VICKI THORNTON

 

Vicki Thornton is a visual artist and filmmaker working between the cinema and the gallery. Her work combines documentary and fiction filmmaking approaches to examine relationships between place, memory, performance and identity.

 

Vicki is currently working on her first feature-length creative documentary, (N)OSTALGIA, which she developed during the British Council Ukraine, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival’s ‘DocWorks UA/UK’ programme for emerging British and Ukrainian filmmakers. She was also artist-in-residence at IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv as part of the British Council and the Liverpool Biennial’s ‘SWAP UK/Ukraine’ artist residency programme in September-October 2017.

 

Recent presentations of her work have taken place at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle (2018); Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv (2018); Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic (2017); PÖFF Black Nights, Tallinn, Estonia; DOKLeipzig, Germany; Cambridge Film Festival, UK; Alchemy Moving Image Festival, Scotland; and Clermont-Ferrand, France (all 2016). She has previously undertaken residencies at Château de Sacy, France and at Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival in Florence as part of the VISIO European Workshop on Artists’ Cinema.

 

Vicki completed her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London and is currently undertaking a PhD in Film Practice at Queen Mary, University of London.

EDUCATION

 

2016 – 2020          PhD Film Practice, Department of Film Studies, Queen Mary, University of London

2009 – 2011          MA Fine Art: Photography and Moving Image, Royal College of Art, London

2000 – 2003          BA Hons. Visual Arts: Sculpture, Camberwell College of Arts, London

 

 

TEACHING & ACADEMIC

 

2019                       Associate Lecturer, Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts, London

                               BA Performance: Design and Practice (Sinfonietta Project)

 

                               Module Convenor / Teaching Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London

                               BA Film Studies (‘The Visual Essay’ core module)

 

                               Project Administrator, Queen Mary, University of London

                               Wellcome Trust research project, ‘Autism through Cinema’, led by Professor Janet Harbord and Professor Steven Eastwood

 

                               Teaching Associate: Film Practice, Queen Mary, University of London

                               BA Film Studies / MA Documentary Practice (‘Production Skills’ module)

 

2017 – 2018          Lead Artist (with Adam J B Walker), HudPromLoft State Academy of Design and Fine Arts, Kharkiv; Soshenko 33 Studios for Postgraduate Education and the National Academy of Fine

                               Arts and Architecture, Kyiv (Ukraine)

                               BA and MA Fine Art (Group Crit series)

 

2017                       Sessional Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London

                               BA Film Studies / MA Documentary Practice (‘Forms of Film Practice’ module)

 

2016 – 2019          Graduate Teaching Assistant: Film Practice, Queen Mary, University of London

                               BA Film Studies / MA Documentary Practice (Technical Workshops and Equipment Bookings)

 

2012 – 2014          Visiting Lecturer / Series Coordinator, Royal College of Art, London

                              MA Moving Image (‘The Network’ Professional Practice seminar series)

 

2012                       Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art, London

                               MA Photography (Final Year Exhibition)

 

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

 

2019                       i-Portunus Mobility Award (with Adam J B Walker), selected and funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union

 

2018                       British Council Culture Bridges International Mobility Grant

                               Queen Mary, University of London Postgraduate Research Award

 

2017                       Creative Europe MEDIA Development Funding (Single Project: Creative Documentary)

                               KWA Sound Production Award (Docudays UA) [€1700]

 

2016                       Screen International Award (Industry@ Tallinn) [press coverage]

                               Queen Mary, University of London Film Practice Research Studentship (GTA) [£16,777 maintenance + £4260 fees per annum for three years = £63,111]

 

2015                       Celeste Prize for Video & Animation (3rd Prize)

                               Nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists

 

2013                       Arts Council England Grant for the Arts [£5514]

                               Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles de Picardie [€900 euros]

 

2011                       Painter Stainers’ Company Prize for Photography [£1000]

 

2008                       Nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists

 

 

SYMPOSIA & TALKS

 

2018                       SWAP UK/Ukraine artists’ talk, Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv, Ukraine

 

2017                       Artist Talk: Vicki Thornton, Art Wednesdays, IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, Ukraine

 

2016                       Microcinema: Then & Now, round table discussion to mark the 50-year anniversary of the London Filmmakers’ Co-op, curated by James Mackay, Cambridge International Film Festival, Cambridge

                               Panel discussion at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland

 

2013                       Vicki Thornton: Presentation by Artist-in-Residence, Château de Sacy, Oise, France

 

2010                       Panel discussion with Ben Borthwick (Tate Modern) and Anne Hilde Neset (The Wire), Latitude Festival, Suffolk

 

 

RESIDENCIES

 

2017                       SWAP UK/Ukraine artist residency at IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, Ukraine, organised by the British Council in Ukraine and the Liverpool Biennial

 

2013                       Ateliers d’Artistes de Sacy residency, Château de Sacy, Sacy-le-Petit, France

 

2012                       VISIO - European Workshop on Artists’ Cinema residency, Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, Florence

