Visiting Artist's Talk - Ilana Halperin

For this week's Visiting Artist’s Talk, we welcome artist Ilana Halperin.

Ilana Halperin, born in New York in 1973, is based between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute. Her work explores the relationship between geology and daily life. She combines fieldwork in diverse locations – on volcanoes in Hawaii, caves in France, geothermal springs in Japan with an active studio-based practice.

Her work has featured in solo exhibitions worldwide including Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité, Artists Space in New York, Manchester Museum and Akiyoshidai Natural History Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan. She was the Inaugural Artist Fellow at National Museums Scotland and Artist-Curator of Geology for Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. The Library of Earth Anatomy, a permanent commission at The Exploratorium in San Francisco, opened 2017.

Her solo exhibition Minerals of New York opened at Leeds Arts University, and toured to The Hunterian, Glasgow in 2019. There Is a Volcano Behind My House, her solo exhibition at Mount Stuart, was postponed due to Covid 19 and opened on the Isle of Bute in Spring 2021.

Currently, she is Artist in Residence with St Andrews University. This Autumn, she will embark on a new project with the Cairn Art Centre in the UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence and her work will feature in The Power of Wonder - The New Materialism in Current Art opening in 2022 at the Museum unter Tage (underground) in Bochum, Germany. A forthcoming volume on her work entitled Felt Events, edited by Dr. Catriona McAra, will be published by Strange Attractor/MIT Press in January 2022.

The Visiting Artists' Talks (VAT) series for 2021/22 takes place live via Zoom every Monday afternoon during teaching weeks.

Each session brings an arts professional to talk with us about what they do and why, and to chat with the student body honestly about their career journey and interests.

All our talks are compulsory for our Fine Art students but are open to anyone else who would like to join us.

Event link

The event will be hosted on Zoom.

For further information about the VAT series, please email Gill Park.


Ilana Halperin, Boiling Milk Solfataras,1999 Courtesy of the artist and Patricia Fleming, Glasgow.