Before relocating to the North Coast of Scotland with his family in 1973 Gavin studied at Glasgow School of Art and Leeds. Gavin then embarked on long term rural skills development on both land and sea, gaining the tenancy of his croft.
Gavin, who describes himself has a Grandadaist, has worked in a wide range of visual and video arts and environmental art projects. He has collaborated on many community and live performance based projects throughout Scotland and the UK. He continues to focus on experimentation with video and the land around him. Below is an overview of some of the many works he has made and projects he has worked on.
For more information about Gavin's work see his site.
Video project with all the children of Melvich Primary School, Sutherland on the bio-diversity of the sea. We make a video called "The Fish Says Goodbye"
Arts.S-Inc commisioned video artist in Farr Secondary School, Bettyhill, Sutherland working with upper secondary pupils. We make a film exploring the exam structure through the inventing of a new subject, the laungage of sheep -Baa. Summer Term
St Magnus Festival, Orkney. Commissioned to fill with video images, the performance space of 'Notes in Time of War', a show about the diaries of children from war zones around the world and performed by 110 children from Orkney primary schools. June
The Street Looks at the City: a video project commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, Edindurgh. Working with the homeless in collaberation with the Ark drop in centre, we project large video portraits onto the outside of the National Gallery, Queen Street, Edinburgh. February
Window in the World: Video artist working with children in three schools on three different Orkney Islands, looking at their different journeys ot school. Shown at CCA, Glasgow and on the various Islands February-April.
Speed of life project commissioned by National Galleries of Scotland involving young people, skateboarders and rock musicians, projecting their images onto public buildings around Thurso and exhibited in Inverness City Gallery. August
Video design, edit and projection collaboration with Morag Wightman with material recorded in the Zero Gravity research plane and performed at the Lillian Byres theatre, Sadlers Wells London. March.
Landscapes of the Heart Large scale video projections with Scarabeus and Piano Circus in 3 week development and performance at Three Mills Island Studios. May
Ran a series of inflatable sculpture workshops culminating in a small portable oasis of inflatable palm-trees for a housing estate bereft of any trees in Thurso. July-August.
Landscapes of the Heart performance at the opening of the Lighthouse Arts Centre Poole Dorset. October
Video, projection research and development for Landscapes of the Heart, Three Mills Islands funded by Gulbenkian and Jarwood foundations. November
3 week residency in Trinidad with Scarabeus Dance Company developing a performace on the disused Satellite dish in Chigaramas National Park at the invitation of the British Council. June.
Commissioned artist in "Counting Sheep" touring exhibition
Windows 68 performed for 2 days at Big in Falkirk Festival
Participant artist in 2 V.R. workshops at the Motorhouse and Teeside Univ.
Windows'68 a very large inflatable installation of 3 tower blocks commissioned for Glasgow's Year of Architecture and BBC Live.
Video artist with Wyrd Arts Outreach project in Cumbrian schools, 5 months nominated for Northern Arts Award.
Start "Human Landscape" project planting 13000 trees and re-aligning a water course into a geometric form.
Commissioned artist in the "Rock Drill" exhibition based on the work of Epstien and Duchamp.
Participant artist, working with video, in the IMMS project in the Azores and subsequently exhibiting in Horta, Lisbon, Madrid and London.
Create "Crochag Crannag" a large scale environmental art project, making an island as a tree sanctuary.