MIKE INGLIS – RESIDENCY ARTIST
Mike Inglis practice explores the creative possibilities that exist between public art and outsider art. He enjoys making publicly sited work that explores transitional spaces that “outsider art” often inhabits as well as bleeding these practices into work for more traditional gallery spaces. He is particularly interested in found materials and adhocist approaches to construction. The focus of his research engages in a direct dialogue with outsiders or isolated communities, their dogmas or doctrines becoming the core of shared dialogues. He is interested in exploring ideas that surround superstitions and belief systems in a wide variety of outputs from installations and films to drawing and printmaking.
Mike is currently carrying out a project which examines, maps and explores outsider art culture and adhocist practices here in Scotland as well as establishing links with northern European outsider organisations and artists in Sweden and Finland. In September of 2019 Mike spoke at the European Parliament on the importance of art and wellbeing as part of a travelling group show of disabled artists from European studios.
Mike teaches visual communication part time with Edinburgh College of Art in the position of Program Director for Post Graduate Graphic Design where he pursues research based around his art practice and his interests in outsider art. He is a member of the European Outsider Art Association and also curates and organises symposiums, workshops and exhibitions of outsider art.
GRAEME ROGER – ARTIST / PRODUCER
The project is supported and produced by Graeme Roger of Wildbird. Wildbird was established in 2006 as a multi art form company working across theatre and community-based projects. The company is now the trading name for Graeme Roger and works across public art, engagement, film and consultancy. Often collaborating with other organisations within the arts, third sector and business communities. This residency draws upon the skills and networks developed by Wildbird to support an artist with shared values and vision to work with marginalised groups within the Moray region.
As well as producer Graeme is an artist and filmmaker. His work includes sculpture, film, performance, photography, installations, theatre and residency projects, often collaborating with other artists and musicians, forming part of ROGER & REID and GANGHUT.
Projects include residencies at Culloden Battlefield & Aden Country Park, also recipient of the Royal Scottish Academy Morton Award for lens-based art as part of ROGER & REID.
Graeme currently has multiple projects in development. He is also video designer for theatre including the National Theatre of Scotland, Mull Theatre, Theatre Hebrides, Eden Court / Open Book Productions and The Big Fat Electric Ceilidh. Graeme leads the digi team and ‘Cashback for Creativity’ program at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS PREVIOUS COLLABORATION IN MORAY
Mike Inglis and Graeme Roger previously worked together on resonate | disseminate a project which developed a series of engagement strategies, interventions and exhibitions that took place on two project bases, Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin and Inverurie Hospital. Their role was to investigate the potential of the rural hospital to become community arts hubs, establishing a model of engagement and defining what is necessary for successful outcomes in this ambitious project. The project took place in over 2017-2018 and won a ‘highly commended’ award by Building Better Healthcare (2019) the national arts and healthcare awarding body. (https://resonateartists.wordpress.com)