Sophie Mellor is an artist and curator based in London. She has established a collaborative practice over the last ten years, working across disciplines but with a specific interest in art and social transaction. She is a founding member of Girl Gang, a group of women engaged in rethinking personal training, most recently commissioned by AND Festival (Manchester). Sophie co-founded Plan 9, an artist-led organisation in Bristol, curating a large body of new projects with her collaborators. In 2010 she embarked upon the ‘Urban Retreat’ series of works co-developed with ArtGene in Cumbria. She subsequently developed this strand of work at a residency with PLAND in the New Mexico desert, leading to several new film works. More recently, she has worked with Simon Poulter, as Close and Remote – they are presently working on a series of digital projects in London for 2013.