Contemporary Art Practice, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Gair Dunlop is an artist, researcher and senior lecturer in Contemporary Art.
He works with film, photography, archive material and publication in the widest sense, believing that art is about working with people to explore our changing world.
He has a particular interest in the intersection of art, science and technology in the landscape- both in physical space and in the imagination. He also makes playful works including signage and ceramic editions which explore our relationship with land, cultivation and gardens.
Soundings was shortlisted for 'Research Film of the year 2019' where Dunlop worked with sound artists, composers and geographers, school pupils and publics to explore coastal change in North Norfolk. Project partners included the National Trust, wildlife organisations, local schools and a wide range of voices from the communities.
Works have been featured in a wide variety of contexts- including Kassel International Documentary Festival, International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA), Rome Media Art Festival, and during the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s structure at the Wellcome Trust, London.
During a long artistic career, artworks have reflected and been nourished by a wide range of working experiences. These include as photographer at the Science Museum London, landscape and conservation worker at Highgate Cemetery, and projectionist at the Scala Cinema, Kings Cross. Online collaborations with Dan Norton (ablab) have been BAFTA nominated.
Gair graduated from the Polytechnic of Central London with a BA in Photography in 1989. This course was the leading structuralist photographic course in the UK, with teaching input from innovative practitioners such as Mitra Tabrizian, Victor Burgin, and Simon Watney.
In 2000, Gair completed an MSc in Electronic Imaging at DJCAD, which was passed with distinction.
He has received substantial funding from public agencies, and the results have ranged from artists publications such as “Take me to the Bridge!” a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Tay Bridge to long-term projects involving extended negotiations with scientific and governmental organisations such as the UKAEA and DSRL, as well as publics and communities in areas affected by military and scientific construction.
In teaching, Gair works across the range of the school’s offerings, from undergraduate to PhD supervision. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in the areas of expanded documentary, art and social change, or arts and technology, Gair would love to hear from you.