                               Artists’ School, LUX/ ICA Biennial of Moving Images, London

 

 

INDUSTRY SELECTIONS & TRAINING

 

2019                       When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production forum, Trieste, Italy

 

2017                       DocuTalents @ KVIFF (13th edition), organised by the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republi

                               DocWorks: UA/UK Pitch, Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine

 

2016                       EDN European Documentary Network Market Mentors Pitch, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield

                               Baltic Event Co-Production Market, PÖFF 20 Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn, Estonia

                              12th DOKLeipzig Co-Production Market, DOKLeipzig 59th International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Leipzig, Germany

                               DocWorks: UA/UK nine-month feature documentary development and mentoring programme, in association with The British Council, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Docudays UA

                               International Human Rights Documentary Festival, Kyiv

                               Euro Connection Co-Production Forum, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France

 

2015                       LUX Experimenta Production Pitch, 59th BFI London Film Festival, London

 

 

EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS

 

2019                       Experimenta Mixtape #2, curated by Will Fowler, British Film Institute, London

 

2018                       Undertitled (live performance with Adam J B Walker), curated by Adam Pugh as part of the Projections series, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

                               How to Do Things with Words, curated by Tom Pope and Vicki Thornton, ArtLacuna, London

                               Works on Paper, curated by Christopher Green, 41/42, London

                               SWAP UK/Ukraine, curated by Ilya Zabolotnyi and Olena Kasperovych, Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv

 

2017                       TOMBOLA! (live performance with Adam J B Walker), IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, Ukraine

                               There's No Place Like, curated by Valentina Lacinio, BJCEM Mediterranea Biennale, Tirana/ Durres, Albania

 

2016                       Microcinema, curated by James Mackay, Cambridge International Film Festival, Cambridge [cat.]

                               Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland

 

2015                       Shifters, Jersey Projection Gallery at La Société Jersiaise, Jersey

                               Celeste Prize, curated by Koyo Kouoh, ex-BAZZI, Milan [cat.]

                               Analogue Recurring, Lo & Behold Gallery, London

                               Bohemia Club, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings

                               The Best Scene is Off-Screen, Scene Four: Home, curated by John Bloomfield, Flat Time House, Offsite at PeckhamPlex, London

 

2014                       British Swiss: Vicki Thornton, Charlie Godet Thomas and Guy Meldem, 2 Balfron Tower, London

                               One Hundred Foot II, Lo & Behold Gallery, London; Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable

                               Made in Sacy, Institut Français, London

 

2013                       The Remembered Film, Château de Sacy, Oise, France [cat.]

                               One Hundred Foot II, Latitude Festival, Suffolk; BCB Gallery, Athens; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

                               One Hundred Foot, University of Northampton; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; The Center for Performance Research, New York; Museo De Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City; Estela de Luz/

                               The Center for Digital Art, Mexico City

 

2012                       Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York

                               OUTPOST Open: Film 2012 Touring Programme, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; Grand Union, Birmingham; The Minories, Colchester Film Festival; Shortwave Cinema, London;

                               Primary, Nottingham; Outcasting: Fourth Wall, Cardiff; Aid and Abet, Cambridge; Rhubaba, Edinburgh

                               One Hundred Foot, The Film Gallery, Latitude Festival, Suffolk; Lo & Behold Gallery, London

                               The Big Screen and Film Gallery, curated by Louise Colbourne (in association with LUX and Cine-city Film Festival), Latitude Festival, Suffolk; SUPERNORMAL Festival, Ipsden

                               OUTPOST Open: Film 2012, selected by Stuart Croft, OUTPOST Gallery, Norwich

                               Centrefold 8: The Circle of Manias, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London

 

2011                       SHOW BATTERSEA, Royal College of Art, Sackler Building, London [cat.]

                               Until here everything is fine, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

                               MA Photography Work in Progress Show, Lower Galleries, Royal College of Art, London

 

2010                       Album, curated by Morgan Quaintance, Liverpool Biennial, Wolstenholme Project Space, Liverpool

                               Nature is the Church of Satan, curated by Louise Colbourne, Studio 1.1, London (touring to Whitstable Biennale, Latitude Festival, Suffolk and Open 7 Art Exhibition, London)

                               MA Photography Work in Progress, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

 

2009                       Just Like That, curated by Louise Colbourne, Studio 1.1, London

                               Corrupting the Image, curated by Karen Mirza & James Holcombe (no.w.here), VIDEOEX, Zurich

                               The Invisible Cinema, curated by Vicki Thornton and Mel Francis, The Film Club, London

 

2008                       AURORA 2008: The Infinite Measure, curated by Adam Pugh, The Project Space, Norwich [cat.]    

                               CUBE Open, curated by Juneau Projects, CUBE Centre for the Urban Built Environment, Manchester

                               Intraveloving, curated by Tank.tv, CASZuidas Urban Screen, Amsterdam.

                               The Urban Tendency, curated by Ken Pratt/ Centrifugal Projects, Ambika P3, London

                               All That Remains, curated by Guillaume Breton, Galerie Schirman et De Beaucé, Paris [cat.]

