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Stephen Sutcliffe

Stephen Sutcliffe (b. 1968,  Yorkshire, UK) was raised in Gawthorpe, a small village in the Wakefield District.

He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and Glasgow School of Art. Now based in Glasgow, the award-winning contemporary artist creates abstract films from his extensive archive of cinema and TV clips, sound and spoken word broadcasts.


Installation Shot of Stephen Sutcliffe: Twixt Cup and Lip at The Hepworth Wakefield.

His work includes a strong research element and is characteristically collaged from existing footage and archive material. Recordings made from the television or radio, clippings from newspapers or books, are run together to either contradict each other or find an unlikely common ground.

His short films often employ several sources simultaneously, obscuring part of the footage or layering soundtracks to undermine the integrity of the original and instill a notion of doubt.

In 2012 he was awarded the Margaret Tait Prize and he shortlisted for the Derek Jarman award in 2009 and 2014. In 2015 he won the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award.

Installation shot of Stephen Sutcliffe: Twixt Cup and Lip at The Hepworth Wakefield.

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Stephen Sutcliffe: Twixt Cup And Lip

25 Jun - 02 Oct 2016

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