Approved: 12.06.2012

Sophie Bullock

Artist, Maker, Project manager

Approved: 12.06.2012

My practice spans video, digital, sculpture and installation to explore the politics embedded in everyday design, and how the effects of object’s unspoken language enforces divisions and otherness, particularly in public spaces.

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My practice spans video, digital, sculpture and installation to explore the politics embedded in everyday design, and how the effects of object’s unspoken language enforces divisions and otherness, particularly in public spaces.


I am currently making a series of work called ‘Every Line, A Sign’. This body of work is exploring how territorial messages built into seemingly innocent boundaries – the garden fence, a gate, a wall and so on – feed into the wider political debate into borders, fear of the other and patriotism ( I am doing this through a mixture of digital and sculptural works that consider arrangements of power in the built and media environment. I have recently been awarded a professional development bursary from a-n to undertake a welding and video effects course in order to take this practice linking physical and digital infrastructures further.


Other recent work has been as part of artist duo, One Five West. We make interactive artworks that encourage people to playfully engage with the built environment. Through embedding physical and digital technologies into intuitive tools for interaction, we subvert unfriendly architecture and transient sites into an invitation to contribute to public space. We have gamified a range of hostile architectures from armrests between benches to stop people lying down, homeless spikes and skate stoppers to start instigating discussions about the social implications of physical design: Hoopla, Buzz Wire Our most recent residency was New Talents Residency at Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol:

CV & Education

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

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
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
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
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
Fine Art Film Reel, Victoria Square Plasma Screen, Birmingham
Foundation in Art and Design Show , New College Nottingham, Nottingham

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
Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Programme, SEPP: Digital, MediaLab Prado, Madrid
Weekend Shift with Back Lane West, Back Lane West, Cornwall
C PAGES, Toast, Manchester
GO West, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Birmingham
Weekend Shift with Back Lane West, Stryx, Birmingham

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

Selected for R&D project for Birmingham Camera Obscura
Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England
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
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

2014 - Present
One half of One Five West, collaboration with Anna Horton
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.

PROTECHT, text by Alice Montanini, [link to online publication]
"Potfolio Careers", Axisnotes 2014, January 2014 - [link to online publication]
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
"Fine Art students celebrate success", Birmingham City University, June 2012 - [link to article]