Kelly Richardson & Alexandra Crouwers

Kelly Richardson & Alexandra Crouwers

ISIS Arts & Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival invite you to an artist talk event with:


Kelly Richardson & Alexandra Crouwers


Saturday 28th September

11:00 - 12:30


Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed


ISIS Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival are pleased to welcome moving image artist Kelly Richardson to speak at this years festival about her curatorial debut On the Precipice. On the Precipice is an exhibition of immersive film installations currently touring the North East in The Big M, ISIS Arts' inflatable mobile exhibition space. Joining Richardson for the talk from Belgium is Alexandra Crouwers, whose work The White Hide [III] features in On the Precipice.



The Big M will be on Parade in Berwick-upon-Tweed during Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival from Friday 28th September to Saturday 29th September and will be screening On the Precipice. Richardson and Crouwers will both be at the Gymnasium Gallery on Saturday 28th Sept to speak about their artistic practice, the various works featured in On the Precipice and the thematics that have influenced both their practices.Richardson will also be discussing how these themes run through her latest work The Last Frontier, being premiered at the Festival this year in Bankhill Icehouse.


On the Precipice was devised and developed by North East based, Canadian-born artist,

Kelly Richardson, and features work by richardson herself, Gordon Cheung (UK), Alexandra Crouwers (The Netherlands/Belgium), Jenn E Norton(Canada), Jillian McDonald (Canada/USA), Emily Richardson(UK) and Brigitte Zieger(Germany/France).


Their films, examining the role human history has played in the development and arguable decline of our global environment, are screened on three screens positioned inside The Big M, creating an immersive experience and exploring our relationship with various contemporary landscapes.


On The Precipiceis presented in The Big M - an inflatable mobile cinema space - on Parade on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th September, and is produced by ISIS Arts and curated by Kelly Richardson.


The Last Frontier is presented in Bankhill Ice House, Thursday 25th - Sunday 29th September, in partnership with Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC)and supported by Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund.


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Artist Bios


Kelly Richardson is a Canadian artist, living and working in North East England. Having studied fine and media arts, she received her undergraduate degree from the Ontario College of Art & Design (Canada) and her masters degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Canada) and Newcastle University (UK). From 2012-2013 her work was the subject of a touring, 15 year retrospective at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (Sunderland, UK), Grundy Art Gallery (Blackpool, UK), Towner (Eastbourne, UK) and Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, USA) followed by a smaller presentation at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver, Canada) in 2014.

Richardson has been widely acclaimed in North America, Asia and Europe. Her work was selected for the Beijing, Gwangju and Busan biennales, and major moving image exhibitions including theThe Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Imageat the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, USA) and Caixaforum (Barcelona, Spain),Videosphere: A New Generationat the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, USA) andVisions Fugitivesat Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France). Her video installations have been included in the Toronto International Film Festival (2012) and Sundance Film Festival (2011 and 2009) and in 2009, she was honoured as the featured artist at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards. Richardson's work has been acquired by major museums across the USA and Canada, from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Albright-Knox Art Gallery to the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Art Gallery of Ontario.



Alexandra Crouwers(NL, º1974) studied painting at the Academy of Arts and Design in Den Bosch, installation art at the post-graduate Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and Film & Visual Culture at the university of Antwerp.

In her work she uses and combines a wide range of media: photography-based computer imaging, drawings, murals, text, light and (3D) animation. An important component is an ongoing research on the origins of image-making within human cultural evolution, next to an interest in myths, stories, cinema and literature. Architecture and landscapes often function as a representation of a mental space in which the possibilities of visual fiction are explored.

Animations were screened at festivals such as Transmediale in Berlin, Microwave in Hong Kong and the Portable Film Festival in Sidney and Melbourne, Australia. Exhibitions include ‘Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art’ at S.M.A.K. in Ghent (B), ‘Visions Fugitives’, Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing (F), ‘Belgian (p)Art’ in De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL) and Art Brussels.

Crouwers also writes articles for Belgian art magazine hARt and short stories, works as an audio-visual and graphic designer, and teaches at MAD Fac (the Media, Arts & Design faculty) of the university of Leuven and Hasselt (B).

She lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.

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