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Lindsay DuncansonBiography

I originally trained in photography, video and digital imaging and have worked as an artist now, for over ten years. My work responds to spaces, people and locations and recent preoccupations have been exploring notions of home and the uncanny; how we interface with our environment and radical explorations of voice in a choral setting . I have a strong commitment to social and community engagement that runs in my work and I strive to create work that challenges and invities the audience to re-examine the way they perceive their environment. In practice this often involves inhabiting locations to record, collect and make my work, finding ways to illuminate, animate and reinterpret space using photography, video projection, texts and sound. I have, as part of my environmental explorations, utilised my caravan (a 1967 Kima Kolibri lightweight van constructed of hardboard) as a mobile studio and a fragile thin skinned home.. Working nomadically in this way I find a deeper sense of immersion with my environment.

Egg Van on location Gourdon Harbour

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Gourdon Village Artist 2012 (Aberdeenshire) Living and working from my Egg caravan on the harbour, I became the village artist for Gourdon from April to May of this year. I delivered creative activities as a catalyst for community engagement. I worked with businesses, schools, parents older people, fishermen, scientists plumbers, off shore workers and more. The residency concluded with a weekend of events including an exhibition, night projection on the Harbour and the first screening of community cinema. My recordings, discussions and dialogue with the community are being use as stimulus and evidence to drive further funding for creative, cultural and heritage projects in the village.

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Sanctuary Project 2011Working with 6 other UK and Kenyan artists at the Sanctuary for sick children in Nyeri. We spent time working and observing each others practice as well as working with the residents of the rehabilitation centre. I ran workshops with the local residents, recorded songs with some of the women. In addition, I developed a sound installation for an exhibition at the Nairobi National Museum which played alongside my own video work concerning the fragility of existence for South Sudanese. refugees living under canvas in Kenyan refugee camps.

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Hendon Beach 2009

Creative Consultation working along side designer Dan Civico engaging with Schools, and Community groups in old Sunderland to create and gather information about their links both present and historical with Hendon Beach, a small and remarkable slice of coast that boast Jurassic rock formations along side gas works .a much beloved and often neglected piece of the coast, it had recently be tidied and polished Our work included, Song writing, Photography, detached youth work, exhibitions and events.

this poster was used as an evaluation tool, where residents and visitors where asked to write or draw memories and experiences onto the posters

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Green TV. This year long project allowed me the privilege ofworking in the heart of the industrial North east, whilst simultaneously being amongst stunning natural resources. Surrounded by oil refraction towers, nuclear power stations and city waste sites, Saltholme RSPB reserve is home to Golden Plovers Terns, Goldfinches, Sand Martins Egrets, and many more. I was commissioned to make a video work with schools and the community to examine the natural heritage of Saltholme reserve. Workshops combined the use of drawing, audio recording, photography and collage to make the video. As well as the video work we created a brass rubbing trail using the inspirational text that the young people developed, encouraging an activist response to environmental issues.

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Is this as Far as you can go? Inspired by working with the detached youth team in Sunderland Council, I was intrigued by the young people who couldnt access services as they would have to walk through rival Gang areas in the town. I was interested to explore how we internally map our map our cities and local spaces what defines our sense of place, what prevents and defines how we use our streets and community. This work was created with Artist Marek Gabrysch.

(Exhibited with Blank Media Manchester)

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Visioning. 2007 Blyth and Ashington Future casting. Through public consultation, working with the general public and schools. I created two large scale digital images for billboard in the towns that gave an alternative visions of the future for these two traditional coalmining towns. (Inspire NE Northumberland)

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Dilly Line. 2010 The Dilly line is an ex railway through a now deprived area Gateshead. Working with older create a photographic surrounding their memories of from their youth, from tablet to ate together, talked and photographs that cuts of West people to exhibition the food tripe. We created

These works where then printed and displayed in a local underpass which once formed part of the Dilly line as part of a new community gallery. (Helix Arts)

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