intrepid art traveller


The At traveller is not art criticism. It’s art writing. Which I define as ‘writing about art as a creative practice’.

The four basic principles of Art Writing

1. Art writing is a creative practice.

2. Art writing embraces writing as a creative approach toward all aspects of art, including the art object and / or its context.

3. Art writing is not criticism but it can include all forms of art criticism, including that which is experimental and the hybrid.

4. In Art Writing, I may engage intensely with the artwork, or it may simply be the starting point for fictional and/or poetic developments.

Dr. GILLIAN MCIVER the Art Traveller
Home Town: Mysterious Vancouver
I love Toronto

I make art, I take photos, I make films and I write books about art and film – mainly about how cinema (and moving image work in general) is influenced by Art. I have a PhD in art and film.

I’m interested in painting and art history, scenography, cinematography, production design, VFX etc.

For a while now I’ve been based in London but my work takes me all over the place: Germany, the US, Russia, Spain, Egypt, Switzerland – you name it. I’m always pretty much  ready to go.

My ‘hood: Regents Canal, Shoreditch
hometown Vancouver,  magic hour

My interest in history has taken me into both documentary film-making, short films and artists’ video. Quite a lot my work explores historical events or places.

the ringmaster (Lenin)
the ringmaster (Lenin) in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – one of my favourite cities


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Luna Nera exhibition, performance Natasha Mayran. Sometimes I curate exhibitions and for a long time, I had a very successful art group called Luna Nera. Probably foolishly, we used to exhibit under the collective name which is why I am not super famous now 😛


  1. Hi Gillian, I have been offered a residency on kronstadt and have been looking for other artists who have been there just to get an idea of what to expect! I hope you will be able to reply. Best wishes Ceri

  2. Hi Gillian, what as nice coincidence.. I went to Cairo Museum of modern art last week to and was surprised that I couldn’t find anything about EMMA KALIY AYYAD too, till this morning when I wanted to start another research I found your article 😉 There must be more…

    Have a great time in travel Michaela

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