Louise Colbourne


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Scholarly biography

Louise Colbourne is a lecturer for the Visual Communication depatrment in the School of Art. Formerly working in the School of Media, Louise was instrumental in the development of the Design for Digital Media BA course and more recently the BA Animation and BA Games Art and Design courses. Louise has led both theory and practice based modules and is particularly active in instigating internal and external collaborative opportunities for students. Louise is also a Student Engagement Champion and has joined a working group to address the BAME University Award gap.

Louise works as an artist/curator, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary film practices and expanded cinema and uses both analogue and digital methods for the production and presentation of installations and single screen works. 

Having won several Arts Council bids to fund projects which explore the relationship between artistsic practice and technology, Louise has been able to produce and curate major international exhibitions. These projects have been hosted at the Brighton Digital Festival, The Observer Arts, The Jerwood Gallery and the Brighton Cinecity Film festival amongst others.

Louise produces a programme of video art, film, performance and music for the Big Screen at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk each year. She has also curated screenings for many other exhibitions and festivals to include: Loop video art festival in Barcelona, Liverpool Biennale, Whitstable Biennale, ESPS in St Leonards-on-Sea, and the ICA in London. 

Currently Louise is working on a series of exhibitions called Our Machines and has recently completed a research project in collaboration with The Slade School of Art Research Centre called Motion in Form. This project included a series of exhibitions, workshops and a symposium exploring the specific qualities of analogue film as an expanded art form.

Research interests

Curation, co-curation and artist/designer-led projects.

Inter-disciplinary practices with a particular focus on expanded cinema.

The relationship between analogue and digital technology in the arts.

The transformation of material, content and identity through processes of making. 

Creative coding and generative art & design processes.


Education/Academic qualification

Master, University College London


External positions

Steering Committee, Electro Studios Project Space

24 Sep 2012 → …

Artistic Director, Festival Republic

15 Apr 2010 → …

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Activities 2013 2019

  • 3 Exhibition, performance
  • 2 Membership of professional body
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

Kingdom Project

Louise Colbourne (Member of programme committee)

Activity: EventsExhibition, performance

Our Machines

Louise Colbourne (Presenter)

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (External organisation)

Louise Colbourne (Chair)

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

Artists talk

Louise Colbourne (Presenter)

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation