New Media Meets Old

Window Dreamers
Artist impression by Tamsin Williams of the Window Dreamers digital video projection in Telford Street, opening in September 2004

Wick Youth Club, Caithness, Scotland, Jan – Jun 2004

A multi-faceted Public Arts Commission organised by lead artist Sue Jane Taylor. My role as new media Artist in Residence involved purchasing and setting up the Wick Youth Club video editing suite, leading video workshops on camera techniques and editing, training Jonny Broad through the New Deal scheme to continue the workshops over the summer. As well as researching, purchasing and overseeing the installation of the projector and LCD screen in the restored building on Telford Street, and filming and editing the footage for the installation.

Jonny Broad and I worked closely with a group of young people in creating films, which were projected during the opening ceremony celebrations on Telford Street in May 2004.


I collaborated with the Far North Sub-Aqua Club diving and directing underwater filming for the installation. BSAC Instructor Jennifer Clyde worked with me organising a successful weekend workshop for young divers, led by National BSAC Instructor George Brown on underwater filming techniques.

Arts journalist Giles Sutherland wrote an article about the Pulteneytown Art Project for the online Highland and Islands Arts Journal. There is more information and pictutres of the Telford Street development at More general information about the Lower Pulteneytown development can be found at

Telford Street video installations

Activated and powered by the street lighting throughout the winter. Both will be officially opened in September 2004.

E’ Staxigoe Crabbies

’e Staxigoe Crabbies

Miller street eye-level window. 20 minutes. DVD.

An LCD screen is installed in a street window showing a short film of underwater sea life at Staxigoe harbour in the North Sea. This depicts local fisherman on a boat hauling the creels and underwater the colourful kelp, sea hares and crabs in the seawalls. I collaborated with the Far North Sub-Aqua Club and eight newly qualified young divers. As a diver myself I participated in the diving and planning, as well as directing and editing. Each young person had the opportunity to be an underwater camera operator using a high spec Sea Hawk system commercial camera.

Window Dreamers

Window Dreamers

Telford Street gable-end loft window. 17 minutes. DVD.

A video back-projected onto a false window. Young people are engaged in activities at windows in their homes and the local youth club. Against the light they are anonymous silhouettes. They are ghostly shadows of our futures above our heads. Some bounce on trampolines, others spy with binoculars, play guitars, dance or play with teddies.

Many thanks to Mick O’Donnell for his expert technical assistance and use of his video production suite to create the DVDs.
Funding for the whole project came from Communities Scotland, Leader Plus, Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise, Highland Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Book Trust. In kind: Far North Sub-Aqua Club and Kongsberg-Simrad.
Thanks to Hugh Mackay at Buccaneer Ltd for the use of his ROV (remote-operated vehicle).
Commissioned by Wick Youth Club.
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