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The Peterhead Creative Communities Project

Biography: Sans façon

August 2006

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Ongoing projects


Urban Parterre, permanent public art commission, Bristol.

Lead artist, Peterhead, Scotland.

Contribution to the design implementation team, setting up an art strategy, commissioning of temporary and permanent artworks, organising an international conference about the role of artists in the built environment to discuss best practice.

Millennium Promenade, public art commission, Bristol.

Lead Artist, Building Schools for the Future programme, Durham.

Sidekick, Curating artists Craig Barrowman, Martine Myrup, Kevin Pollock for Sideshow, Nottingham.



Limelight, temporary installation for Radiance, Glasgow light festival.

PROJECT, regeneration proposal, art and landscape commission, Peterhead, Scotland.

You Are Here, temporary installation, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

The distance between us, public art commission, Birmingham.

Series of installation on billboards and hoardings, photographing aspects of a changing place and positioning the pictures on the exact location where the images have been taken, capturing and preserving elements of the city to represent a moment in history.

Parks & People, public art commission, Newcastle.

Research and proposal into urban vegetation and the social use and function of public parks.


Depósito elevado, temporary installation for Madrid Abierto.

Covering a 1940’s concrete water tank with vinyl mirrors, transforming a banal urban object into an event.

Cultivated wilderness, permanent installation, Glasgow.

Re-use of one of the last traces of the Gorbals as an expansion to the brief of a barrier.

In collaboration with Matt Baker.

Viewing Platforms, permanent installations, Devon.

A series of interventions in a wetland area, playing with the different experiences and senses involved across the site.


Sea view, temporary installations, Tyne & Wear.

Taking on tour the experience of Fish Quay through drive-in cinema and sound piece in 5 sites across the Tyne and Wear area.


Private view, temporary installation, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

Arrangement of everyday elements in the gallery space to bring a sense of place from Dun Laoghaire seaside.

En passant, temporary installation, Sacy-le-petit, France.

3 installations exploring the sense of place of a 1700s village mansion usually closed off from the public.


Stirring The City, curation and design of exhibition, The lighthouse, Glasgow.

Launching the Gorbals Artworks Programme.


Samples, documentation and temporary installation, Glasgow.

200 random 15x15cm samples of everyday surfaces collected in the flats and shops of a 1960s estate previous to demolition.

Projects & competitions


Sand Garden, International Garden festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France.


Kielder Observatory, RIBA Art & Architecture competition, Northumberland.


True stories, Installation/set design.

Work exploring the relation between stories and people.

In collaboration with Nick Bone, Magnetic North Theatre company.


Research about unwanted urban vegetation.


Terra Incognita, temporary installation, Glasgow.

Research and design of an alternative audio guide to walk through an everyday city transformed by a series of new sound environments and through uncommon routes.

A Millennium Award from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Glasgow Landscape, map, Glasgow.

Mapping of Glasgow city centre using topographical language, showing the city as a volume and thus changing the hierarchy of urban reading.


Desire lines, map, Glasgow.

Mapping of the desire lines in Queen Elizabeth square, in the Gorbals, recording an unofficial public space before another tabula rasa.

Views of the West Coast of Scotland, temporary installations, Argyle and Bute, Scotland.

A series of light installations in response to the setting of the residency in a National park and set between 2 military bases.

Rabin Peace Square, architecture and urban competition, Tel Aviv, Israel.

A public square as a place of trust, a void of collective security to testify a desire.

In collaboration with Rolf Demmler & Ulysses Sengupta.


Europan 6, architecture and urban competition, Manchester.

Regeneration of 1960’s estate: inversion of the existing hierarchy by turning the structures of tower blocks into public spaces and densifying the horizontal domestic scale.

In collaboration with Rolf Demmler & Ulysses Sengupta.

Shed, temporary installation, Glasgow.

Transplantation of a railway shed along the Settle-Carlisle Railway- formerly used as workers halts, now disused and unclaimed - , in front of the Glasgow School of Art


Détournements, research and digital images

Research on the residual spaces along and under motorway structures.



Private view, solo exhibition, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

En passant, solo exhibition, Sacy-le-Petit, France.

Traces, group exhibition, RK Burt, London.


“CATS” Dundee Contemporary Arts, group exhibition, Dundee.

Stirring the City, group exhibition, The Lighthouse, Glasgow.


Royal Scottish Academy, group exhibition, Edinburgh.


Clear @ Home, group exhibition, Glasgow.

Publications and catalogues


The distance between us, catalogue.

Without touching the Ground, catalogue for Viewing Platforms.


Glasgow Landscape, topographic map of Glasgow. Essay by Ross Birrell.

La fabrique du lieu, by Jean Noël Blanc with Francis Nordemann. Photographic contribution.


C.I.P. 02, catalogue. Essay by Gemma Tipton.


En passant, catalogue. Essay by Paul Fournel, limited edition of 50.


Views of the West Coast of Scotland, artist book. Produced by Book Lab™, assisted par Cove Park, essay by John Calcutt.

Sans façon, self published.


Desire line, published by Glasgow School of Art, group publication.



LOCALE, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen.


Sacy-Le-petit, Picardie.


Dundee Contemporary Arts, Creative and Technical Skills Training Programme, Scotland.


Cove Park, Outside the Box, Scotland.

Charles Blanc

Master in Architecture, Advanced Architectural Design, Strathclyde University, Glasgow

DPLG, Ecole d'Architecture de St Etienne, France.

Tristan Surtees

BA Hons, Glasgow School of Art.

HND, Leeds College of Art and Design.