Approved: 12.06.2012

Sophie Bullock

Artist, Gallerist, Project manager, Event organiser

Approved: 12.06.2012

Fine Artist working in Birmingham. I am also co-founder and director of artist-run project space, Stryx, founded in October 2012.
The cinematic experience has an enduring and affecting nature, which remains with us long before, during and after the duration of a film. I make large-scale video installations that exploit cinemas’ capacity to transport the viewer to other levels of consciousness, and

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  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Curating, Project management, Film-making
  • Categories: Film & Video, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Sound
 

Biography

Fine Artist working in Birmingham. I am also co-founder and director of artist-run project space, Stryx, founded in October 2012. The cinematic experience has an enduring and affecting nature, which remains with us long before, during and after the duration of a film. I make large-scale video installations that exploit cinemas’ capacity to transport the viewer to other levels of consciousness, and to heighten tensions and anxieties that arise from both real and imagined spaces. I’m particularly interested in how what we see on the screen is perceived as real experience for the viewer. Inversely, how our contact and moments with films can affect one’s experience in a physical space outside the cinema, confusing memories with reality. For me, cinema is a way of bridging the gap between being simultaneously in reality and dream, both conscious and unconscious, and both inside and outside oneself.

CV & Education

EDUCATION
2009 - 2012
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Birmingham City University

EXHIBITIONS
2015
8-11 Oct, Code and Carpentry, as part of One Five west, Fierce Festival, Birmingham
11-12 Sep, SLIP, Moseley Baths, Birmingham
Candle and Bell, Creative Arts Hub, Mirfield, West Yorkshire
PROTECHT, Bank Space Gallery, The Cass, London
2014
Interactivos?14: Rethinking collective behavior and action, Media-lab Prado, Madrid
ESP Showreel, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Back to the Future, Longbridge Light Festival, Longbridge, Birmingham
Fierce Festival, Birmingham
ESP Film Open, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Between Two Worlds, Vivid Projects, Birmingham
Points of View, Centrala, Polish Expats Association, Birmingham
Women Chainmakers' Festival 2014, Bearmore Park, Cradley Heath, Birmingham
Limitations, Stryx, Birmingham
Goin' Round the Wrekin, Stryx, Birmingham
2013
Lumière, The Wig, Birmingham
Nocturne: Tranformations, Stryx, Birmingham
Lumière, Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester
Flatfile: A Demonstration of Possibilities, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Lumière, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
Lumière, Power Lunches, Hackney, London
Consumption, Stryx, Birmingham
Nocturnes, Stryx, Birmingham
B. A. B. (Brilliant Art from Birmingham), Stryx, Birmingham
New Art West Midlands, Grand Union, Birmingham
2012
INTERPLAY, Z-Shed, Bristol
IZ B5, Edible Eastside, Fazeley Street, Birmingham
Minits 4, Flat Time House, London
INVASION, AE Harris Building, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
The Duty of an Artist, Ort Cafe, Mosely, Birmingham
Birmingham School of Art Undergraduate Degree Show , School of Art, Birmingham
Birmingham Made Me, The Mail Box, Birmingham
Fine Art Film Fest, The Electric Cinema, Birmingham
2010
Fine Art Film Reel, Victoria Square Plasma Screen, Birmingham
Foundation in Art and Design Show , New College Nottingham, Nottingham

RESIDENCIES
2015
MSB2015, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, S1, Sheffield and Stryx, Birmingham
TPWM micro-residency, A3 Project Space, Birmingham
Artist in Residence as One Five West at Birmingham Open Media, Birmingham
2014
Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Programme, SEPP: Digital, MediaLab Prado, Madrid
Weekend Shift with Back Lane West, Back Lane West, Cornwall
C PAGES, Toast, Manchester
2013
GO West, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Birmingham
Weekend Shift with Back Lane West, Stryx, Birmingham

COMMISSIONS
2014
Interactive Light and Sound Installation for Longbridge Light Festival: Back to the Future, Birmingham
Site-specific artwork for Fierce Festival, Birmingham
Participatory public artwork for Women Chainmakers' Festival 2014, Friends of the Women Chain Makers, Cradley Heath, Birmingham

AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS
2015
Selected for R&D project for Birmingham Camera Obscura
Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England
2014
Selected for Fierce FWD 2014 Artist Development Scheme, Part Two: Bursary, producing/curatorial support with Anna Horton, to produce site-specific piece for Fierce Festival, Birmingham
Selected for Fierce FWD 2014 Artist Development Scheme, Part One: A micro-bursary to develop a live event, in collaboration with Anna Horton, Fierce Festival, Birmingham
Selected for Testing Ground: Master Class, 2014, Zabludowicz Collection, London
2012
Selected for New Art West Midlands 2013 bursary, Grand Union, Birmingham
Shortlisted finalist for Next Generation Shorts, IdeasTap/Mac Birmingham, Birmingham
Winner of Ikon's Fine Art Prize 2012, Birmingham
Winner of Associated Architects Fine Art Prize and Commission, Birmingham

PROJECTS
2014 - Present
One half of One Five West, collaboration with Anna Horton
2013
Curator of Light Capture, Stryx, Birmingham: Group video art exhibition selected from an open call [link to documentation].
2012 - Present
Co-Founder/Director of Stryx: Artist-run project space and studios in Digbeth, Birmingham.

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS
2015
PROTECHT, text by Alice Montanini, [link to online publication]
2014
"Potfolio Careers", Axisnotes 2014, January 2014 - [link to online publication]
2013
Lumière, 2013, Paul Harrison and Catriona Mackie
Gareth Weston, "Sophie Bullock - Young Creatives Interview", Creative Bham, (blog), April 2013 - [link to article]
New Art West Midlands 2013, Artist texts by Lisa Bauchamp, Rachel Bradley and Cheryl Jones, February 2013
2012
"Fine Art students celebrate success", Birmingham City University, June 2012 - [link to article]