Gillian McIver started her artistic journey by picking up a camera and shooting bands, and then progressed to underground cinema-making. After a spell at film school, she co-founded the artist group Luna Nera, and spent a decade making large-scale site-specific projects in unusual sites, from a Russian naval base to a derelict grand hotel. She makes films and videos, installation art and photography, and curates exhibitions. Her most recent curatorial project was the exhibition Alchemy! in London, 2022.
She has a PhD in art history and cinema studies, and is currently a researcher in residence at the Swedenborg House, researching theatre design history and the special effects artist Philip James de Loutherbourg. She has written several books on film, art history and scenography.

Most Recent

Curator and Producer of Exhibition ‘Alchemy!’ London 2022
Exhibited video Trans-States group show, curated by Elizabeth Tomos
Exhibited photography “Last Orders” The Steamship PS, London October 2021
Exhibited video and spoken word performance “Timeless Thames” The Steamship PS, London October 2020
Exhibited photography “Invisible Cities” The Steamship PS, London 2019
Curator and Producer of Exhibition and Film Festival, British Film Institute, #timetoact PSVI Film Festival 2018
Exhibition “Bon Collage” at Kottishop Berlin, 2018
Several Video works were featured at Casablanca Bienniale autumn 2016 catalogue excerpt


Talks, spoken word and interviews

Spoken Word Performance, Swedenborg House – launch of Swedenborg Review 4 publication 2023

Talk, Emery Walker House London 2023
Interview for SHWEP* podcast with Earl Fontanelle; *SHWEP is the Secret History of Western Esotericism 2022
Podcast for New Books Network 2017; interview by Kirstin L. Ellsworth
Profile of Gillian McIver in Stigmart01 Videofocus Summer 2014
Interview on Monocle Radio Sept 2014


Selected Exhibitions and Exhibition Screenings
Invisible Cities, The Steamship PS London
Bon Collage, KottiShop Gallery Berlin
PSVI Film Festival, British Film Institute, London
Casablanca Bienniale, Morocco
Sheffield Docfest
Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, Exeter
Teatro Alexandria, Egypt
Trispace Gallery London
Portobello Film Festival London
The Mayflower, Rotherhithe
Nightpiece Film Festival, Edinburgh Fringe
Espacio Enter, Tenerife, Canarias
Whitechapel Gallery, London. Film screening Tarkovsky’s River.
Digital Landscape – Espacio Enter, Tenerife, Canarias.
CeC’12 India – Parallel Visions | Global Art Video, Uttarakhand, India
* Co-founded Studio 75 artist run space in London*
Intervalos Lúcidos – Espacio Enter, Tenerife, Canarias
“Keeping Afloat – Gallery La Clinica Mundana, Valencia
ARTSIDE Southend on Sea (a Parallel Project production)
Revolution Now and Forever – Gallery Mavena, Croatia
HOST 02 – Art Funkl Manchester
Unfolding sequences – Montreal
CeC’11 India Global Art Video – Uttarakhand, India
dokumentART European Film Festival for Documentaries, Szczecin
EdgeLogue – New Delhi
Topolski Century Gallery, South Bank Centre, London
«PI five» Performance & Intermedia Festival, Szczecin
Southend -on-Sea Film Festival, Fringe; TAP
Optica Festival of Video Art, touring
Photocinema – Format Festival of Photography
Prospero’s Library – Accademia di Belle Arte, Catania, Italia
The Irresistible District – Helsinki
TINAG Festival – London

Selected Curatorial Projects
Alchemy! exhibition Blackwall, London 2022
PSVI #timetoact Film Festival BFI London 2018
Studio75 London 2010 – 2013
“Schematic: Eric Raymond” Canada House Gallery, London
“Schematic: The Machine that Moves Us (New Media Art from Canada)” SPACE London
Luna Nera

• PhD, Cinema and Art History, University of Roehampton. Supported by the AHRC.
• Master of Arts, MA by Project, Visual Art; Sir John Cass School of Art at London Guildhall. Supported by the AHRC.
• Bachelor of Arts, Film and Contemporary Media Practice. University of Westminster

Personal Grants and Awards
Canada Council for the Arts Critics and Curators Award
Arts Council of England Grants for the Arts
British Council Touring Grant
AHRC Postgraduate Award, Master of Fine Arts
AHRC Postgraduate TECHNE Award, PhD