CITIZENS THEATRE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE EXHIBIT WORK
14 February 2014
For immediate release
PRIVATE VIEW WED 19 FEBRUARY 6.30 – 8.30 PM
A photographic portrait of the Citizens Theatre and a music video installation created by members of the Citizens’ community mark the culmination of two Artist Residencies, appointed by a public panel and funded by Creative Scotland Creative Futures fund. The works will be on display at the theatre from 20 February – 15 March.
Photographer Sarah Amy Fishlock and musician Greg Sinclair have been in residence at the theatre since July 2013. Working with members of staff from the theatre, local residents of the Gorbals, and a variety of community groups from the area, the two artists have created work which documents and celebrates life in the iconic venue and the neighbourhood that surrounds it.
During her residency, Fishlock has worked with Citizens Theatre staff and members of the local community to create a photographic portrait of the theatre and its neighbours, titled Citizens. She has also gathered a collection of Gorbals images from members of the public into A Citizens’ Archive, documenting the area’s past and present. Images from Sarah’s projects will be on display in the theatre foyer during the exhibition, along with two publications documenting her residency.
Working with people from across the Citizens Theatre’s community, Sinclair has created Songbooth. In a purpose-built booth installed in the theatre foyer one audience member at a time can watch videos of participants performing songs that have a personal meaning to them. The diversity of the Citizens’ community is reflected in the participants’ song choices, with contributions ranging from familiar children’s songs and songs of various faiths and cultures, to famous tunes from the charts and films.
As part of his residency, Sinclair has also created Glimpse, a music performance piece featuring a cast of young people and adults from participant groups he has worked with in the Gorbals. An invited audience will take a tour of some of the more hidden spaces of the theatre, guided by fragments of music and song.
The Citizens Theatre Artists in Residence were appointed in May 2013 by a panel drawn from the theatre’s audience members and participants. With the support of freelance facilitator Steve Brown, the Citizens Panel contributed to the brief for prospective applicants and interviewed candidates for the two positions. The Panel’s decision was made completely independently, with Citizens Theatre staff available to the Panel in an advisory capacity only.
Citizens, A Citizens’ Archive and Songbooth will be on display for free in the theatre’s foyer 12pm – 6pm Monday to Saturday, with late viewing available on performance evenings.
Dates: Thu 20 Feb – Sat 15 Mar (not Sundays)
Times: 12pm – 6pm (until close of building on performance days)
GLIMPSE CREATIVE TEAM
Lead artist: Greg Sinclair
Designer: Rosie Gibson
Co-designer: Michael Visocchi
NOTES TO EDITORS
SARAH AMY FISHLOCK
Sarah is a visual artist working primarily in the field of documentary photography. Her work explores ideas of place, family, community and identity from a photographic perspective - how much of who we are is determined by the communities in which we live, the people around us and the cultures that we are born into.
Her most recent project, Amye & Ahren, focusses on a Glasgow family living with autism. The project was begun as part of a mentoring programme run by the Young Photographers’ Alliance, and was exhibited in London and New York in early 2013.
Middlemen is a photographic portrait of three Iraqi interpreters who worked with the British Army in Iraq. Forced to leave the country after their lives were threatened by fundamentalist militias, they were resettled in the UK by the Ministry of Defence. The project was exhibited in the Scottish Parliament, V&A London and The Lighthouse (Glasgow) as part of a collaboration between Creative Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and the V&A.
Greg Sinclair is a cellist, theatre composer and performance-maker. He has worked extensively in theatre performing in or composing work for Scottish Opera / Visible Fictions, Frozen Charlotte, macrobert, Starcatchers and Fish & Game. His performance Sonata for a Man and a Boy recently won the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Production for Children and Young People.
He has previously held an Artist in Residence post with children’s festival Imaginate and has held a year-long residency with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra working with musicians and school pupilsReturn to Press