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Karen Guthrie's Biography / CV

I am a freelance artist and film-maker, working on independently-generated and commissioned projects solo and in collaboration with Nina Pope and our company, Somewhere. From time to time I give lectures and professional development workshops within educational and general interest contexts, having lectured in Fine Art extensively over the last 15 years - most recently as a Teaching Fellow on the Master of Fine Art programme at the Slade, University College London.


2017 'Making, a Life' (15mins, HD)
Short documentary (co-director, co-producer & sound recordist) on the life and work of outsider artist Peter Hodgson, commissioned to accompany his retrospective touring show at Coniston Institute, Castlefield Gallery (Manchester) & MIMA (Middlesbrough)

2015 'The Closer We Get' (87mins, HD)
Feature documentary (director & co-producer). Theatrical release in 2015 after premiering at Hot Docs (Canada).
(Awards - Best International Feature, Hot Docs; Best UK Feature, Open City; Best UK Feature, Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival); Special Jury Mention, Flahertiana (Russia); Women Film Makers award, L.A Diversity Film Festival. Film festivals include Edinburgh, Galway, Taiwan, Zagreb (Opening Night Selection), Washington, Chicago). DVD & DoD released Sept. 2016.
Impact & outreach work 2016-2019

2012 'Jaywick Escapes' (48mins, HD)
Feature documentary directed & produced with Nina Pope. Funded by Arts Council England, EM Media & the Science Museum. Premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest 2012

2008 / 9 'The View From My House' (20mins, DV)
Directed & edited short films made with inmates of HMP Preston.
Screened at Harris Museum, Preston 2009

2007 'Little Deluxe Living' (12mins, HD DV)
Directed & produced with Nina Pope, shot in Japan and England.
Screened as part of Northern Art Prize, Leeds City Art Gallery 2007/8

2007 'Living with the Tudors' (83mins, HD DV)
Researched, wrote, directed & produced 'Living with the Tudors' with Nina Pope. Funded by the Channel 4 Documentary Film Foundation.
Screened at Britdoc Film Festival & to be premiered at SXSW Film Festival, Austin, Texas, March 08

2006 'Life-size Lilliput' (10mins, HD DV)
Short documentary with Nina Pope, commissioned by Grizedale Arts for '7 Samurai' exhibition at the 2006 Liverpool Biennale. Editor, camera, co-director, co-writer, co-producer.

2005 'Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future' (93mins, DV)
Co-produced, wrote, directed & distributed documentary feature with Nina Pope.
Selected film festivals screenings: Edinburgh International Film Festival 2005, SXSW 2005 (Texas), Rooftop Films (New York City) plus gallery screenings including Tate Britain, Cornerhouse (Manchester) & Arnolfini (Bristol).

2003 'Welcome To' (3mins, DV transfer to 35mm film)
Short dance film. Writer, director & producer.
Screened as pre-feature trailer in local cinemas throughout Cumbria & Lancashire & at UK festivals incl. Can Film Festival and Waterford Art Centre 'Reeling In'.

Projects & Exhibitions

2017-19 'Making, a Life'
Short doc (co-produced with Maria Benjamin) in touring retrospective exhibition by Peter Hodgson at Coniston Institute, Castlefield Gallery (Manchester) & MIMA (Middlesbrough)

House of Ferment
Collaboration with Grizedale Arts on mobile installation of ferments, Science Gallery (London), Krakow ArtBoom, Coniston Institute, Hauser & Wirth Somerset & Harris Museum (Preston).

Arts Council England-funded R & D 2018-19

Heritage Futures
Creative Fellow for A.H.R.C-supported research project

The Years of Magical Thinking
Exhibition originating from artist's residency at National Trust Acorn Bank (nr Penrith), as the Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Fellow.

25 year multi-disciplinary survey of a new Cambridge community, with Nina Pope & team of archaeologists and sociologists. Two engagement events for Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Somewhere & public works commissioned by Irish Museum of Modern Art for Grizedale Arts' 'A Fair Land' project. Designed a temporary building and productive strawbale vegetable garden.

Maker Challenge, Collusion - Festival of Science (Cambridge)
Lead artist on multi-disciplinary applied design / technology team

'Soil Hydrosol', Hauser & Wirth Somerset & CCANW (Exeter)
Artist residency & touring show to venues incl. Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bristol Create & the Eden Project.

Past, Present, Somewhere - Kettles Yard, Cambridge
Solo retrospective show with Nina Pope

NW Cambridge
Artist residency with Nina Pope with University of Cambridge Archaeology Dept. Resulting large scale outdoor public art commission, 'Tomorrow, Today'

Maximum Exposure
Commission from Somerset Art Works

The Floating Cinema
Lead artist & programmer w/ Nina Pope on public art commission from Olympic Development Authority (now Legacy List)

Cat Fancy
Short film & photowork exhibited at Wellcome Trust (London) & Bejing international Design Triennale (China)

What Will the Harvest Be?
Development of a community garden in East London over 2008-2011 w/ Nina Pope, commissioned by Newham Council (UK)

Litfest (Lancaster)
Solo residency in two Lancashire prisons (UK)

Solo residency in Exmoor National Park & commissioned project exhibited (UK)

Northern Art Prize
Winning artist w/ Nina Pope, exhibition at Leeds City Art Gallery (UK), Nov. 2007 - Jan. 2008

The Sneeze 80 x 80
Commissioned solo video, Gazon Rouge Gallery, Athens (Greece); Iziko Aouth African National Gallery [SANG] in Cape Town & Durban Art Gallery (South Africa)

Public art commission for the redevelopment of Cinema City in Norwich, launched on their new digital projection system October 2007. Almanac commemorates the history of cinema as well as looking to its digital future. We developed a bespoke dynamic database of one year's time-lapse footage shot at East Anglian sites made famous as film locations.