                               Besame Mucho Mas, Chat’s Palace, London

 

2007                       All That Remains, curated by Guillaume Breton and Thomas Lock, Auto Italia, London [cat.]

                               Zoo Art Fair (SEVENTEEN stand), Royal Academy, London*

                               Espacio Majestic, Espacio Majestic Y La Puerta Azul, Seville*

                               Conflux Festival, Brooklyn, New York*

                               Noh Interior, curated by Adrian Hermanides, Durban Art Museum, South Africa*

                               Intraveloving, curated by Laure Prouvost, Tank.tv, London*      

                               CutUp: New Works, Hackney Wick, London*

                               Play: Experience the Adventure of Our Cities, Urbis Centre for Urban Art, Manchester*

                               What is It?, curated by i-cabin, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge*

 

2006                       Out of the Ruins of the Real, SEVENTEEN, London [cat.]*

                               Stealth, Kulturhuset Mazetti, Malmö, Sweden*

                               Satellites, curated by i-cabin, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York*

                               La Vida Te Espera, NIU Gallery, Barcelona*

                               Art in the Office: New Acquisitions, Arts Council England, London*

                               Open-Mic, curated by Mark McGowan, Peckham, London

 

2005                       CutUp Machine, SEVENTEEN, London*

                               CutUp Show, Kemistry Gallery, London*

                               South London Gallery Video Lounge, South London Gallery, London

 

2004                       Advent, curated by Jim Woodall, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

                               The Majorette-Rospective, 291 Gallery, London

                               Illuminations, Redgate Gallery, London

 

2003                       Sound of The Suburbs, Woodlands Art Gallery, London [cat.]

                               Pelican House, London [cat.]

 

 

CURATORIAL & OTHER PROJECTS

 

2018                       Peer Reviewer, Open Cultural Studies Journal (De Gruyter)

                               Displaced Art and The Reconstruction of Memory: Ukrainian Artists from Crimea and the Donbas

 

2018                       How to Do Things with Words, exhibition co-curated with Tom Pope, ArtLacuna, London

 

2009                       The Invisible Cinema, screening event co-curated with Dr Melanie SJ Francis, The Film Club, London

 

 

PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

 

2018                       ‘Ukrainian Miners through British Eyes’, NPHU Western Donbas News (April 2018)

                               Lanko, Maria, Lizaveta Geman (Eds.). ‘SWAP UK/UKRAINE’, Ukraine: British Council Ukraine

                               SWAP UK/UKRAINE artist interview with British Council

                               ‘Ukrainian-British Art Exhibition opens in Kharkiv’ in ArtUkraine

                               Mackay, James, Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais (Eds.). ‘Microcinema: New Artists Moving Image Then and Now’ publication, Cambridge

 

2017                       Rubelevskaya, Roxana. ‘Vicki Thornton: Society is Full of Pictures…’ in ArtUkraine

                               ‘Vicki Thornton: artist in residence’, Cultprostr magazine. 2017 (in Ukrainian)

 

2016                       Blaney, Martin. ‘Tallinn: Ghost town doc wins Screen Best Pitch award’ in Screen Daily

                               Sandwell, Ian. ‘DocWorks brings together UK and Ukrainian filmmakers’ in Screen Daily

                               Bassel, Darya. ‘A focus on the idea’, DocuDays UA International Human Rights Festival

 

2013                       Walsh, Alison. ‘Unusual Spaces’ in The Jericho Arts Review

                               Francis, Dr Melanie SJ. Out of Time: The Remembered Film, Sacy-le-Petit: Ateliers de Artistes de Sacy

 

2011                       Davies-Crook, Susanna. ‘RCA: Battersea Show 2011’ in Dazed Digital

                               Blees Luxembourg, Rut (Ed.). Hardcover: Image Perspectives, London: Black Dog Publishing

 

2010                       Burns, Stuart Ian. ‘Liverpool Biennial 2010: Album at Wolstenholme Project Space’, Feeling Listless

 

2008                       ‘All That Remains Exhibition’, Paris, Wallpaper magazine

                               Pugh, Adam (Ed.). Aurora 2008: The Infinite Measure, Norwich: Aurora

 

2007                      Henderson, Louis. All That Remains, Paris: Galerie Schirman et de Beaucé

 

2006                       McCormick, Carlo, Marc Schiller, Sara Schiller. Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, New York: Taschen*

                               Craig, Blanche. Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art, London: Black Dog Publishing*

                               Gavin, Francesca. Street Renegades: New Underground Art, London: Laurence King Publishing*

                               A Catalogue of Events, London: CutUp Press and SEVENTEEN Gallery *

                               CutUp Film, DVD project, IdN Magazine, Japan*

 

2005                       Orchestra of Anti-Matter, DVD project, Specialten magazine, London*

 

 

* Exhibitions and press marked with an asterisk refer to a period of collaborative practice whilst in the collective, CutUp.