Hinterland blog: Meet the Creative Team

Angus Farquhar – Creative Director

Angus was born in Aberdeenshire in 1961 and grew up in Edinburgh. A degree in English and Drama at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, led to 10 years as a core member of Test Dept, a radical music collective based in New Cross, South London. Returning to Scotland in 1989, Angus re-initiated the Beltane Fire Festival and has produced and directed NVA’s temporary and permanent public art works and events since its inception in 1992.


James Johnson – Associate Creative Director

James has worked internationally with renowned designer Jasper Morrison, film director and exhibition designer Murray Grigor, architect Norman Foster and architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava. James now works from his own design studio, Get Made Design, based on the West Coast of Scotland, and is also a tutor at the Royal College of Art in London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. getmade.co.uk


Phil Supple – Lighting Designer

Phil has been specialising in outdoor, site specific and landscape projects for over 20 years. Recent work includes the outdoor lighting of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, Electric Glen at Rouken Glen Park, Aisling’s Children for Homecoming 2009 and The Mill Project winning the highly commended at The Lighting Design Awards 2011. Phil has collaborated with NVA on various projects since 2007.  www.lightrefreshment.co.uk


Adam Finlay – NOVAK Studio Director

NOVAK, an award winning creative studio based in Newcastle upon Tyne specialising in motion design and immersive experiences.

Through large scale visual presentation and projection mapping, NOVAK create spectacular works that are informed and inspired by the works location and social significance. Their work often results in pieces that are visually stunning while conveying historical narrative and providing geographical relevance that resonates deeply with broad audiences.  novakcollective.com


85A Collective

A critically acclaimed multi-disciplinary artists collective, 85A has produced 20 provocative shows since 2008, swiftly establishing themselves as Glasgow’s most irreverent cultural agitators.

Dav Bernard
Since being commissioned for NVA‘s 1994 Soundworks event to design performative experimental musical instruments, Dav has been active as an artist, designer and all-round organiser for a plethora of grass-roots and established organisations in Glasgow and beyond.
With broad interest for projection, lighting, technological oddities and their application in set design, music events, and circus, Dav likes to work collaboratively to create experiential environments that actively confront audiences.  www.davbernard.co.uk

Pete Sach
With a background in critical theory and urban anthropology, alongside formal training in music performance and composition, Pete’s work sits at the intersection of the creative and social. He is actively involved in the arts and social enterprise communities in Scotland and has previously worked as a composer and consultant for creative agencies, facilitated community outreach projects in New Orleans and Scotland, and designed and delivered workshop programmes for young offenders in London. His outreach and engagement work is focused on combining creative and discursive practices to explore community and understandings of place, whilst his music combines field recordings and electronic instruments to evoke the spaces that lie between the cinema and the nightclub.  soundcloud.com/bl_anka

Zephyr Liddell
Zephyr is an artist and textile designer based in Glasgow, working with performance, costume and print. She has managed the production on a number of collaborative projects across visual arts, film and circus. Recent works include; A Return to Normalcy: Birth of a New Museum – Grace Ndiritu,  Muscle Theory – Catherine Street and Dancing in a circle is a reminder that we are part of the whole – Romany Dear.  Zephyr is currently a visiting lecturer at The Glasgow School of Art within the Fashion and Textiles department.  zephyrliddell.com

Robbie Thomson
Robbie is a Glasgow based artist and theatre maker with interests in kinetic sculpture, music, lighting design and technology.  Recent works include: The New Alps – an installation commissioned for Sonica 2015, inspired by post-industrial landscapes. XFRMR (2015) – an AV performance for musical Tesla coil and synths and The Eye (in collaboration with Jack Wrigley, 2014) – a live adaptation of Story of the Eye which incorporated performance, robotics and live web streaming. 

In 2011 he was involved in setting up the Glue Factory, an independent arts venue in the Speirs Locks area of Glasgow and since 2013 has been a Cryptic Associate. Robbie also worked with theatre company Untitled Projects on their last two major productions.  www.robbiethomson.co.uk


St Andrews University, School of Music

A collaboration with anthropologist and doctoral researcher Huw Lloyd-Williams, Michael Downes, Director of Music and Artistic Director of the Byre Theatre, Bede Williams, Teaching Fellow and New Music Co-ordinator – conductor and trumpeter acclaimed by the Herald Scotland as a ‘visionary’, ‘sensitive’ and ‘incisive’ musical leader as well as Tom Wilkinson, University Organist and Director of Chapel Choirs and Scottish composer Rory Boyle will together develop a new composition for the night time work.  www.st-andrews.ac.uk/music

Rory Boyle – Composer

Born in Ayr, Rory Boyle was a chorister at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, and studied composition with Frank Spedding at the RSAMD. He has won several awards, most notably the BBC Scottish Composers Prize for his first orchestral score, and the Zaiks Prize for Winter Music premiered in Cracow, Poland. His list of works covers most genres from large orchestral scores to incidental music. In 2006 he won a Creative Scotland award to write an opera based on the life of a feral German boy. The resulting score Kaspar Hauser, Child of Europe was premiered to critical acclaim at the RSAMD in 2010 going on to win the Stage Category in the British Composer Awards of the same year. Rory annotated and conducted the live film score accompanying Murray Grigor’s world premiere of Space and Light Revisited in 2009.  www.roryboyle.com


Image by Angus Farquhar: Test Card Projection Test on the floating beams at St Peter’s Seminary during our first projection test for Hinterland

Hinterland blog: Meet the Creative Team