Living with the Tudors
Documentary feature film part-funded by Britdoc Channel 4 Documentary Film Foundation & Arts Council England. Premiering at SXSW Film Festival, March 2008.

Seven Samurai & Return of the Seven Samurai
Site-specific project for Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Japan - curated by Grizedale Arts and developing into the exhibition 'Virtually Grizedale' at A Foundation, Liverpool Biennale 2006, and Return of the Seven Samurai at Gallery Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, Switzerland 2006.

Pilot 3
Selected for archive for artists & curators, shown at Atelier Bevilacqua, Venice Biennale (Italy)

Sometime Later
Short films / photography works documenting time spent amongst historical re-enactors. Website commissioned for 'Private View' by BBC & Arts Council England.

Solo video as part of programme, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (UK)

Virtually Grizedale (Liverpool Biennal)
Group exhibition including Seven Samurai film / installation, A Foundation, Greenland Street, Liverpool (UK)

Romantic Detachment
Video work, group show, PS1, New York City, USA & touring to Q (Derby), Folly (Lancaster) & Chapter (Cardiff, UK)

London Underground Platform for Art
Featured artists

It's an East End Knockout
Bow Festival / Space commissioned live event, London, UK

Live Culture
Curators / exhibitors, video programme, Tate Modern, London, UK

2002 now
British Council group show, Sarai, Delhi, India

Art For Networks
Group show, Chapter, Cardiff; Fruitmarket, Edinburgh & touring

TV swansong
Nationwide public art / site-specific webcast project commissioning 8 artists
(artists / curators)

Group show, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK

Game On 2002/3/4
Commission, Barbican Gallery, London & touring internationally

It Rocks, But Gently
Group show, Folly, Lancaster

A Fair Place
British Council Group show, Nouvelles Peripheries, Istanbul (Turkey)

Public Spaces, Private Reveries
Proboscis, prototype commission

Lo-Fi Net Art Locator - invited Guest List curators

Grizedale Show
Group show, Q Arts, Derby, UK

People from Off
Solo show with Nina Pope, Anna Best & Simon Poulter; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

Art in Motion
Festival, Museum of Santa Monica & U.S.C, USA

The Idea of North
(Group show), Leeds City Art Gallery, UK

Limo Day
Live event & video work with Nina Pope, Anna Best & Simon Poulter; Grizedale Show, Cumbria, UK

David Shuttleworth (Rally Hopeful)
Live project & installation with Nina Pope,Anna Best & Simon Poulter; Grizedale Show, Cumbria, UK

The Festival of Lying
Live event & web cast with Nina Pope,Anna Best & Simon Poulter; Grizedale Show, Cumbria, UK

Additional Footage
Live project & installation (Group show), East / Riverside; Norwich Gallery, UK


1987 - 1991 BA Printmaking, Edinburgh College of Art (UK)
1991 - 1993 MA Printmaking, Royal College of Art (UK)

Professional Development

Selected for Sources2 MEDIA-funded European Script Dvpt Workshop

Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival Pitching Workshop & MeetMarket forum

HMP Preston / Lancaster Litfest week-long security briefing for artists working in the prison service

Channel 4 Documentary Film Foundation (Britdoc) Creative Capital Film-makers' Retreat

'Discover Digital' week-long course by Film London / London Film Festival

Selected Art Reviews & Publications

'Hothaus Papers: Perspectives and Paradigms in media arts' 2006
Contributors (Ed. Joan Gibbons & Kaye Winwood) VIVID / Article Press ISBN 1873352247

Artforum - May 2005
Review of 'Bata-ville' by Rachel Withers

'New Media Art: Practice & Context in the UK 1994-2004' 2004
Featured artists (Ed. Arts Council England) Cornerhouse Publications ISBN 0948797886

Contemporary - No.55 / 2003
Duncan McLaren reviews Grizedale Arts

'Tell it like it is ....on being Curated' 2002
Artists' essay 'Curating New Media' (Ed. Sarah Cook, Beryl Graham & Sarah Martin, BALTIC ISBN 1-903655-06-4)

Art Monthly no. 256 2002
Review of TV swansong

Frieze - July issue 2002
Review of TV swansong by Dan Fox

[a-n] - April & May issues 2002
Reviews of TV swansong

Financial Times - March 16/17 2002
Preview of TV swansong by Lucy Kimbell

Contemporary - March issue 2002
Art & TV Preview of TV swansong by Duncan McLaren

TV swansong 2002
Editors / contributors ARTicle Press, ISBN 1 873352 58 1

Public Art Journal 2001
Spring / summer issue

• Art Monthly - no. 242 2000/01
Review of 'The Idea of North', Leeds, UK