Join us for the first draft of Islanders, a new collaborative work combining live performance with moving image sequences. The work builds on strategies of co-authorship and ways to work together developed over the course of the 2-year project ‘Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects’, which previously led to the live events ‘World is Sudden: Part I’ and ‘Take the Credits’ at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s 2016 and 2017 editions.

Through collaged fragments, the work explores the construction of island identity at a point when the UK’s relationship to other landmasses and the sea around it is in flux. By collectively expanding and re-staging historical diverse representations of islands that exist in the popular imagination, Islanders offers a collage of material to propose critical relationships to states of isolation, political fantasy and the promise of rescue.

Commissioned by CIRCA Projects in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Tyneside Cinema and Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Giles Bailey

Giles Bailey works largely with performance, writing or strategically appropriating texts that he performs himself. Exhibitions and performances have been hosted variously by CCA Glasgow, Kunsthalle Basel, The Hepworth (Wakefield), The Northern Charter (Newcastle), The Chisenhale Gallery (London), OUTPOST Gallery (Norwich), Transmission Gallery (Glasgow) and Kunst Werke (Berlin).

Newcastle-based artists Sophie Soobramanien, Jamie Hammill and Nellie Saunby graduated from Newcastle University’s Fine Art programme in 2018. Previously they co-initiated the curatorial collective Double Yolk and have exhibited their work at Newcastle University Degree Show, Copeland Park, isthisit? and 36 Lime Street.

CIRCA Projects is an organisation, ran by Adam Phillips, Dawn Bothwell and Sam Watson, that collaborates with local and international artists and partners. They initiate contemporary art situations that explore context and format, rooted in the specific conditions of the northeast of England. In 2016, they invited artist Giles Bailey to join their organisation for a 2-year period—open-endedly exploring how artist and curator(s) might work together, employing de-organisation and dialogue as a tool to rethink the ‘art commission’.