BIOG: Stephen Hurrel
Stephen Hurrel studied sculpture (BA Hons and Postgraduate) at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Since 1990 he has explored a broad range of media and has produced many installations and exhibitions throughout the UK and abroad. He is interested in the role of the artist in society and how art can function in specific contexts. He has explored various forms of interactivity between art, site and people. In particular he is interested in how new media technology can help us to access the ‘unseen’ and ‘unheard’ aspects of our environment. His current research is based on an ecological use of technology within an environmental art context and engaging with the idea of ‘the sublime’ in relation to art and landscape. He is based in Glasgow.
2012: Sublime Residency Installations (film and sound), Lighthouse Field Station, Cromarty, Inverness-shire, Scotland (Sept)
Soundwave ((5)) Festival, San Francisco (August)
Sea Change/Cape Farewell Commission: film and sound installations, Barra (work-in-progress, August)
2011: Alchemy Film& Media Festival, The Borders, Scotland. Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Beneath & Beyond in Environmental Dialogues Programme. One-Minute-Manifesto, AHM Symposium, Royal National Galleries, Edinburgh.
2010: Pixxelpoint 11th International New Media Festival, Slovenia & Italy. Understory, Devenport Regional Gallery and Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmania, Australia. John Cage Musicircus Event, Tramway, Glasgow. FestArte Video Art Festival Gallery Macro Testaccio, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome.
2009: La Trobe Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia (Turbulent Terrain - Manifestations of the Sublime in Contemporary Art). And selected others: The Tramway, Glasgow (Beneath and Beyond/Gi2008), Dundee Contemporary Arts (Here+Now, Scottish Art 1990-2001), Glasgow International Festival in 2005 and 2008, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (Infinitude), Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) Glasgow (Continuum001), SAC Travelling Gallery (TGOZ), as well as Canberra Contemporary Art Space, National Gallery and Festival of Contemporary Art, Canberra, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart and Hobart Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Australia. High Street Project, Christchurch, New Zealand Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin, Kunstlerhaus, Hamburg, Cologne Art Fair, Taigh Chearsabhagh, Streetlevel Photoworks, GSS Gallery, Transmission Gallery, Intermedia, Glasgow.
Temporary Public Art/Site-specific Commissions from;
Schlosspark Koln, Germany (Art Geo - Drive to Reconnect The Cultural And The Natural, 2009), Centre of Contemporary Arts (CCA)/ Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Arts (2005). London Printworks Trust (2000). Tramway@ series, Glasgow (1999). Stirling Council. Festival of Contemporary Art, Canberra (1999) Hobart Fringe Festival & Plimsoll Gallery (1998), Tasmania. and BN1 Visual Art Project, Brighton (1997) and Glasgow’s Festival of Visual Arts 1996, Hull Time Based Arts/London Electronic Arts/New Visions (1995), Breathe (Munich Exchange, 1995), Lux Europae International Light Art Exhibition, Edinburgh (1992) The Festivals Office for Glasgow’s Year of Culture 1990.
Permanent Public Art Commissions for:
Gorbals Housing Association, Phase F&G Commission, Glasgow (Eventspace, 2012)
Sligo City Council, Sligo, Ireland (Hold Fast, Hang Ten, SLIGO, 2009)
Hydro Consulting HQ, Tasmania, Australia (SCAPE, 2008)
QE3 building/RMJM Architects, River Clyde, Glasgow (Beacon, 2006)
Glasgow City Council & Buchanan Galleries (The Rings, 2004)
Blackpool Borough Council (The Sound of the Wind Looks Like This, 2003)
Ayrshire Housing, Ayr (Constellation, 2003)
Leeds Metropolitan University (One Hundred Books, 2002)
The Arts Foundation Fellowship Award, London 2008 (includes a research and development residency in London, Oct 2008 to Feb 2009). Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award, 2005/06. SAC International Research Fund, 2001. SAC Australian Residency, 12 months, 1997/98. Artist-in-Residence: Darnley, SAC/GCC, 1994-96. Visual Arts Bursary Award Scottish Arts Council, 1993
Recent Posts/Professional Practice:
Visiting Lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland (2011-12). Course Leader/Lecturer, MA Context & Media, Valand School of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden (P/T, 2004/7), Keynote Speaker at ‘Claiming Ground’ Public Art Conference, Hobart, Tasmania (2005), Guest Lecturer Bergen School of Art, Norway (2001), Part-Time/Visiting Lecturer Sculpture Dept, Glasgow School of Art (1999/01), Part-time Lecturer, Printmaking Dept, Glasgow School of Art (1995/96).