Gillian McIver


Gillian Mciver is a Canadian based in London, UK.
She writes about art and film.

United Kingdom



Bloomsbury Publishing

Art History for Filmmakers

Since cinema's earliest days, literary adaptation has provided the movies with stories; and so we use literary terms like metaphor, metonymy and synedoche to describe visual...


a-n The Artists Information Company

Eye on the prize: artists from ethnic 'minorities' are being shut out - a-n The Artists...

A very good friend of mine applied to the newly created East London Painting Prize, which announced its inaugural winner last week. He didn't get shortlisted and he was fine...


Joy in People: Jeremy Deller at the Hayward

If anyone deserved a big, expansive show, serving up a comprehensive range of mixed media works, it's Deller.


Over site?

Where did the site-specific idea come from? And can an artist ever really know how it will turn out? Gillian McIver traces its emergence and looks forward to future developments.

a-n The Artists Information Company

The black subject: ancient to modern - a-n The Artists Information Company

The black subject: ancient to modern Tate Britain Saturday 21st of February This symposium, which in only one day tried to cover the appearance of the black subject in art from...


Palestinian video art: constellation of the moving image | Reviews | Interface | a-n

Palestinian video art: constellation of the moving image ed. Bashir Makhoul, (2013) Jerusalem1 January 2013 - 27 January 2014 Reviewed by: Gillian Mciver " Palestinian video...


Review: Frieze London - a good education in how the art market works

Is Frieze Art Fair useful in any way to artists and is it good for artists and art? Filmmaker, artist and Frieze first-timer Gillian McIver roams the gallery booths and curated...


Castiglione, Lost Genius | Reviews | Interface | a-n

Castiglione, Lost Genius The Queen's Gallery, London1 November 2013 - 15 March 2014 Reviewed by: Gillian Mciver " Castiglione, Lost Genius There was initial confusion about this...




Hagen is a handsome youth who, through no fault of his own, is violently cast out from his family. Learning to survive on the streets with the help of other homeless, he finds...


Suite Fran├žaise

In a picturesque village on the outskirts of Paris, time seems to stand still. Young bride Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams) goes through the routines of daily life, under...



One genre that Britain has really made its mark on is the gangster film, with classics like Brighton Rock (2010) and Sexy Beast (2000), and edgy indies like Dead Men's Shoes...



A slip of the tongue would allow you to confuse Canadian police procedural The Calling with Scandinavian police procedural The Killing. What they share is the sense of...



OUT OF BALANCE | Reviews | Interface | a-n

OUT OF BALANCE GALERIE GERKEN, BERLIN8 September - 11 October 2012 Reviewed by: Gillian Mciver " There are two principal cities for artists in the European part of the world...

The Overflowing Milkmaid with Curved Feet a publication of the London Surrealist Group

Still Surviving

The state of the surreal in contemporary cinema


SUNDAY ART FAIR | Reviews | Interface | a-n

SUNDAY ART FAIR AMBIKA P3, LONDON12 - 14 October 2012 Reviewed by: Gillian Mciver " Art fairs are a pretty good way of getting a quick overview of what is happening in the art...


Michael Wolf: Flowers Kingsland Road

Wolf is excited by massive spatials, urban landscapes photographed in such a way as to compress and extend the built environment.