Ian Nesbitt’s socially engaged practice spans documentary film, cinema activism, co-production and community organisation. It focuses on exploring peripheral territories and working innovatively with marginal communities. He is interested in uncovering ‘wild’ systems and initiating rogue networks within the managed structures and manufactured communities that are handed down to us. His projects are largely collaborative, working with both artists and non-artists.
Graduating in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent in 2004, Nesbitt’s work has been shown at Nottingham Contemporary; Broadway Cinema; One Thoresby Street and Bonington Gallery (Nottingham); Anarch; 21 Vyner St and the Nunnery Gallery (London); Eastside Projects (Birmingham); Bloc Projects (Sheffield); G39 (Cardiff); Glastonbury Festival; Sheffield Doc/Fest; Liverpool Biennial; Amorph (Helsinki); Oberhausen Film Festival (Germany); Centre For Contemporary Art, Moscow (Russia) and on BBC2 and TG4 Ireland. He recently completed a Sound And Music commission collaborating with the avant-folk ensemble Dead Rat Orchestra, and is currently working on a Social Housing Arts Network commission in Sheffield.