what drives us as artists is an intense curiosity about the world in which we live.

As curious we have produced over 40 projects in a range of disciplines including performance, installation, publication and film. Each of the projects starts with a question such as; "what smell reminds you of home?" (On the Scent); "what is lost and what is found in places undergoing rapid regeneration and change?" (Lost & Found); "why is the American gun lobby promoting feminine protection?" (Three Semi Automatics Just for Fun), "what do you long for and where do you belong?" (be)longing) and "what are gut feelings?" (Autobiology).  Our investigations involve intimate, personal journeys alongside public research and enquiry. This leads us into collaborations and conversations with a huge range of people - truckstop waitresses, biological scientists, political refugees, occularists, nuclear weapons experts, sex workers, old folks' social groups and lost property workers to name a few.

Curious was formed in 1996 by Leslie Hill and Helen Paris. Since then, the company has developed a reputation for its edgy, humorous interrogations of contemporary culture and politics, work that has been called as smart as it is seductive.  In 2011 Curious were delighted to invite Claudia Barton to join the company as an Associate Artist.

Curious books and DVDs can be purchased through the Artsadmin shop and the company runs a variety of workshops, mentoring and training sessions for artists nationally and internationally.

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Upcoming Events

  • Fri 8 Aug 2014: Out of Water - Edinburgh

    6.30am and 8.30pm each day At sunrise and sunset, for three days only, a captivating spectacle will emerge on Edinburgh&rsqu...
    Out of Water, Portobello Beach - Edinburgh - Read More

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July 5 & 6 Autobiology Workshop! Autobiology is a workshop developed by Curious that focuses on the generation of autobiographical material by exploring the connections between the body and the mind, biology and biography. Participants will nav...


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Toynbee Studios 28 Commercial Street E1 6AB T 020 7650 2350 E admin@artsadmin.co.uk 7.30pm. Arts Bar & Café, free. How does proximity between audiences and performers change the nature of live performance? How does it feel? How long c...


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Created by Helen Paris and Caroline Wright, Out of Water is coming to Portobello beach in Edinburgh. At sunrise and sunset, for three days only, a captivating spectacle will emerge on Edinburgh’s Portobello beach. Singers and swimmers strike o...


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Best Before End 30 July Warwick Arts Centre As part of the IFTR World Congress Visit the IFTR website for more details Curious have been thinking about language and love. Now, in this darkly comic solo performance, Helen Paris navigates a minef...


The new Curious short film Landfill made as part of the What On Earth film series commissioned by Artsadmin and Xenoki Films can now be viewed online and will be shown on the big screen as part of the London Short Film Festival in January - details c...


Curious will be performing as part of the British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival 22-27 August as part of the BAC programme at Summerhall the moment I saw you I knew I could love you is the current touring performance by Leslie Hill and H...


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Gut Feelings Trilogy DVD includes: full length documentation of the performance the moment I saw you I knew I could love you; the film Sea Swallow'd by Curious and Andrew Kotting; interviews on 'Autobiology' workshops - in which Curi...


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FOUR STARS Lyn Gardner The Guardian, Sunday 21 March 2010 Until I saw this exquisitely delicate show, created by Curious, staged here as part of Scotland's National Review of Live Art, I had never considered that when you are cast adrift on a lilo, ...