Neville Gabie

Mega-Events Cities


Mega – Events Cities

Public 53 published Public Journal, Canada, Edited by Peter Dickinson, Kirsty Johnston, Keren Zaiontz 2016

During the summer of 2015 Neville Gabie was invited as a guest speaker at a conference in Vancouver, Canada focused on the impact od host cities of holding Mega Events – particularly sporting events such as the Olympics and Football World Cup. Neville Gabie was invited to speak about his as Artist in Residence during the construction of the Olympic Park in London, host of the 2012 Olympic Games. This recent publication, based on an interview with Keren Zaiontz looks at that work as well as referring to his wider practice.

For the full interview text please see PDF Gabie_Public53

Cambridge Rules 1848



Cambridge Rules 1848 –

a new commission by Neville Gabie and Alan Ward

Neville Gabie and Alan Ward have been commissioned by Cambridge City Council to create a significant new artwork celebrating Cambridge’s special contribution to the creation of the football rules. Said to be the first written rules for football as it is played today, they were specifically written for university students playing on Parker’s Piece in Cambridge.

The commission is due to be completed by the end of 2017

Please see the press release for more information, or go to the project website.

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BeHave – residency in Belval Luxembourg

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BeHave Residency, Belval Luxembourg.  November 2015 – May 2016

Neville Gabie has recently been selected as one of nine International artists to develop a new work during a four month residency in Luxembourg. Belval is a former steel blast-furnace complex, the structures of which have been preserved and restored. Currently the whole area is being redeveloped as the University of Luxembourg. Neville will begin his residency in late November 2015 and complete it by May2016.

The whole project is being curated by Stephanie Delcroix and Michael Pinsky;

Participating artists are; S. Attie – D. Von Berner – W. Engelen – Feipel & Bechameil – A. Francesco – N. Gabie – J. Kopp – G. Licari – D. Rickard

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Breaking Ground – Bradford Park Avenue Football Ground, Bradford – September 6th – 12th 2015


what a fantastic week – thank you to everyone for their support –

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Breaking Ground – FINALPress Release

Breaking Ground is a site specific project funded by ACE and supported by the National Football Museum, Manchester. Initiated by Neville Gabie and archaeologist Jason Wood, and working with artists Alan Ward, Louise O’Reilly, Giorgio Garippa, and Oliver Palmer, archaeologist Rob Nichols, historian David Pendleton and the Geophysics Department at Bradford University, the team will spend one week uncovering the history of this once significant football club and ground. Designed by Archibald Leitch, the ground was abandoned in the early 1970’s.

The site will be open to the public during the week of 6th – 12th September and the resulting work will be exhibited at the National Football Museum, Manchester at a date yet to be announced. For a full project proposal please see the PDF.







Bideford Black


Bideford Black – a new commission.

Neville and Joan Gabie have recently been selected by Flow Projects and the Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, to develop a new work in response to the naturally occurring pigment, Bideford Black. The work will be developed over 2014/15 with an exhibition to be held in September 2015. Neville and Joan will be working in collaboration with Professor Ian Cook, Social Geographer at Exeter University.

For more info see;

AFLOAT screenings

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The film which follows the building and competitive coastal racing of a St Ayles Skiff by Coigach Community Rowing in Achiltibuie will be screened at several locations during Autumn 2014 and Spring 2015

Achiltibuie Community Hall – Summer Isles Festival, Scotland

Findhorn Arts Festival, Scotland

Anstruther Fisheries Museum, Scotland

Kinsale Arts Festival, Ireland,

Up Projects Floating Cinema, London.

The Life and Death of the Arts in Cities after Mega-Events

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Neville Gabie has been invited as a guest speaker at the International  Conference ‘The Life and Death of the Arts in Cities after Mega-Events’. The conference takes place form the 13-16th August 2014 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, in Vancouver Canada. He will be speaking specifically about his time as the first artist in residence on an Olympic Park during construction in London leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games. He will also talk about his post-Olympic Project, ‘The Greatest Distance’ and his experience, both positive and negative about the impact of the games on London and the arts.

