Introducing DOWSER

We're delighted to reveal first details of a new publishing project by Transit Arts. DOWSER, notes on artists’ moving image in Scotland is a quarterly series of newly commissioned essays, interview transcripts and archival materials which makes available, for the first time, a collated set of resources from which we might begin to plot a history of artists’ moving image in Scotland.

Issue 1 (Summer 2020) features curator Helen Nisbet’s “These are the stones we have instead of trees.” Borrowing its title from the pioneering filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait’s ‘The Scale of Things’ (1960), this new essay provides something of a prologue for the series.

A Shetlander now based in London, Helen draws upon her own staggered migrations south in order to articulate an account of how place manifests in a person. Helen is Artistic Director for Art Night and curates projects across the UK. She sits on the Acquisitions Committee for the Arts Council Collection and the Advisory Board for Art Quest and a-n.

DOWSER is a non-profit project. It will be released as a free online PDF and in a print edition of 200 (A6, 105 x 148mm, 36pp). This printed version will be available for a contribution of £2.50, inclusive of a minimum £2.00 donation to the Scottish Refugee Council (Registered Charity: SC008639).

Launches 3 August 2020, print edition pre-orders available here.