Donna Rutherford, Glasgow
I have been creating theatre and video work since 1990 crossing the roles of writer, performer, video maker and director. Starting from a Live Art background I have developed solo and collaborative projects in the UK and abroad with a wide range of artists, musicians and community participants. The work stems from personal storytelling while combining psychology, social history and the distortion of memory – oh, and humour!
The work manages to make difficult subjects such as displacement, family relations, ageing, and miscommunication in relationships accessible to wide audiences while developing innovative forms of storytelling.
Touring extensively across UK & Eire and performing in Belgium, Denmark, USA & Canada, I've consistently been awarded funding from English & CS/ Scottish Arts Councils (including International Initiatives, Live Art Commissions, NRLA Residencies, Partners Fund, Made in Scotland), alongside funding from BBC2 Commissions, Barclays New Stages Award, international festivals & residencies, Opera North, Arts & Humanities Research Council.
AHRC awarded me a Creative Fellowship 2003 – 2007 (between RSAMD, GSA & New Territories) which led to me working closely with Stirling University's Memory Lab. (A previous collaboration involved another of Stirling University's Psychology Departments – the Face Perception Lab in 2001). Alongside teaching and facilitating work for others I have co-ordinated Symposium events bringing together experts in diverse subjects and produced a DVD of artists interviews entitled 'Rearranging Realities' which is still used as a teaching aid across UK, Eire, USA & Australia.
Alongside commissioned art & theatre work I have always engaged with community-based projects, often working with vulnerable groups. Organisations include Loretto Housing, Falkirk Criminal Justice Service Women's Group, NHS Greater Glasgow, North Lanarkshire Council Social Work Dept – Older Persons Team, West Dunbartonshire Violence Against Women, MacMillan Centre via Artlink.