Mike Inglis practice explores the creative possibilities that exist between public art and outsider art. He enjoys making publically sited work that explores transitional spaces that “outsider art” often inhabits as well as bleeding these practices into work for more traditional gallery spaces. He is particularly interested in found materials and adhocist approaches to construction. The focus of his research engages in a direct dialogue with outsiders or isolated communities, their dogmas or doctrines becoming the core of shared dialogues. He is interested in exploring ideas that surround superstitions and belief systems in a wide variety of outputs from installations and films to drawing and printmaking.
More recently mike was lead artist on resonate | disseminate a project which developed a series of engagement strategies, interventions and exhibitions that took place on two project bases, Dr Grays Hospital in Elgin and Inverurie Hospital. It was Mikes role as lead artist to create and strategically lead a team through this 18 month project investigating the potential of the rural hospital to become community arts hubs, establishing a model of engagement and defining what is necessary for successful outcomes in this ambitious project.
Mike is currently carrying out a project which examines, maps and explores outsider art culture and adhocist practices here in Scotland as well as establishing links with northern European outsider organisations and artists ultimately creating new knowledge and developing new bodies of work. In September of 2019 Mike spoke at the European Parliament on the importance of art and well being
Exhibitions / solo shows / Residencies
ROCK STAR: INUTI GALLERY, STOCKHOLM, summer 2021 (postponed from 2020)
ANOTHER CABIN FOR ELIS – HAMEELINNA MUSEUM: – FINLAND – NOV20 –MAR 2021
ANOTHER CABIN FOR ELIS – OULO MUSEUM: – FINLAND – JUNE –SEPT 2020
ANOTHER CABIN FOR ELIS – KOKKOLA MUSEUM: – FINLAND – FEB –APRIL 2020
TRAVEL AGENCY – INUTI GALLERY STOCKHOLM – MAY 2019
PROJECT ABILITY RESIDENCY, GLASGOW and Dreampod Installation– FEB /MARCH 2019
TG40 : SETTLEMENT : City Art Centre , EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2018.
RESONATE, DISSEMINATE: LEAD ARTIST: Grampian Hospitals Art Trust 2017-2018
THE SHAMEN, THE HERMIT AND THE HIGH PRIESTESS: mar-april 2017 SUTTIE ARTS SPACE.
RELAX AND DANCE: Suite Arts Space JULY- SEPT 2016
CUPAR INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL | SUNDOME | 2016
DARK MATTERS | EDINBURGH PRINTMAKERS March 2015
BETTER NATURE | SNH / Creative Scotland Artist Residency sep 2013-june 2014, Battleby, Perthshire
STREET SHRINES | InBetween Artist Residency June 2012 – Nov 2012 : Stove group, Dumfries
TRANSMIT | Edinburgh, May 2010 : AXOLOTL GALLERY, EDINBURGH
CULTURE X : | Dehli, India – February 2010
SHADOWS FADE | Glasgow – oct/nov 2009 : GLASGOW ARCHES
TRANSMIT | Edinburgh, june/july 2008 : RED DOOR GALLERY
TRANSMISSION | Dundee, jan/march 2008 : DCA [ DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ARTS ]
Permanent Public Art projects
FRAGMENTS AND ECHOES – TYPOGRAPHIC INSTALLATION – Highland Hospice September 2016
TRAVELLING GALLERY EXTERIOR – The Ark Camps – August 2015
TREE CHURCH | Creative Scotland / SNH – Installation / Perthshire Woodland : June 2014
CATHEDRAL | Highland Council | Wall installation: lead artist, Inverness : Installed March 2011
SHALE PEOPLE TRAIL