Generator is a Dundee-based, non-profit, artist-run organisation established in 1996 by three friends: Paul Liam Harrison, Andy Kennedy and Caroline McIntee. The trio birthed the idea over drinks with a visiting member of Catalyst Arts in Belfast. Using the model of Transmission in Glasgow; Generator opened with studio space for graduates and the inaugural exhibition Radar, held in Hendersons Mill in Dundee. We are currently researching the early years of Generator and will soon be publishing photographs and memories from this time.
We are a registered charity managed by a voluntary committee of between three and eight members. Committee members serve for a maximum of two years to ensure a constant regeneration of ideas, and work across a programme that is devoted to showcasing exciting contemporary exhibitions and events.
Our aims are to facilitate the demands of contemporary creative talent in the city, to support the artistic community in all its diversity and to provide a varied programme of exhibitions and events featuring the work of emerging and mid-career artists across a National and International spectrum. We aim to generate vibrant culture in Dundee through providing sustained support towards a diverse programme of exhibitions and events.
We work with local and national artists to bring new and exciting projects to the city while maintaining a welcoming environment for all those who wish to engage with and support the organisation. Our project and exhibition space (Generator Projects) is located in the heart of the West end of Dundee. We provide a platform for creative practitioners, to develop experimental and contemporarily relevant work and give them the opportunity to exhibit, curate and gain experience in the running of an arts venue. We are a vital stepping stone for arts graduates providing them with paid work and opportunities for networking. Our organisation and venue are facilitated by the Generator committee, a rolling collective of volunteers, who dedicate two years of their time to ensure the continuation of the programmed space and the broader aspects of the organisation.
We are the established primary artist-led space in Dundee, and our committee strives to provide meaningful opportunities for artists, craftspeople, and students, and to involve the local community in a critically engaging programme. Our intention is to maintain a high quality of exhibitions and to develop curatorial ideas with artists, which will act as a pivotal step in their development and allow them the freedom to experiment.
Artists we have worked with have gone on to achieve acclaim, such as: exhibiting at the Venice Biennale, founding the Common Guild, winning the Glasgow Film Festival Margaret Tait Award, co-founding Project Space (Leeds), co-founding the Tetley (Leeds), winning the Venice Silver Lion Award, winning the Creative Scotland New Media Award and progressing to sit on the council of the Royal Scottish Academy.
Current Committee Members: Charis Edward Wells (Co-Chair), Elizabeth Ann Day (Co-Chair), Saoirse Anis, Caitlin MacLeod, Laura McSorely
Current Associate Committee Members: Jessica Kassam, Ana Hine, Esra Buyukbingol
Past committee members have gone on to do great things including:
Cultural Projects Officer at Abertay University, Cupar Arts Festival Organiser, Project Manager for Grisedale Arts, Curator at Talbot Rice Gallery, Teaching Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone, Arts Programmer at Hosptialfield Arts, Assistant Curator at DJCAD, Programme Manager at Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Accountant at Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Curator at the Australian Centre for Photography, Directors of LIDO St Leonards- on-Sea.
Past committee members:
Paul Harrison, Andy Kennedy, Caroline McIntee, Miranda Blennerhassett, Stuart Fallon, Lauren Gault, Amy Louise Jones, Sarah Laing, Derek Lodge, Ewan Manson, Fiona McCubbin, Kevin McPhee, Leena Nammari, Tony Nolan, Anna Orton, Louisa Preston, Ben Jack Robinson, Hazel Sanderson, Laura Simpson, Lisa Stewart, Stephen J Sutcliffe, Rachel Walker, Fraser MacDonald, Alexander MacIver, Kathryn Briggs, Caroline Hamilton , Emma McIntyre, Yvonne Billimore, Stephen Bloe, Hayley Mathers, Jessica Carden, Tanith Marron, Aileen Stackhouse, Neil McIntee, Ruth Aitken, Tara Chaloner, Holly Keasey, Daniel Bruton, Alan Bond, Andrew Maclean, Kirsty McKeown, Alison Scott, James Lee, Fiona Jardine, Aaron McCarthy, Katherine Murphy, James Bell, Julie Ann Delaney, Alexander Storey Gordon, Andrew Dunlop, Kirsten Mae Wallace, Lynne McBride, Gentian Meikleham, Hayley Whelan, Anina Kopka, Fergus Tibbs, Claire Fenech, Hari Macmillan, Andy Slater, Zsofia Jakab, Robbie Sivewright, Laura Gray, Emma McCarthy, Esra Buyukbingol…