Gordon Douglas

Gordon Douglas is a performance artist based in Glasgow.

He devises embedded positions, games and events that set out to reimagine organisations and investigate the performativity of working together.

His practice is founded on a commitment to (and scepticism of) collaboration, and aims to generate social byproducts by playing through, or exhausting, perceived institutional systems. This research has seen him take on a variety of roles including time spent with: The NewBridge Project, Newcastle (2016); Edinburgh College (2016-17); Travelling Gallery, Scotland (2018); and Cooper Gallery, Dundee (2019). Recently, he conducted an extensive ‘performative audit’ of power, access and accountability within CCA Glasgow’s open source policy (An Opposites Programme, 2018-19).

Support from the Jerwood Bursary will enable Gordon to focus energies into writing (and conceiving collective-writing exercises for) an Artist Contract that accounts for mutual care and empowers improvisation.


An Opposites Programme (balloons in the office), CCA Glasgow, 2018-19. Image: Gordon Douglas