Hidden Door

Rachel McBrinn + Alison Piper

Visual Art

Rachel McBrinn is an artist interested in how spaces are delineated, experienced, and how we think about them. She has been the recipient of the RSA John Kinross Scholarship (2014), RSA Residencies for Scotland Award (2015-16), the Emerging Artist Bursary Award from the City of Edinburgh Council (2016-17) and was shortlisted for the LUX Scotland SUPERLUX Research and Development Award in 2016. Recent exhibitions have been held at the Reid Gallery, Glasgow; The Lighthouse, Glasgow; Custom Lane, Edinburgh; The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh. In 2019 she will graduate from the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art.

Alison Piper is a Glasgow based director, drawn to bold stories of activism and social change, particularly stories inspired by women. Alison’s short film Free Period, a ‘Glaswegian stand-off between a schoolgirl and a tampon machine’, was acquisitioned by BBC iPlayer in February 2019 as part of the ‘Next Big Thing’ series. Alison’s latest short film ‘Duck Daze’ was developed as part of the Scottish Film Talent Network’s New Talent Scheme; the film will premiere at the 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival where Alison will take place in the Talent Lab.

For Hidden Door 2019, Rachel and Alison will show their film ‘A Lower Volume’ first shown with Hidden Door in 2014.

Rachel McBrinn has further contributed to in 2016 and 17.

‘Opacities’ Hidden Door 2017:

For 2017 Rachel installed ‘Opacities’  using a technique of removing the polarising filters from LCD monitors exploring hierarchies of space and digital devices. ‘Opacities’ was a visual articulation of what is visible and what is hidden within devices, as well as the processes employed in manufacturing them.

‘Monument’ Hidden Door 2016:

For Hidden Door 2016, Rachel exhibited ‘Monument’ a moving image work exploring a collapse of distance and structure, beginning in an familiar natural environment before entering into a world in which scale, place and substance are left uncertain, feeling at once internal and external, above and below the surface. Monument was shown inside the vaults at King Stables Road, the title of the film reflected the past which it commemorates and the future it is built to see.