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Voice Workshops with Wendy Kirkup

I was really delighted to devise and deliver a series of voice workshops with Wendy Kirkup. The workshops were exploratory, with a focus on improvisation, in support of Wendy’s current research and development towards a new film looking at 16mm film and improvised voice.

Big thanks to Wendy, Catherine, Laura, Nicole and Emmie for their openness, contributions, humour and voices. The film footage was captured by Alex Hetherington, and Stevie Jones recorded the sound. Read more about Wendy’s work at Wendy’s Instagram. I also add updates at Nic’s Instagram if you want to connect there.

Group photo © Alex Hetherington. Film photo © Nichola Scrutton

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Memory | Dream | Encounter Micro-Commissions

In another thread of the Night Vision development, I responded to the main text through a series of drawings.

I was delighted to offer micro-commissions to composers/sound artists Ruth Wiesenfeld, Elisabetta Senesi, Dafna Naphtali, Julia Drouhin and Claire Docherty – an invite to create miniature sound compositions using fragments from those drawings as a visual prompt. The umbrella title is Memory | Dream | Encounter.

On 31st August 2021 the six composers met in a virtual gathering to listen together, discuss the works and creative process.

Many thanks indeed to:

Claire Docherty – Pulse dream fragment For Una MacGlone (bass) & Emma Roche (flute) (3’23)
Dafna Naphtali- Striations (3′)
Elisabetta Senesi – Under the Surface (3’50)
Julia Drouhin – Mer4 (3’50)
Nichola Scrutton – Gestures (3’44)
Ruth Wiesenfeld – the wool from which the ribbons were made (3’54)

The images were a prompt, a connecting point, a spring board for dialogue. The sound compositions stand as individual works and as a collection, which hopefully will be shared publicly in the future.

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hyphæ drawing collective at Folkestone

hyphæ drawing collective poster for group show in Folkestone

The recently formed hyphæ drawing collective are having a group show in Folkestone. The details are:

Dates: 9 – 14 September 2021
Opening hours: 11 – 17 h daily
Touchbase Gallery, 15 Tontine Street, Folkestone CT20 1JT

You are warmly invited to an afternoon of refreshments with the artists of hyphæ drawing collective to celebrate our exhibition, Letting it settle.

Saturday 11 September, 2021, between 14 –17h  at the above address.

Please let us know if you intend to come along, so that we don’t run out of tea…RSVP

Read more about hyphæ drawing collective at our website, where you can also contact us and sign up for our newsletter.

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hyphæ drawing collective

I’m delighted to be one of ten artist who have formed the hyphæ drawing collective. The collective met online during the lockdown of early 2021, through the inaugural Drawing Correspondence development programme (Feb 2021). The programme was a fantastic, intensive, online residency for six weeks with several sessions per week as well as invited guests and other events.

We ten artists continued to meet regularly after Drawing Correspondence. Gradually, this shared work evolved into our collective based on mutual support and joint explorations of drawing and of what it might become for each.

Read more about hyphæ drawing collective at our website, where you can also contact us and sign up for our newsletter. We are also on social media at:

Insta: @hyphaedrawing 



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Night Vision Development at CCA

Night Vision filming day at CCA Glasgow

Night Vision, my ensemble performance work currently in development, has taken a significant step forward this summer 2021. In August I was extremely grateful to have a week in the main theatre space at CCA Glasgow.

A huge thanks to Alison Peebles, Louise Montgomery, Ian Spink, Lorna Craig and Laura Ellis for their contributions.

Big thanks also to Jim McEwan for sound recordings, Wendy Kirkup and Jim Burns for film/camera work, Kenny Christie and the CCA team, and to Nicholas Bone for eyes and ears.

In addition to the main Night Vision work, many thanks to Aya Kobayashi, Alison Peebles and Ali Robertson for an exploratory day to experiment with the different approaches to the Night Vision text.

Nichola Scrutton gratefully acknowledges support from a Creative Scotland Open Fund Award
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Giant Tank Pot Luck at Tusk TV

I was delighted to be invited into a duo with Manuel Padding for Giant Tank’s Pot Luck, which was aired on TUSK TV on 6th August 2021. Big thanks to Manuel, and to Ali and Collette for hosting – connect to Giant Tank on their FB page – Giant Tank Facebook

Our duo track is available as part of TUSK Editions #5 – download the album at TUSK Festival’s TUSK Editions Bandcamp.

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Night Vision at Solas Sound Studio

I was excited to have two days development in Solas Sound Studios in Glasgow with this fantastic team experimenting and recording early Night Vision ideas for the ensemble.

Many thanks indeed to Alison Peebles, Louise Montgomery, Ian Spink, Lorna Craig, Laura Ellis and Ali Robertson, and to Jim McEwan for recording wizardry.

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Colliding Lines Tape and Digital Album Artwork

I am delighted to have produced some new drawings for the cover of tape / digital album River . Pathway . Static – at Colliding Lines. Release date is Monday 19th July 2021. More info and link for tape purchase at Colliding Lines (which includes a digital version). The digital version is also available at Colliding Lines Bandcamp

Colliding Lines are also broadcasting on Resonance Extra – info and listening links at #18 Nettles and Chalklines.