Guyan Porter’s art explores the sociological and psychological foundations of belief. It combines motifs of graphic information and structural architecture to explore perceptions of environment, politics and reality. Recent works have drawn parallels between social conditioning and consciousness. Investigating control systems, the work questions what drives complicity and resistance within them.


Mixing traditional artforms with processes of political engagement, his work connects with methodologies of conceptual and installation art while referencing pioneering social scientists such as Daniel Dennett and Stanley Milgram. His installations create immersive environments, exploring ways that concepts and belief systems can be instilled in us, affecting our most basic understandings of reality.


Born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1971, he set up his first studio in Glasgow in 1994, organising, exhibiting in and curating artist led projects and multi media arts events. Now based in Sussex, England, recent solo and collaborative projects have taken place in Turkey, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sri Lanka, Italy, Russia, France and Belgium.


His practice incorporates sculpture, installation, architectural intervention, political dialogue and events combining performance, music and visual art. Showing work in non arts spaces he has also worked with major organisations throughout the world.



Selected Projects


2016

The New Immortals - Phoenix Gallery, Brighton. Curated by Judith Alder. 20th February - 20th March.

Exploring Immortality: Science, Art and Humanities in Conversation. Phoenix Brighton and Brighton & Sussex Medical School. 7 March, 11.30 am – 5 pm.


2015

You’re A Winner at the Towner Museum, Eastbourne, East Sussex Open, 11th July - 20th September.


2014

Future Dreaming - multi media project centred around a series of new contemporary art exhibitions and events in the South East of England. Funding from ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND.


2013

Open Cube - Shortlisted for Installation at the WHITE CUBE Gallery, Mason's Yard, London. Curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

Funding Award - ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND for a series of installations, events and dialogues in venues across the South East of England.


2012

About Ten Seconds - Public Art Project, The Edible Construction Company, 25 sites across the city - Glasgow.


2011

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Information System Environment. Akbank - Istanbul.


2010

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Information System Environment.CCA - Glasgow International Festival.


2009

The Democracy Project. Web, text, talks and events on the nature of democracy.

Art and Politics. Talk at Chelsea School of Art and Design.

Arts Futures : Creative Scotland? Culture Policy event with Leigh French at Glasgow School of Art.


2008

Protest Songs - Collaboration with Will Foster. series of sixteen public art performances at Barselgrad, Fykse, Norway.

Joint founder member of The Global Collective - International Arts Group.

Environmental Art Project, Callendar Park, Falkirk, 3rd and 4th May. Artist and Curator. commissioned by UZ Event.

Invited Charter Member for Culturehall Contemporary Art.


2007

In Focus - Contemporary Art Projects relating to the Middle East, Tate Modern, London.

Rice Pavilion - Collaborative Public Art Project with Chris Biddlecombe and Emilia Telese, Jubilee Library, Brighton.
Board member - NVA Environmental Art Project, Callendar Park, Falkirk, 5th and 6th May, Artist and Curator. commissioned by UZ Events.
Collaborative Public Art Residency, sponsored by HARF - Dodanduwa Creation Centre, Sri Lanka.
A Wall between Scotland and England - Collaborative Public Art Project, Glasgow and Brighton, UK.


2006

A Healing Passion - One Hundred Years of Bio Medicine. Hunterian Museum, Glasgow University.

The Edible Construction Company - Founder member with Chris Biddlecombe and Emilia Telese.
Stake - Performance Installation with Emilia Telese, FreeShout Festival, Prato, Italy.
Gender Bender, Cabin Exchange, Pink Public Art Project, Glasgow.
The British Art Show - Another Product at Cornerhouse, Manchester, group show.


2005

States of Union? Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

Artists Networks Coordinator - Scotland – for a-n's Networking Artists Network Initiative.

Generator – Group show, Dundee.

Networking Artists Exchange trip to Berlin, Funded by AN.

G8A – a dvd and screening of artists response to the G8 summit.


2004

Event - Artist, curator, co ordinator for multi media performance installation event at Wasps HQ, Glasgow. Supported by Wasps.

Painful Creatures - Performance and Installation - Falkirk, Bradford, Brighton, Sotteville, Graz, London.

Guest speaker and organiser for Art Futures conference, CCA, Glasgow.


2003

Sculpture Installation for Painful Creatures, with Mischief la Bas, Performance Art Festival, Falkirk:

Commissioned by In Situ, European Art Foundation.

Scottish Arts Council Audit Advisory Committee.

Sculpture Installation with Apex Hotels, Dundee Waterfront.


2002

Call for Entry, Market, Glasgow.

Scottish Arts Council Audit Advisory Committee.

Look Look 2002, International Art Project.

