Curriculum Vitae

Bruce Allan ( UK)

Mount Pleasant
    New Road. Blakeney
    GL15 4DF. UK
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I work with ideas to focus or make visible. I am concerned with the sensate which embraces lineal-subliminal exchange. An artwork comes alive when it has touched and entered the imagination. In my work I encourage the role of viewer as performer and acknowledge that without this engagement the work of art remains essentially blind. A central consideration is how we view the world, and how that view is informed and accessed through language. Installations and performance may be made in response to place, time and memory. Much of my work is site related and draws on the dynamics of places and spaces. Each place (site) is uniquely shaped by its location and the circumstances particular to its evolution.
A site can be noisy or quiet, chaotic or ordered. A site is a place to enter and engage with.     A site may offer an opportunity for reflection. Artwork introduced into a site will be integral to the site itself. Successfully integrated artwork need not announce itself as such, but rather in a symbiotic way, seek to record and disclose facets of the site. The artwork may appear invisible. At such moments artwork and site are indivisible.                                                                           
Poetry, Philosophy, Psychology, Environment/Ecology                                        
Work experience
1975-84 Founder Member, Artspace Bristol and Bristol Sculpture Shed > Spike Island Artspace since 1998

1993/4 Trustee Artspace Bristol Charity
1994 Co-organiser Silk Road residency and exhibition, Tbilisi, Georgia
1994-2000 Trustee Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust
1999 Initiator/co-curator brucebruce screen artists films and projections
2000- Advisory Board Member Braziers International Artists Workshop
2000- Associate Beilstein International Collection Frankfurt
2000 English tour management, Filmbrigade Nord, Berlin
2000/01 Project Manager Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust YoTA Residencies
2001- Trustee Kingsgate Workshops Trust and Gallery, London
2001/2 Revive Time Kaki Tree Project (Nagasaki) - initiator and co-ordinator of projects and tree planting ceremony

         working with a Primary School in Gloucestershire
2003 Invited speaker, Fearann Fianaise Symposium, Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc, Ireland
2004 Nominator, Pilot London, International Art Symposium, London
2004 Co-curator 4th International Biennale, Gyumri, Armenia
2004 Co-organiser Projektor artists' film and video, Kingsgate Gallery, London
2005 Participant, Partnership Development Seminar and Project Planning Meeting, Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc, Dublin
         and Donegal, Ireland
2005 Participant, 2nd HweiLan International Artists Workshop, Taiwan
2005 Jury member, 2nd Film Festival Eberswalde, Germany
2005 UK co-curator with Louise Short, Art Caucasus, Tbilisi, Georgia
Qualifications and training                                                    
2004 Gloucestershire Digital Arts Forum, Stroud Valleys Artspace, Cinderford Artspace    2003 Digital Media Course, The Engine Room, Bridgwater, Somerset 1973 Diploma AD Sculpture, Bath Academy of Art, Corsham                                                             

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