Atom Town: artworks and writing about people places and technology by Gair Dunlop

GAIR DUNLOP Is a Scottish-based visual artist, and a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art at DJCAD, Dundee.


I  work with film, photography, archive material and publication in the widest sense.  I have a particular interest in the intersection of art, science and technology in the landscape- both in physical space and in the imagination. I also make playful works including signage and ceramic editions which explore our relationship with land, cultivation and gardens.


I was shortlisted for ‘Research Film of the year 2019’ for my film “Soundings” which worked with sound artists, composers and geographers to explore coastal change in North Norfolk. Project partners included the National Trust, wildlife organisations, local schools and a wide range of voices from the communities.

My work has been featured in a wide variety of contexts- including Kassel International Documentary Festival, International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA), Rome Media Art festival, and during the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s structure at the Wellcome Trust, London.


Online collaborations with Dan Norton (ablab) are still live, and have been widely exhibited and BAFTA nominated.


I have received substantial funding from public agencies, and the results have ranged from artists publications such as “Take me to the Bridge!” a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Tay Bridge to long-term projects involving extended negotiations with scientific and governmental organisations such as the UKAEA and DSRL, as well as publics and communities in areas affected by military and scientific construction.

I am a senior lecturer and researcher at DJCAD, University of Dundee.


Information on ‘Sounding Coastal Change’ is at


I arrived at contemporary art through a circuitous route involving anti-nuclear activism, landscape work in Highgate Cemetery, projectionist at the infamous Scala Cinema, Science Museum photographer, and an abiding curiosity.


A full cv can be found here         A visual guide to recent works can be found here         'Sites and strategies: artworks and projects 2003-2011 can be found here