2018 sees Alchemy Film & Arts saying goodbye to our old space on the high street, and hello to a new run of exhibitions, between September 2018 and March 2019.
Hanna Tuulikki | Sourcemouth : Liquidbody | 7 December – 20 December 2018 | Peter Scott Building, Hawick
Sourcemouth : Liquidbody is comprised of three interlinked films by artist Hanna Tuulikki, made after she spent a month in Fort Kochi, India, learning the ancient theatre and dance tradition Kutiyattam. Adapting a traditional choreographed sequence, Hanna embodies the flow of water in river systems through choreography, vocal composition, costume and an innovative visual-score. Sourcemouth : Liquidbody brings a physical embodiment and characterisation of water to Hawick, a town whose watercourses provided its lifeblood for many years through the historic textile industry. Full details here.
Onyeka Igwe | No Dance, No Palaver | 6 September – 19 September 2018 | Unit Four, Hawick
No Dance, No Palaver is a series of works produced from Onyeka Igwe’s research into the Aba Women’s War of 1929. Made up of three films, the series experiments with archival footage relating to West Africa during the first half of the 20th century. Full details here.
Rachel Maclean | Spite Your Face | 13 May – 26 November 2017 | Venice
Curated by Alchemy Film & Arts for the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2017. A darkly comic moral tale, depicting a post-truth dystopia where the world is turned on its head, leaving the characters untethered to any sense of right and wrong, truth and lies. Full details here.
In spring 2017 Alchemy Film & Arts moved into a new office and exhibition space on Hawick High Street. At our new venue we’ll be hosting a year-round programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, meetings, featuring a range of local, national and international artists.
Kerry Jones | Nobody Speak | Fri 1 December – Sat 16 December 2017 | Hawick
Dismantled, manipulated audio, moving and still image in a sculptural immersive installation. “Nobody Speak” couples and uncouples significance. Useless, irresponsible and subconscious impulses appearing then disappearing into the black screen, creating and frustrating expectations. Full details here.
Christopher Steel | Welcome Back to Southside | Wed 20 December – Sun 31 December 2017 | Hawick
The silent film, Welcome Back to Southside, shows a journey home from work superimposed 36 times onto one reel of 16mm film, then expanded digitally with a traveling loop. Full details here.
Bill Brown | Moving Pictures | Fri 27 October – Thu 9 November 2017 | Hawick
Moving Pictures is a 3-channel slide projector installation in which an animated series of colorful geometrical forms is simultaneously projected and composited on a moving projection screen. Full details here.
Jessie Growden | Work in Progress | 31 August and 2 September 2017 | Hawick
An exploration into the process of combining moving image and landscape painting. The artist was present during the exhibition and created paintings informed by image and sound, in an attempt to present the landscape as a visual translation from life to moving image to an object – the painting. Full details here.
Nicoletta Stephanz | pf(hy)steria | 24 and 26 August 2017 | Hawick
A selection of Nicoletta’s recent film works, including a collaboration with Artist Joy Parker. Nicoletta’s newest work, pf(hy)steria explores the impact of illness on one’s life, paths to recovery and a sense of lost time. Full details here.
Narda Azaria Dalgleish | What About the Ineffable? | 17 and 19 August 2017 | Hawick
What About the Ineffable? An experimental moving image retrospective of selected works created between 2014-2017. In addition to the screening of the films there is a ‘forest’ installation of silk banners behind the curtain onto which 2 black and white films of 100 peoples’ portraits were screened. Full details here.
Jane Houston Green | Here, There, Everywhere | 10 and 12 August 2017 | Hawick
Four films made in 2016 and a current work in progress, which the Artist is planning to develop into an amalgamated work called ‘A Shadow Symphony’. Full details here.
Jason Moyes | Minus Nine | 3 and 5 August 2017 | Hawick
Featuring works produced from 2014 to March this year ‘Minus Nine’ explores a range of themes and maps the artist’s journey as a filmmaker. Myths and legends are retold, Berwick is at war with St. Petersburg, the American dream is represented in found footage and red lights cast a spell. Full details here.
Beverley Cornwell| On Exhibit | 27 and 29 July 2017 | Hawick
A compilation of short films by Beverley Cornwell that explores themes that emerge when looking at exhibited animals as objects and art, and investigates the way we share our spaces with animals in museums, zoos, and art galleries. Full details here.
Patrick Rafferty | Rhythm, Routine and Ritual | 20 and 22 July 2017 | Hawick
The first part of an ongoing project, using still and moving image. Examining how intertwined, yet partitioned our lives can be- causality and entropy, light and shadow, growth and decay. Full details here.
Frank Brown | A Retrospective | 9-18 June 2017 | Hawick
Borders-based documentary filmmaker Frank Brown, has been making films for almost 3Be0 years. Utilising ever-changing camera technology, he has captured countless significant local events, international travels, Borders culture and remarkable wildlife footage, all with great style and humility. Full details here.
Louise Harris | Auroculis | 5 – 18 May 2017 | Hawick
Glasgow-based artist Louise Harris presents three pieces, for Expanded Audiovisual Format (EAF), investigating relationships between sonic form, through time, and visual form, and through space. Full details here.