Creative Director – Curator – Artist

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.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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

Catoira –Spain

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.


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.

Honour. from craig morrison on Vimeo.

Produced by Quays Culture with the support ofSupported 2


MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO

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.

CURATION

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

Glasgow Portrait Project © Craig Morrison 2016
Collaborative work curated by Craig Morrison working with the Staff and Students from the Glasgow City College

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  Ryoichi Kurokawa and Hartung & Trenz

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.