Neville Gabie
 
A weight of Ice Carried from the North for you  2010  large iceberg sustained using solar power  Tatton Park Biennial 2010
 
 
Biography

Working in a range of media from sculpture to film and photography Neville Gabie’s practice is frequently inspired by a response to specific locations or situations. Often developed over a sustained period of involvement with site, local community groups and other creative and academic professionals, his projects value collaboration as key to their success. From highly urbanised to distantly remote locations, his work is a response to the vulnerability of place. His interest is in establishing a working relationship within a particular community as a means of considering its physical, cultural or emotional geography.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Neville Gabie did an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London 1986/88. His work is included in the Tate Gallery and Arts Council Collections.
Recent exhibitions include: WOMAD visual artist for 2014, commissioned and curated by Jeni Walwin and Tammy Bedford; Cabot Institute, Leverhulme funded climate change research project, Bristol University (2012-2013); Olympic Park Artist in residence during construction (2010-2012) and Tatton Park Biennial 2010.

Curriculum vitae
Exhibitions at the gallery: Myself and Others 2015, The Greatest Distance 2013
 
 
SELECTED WORKS
 
Collective Breath
2014, performance and video commissioned for WOMAD Festival
 
Collective Breath is part of Experiments in Black and White, a new work commissioned from Neville Gabie for the 2014 WOMAD Festival in Charlton Park, Wiltshire. This work is an exploration of four materials – ice, chalk, oil and air – fundamental aspects of the natural world that are variously contested and debated as we look to the future of the planet. During the festival the project comprised a daily performance-drawing with a huge chalk boulder; outdoor screenings of five films featuring the artist working with each of ice, chalk and oil, in arduous, physical performances; and the Collective Breath tent where breath from festival-goers was collected and speakers from a variety of disciplines gave talks on the subject of breath and air as they relate to science, art, the voice, musical performance, life cycles and eastern meditation.

Inspired by his recent residency at the Cabot Institute, University of Bristol, Neville devised a system for collecting breath from over one thousand visitors during the 4-day festival. The breath from each bespoke bag has now been transferred into a pressurized container. Contributors to the project have made suggestions for the site to release the breath and record the sound as it plays through the specially made instrument. Postcards with a photographic record of the event and a link to the film of the Collected Breath release will be posted to all contributors.
 
Experiments in Black and White XIII - Richmond South Africa
2014, video stills
Experiments in Black and White VII
2013,  video stills
Afloat
2013, video still (Achiltibuie, Scotland)
 
Afloat is a film recorded over 18 months in the remote West Highland community of Coigach. The 27 minute film follows the construction of a St Ayles Skiff and a season of rowing under the banner of Scottish Coastal Rowing. Commissioned by IOTA, the film would not have been possible without the enthusiastic support of the Coigach Community Rowers and the wider community of Achiltibuie.

Whilst the boat is central, filming its construction was perhaps an indulgence for thinking about something much more personal. I am fascinated by this tiny community, not all indigenous, or even Scottish, living on the margins between land and sea. I saw a bond there that I envied and was terrified of in equal measure. I encountered my own ghosts and rootlessness starkly reflected in this odd mix of people drawn together in the embrace of a very unique landscape.
Neville Gabie
 
Map Projects, Richmond, South Africa
2012, photograhic work of temporary installation
 
 
Freeze Frame
2011, photograph, printed in the Metro Newspaper with a one-off print run of three million and single image print 3 x 2m, part of the Olympic Park Residency, London
 
Every seat in the stadium
2011, video installation part of the Olympic Park residency, London
Wide Eyed and Legless
2009, video still, part of the British Antarctic Survey (Weddell Sea, Antarctica)
 
Cabot Circus Cantata
2007, video still
 
Flat - Further Up in the Air
2003
 
Over a five year period artists, writers and photographers; Grennan & Serandio, Dirk Konigsfeld, Philip Reilly, George Shaw, Chloe Steele, Leo Fitzmaurice, Kelly Large & Becky Shaw, Neville Gabie, Lothar Gotz, Gary Perkins, Greg Steak, David Mabb, Catherine Bertola, Paul Rooney, Elizabeth Wright, Will Self, Vittorio Bergamaschi, Jordan Baseman, Julian Stallabrass, Anna Fox, Marcus Coates, Stephan Gec, Bill Drummond – lived in residence and developed work alongside the resident community. Such a project would not have been possible without the support, involvement and goodwill of the residents on the estate.

The project took place on the Sheil Park estate, North Liverpool during the process of demolishing three tower blocks. Up in the Air was based in Kenley Close, Further Up in the Air, in Linosa Close, the last of the three buildings to be demolished. Hosted by Liverpool Housing Action Trust, the project had ACE, Lottery, Capital of Culture and LHAT funding.
 
 
 
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