Represented by Blink Red gallery, Edinburgh.

Sci - Art - Internet Gallery, London.

Digital and sculpture workshops with Fast Forward Play and Knowes Housing Co-op, Glasgow.


2001

Elected First President of the Scottish Artists Union.
Art for Europe, Scotland House, Brussels.
Curator for VAULT 2001, Multi-Media Arts Event, The Arches, Glasgow.
Public Hanging at the Briggait, Group Exhibition, Glasgow.
Invited Artist for the Royal Glasgow Institute Exhibition.

2000

Chairman of The Glasgow Visual Arts Forum.
Reggio Emilia workshops, The Lighthouse, The Burrel Collection, Glasgow
Events Organizer and Speaker for Scottish Artists Union, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Community Workshops with Lochfield Park Co-op, Easterhouse.

1999

Curator and Artist at VAULT, Multi-Media Arts Event, The Arches, Glasgow
Art for Kosovo Auction, artists and organiser, Nairns Restaurant, Glasgow
Guest speaker at Sofa: Professional Practice Conference, Glasgow School of Art
Member of Monitoring Committee for redevelopment of W.A.S.P.S. Main Building, Glasgow.


1998

Selected to participate in International Exchange with Artists from Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Includes

hosting Russian artists in Glasgow and residency in Rostov. Funded by Glasgow City Council and W.a.s.p.s. Artists Studios.

Artists in Arms: Selected to produce work for Land Mines Project: Royal Geographic Society, London, Graffiti Gallery, Edinburgh. Organized by the British Red Cross.


1997

Source – sculpture installation, Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow.

P.E.C.A. sculpture / philosophy workshop with Langbank Primary, Sculpture Works, Glasgow.

Technical Consultant for Four Corners Sculpture Project, Manchester.

Work selected for Voices; Anthology of contemporary poetry.


1996

Aesthetics Coordinator at E.P.I.C. Glasgow University, for P.E.C.A. Philosophy and European Contemporary Art.
Sculpture Installation, the Italian Centre courtyard, Glasgow.

1995

Initiation of Source: Glasgow based visual art group.


1994

Sculpture Works: Opening of sculpture workshop for the production of site-specific and gallery based work. 77 Hanson Street, Glasgow.
Natwest Life Group Sculpture Exhibition, Royal West Academy of Art, Bristol.

1993

Selected for Poetry Now, Anthology of Scottish Poetry.

Sculpture Exhibition, CandaCraig Gardens, Strathdon.

R.S.A. Group Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy of Art, Edinburgh.

Work selected for The Cracked Mirror, Anthology of Scottish Poetry.


1992

Group Photographic Exhibition, Man and Environment in Harmony, Royal Academy of Art, London.



Selected Awards and Commissions


2013

Funding Award - ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND for a series of installations, events and dialogues in venues across the South East of England.


2008

Commissioned by UZ Events to produce The Environmental Art Project, Callendar Park, Falkirk.


2007

Visual Arts Award - Arts Council England.

Commissioned by UZ Events to produce - live forever - temporary neon installation for Callendar Park, Falkirk. - 'a light meditation on death'.


2006

Commissioned by the Hunterian Museum Glasgow to reserach and produce bronze portrait head of George Beatson.


2004

Emerald Triptych, lacquered steel and beetle shell, private commission.


2003

Scottish Arts Council Funding: research trip to the Venice Biennial

Sculpture Installation for Painful Creatures, Performance Art Festival, Falkirk. Commissioned by In Situ.


2001

Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Grant: research trip to Documenta, Berlin and London.


2000

Year of the Artist Residency: Workshops and Public ArtWorks, The Island of Eigg.

Shortlisted for the Museum of Scottish Country Life Public Art Commission, National Museums of Scotland.


1999

Commissioned by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to produce stage set for new production of Animal Farm.


1998

Commissioned by Devil Productions to design and produce Kinetic Sculpture for Channel 4.


1996

Commissioned by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to produce sculptural set pieces for new production of Cosi Fan Tutte.

Awarded Shepley-Shepley Trust Youth Arts Funding: for equipment and materials.


1993

Shortlisted and commissioned to produce maquettes in steel and bronze, Natwest Life Sculpture Commission, Bristol. With the Royal Institute of British Sculptors.


1992

Shortlisted for the World Wildlife Fund Environmental Sculpture Commission.



Works Held In Collections


Work held in private collections in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Italy, Cypress, France, South Africa and Russia.


Work held in public collections by Hunterian Museum Glasgow, Aberdeen University, H.A.R.F. Wasps Ltd. and the Eigg Trust.



Education History


1989 - 1993 Grays School of Art Robert Gordon's University, Aberdeen.

Awarded B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Sculpture




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