Mike Inglis is a practicing artist and part time lecturer at Edinburgh college of art. Mike Inglis practice explores the creative possibilities that exist between public art and outsider art. He enjoys making publically sited work that explores transitional spaces that “outsider art” often inhabits as well as bleeding these practices into work for more traditional gallery spaces. He is particularly interested in found materials and adhocist approaches to construction.
The focus of his research engages in a direct dialogue with outsiders or isolated communities, their dogmas or doctrines becoming the core of shared dialogues. He is interested in exploring ideas that surround superstitions and belief systems in a wide variety of outputs from installations and films to drawing and printmaking.
Mike Inglis holistic teaching practice helps students explores and develop new robust research methodologies which will underpin their practices.
These approaches have been developed within his engagement arts practice with a wide variety of clients and art organisations including Creative Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh Science Festival, Inverness Old Town Art and Edinburgh Printmakers, INUTI foundation and Project Ability.
He embraces fieldwork as a primary tool in the research process to allow discovery and development of new knowledge and findings. He is currently Programme Director MA/MFA Graphic design.
Mike pursue’s research based around his art practice and his interests in outsider art. He is a member of the European Outsider Art Association and also curates and organises symposiums, workshops and exhibitions of outsider art.
Mike is currently developing and exploring engagement strategies with a number of mental health art studios both here in the UK and in Europe. He is currently running and developing projects with European partners in Sweden and Finland where he also does much fieldwork.
In 2018/2019 mike was lead artist on resonate | disseminate a project which developed a series of engagement strategies, interventions and exhibitions that took place on two project bases, Dr Grays Hospital in Elgin and Inverurie Hospital. It was Mikes role as lead artist to create and strategically lead a team through this 18 month project investigating the potential of the rural hospital to become community arts hubs, establishing a model of engagement and defining what is necessary for successful outcomes in this ambitious project.
Mike is also currently carrying out a project which examines, maps and explores outsider art culture and adhocist practices here in Scotland as well as establishing links with northern European outsider organisations and artists ultimately creating new knowledge and developing new bodies of work.