BBC announces six artists chosen to be part of Artists and Archive: Artist Moving Image at the BBC

The BBC has chosen the six Scottish moving image artists who will be given access to explore the BBC archives in order to create their own artworks inspired by classic and lesser-known BBC programmes from throughout its history. The selected artists are Kate Davis, Kathryn Elkin, Turner Prize-nominated Luke Fowler, Torsten Lauschmann, Alia Sayed and Stephen Sutcliffe.

BBC Scotland, Creative Scotland and LUX arts agency have partnered to create Artists and Archive: Artist Moving Image at the BBC, a unique and unparalleled initiative that for the first time will create six new moving image works to be hosted online at and around the country. This initiative marks the start of the BBC’s on-going commitment to allow artists access to archives.

Jonty Claypole, Head of Arts for BBC Productions, says: “We were bowled over by the quality of moving image artists in Scotland and are looking forward to seeing what the chosen six are able to produce. The BBC Archive is a rich and unrivalled resource so this is a unique opportunity for some of Scotland’s most interesting artists to create an eclectic mix of new works. We want to learn from these artists and see the archive used in new ways.”

Leonie Bell, Director of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland, says: “Creative Scotland is delighted to be supporting LUX to deliver these residencies in partnership with BBC Scotland through the Creative Futures Programme. The BBC archive is a rich resource that will offer these artists significant source material and access to production facilities, allowing them to develop their practice and create wonderful new works.”

The six artists are:

Kate Davis

Born in New Zealand, Kate Davis lives and works in Glasgow. Questioning how to bear witness to the complexities of the past, Davis’s artwork is an attempt to reconsider, reclaim and reinvent what certain histories could look, sound and feel like. Informed by successive waves of feminist art and theory, Davis works across a range of media, including drawing, installation, bookworks and film/video.

Kathryn Elkin

Kathryn Elkin works predominantly in performance, video and writing. She is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths College and participated in the LUX Associate Artists Programme 2012/13. Her work concerns a comparison of the way in which we experience art to the ways and means it is understood culturally.

Luke Fowler

Luke Fowler (born 1978) is an artist, filmmaker, and musician based in Glasgow. He collaborates regularly with Richard Youngs, Eric La Casa, Toshiya Tsunoda and Lee Patterson. Fowler was awarded the inaugural Derek Jarman Award in 2008 and, in 2012, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. His latest film, The Poor Stockinger, The Luddite Cropper And The Deluded Followers Of Joanna Southcott won awards at the Mexico and Lima film festivals.

Torsten Lauschmann

Torsten Lauschmann’s diverse practice continually shifts and plays with expectations of images and the interpretation of meaning. He is concerned with both the aesthetic content of images and the ‘decoding’ of meaning and narrative. Since moving to Glasgow in 1993 to study Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art, Lauschmann has been exhibiting, screening and performing his work throughout the UK and internationally.

Alia Syed

Alia Syed is an experimental filmmaker and artist. She grew up in Glasgow, moving to London at 17. She earned a Bachelors in Fine Arts from University of East London in 1987 and a Postgraduate degree in Mixed Media from Slade School of Fine Art in 1992. Syed’s work has been screened and exhibited in museums, galleries, and festivals worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) in London, and the Talwar Gallery, which has represented her for over a decade, in New York and in New Delhi.

Stephen Sutcliffe

Stephen Sutcliffe (born 1968, Harrogate) lives and works in Glasgow. Recent solo exhibitions include Tramway, Glasgow (2013) Rob Tufnell, London (2012), Stills, Edinburgh (2011), Whitechapel Auditorium (2010), Cubitt, London (2009), Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin (2008) and Art Now, Light Box, Tate Britain (2005). Group exhibitions include: Frieze Projects, ‘Project 35’, Independent Curators International, touring to various venues in the United States (2010), ‘The Associates’, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2009) and ‘Nought to Sixty’ and ‘Talk Show’ at the ICA, London (2008 and 2009 respectively).

The Hatchery, where ideas are born

GSA Library have launched a new creative research mini-site called The Hatchery.

