Image: Richard Ashrowan, Green Man, 2008.

Join us on Sat 6th November for the first ever MIA Masterclass – a new series of events featuring moving image professionals sharing insights into the behind the scenes workings of producing and exhibiting moving image art.

This first event will be presented by Richard Ashrowan, who will share his journey as a filmmaker, curator and moving image activist.

Richard Ashrowan is a founder member of the Moving Image Makers Collective, a grass-roots collective of moving image artists based in the Scottish Borders. He was the founder of Alchemy Film & Arts in Scotland, where he directed the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival for its first nine years. He was curator for Scotland + Venice at the Venice Art Biennale 2017, presenting the work of Rachel Maclean at Chiesa di Santa Catarina. In 2016 he was awarded a PhD for his practice-based research on ‘Alchemical Catoptrics of the Moving Image’. He has contributed to many festival and artistic juries, and facilitated a number of tutored artist residency programmes in Morocco.

“My moving image practice is often concerned with light and luminosity, referring to early light metaphysics and the deep history of alchemy as a method of transformation. Equally, the philosophy of ’emanation’ has informed a particular way of being and operating in relation to the art-film-world. In this talk I will discuss the role of film-activism within an artist’s practice – in effect, how to make a world around you when you find yourself in a world you don’t recognise, or which doesn’t recognise you. In this talk I will step through my thinking in relation to various self-directed projects – from self-organised exhibitions, to the founding and development of Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, to residencies, and more recent experiments in collective practice and working with non-human audiences. I hope to be able to give a sense of the broader role of the artist as activist, advocate and enabler, while touching on how these roles can augment artistic practice itself. “

Free to attend but places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!


Zoom links will be sent out on the morning of the event.

MIA Masterclass is presented as part of MIA NOW, a project kindly supported by Arts Council England.