Elin Johnston - Practice Statement & Bio
Working from her dedicated studio & workshop, Elin is an award-winning Visual Artist in practice since 2010.
Her work has been exhibited & screened nationally and internationally, and has been acquired for a number of public collections including that of Arts Council NI, The Poetic Phonotheque, Copenhagen, and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Her practice is inter-disciplinary in basis, with digital process at it's core, including Video and Experimental Moving Image, 2D Digital Imaging and a range of scale of mixed-media 3D Sculptural / Assemblage works, and is currently benefiting from an accelerated programme of diversification including augmented reality, moving image, and soundscape, aimed at larger scale installation collaborative outcomes.
Through her work she investigates aspects of collective and individual identity, memory, and place, examining such themes as the visual semantics of corporeal presence, interpretation of conditions of self, impact on place, and making visible, site-specific resonances of personal, and elapsed social and industrial memory.
Elin holds a BA(Hons) 3D Design and a MA (Industrial Design) and has extensive previous UK background as an independent Creative Director with projects implemented worldwide including Hong Kong, Tokyo, Melbourne, & Toronto. She also has considerable former experience in higher level Design Education, lecturing at a wide range of Art & Design Faculties in England and Wales.
Elin pursues an active involvement in arts engagement & development with professional, educational, & public audiences aimed at creating and enriching awareness, and appreciation of contemporary visual arts including 'Meet The Artist' talks & educational workshops.
History of Artistic Practice
Exhibitions / Events
Tranås At The Fringe - International Arts Festival - 'Awareness' Curated Segment - Kultivera, Tranås, SE.
"Told/Untold" Solo Exhibition & Meet The Artist, Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre Gallery, Armagh.
Oregon Documentary Film Festival - Sunshine Mill Theatre, The Dalles, OR.USA.
17th Athens Digital Arts Festival "Tactus" - Museum of Modern Greek Culture - Athens.
Duende Sessions Festival - Tomasa Cuevas Civic Centre, Les Corts - Barcelona.
Nature & Culture International Poetry Film Festival - Kulturhuset Islands Brygge - Copenhagen.
'The Collection' - ACNI Contemporary Art Collection, Curated Selection Exhibition - Ards Art Centre.
'Anna Cheyne Biennial Visual Arts Awards' Exhibition, IAC - Lisburn.
"Collected Presence' Exhibition, Island Arts Centre - Lisburn.
'Meet The Artist', Lagan College - Belfast.
'Lost in Linen' Exhibition - Linen Biennale N.Ireland, IAC - Lisburn.
'Meet The Maker' - R-Space Gallery - Lisburn.
'Etsy Four Corners of Craft' Exhibition, Tent London, London Design Festival.
'Innovation Boost' Exhibition, Craft NI - North Down Museum.
'Perspective.Inspiration Unveiled' Exhibition, Craft NI - London & Belfast.
Solo Maker Showcase - St.Patrick's Trian - Armagh.
RDS National Crafts 'Discover Ireland' Exhibition - Dublin.
World Skills International Exhibition - London.
'Celebrate' Exhibition, Craft & Design Collective - Down Arts Centre.
'Out of The House' Exhibition - SpaceCraft - Belfast.
'In The House ' Exhibition - CraftFest, Castleward.
'Art of Craft' Exhibition - Armagh.
Residencies / Cpd
'Go On Your Nerve' +"Place & Space"- Reading & Writing Poetry Courses - Crescent Arts Centre - Belfast.
'Text As Material' - Creative Writing Workshop- Belfast Book Festival - Crescent Arts Centre - Belfast
Artist's Residency - Digital Arts Studios - Belfast.
'Future Labs' Programme - Digital Arts Studios -Belfast.
Visual Artists Ireland - Professional Member.
Film Screenings / Selections
Bloomsday Film Festival - Dublin, ROI, Official Selection/Screened - "The Realm of The Less".
Tranås At The Fringe - International Screening of Experimental Films & VideoPoems - Tranås - Sweden. Official Selection/Screened - 'Memoria'.
Tune Into Green Short Film Series, Minor Chord 2, Austin TX, USA, Official Selection/Screened - 'Memoria'
Oregon Documentary Film Festival - Portland, OR,USA. Best International Director. Finalist, Best Experimental Micro Film - 'Laudation Trilogy'.
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival -Llanelli, Wales, UK. Official Selection/Screened - 'Before A Truth'.
Uninhabited International Film Festival - Copenhagen - Official Selection - 'Before A Truth'.
Micro Mania Film Festival - Buffalo, USA. Official Selections - 'The Semiotics of Adornment' & 'This Dark Water.
Bizarrya Short Film Festival - Porto, Portugal - Official Selection/Screened - 'The Semiotics of Adornment'.
FICIMAD International Film Festival - Madrid.
Best Experimental Film - 'The Semiotics of Adornment'
Berlin Flash Film Festival - Berlin -'Laudation Trilogy',
Nature & Culture International Poetry Film Festival Copenhagen - Official Selection/Screened - 'This Dark Water'.
17th Athens Digital Arts Festival - Athens.
Official Selection/Screened - 'The Semiotics of Adornment'
Duende Sessions Festival -Barcelona -Official Selection / Screened - 'This Dark Water', 'Before A Truth'
Cardora Micro-Movie Film Festival - Bucks. UK - Official Selection/Screened -'This Dark Water'
White Deer International Film Festival -Notts. UK - Best MicroShort Documentary. Best Soundtrack - 'Laudation Trilogy'.
Awards / Collections / Nominations
FICIMAD Best Experimental Film Award, Madrid.
The Poetic Phonotheque Collection, Copenhagen.
Arts Council NI Contemporary Art Collection.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Art Collection.
Anna Cheyne Biennial Visual Art Award LCCC
Arts Council NI SIAP Awards.
Arts Council NI SIAP Awards.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Arts Awards.
Craft NI Innovation Boost Initiative.
City & Guilds Medal of Excellence, London.