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Islanders - Version 3

Giles Bailey, Nellie Saunby, Sophie Soobramanien & Jamie Hammill

This new collaborative work, combining moving image and live performance, builds on strategies of co-authorship and ways to work together developed over the course of the 2-year project ‘Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects’. 

Through collaged fragments, the work explores the construction of island identity at a point when the UK’s relationship to other landmasses and the sea around it is in flux. By expanding and re-staging diverse historical representations of islands that exist in the popular imagination, Islanders proposes critical relationships to states of isolation, political fantasy and the promise of rescue. This third iteration of the work will be made for the specific context of Tyneside Cinema.

Commissioned by Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects in partnership with Tyneside Cinema, Middlesbrough Art WeekenderNorthern Gallery of Contemporary Art and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Giles Bailey works largely with performance, writing or strategically appropriating texts that he performs himself. Since 2016 he has worked in collaboration with Newcastle and Düsseldorf-based organisation CIRCA Projects. Exhibitions and performances have been hosted variously by CCA Glasgow, Kunsthalle Basel, The Hepworth (Wakefield), The Northern Charter (Newcastle), Chisenhale Gallery (London), OUTPOST Gallery (Norwich), Transmission Gallery (Glasgow) and KW (Berlin).

Sophie Soobramanien, Jamie Hammill and Nellie Saunby graduated from Newcastle University’s Fine Art programme in 2018. Previously they co-initiated the curatorial collective Double Yolk and have exhibited their work at Newcastle University Degree Show, Copeland Park, isthisit? and 36 Lime Street.


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