Approved: 27.10.2011

Ian Henderson

Artist, Maker, Film-maker, Arts administrator, Lecturer / academic

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Approved: 27.10.2011

My art practice has evolved over time; initial activity was in ceramics and this endeavour, which was primarily concerned with a dialogue about the form and nature of the vessel has, over the years, given way to work based primarily in video or in multi-media installations that employ projections, sound and a variety of other three dimensional objects.

The subject matter of my work reflects my

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  • Location: South Queensferry, Scotland
  • Activities: Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Workshops, Learning programmes, Disability arts, Community arts, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Gallery education, Visual arts consultancy, Film-making
  • Categories: Ceramics, Digital, Drawing, Film & Video, Printmaking
 

Biography

My art practice has evolved over time; initial activity was in ceramics and this endeavour, which was primarily concerned with a dialogue about the form and nature of the vessel has, over the years, given way to work based primarily in video or in multi-media installations that employ projections, sound and a variety of other three dimensional objects. The subject matter of my work reflects my interests; mythology, fairy tales, spirituality and world religions sit alongside more technical concerns such as ecology, topography and satellite images of the Earth and cosmos. This eclectic range of interests determines some imagery; the sea, fire, and other elemental information meet shrouded figures, dark forests and barely seen monsters. I rarely intend the work to be literal. I intend most of my work to be viewed in a darkened space that allows the viewer to create some form of “separation” from their real life; I have become very involved in using video as a poetic medium that enables multiple associations reinforced by an often complex, multi-layered soundtrack. In this respect I am looking to develop a non-narrative form of image making that allows and encourages concurrent associations. The physical presentation of my work is informed by contemporary sculptural practice; using a wide range of materials and sensory elements. In addition to this I am highly influenced by ancient art - especially religious / spiritual art from a variety of cultures. I find the metaphorical content and formal nature of religious art to be powerfully evocative.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2006 - Masters Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture), Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

1989 - Postgraduate Diploma Design (Ceramics), Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

1988 - BA (Hons) Degree Ceramics, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

Group exhibitions

2006 - new Members show Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Lighthouse, Granton Road, Edinburgh Degree shows

2006 - Masters Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art

1989 - Postgraduate Diploma Show, City Art Centre, Market Street Edinburgh

1988 - Degree Show, City Art Centre, Market Street Edinburgh

Curated projects

2013 - StreetVideoArt - Sceaux, streets of Sceaux, Sceaux France

2013 - Utopie Distribue, Gallery White Project, Paris 2012 - StreetVideoArt, Exhibition Larcade Gallerie , Paris

2012 - Walk Your Telly - StreetVideoArt, Streets of Paris, Paris

2007 - Darkspace II New contemporary video works in Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Artist talks

2013 - My practice, Perth College / UHI, Perth

Private commissions

2009 - Hope & Freedom, Philpstoun House, Philpstoun House, West Lothian

Other

2012 - Hansel of Film - screening of short film "Fragile Memory", Shetland Arts, Filmhouse, Lothian Road Edinburgh, Hippodrome Theatre, Bo'Ness, Shetland Arts, Mareel Arts Centre, Shetland, Woodend Barns Art Centre, Banchory, Aberdeen