James McColl                                      contact: jamesmccoll999@hotmail.co.uk
Born 1990
Lives and works in Plymouth, UK

I’m a multidisciplinary artist. I work with text, moving image and performance. My work has a particular focus on mental health, individual struggle and class. I use repurposed footage and text - my performances are the direct result of these practices. My work is visual. I drop the extraordinary into ordinary settings. My work is striking. I deconstruct imagery and audience experience. How work is seen is as important to my practice as the work itself. I take work out of galleries. I create site-responsive and site-specific work, often creating environments for work to be shown in. Where possible, I show work in unusual spaces and places disrupting the day-to-day. I am one half of First Line Theatre, a theatre group producing site-responsive performance art.


2008-2011 Southampton Solent University, BA (HONS) Film 2:1

CRATE residency artist’s group exhibition, Margate, NOV 2019
Going Away.tv at Wrong Biennale Pavilion, London, NOV 2019
51zero Biennial Festival of International Moving Image, Kent, OCT 2019

2019 CRATE Micro Placement Residency Programme with Windmill Community Gardens, Margate , UK
2018 BLOCK_CHAIN>THE POWER OF TWO (block i with Peter Driver), online residency
2016 First Line Theatre Residency, The BikeShed Theatre, Exeter, UK
2016 Our Space (First Line Theatre), Edwardian Cloakroom’s, Bristol, UK
2016 On Display, @Unit10, Bedminster, UK

2019 BLOCK_CHAIN>THE POWER OF TWO, publication by CAS (Chapel Arts Studios)
2018 SYNCSWinterview
2017 VAULTFilm Festival interview
2016 Art Reveal Magazine issue 23 interview

2018 DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival (DIMIF) Finalist
2015 Ways With Words Bursary Recipient 

2019 EDRA 50: Sustainable Urban Environments @ Web Archive, October NYU Tandon
2019 Film Screening @ TOA (Tech Open Air), June Berlin Germany
2019 Rung Magazine issue 2 Lunch Party + online @ The Latch, June Bristol UK
2019 .../CC01 (Carbon Copy) @ Tique Art Space, June Brederodestraat Antwerp Belgium
2019 Sustainable Video Art @ NYU Tandon, May Brooklyn USA
2018 TBC TV @ Somerset House, December London UK
2018 Digital Exhibition @ Rede House, November Middlesbrough UK
2018 Video Art Film Club @ Leyden Gallery, September London UK
2018 Moving Image Screening @  Rame Projects, June Maker Heights Cornwall UK
2018 Rung Magazine issue 1 Lunch Party + online @ Trinity Centre, June Bristol UK
2018 This Is Hardcore @ SXRVXVE (Feeling Gloomy), April Brooklyn USA
2018 BLOCK-CHAIN>SYMPOSIUM @ Winchester School of Art, March Winchester UK
2018 DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival @ Crypt Gallery, March London UK
2017 NET Experimental Video Film Festival @ online, December
2017 VAULT Film Festival @ Vault Festival, December London UK
2017 Collide-O-Vision @ Made In Roath Festival, October Roath UK
2017 Scalarama Festival @ Hyde Park Book Club, September Leeds UK
2017 Celebrating Aging @ PAW’17, September Plymouth UK
2017 We The People Are The Work @ The Atlantic Project, September Plymouth UK
2017 VIDEOTCA Home Video, August Lecce Italy
2017 Politmore Festival @ Poltimore House, June Exeter UK
2017 Three Room Cinema Club @ A44D Fringe Arts Bath, June Bath UK
2017 Basic Space @ Party In The Town, June Totnes UK
2017 May Day May Day @ Spike Island, May Bristol UK
2017 Unseen Zinema #5 @ Espacio B, Buenavista, May Spain
2017 Print Out Exhibition @ Double Yolk Collective, March Newcastle UK
2017 Together As One, January Leeds UK
2016 All in One ‘A Projected Only Loop Group Show’, November Chiari Italy
2016 The Future Project @ The Inland Art Festival, October Redruth UK
2016 Equality Festival, September Ukraine
2016 RETHink Art @ Digital International Festival, September Athens Greece
2016 Sketches From The City @ The BikeShed Theatre, July Exeter UK
2016 Our Space @ Edwardian Cloakroom, June Bristol UK
2016 Hijacked Festival @ Double Locks, June Exeter UK
2016 Basic Space @ Plymouth Fringe Festival, May Plymouth UK
2016 On Display @ Unit10, May Bedminster UK
2015 C the Film Festival @ C Venues EFF, August Edinburgh UK
2015 On Photocopy @ A44D Fringe Arts Bath, June Bath UK
2015 The Storm @ IBT15, February Bristol UK
2015 Work Bard Play Bard @ Pleasance, February London UK
2015 FaB Ignites Research @ A44D Fringe Arts Bath, January Bath UK