Discover how artists, writers and creatives have used the collections of Glasgow School of Art Library to inspire, challenge or expand their practice. From interventions into our spaces, to installations amongst our shelves, our collections can be used to explore and challenge artistic, cultural and philosophical themes and preoccupations.

The site is full of useful and interesting case studies about how GSA students and other creative practitioners have been using GSA Library and its holdings.

You can visit the site here. Get cracking!

Artists using archives: Nicola Naismith (Part II)

Nicola Naismith Administrative Processes + Events = Documents 2013.  Image reproduced by permission of the Parliamentary Archives

Nicola Naismith, Administrative Processes + Events = Documents 2013. Image reproduced by permission of the Parliamentary Archives

A few months ago we blogged about artist Nicola Naismith‘s use of archives in her creative practice in a project based at the Norfolk Record Office (NRO) in Norwich and the Parliamentary Archives (PA) in London.

The project was a commission to make a digital artwork from documents in both the Parliamentary Archives and Norfolk Record Office focused on the 1821 Land Tax Act.

Well the project is now completed and is live on Youtube. You can also find more information on the following blog posts here and here.

Artists using archives: Nicola Naismith

Nicola Naismith, 'Render Doodle', Pencil on Paper, February 2013

Nicola Naismith, Render Doodle, pencil on paper, February 2013

Nicola Naismith is a visual artist who uses analogue and digital technologies to make connections between historical and contemporary contexts. She is currently involved in a project based at the Norfolk Record Office (NRO) in Norwich and the Parliamentary Archives (PA) in London.

The project links the parliamentary outreach project People and Parliament: Connecting with Communities with the Arts In Parliament programme. The outcome of the commission will be shown on the Parliamentary website in 2013.

Nicola’s blog tracks the development of the project. You can also visit her personal website for more information about the artist.

Artists using archives: Les Bicknell, unpicking and rebinding

Creased archive volumes provide inspiration

Creased archive volumes provide inspiration

Artist Les Bicknell is working on an Arts Council funded project called unpicking and rebinding which seeks to map and present the making of and thinking behind a body of new work that explores the fold.

Archive materials inform Les Bicknell's creative process

Archive materials inform Les Bicknell’s creative process

Working with a number of archives and collections in the Eastern Region the project aims to present the idea of an entry point for exploring and utilising the collections. He is working in partnership with The Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL) Suffolk, Carrow House – Norwich, Norwich Castle Museum, Suffolk County Council Archives and Norwich University College of the Creative Arts (NUCA).

For more information about the project visit the unpicking and rebinding blog.

Unsung Heroes


Unsung Heroes installation

Unsung Heroes installation. Image credit: Shannon Tofts

Unsung Heroes installation

Unsung Heroes installation. Image credit: Shannon Tofts

Last year Lothian Health Services Archive was involved in a HLF-funded project called ‘Unsung Heroes’, in which students and staff from Edinburgh College of Art produced new pieces based on their experience of Lothian Health Services Archive material relating to nursing (including their collection of historic nursing and hospital badges), along with oral histories collected from current and retired nurses. Some of the historic badges and the new pieces created have formed a permanent installation in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. More information about the project is available on their website.

Artists using archives: The Illustrated Archive

Illustrator Lucy Roscoe has been exploring the collections at the John Gray Centre in East Lothian. Taking inspiration from a range of items such as 19th century letters and a Baillie Court Book from 1647, Lucy has recently completed a series of watercolours entitled ‘The Illustrated Archive’. Lucy has been investigating and taking inspiration from the Haddington Criminal Register and has uncovered lots about East Lothian’s criminal underworld of the late 1800s.

One of the watercolours in the series is “Theft of Umbrellas” which depicts Michael Bolan, of no fixed residence, who was arrested on 4 January 1898 accused of stealing umbrellas from a shop in Market Street, Haddington. The 29 year old from Dublin received a punishment of 30 days in jail.
The collection thus far is available to view on the John Gray website. You can also find out more about Lucy’s work by visiting her website.