Islanders is a collaboration between Giles Bailey, Sophie Soobramanien, Jamie Hammill and Nellie Saunby that combines live performance with filmed 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’. 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.
Islanders will be refined and tested via four different presentations across the northeast over the next 6 months. At Middlesbrough Art Weekender, the project will be presented as an installation consisting of video, props and 2D material. A live version of the work will be performed in the installation on Thursday 4th October at 7.30pm.
Giles Bailey works largely with performance, writing or strategically appropriating texts that he performs himself. Since 2016 he has worked in collaboration with Newcastle and Düsseldorf-based organisation CIRCA Projects. Exhibitions and performances have been hosted variously by CCA Glasgow, Kunsthalle Basel, The Hepworth (Wakefield), The Northern Charter (Newcastle), Chisenhale Gallery (London), OUTPOST Gallery (Norwich), Transmission Gallery (Glasgow) and KW (Berlin). 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.
Islanders is produced by Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects, in partnership with Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Tyneside Cinema, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
In 2016 CIRCA Projects invited artist Giles Bailey to work together, with the organisation for a 2-year period.
Over the next few months we will premiere a series of presentations of a new artwork made by Giles Bailey with Sophie Soobramanien, Jamie Hammill and Nellie Saunby.