Ian Nesbitt’s socially engaged practice spans documentary film, cinema activism, co-production and community organising. It focuses on exploring peripheral territories and working innovatively with marginal communities. His projects are largely collaborative, working with both artists and non-artists.
Graduating in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent in 2004, Ian’s work has been shown at Nottingham Contemporary, Broadway Cinema, One Thoresby Street and Bonington Gallery (Nottingham), Anarch, 21 Vyner St and the Nunnery Gallery (London), Eastside Projects (Birmingham), Bloc Projects (Sheffield), G39 (Cardiff), Glastonbury Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Liverpool Biennial, Amorph (Helsinki), Oberhausen Film Festival (Germany), Centre For Contemporary Art Moscow (Russia) and on BBC2 and TG4 Ireland. He was a founding member of One Thoresby Street and is co-director of Annexinema and Out/Side/Film.
He recently completed ‘The Cut’ – a Sound And Music commission collaborating with the avant-folk ensemble Dead Rat Orchestra, and ‘Walk Wit A Cart Through Upperthorpe’ – a Social Housing Arts Network project in Sheffield. In 2016 he will undertake commissions at Primary, Nottingham and In Certain Places, Preston.’
Walk With A Cart Through Upperthorpe was made collaboratively with local residents, support agencies, service providers, a housing association, and artist, Ian Nesbitt, commissioned by the Social Housing Arts Network.The core group that informed the making of the film included artists, community activists, volunteers, and first-time filmmakers. The film is constructed around footage of the Upperthorpe area, recorded by a custom build ‘videocart’. Walking around with the cart enabled conversations and spontaneous contributions.
“Don is a 67 year old man originally from Nottingham. Having travelled and lived all over the world working as a banjo player and gardener for the last 30 years or so, he eventually found his way home in late 2011. When I met him, he was sleeping rough, didn’t know how he’d got back to this country, had almost no short term memory, and no-one would take responsibility for his care.” – Ian Nesbitt
An afternoon study of a remote meadow in the Highlands, combining shots from five positions circumnavigating a ruined croft, and from the croft itself. Broken down into single frame shifts of perspective, the film attempts a new vantage point between the existing images.