For Further information



WOMAD 2014

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WOMAD 2014   – Experiments in Black and White

Between July 24 – 27th Neville Gabie developed a new commission for WOMAD ‘Collective Breath’ as well as showing new and existing films and doing a performance work on three days. Curated by Tammy Bedford and Jeni Walwin, the work was reviewed by David Lillington for Art Review Online. To see the review;

Cambridge Community Collection


Final approval has recently been granted by Cambridge City Council for a new Commission by Neville Gabie. Over the next five years a linear orchard of every variety of UK apple trees, [approx 1200 different varieties] will be planted marking out routes from the Botanical Garden to the Southern edges of the City. Please see the dedicated website for further information

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Playing Away


Playing Away – the limited edition series of Southern African goalpost photographs is currently on exhibition with Map Projects in Pretoria, South Africa

AFLOAT screening


On May 16th the first public screening of AFLOAT took place in Achiltibuie community hall to a packed audience. More dates and venues to be announced shortly



AFLOAT – Special Screening in Achiltibuie 16th May 2014

A first screening of Neville Gabie’s recent film AFLOAT will take place in Achiltibuie on 16th May to coincide with the Coigach Community Rowing Regatta . Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows the construction of a St Ayles Skiff and a seasons racing. Commissioned by IOTA [Inverness Old Town Art] the film has been made with; Emma Dove, Becky Thomson, Stuart Ward and with the support of Coigach Community Rowing. Everyone Welcome.

WOMAD 2014


WOMAD 24th / 27th July 2014

Neville Gabie has recently been commissioned to be the visual artist at this years WOMAD Festival. Curated by Jeni Walwin and Tammy Bedford, Neville will be showing existing film based works as well as making a new piece of work specifically for the festival. Details to follow.

South Cambridge Commission


Cambridge Community Collection

Final approval has recently been given for a new five year project in South Cambridge by Neville Gabie. The intention, to plant a forest of apple trees of every variety – approximately 2,700, from the city centre outwards in South Cambridge. Commissioned by Cambridge City Council, managed by Nadine Black, a website and public launch will take place in June 2014.


Modern Art Projects

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Modern Art Projects – Richmond, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

During Feb/March 2014 Neville Gabie will be in residence developing the work he began here in 2012.

Initiated by Harrie Siertsema, MAP is a response to the economic crisis faced by many isolated rural towns across South Africa.

For further information about the work;

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013

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Experiments in Black and White VII

has been selected for this years Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition. The Exhibition at the Jerwood Space runs from 11th Sept – 27th October.
PV Tuesday 10th Sept 6.30-8.30pm

Jerwood Visual Arts, Jerwood Space, 171 Union Str, London SE1 0LN


Archiving Oil


Archiving Oil – Earth Sciences Building Bristol University. May / June 2013

Neville Gabie was commissioned by the Cabot Institute at Bristol University to be artist in residence from summer 2012- summer 2013, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The Cabot Institute brings together scientists and academics from all departments to work together collaboratively in response to climate change, risk and uncertainty.

Archiving Oil is the first opportunity to see what Neville has been up to. An installation for a limited number of days has been installed in the basement and rock store [archive] of the Earth Sciences Faculty in the Will Memorial Building, Bristol. Working with Social Geographer, Merle Patchett, the exhibition focuses on our relationship and dependence on an oil based economy. Neville will be showing four new video works.


Lily Rose is launched

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Lily Rose – Launch at Old Dornie

The Lily Rose was launched on April 19th 2013 with a fantastic send-off. Over the next few months she will be tested and prepared, first for the Achiltibuie Regatta, and then the World Championships.

Lily Rose – a new film

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Lily Rose skiff – under construction in Achiltibuie, Scotland

Neville Gabie embarked on a new project commissioned by IOTA [Inverness Old Town Arts] in September 2012 to make a film about the construction, launch and first season of the Skiff Lily Rose. Built by Coigach Rowing, the film will be as much about the remote highland community of Achiltibuie, the community and the spirit of rowing as about the boat itself.

Neville is working with assistant documentary film maker Emma Dove, Sound Recordist Becky Thompson and editor Stuart Ward.

The project is well under way now and the skiff almost complete – The Launch next


map south africa

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Richmond, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Neville Gabie spent one month in 2012 working at Map Projects, Richmond at the invitation of Harrie Siertsema. Neville has begun a new body of photographic and film based works which it is hoped will be continued during 2013. This is an ongoing collaboration so please look out for more news.