Alastair Cook

Website: http://alastaircook.com

Email: alastair@alastaircook.com

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Danny (wet plate collodion tintype from the series McArthur's Store)

Mick (wet plate collodion tintype from the series McArthur's Store)

Eddie (wet plate collodion tintype from the series McArthur's Store)

Tangaroa (wet plate collodion tintype from the series McArthur's Store)

Compound (wet plate collodion tintype from the series McArthur's Store)

Weld (wet plate collodion tintype from the series McArthur's Store)


Statement

Edinburgh-based artist Alastair Cook works with video and photography to explore collective memory and the politics of landscape. Working within communities undergoing significant transformation, his meditative visual language examines the relationship between individuals and their landscapes.


Biography

Alastair studied architecture at the Glasgow School of Art where he developed a focussed interest in video and photography. During his time in architectural practice, he developed skills in visual communication and project delivery that underpin a parallel development in his artistic practice.

Alastair has exhibited and screened internationally and has video and photographic artworks in several collections. His work in developing and sustaining relationships within tight-knit communities has elicited funding to work as artist-in-residence with organisations in Scotland, Lithuania and Norway.

He is founder of Documenting Britain, a supportive platform for young photographers and now an industry established benchmark for documentary photography. Alastair developed the artists’ moving image project Filmpoem to partner major institutions as well as independent cinemas and festivals. He is an active workshop teacher and visiting lecturer and has extensive experience of independent working, gathering of independent funding and success in exhibiting and screening work both in collaboration and as a solo artist.

As co-founding director of arts organisation North Light Arts, Alastair has delivered projects funded by Creative Scotland and Heritage Lottery Fund, leading a series of visual arts programmes supporting emergent and established artists. He currently lead arts consultancy Còmhla and sits on the council of the Society of Scottish Artists. As a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts he practices as an innovative arts contributor with a social conscience.

CV

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