Another Thing to Think About (2021)
This video has been inspired by an Artist’s Book and a piece of music, “Another Thing to Think About”, from the album “Hope” (2020) and was made in collaboration with Tomáš Liška (musician) and Alan McGowan (artist/videographer).
The Artist’s Book itself began its life as part of my response to the death of my parents and, in particular, to losing my mother at the start of the first lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic, in March 2020. The words and feeling of Poem 449 by Emily Dickinson also played a significant role as part of the earliest inspiration for the book. I am filmed wearing my mother’s wedding ring, slowly turning the pages of the book in response to the mood evoked by the music.
Wee Wire Head (2020)
This is a 3D portrait made using bonsai floristry wire by one of my students Jeanne, of her classmate, Cindy. It seems to have effectively summed up everything that is wonderful about an amazing programme that is offered by Leith School of Art to High School pupils in Edinburgh and taught be me. The School’s Outreach Programme affords to a selected group of talented but disadvantaged young people a unique opportunity to gain new skills and confidence with which to progress towards a future in the creative arts and beyond their existing aspirations.
Artist: Jeanne Magloire, Leith Academy, Edinburgh
Music:“Safran” by Tomáš Liška on “Invisible Faces” (Animal Music, 2017). Musicians: Tomáš Liška, David Dorůžka, Nikola Zarič, Efe Turumtay, Kamil Slezák.
LeithLate Virtual Studio Tour (2020)
Brigid Collins invites us into her studio at Albion Business Centre, Edinburgh as part of LeithLate Virtual Tours, launched in Summer 2020.
Artist: Brigid Collins
Music: “Questions” by Tomáš Liška on “Invisible Faces” (Animal Music, 2017)
LeithLate Virtual Tours were made in collaboration with the Culture & Community Mapping Project, with funding from Data Driven Innovation and Edinburgh Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh.
Art at Stirling University (2014)
In this short film I am interviewed by filmmaker Don Coutts for the Art Collection at Stirling University, about one of four pieces of mine held in their collection, a painting titled “And listing deep…”, inspired by “The Bower” by Kathleen Jamie (in “The Tree House”, Picador 2004) who, at that time, held the Chair of Creative Writing at the university and whose work was then being celebrated in an exhibition in The Pathfoot Gallery at the university . Answering questions about this painting leads me to talk about wider concerns in my work.
Film by Don Coutts and Emma Dove with music by Colin Steele.
An experimental film piece, made by artist, Brigid Collins, in collaboration with artist film-maker, Graeme Gerard Halliday and sound artist, Pete Nixon and inspired by a poem, “Casting and Gathering”, by Seamus Heaney, in “Seeing Things” (Faber and Faber, 1991). Premiered at The StAnza International Poetry Festival, in St. Andrews, Scotland (2010), as part of an exhibition of work by Brigid Collins, “Threshold Markings: ‘Poem-Houses’ and Other Forms”, the film is concerned with aspects of the creative process – those personal to Collins and, also, universal – and how these appear to be made to move, so gracefully, from a place of contradiction towards a sense of resolution, within the imagery and language of the poem.