Somerset House Studios resident

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Artists and filmmakers working across installation, performance, sound, film and TV drama.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard met and began working collaboratively as students at Goldsmiths in the mid-nineties. Initially recognised for their recreations of cultural and art historical events and documents, they have pioneered the use of re-enactment within visual art. Theirs is an enquiry into the mechanics of liveness, repetition, mediation and reception.

 

20,000 Days on Earth - Official Trailer

Their first feature film 20,000 Days on Earth, featuring Nick Cave, premiered at Sundance film festival winning both directing and editing awards, as well BAFTA and Independent Spirit Award nominations, and they have written and directed TV projects including Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories and The Dali, both commissioned by Sky Arts. They regularly harness technology to intensify the psychological impact of their work, and have made a number of major audio works including Silent Sound, a subliminal sound machine performing a live work with music composed by Jason Spaceman, and Bish Bosch Ambisymphonic, an 26 channel audio installation with Scott Walker, commissioned by Sydney Opera House. They recently exhibited the installation Requiem for 114 Radios as part of the Daydreaming With… Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House.
 

A Rock 'n' Roll Suicide. Image courtesy of Kate MacGarry, London and the artists
A Rock 'n' Roll Suicide. Image courtesy of Kate MacGarry, London and the artists

You won't find more penetrative insights into music culture than in the work of Goldsmiths graduates Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. 

Charlotte Edwards, The Independent

Iain and Jane’s work is collected by museums worldwide, including the Tate Gallery and has been commissioned by institutions including the British Film Institute, BBC, Institute of Contemporary Arts and the City of Toronto. Performance and music culture continue to play a significant role in their work, leading to some notable collaborations including Jarvis Cocker, Warren Ellis and Gil Scott-Heron.

During their residency at Somerset House, Iain and Jane plan to develop a major project pulling together all the disciplines of their practice under one roof. They plan to experiment with short performance pieces using the spaces around Somerset House, and will be working with Somerset House Studios on their artist mentoring programmes.