After a tough selection process involving meeting a number of inspiring and inspired artists from across Southern Scotland, we’re delighted to unveil the three artists who, over the next few months, will be creating new screen-based events with community groups across East Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders. Lydia Beilby, Anne-Marie Copestake and Jean Edmiston have taken up the Sensing Place gauntlet of sharing their creative processes contributing to the project’s research activity.

Lydia Beilby is a curator, artist and educator whose activities are primarily focused around moving image, expanded cinema performance and collaborative community projects. Particular areas of interest include the formulation of new and radical approaches to archives and the process of archiving, the notion of collective memory and making work utilising photochemical and found film. Lydia curates the Short Film programme at Edinburgh International Film Festival and is a Open Studies tutor at the University of Edinburgh.

Anne-Marie Copestake is an artist and musician based in Glasgow. Current research focuses include technological optimism, female voices of authority and their legacies.  Anne-Marie has exhibited her work and screened her films and videos internationally, and is a member of two long-term collaborative groups based in Scotland. In 2011 she was awarded the Margaret Tait Award from Glasgow Film Festival, and in 2015 was awarded the BFI Experimenta Development Award from London Film Festival.

Hello, I’m Jean Edmiston and I have worked as a storyteller and writer for over 25 years in many different contexts and with people of all ages. If you want a glimpse of some of these experiences please google me. I’m on the TRACS, Scottish Storytelling Centre register of storytellers, also on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature register. I moved back to Scotland in 2005 after living and working in SW England for 26 years. I’m originally from Aberdeen.  Currently I’m working with groups of older people in care homes in Dumfries and Galloway. This is a Wigtown Book Festival project, Give Voice, and this is my 3rd year working with them.  I’m passionate about stories and storytelling and I enjoy working alongside people discovering new or forgotten stories and developing ways of telling these.