Craig Morrison’s passion for the Arts and bringing fresh audiences to new experience is fundamental to his practise. He works tirelessly to create exciting artworks that engage with people in both large scale outdoor spaces and smaller more intimate gallery exhibitions.
In recent works, Craig has initiated several ongoing projects, working internationally with artists, city councils and museums, to give historical stories a fresh contemporary platform.
Key projects include Artistic Director of Blinc in Australia as part of the Adelaide International Arts Festival, Creative Director of Honour, a WW1 Commemorative Event at Media City in Manchester and the Creative Director of a Creative Europe Project – Follow The Vikings. He was also made an honourary member of the Alan Turing Society following on from his BBC Space commission at Blinc, a festival that celebrated the acheivements of Alan Turing and his work on computing.
FOLLOW THE VIKINGS
The Follow the Vikings project is a Large Cooperation Project supported by Creative Europe, that brings together 14 partner organisations and 11 associate partners from across Europe. The project promotes and celebrates Viking heritage throughout Europe and has a particular emphasis on skills development, sharing business models, reaching new audiences and promoting Europe as a global toursim destination.
Craig Morrison is the Creative Director of the project, and has created an event that embraces historical facts and the rich mythological tradition associated with Viking Culture.
He has commissioned artists from all over the world to produce spectacular visuals and a bespoke Viking score.
The event will be shown in 12 different countries in various languages with live action, reenactor battles, contemporary dance as well as engaging local communities to get involved.
Jomsborg Fort Warsaw – Poland
Viking Centre Avaldsnes – Norway
Copenhagen Museum – Denmark
Dublin – Ireland
Waterford – Ireland
Caen – France
Upplands Vasby – Sweden
Oslo – Norway
Lofotr – Norway
Trondnes – Norway
Reykjavik – Iceland
Jorvik Viking Centre York – UK
Shetland – Scotland
Images from the First performance at Jomsborg Fort in Warsaw
JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL -2017
A celebration of Viking Culture on The Eye of York.
Jorvik Festival is an annual Viking festival that celebrates the history and cultural significance of the Vikings. Over 40,000 people visit the festival every year. I was invited to be the Creative Director of the Viking Feast & the Viking Finale, an outdoor event with over 350 performers retelling the story of Eric the Bloodaxe.
Eric stabbed in the back in the rain Image: Ian Forsyth
The King is Dead
Einar Selvik from Wardruna performs to the 350 Viking Warriors
Eric the Bloodaxe is Dead.
Queen Gunhilde and Eric the Bloodaxe
Queen Gunhilde and Eric the Bloodaxe
HONOUR Salford Quays was a large-scale outdoor music, digital art and dance event on the Greater Manchester waterfront, featuring several visual artists alongside hundreds of choral singers. The free event gave the audience a breathtaking window into the WW1 conflict and offered an opportunity for communal reflection on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
The project is an ongoing event to commemorate the centenary of WW1 inspired by the life and work of Hedd Wyn.
MBM was a early pioneering creative project combining music, film projection, performance art and contemporary dance. The project toured extensively in Europe,USA and Asia.
Meat Beat Manifesto
Glasgow Portrait Project
An interactive large scale event, where the people of Glasgow could see their own portrait projected onto the front of the iconic Glasgow architecture as part of the Unesco Year of Light celebrations in Glasgow City Centre
Curator of blinc at the Adelaide Festival
Blinc Adelaide was a large, free, outdoor, light based arts festival in Australia, featuring the artworks from 28 artists from all over the world. Craig Morrison was employed as the curator of the event, creating an exciting platform for many established and emerging artists. The event was held in central Adelaide over a 7-day period and was visited by over 250,000 people. Artworks included the world’s first 360 degree mapped projections, animations, live VJ, installations, interactive participation artworks and other light
based works from some of the most prestigious artists in the world, including Bill Viola and Ryoichi Kurokawa.
Intense Colour is an ongoing personal creative project, developed in collaboration with various multi-disciplinary artists. Commissioned by Arts Council Wales and BBC Space
Is it possible to create a sound language which allows people to ‘see’ or remember colours in their mind’s eye?