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beyond the frame - artist or film maker

16:00 on 30 July 2010
Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP

One in a series of public events promoted by VAGA Scotland to discuss issues and topics impacting on the visual arts sector.

beyond the frame… artist or film maker? took the form of a chaired discussion event to debate issues around the different perspectives artists and film makers bring to their work and its presentation. The discussion referenced some of the difference between artist and cinema and held on to that ‘inbetween’ space. And who is the audience?

Hosted by Stills, as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, speakers were:
Dr Kim Knowles (Chair), School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent
Dr Sarah Smith, Department of Historical & Critical Studies, The Glasgow School of Art
Stephen Sutcliffe, artist / film-maker
Eleanor Yule, freelance writer and director for Film and TV

Kim Knowles is an academic and a film curator based at the University of Kent. She has written on a variety of aspects of historical and contemporary avant-garde film, and has recently published a book entitled ‘A Cinematic Artist: The Films of Man Ray’. She is the experimental film programmer for the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is founder / director of Diversions, a festival of experimental film and video, also based in Edinburgh.

Dr Sarah Smith is a Lecturer in the Department of Historical and Critical Studies at The Glasgow School of Art. Her research interests are in experimental cinema and feminist art. She has published in journals such as Screen and Field Day Review and frequently writes catalogue essays for both local and international exhibitions as well as reviews for art magazines such as Map and Untitled.

Stephen Sutcliffe is an artist living and working in Glasgow. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at Rob Tufnell London; Cubitt, London; Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin; Tate Britain, Art Now / Lightbox and at the ICA, London, as part of Nought to Sixty. His work has been included in a number of group exhibitions at venues including Dundee Contemporary Arts; Studio Voltaire, London; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; the Zenomap Performance Space at the Venice Biennale and in the British Council touring exhibition ‘Electric Earth.’ Stephen was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2009. In 2011 he will have a solo exhibition at Stills during the Edinburgh Art Festival and will be included in the Independent Curators International, ‘Project 35’ that will be touring venues in the United States. Stephen has also been commissioned by Frieze Projects to present a new work during the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park 14 – 17 October and is the Whitechapel’s artist for the 2010/11 Auditorium Project.

Eleanor Yule studied film at Glasgow and Bristol Universities. Her arts documentary work for the BBC includes the critically acclaimed OMNIBUS on French painter Pierre Bonnard and a series of films with ex – Python, Michael Palin, about overlooked painters. Michael Palin And The Mystery Of Hammershoi, for BBC 1, inspired an exhibition at the Royal Academy in London and was nominated for both BAFTA and FIFA (Festival of Arts in Montreal). Eleanor also writes and directs for the theatre and cinema. Her first feature film Blinded, a dark love story, starring Peter Mullan and Jodhi May, played in competition at film festivals all over the world including Edinburgh (Michael Powell award), Taormina, Istanbul and Moscow. This year she has moved out of the Scots Miserablist camp to produce two comedies, Desperate Fishwives, a Doric comedy pilot for the BBC and Love Cake, a sweet Romance.


Posted by: Ben Spencer

Dr Kim Knowles

Dr Kim Knowles