Ian Giles

Working in film, performance and events Ian Giles’ work utilises social networks to enable queer histories and contemporary experiences to be shared, recorded and celebrated.

His film ‘Trojan Horse/Rainbow Flag’, which was made in collaboration with members of Friends of the Joiners Arms; about the campaign to save the iconic queer pub in Shoreditch, toured the UK in 2019.

As a New Geographies commissioned artist he recently established Open Ramble East, a free, inclusive and versatile group of people who worked with Ian to organise walks which traced LGBTQ+ histories in East Anglia.

In 2018 Giles produced a film about BUTT magazine collaborating with the magazine’s creators, and sharing transcribed interviews with young gay men living in London today. This act of re-performance highlighted generational shifts in publishing and gay male lives.

The Jerwood New Work Fund will support Ian to carry out a nine-month period of research and development towards an ambitious new performance. Through a collective knowledge gathering exercise Ian will explore queer communal living since the 1970s. He will collaborate with members of squatting communities and performers in a research process which will act as an alternative curriculum. He will develop a ‘performance algorithm’ (a set of unspoken rules) that will enable participants to shift between embodied, scripted and documentary modes of information sharing within the resulting performance.




After BUTT, Film, 34 mins, 2018. Ian Giles, Commissioned by Chelsea Space, supported by Hospitalfield and funded by Arts Council England. Image courtesy of the artist.