'My background is in filmmaking and I still work on film when I have a chance to, either on 16mm or Super8 film – I still love the colour saturation the film offers, and the texture, the grain embedded in the image – but I work mostly in high definition and more and more in 4K now'
Marlene Millar
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Sat 29 Jun – Sat 5 Oct 2019

Extended until 30 Nov 2019

#MarleneMillar #Thresholdartspace @HorsecrossPerth 

Explore the first solo exhibition in a public institution by the multi-award winning Canadian artist and filmmaker Marlene Millar.

See 30 works by Marlene Millar spanning 30 years of her creative practice exhibited for the first time in a contemporary art museum and gallery setting. Traverse the cinematic world with those constantly on the move who star in Marlene Millar’s documentaries, film essays and screen installations including in PILGRIMAGE (2017) – the poetically acclaimed short dance film in our museum collection. Navigate the unchartered terrain of lost memory and dementia through WITNESS (2019) – Horsecross Arts new commission and museum acquisition. 

 Curated by Iliyana Nedkova. Produced by Horsecross Arts, the artist and curator for Threshold artspace. In partnership with Danns Ed, University of Edinburgh, Perth Film Society, Craigie Community Choir, Goat Media and Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. Supported by Horsecross Arts, Canada Council for the Arts and CALQ Quebec Council for the Arts



DATE: 1 Jul – 30 Nov 2019, 11.30am or 5pm

Join our popular exhibition guided tours led by Iliyana Nedkova, Horsecross Arts Creative Director of Contemporary Art and/or members of Perth Film Society. Choose from Coffee, Croissant and Art 11.30am-1pm or Wine, Olives and Art 5-6.30pm. Only £5 per person including refreshments. No prior experience of contemporary art or filmmaking required. Enjoy a 10% discount for all our COLLECT + SUPPORT limited editions at any of our guided tours. Book your tour in advance by contacting Iliyana Nedkova at inedkova@horsecross.co.uk



Exhibition Preview Invitation Card 

Exhibition Poster

Exhibition Guide

Media Coverage

READ MORE journal for critical writing (coming soon)



DATE: 1 Jul – 30 Nov 2019

See two multi-part dance documentaries as part of Marlene Millar’s exhibition which were created specifically to be viewed online. Both films were directed and produced by Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer aka MOUVEMENT PERPÉTUEL and feature internationally recognised choreographers and dance artists based in Montreal Zab Maboungou, Lady C, SoulStep and Monstapop.


CRU (2015)



DATE: 29 Jun-5 Jul and 22-29 Jul 2019

Navigate the unchartered terrain of lost memory and dementia through WITNESS (2019) – Horsecross Arts new commission and museum acquisition by Marlene Millar – featuring natural choreography by Carol Prieur. It is presented in the Norrie Miller Studio as a large-scale video and sound installation for multiple screens.



DATE: 1 Jul – 30 Nov 2019

Did you know that we have been running our initiative for exclusive artists’ limited editions and related works since 2006? The first in any of our new editions is kept in trust for the public as part of our museum collection at Threshold artspace and the rest is available to all our patrons to collect. This is your chance to support our exhibition programme. Acquire one or more of the FILM POSTERS (1989-2019) selected from Marlene Millar’s creative practice spanning 30 years. Available on demand as limited editions prints on paper or aluminium in a range of prices and mounts. Contact Iliyana Nedkova at inedkova@horsecross.co.uk for any sales inquiries.



DATE: from 26 Jul

To Witness, is Not One Directional

Screen dance artist and writer Anna Macdonald responds to the central premise of Marlene Millar’s WITNESS (2019) – Horsecross Arts new commission and acquisition ‘to witness, is not one directional’ published in our series of guest contemporary art blogs. Read it here.



1 May – 5 July 2019
Hosted by Horsecross Arts, Marlene Millar undertook an artist’s residency at Threshold artspace while connecting with fellow artists and audiences across Perth and Scotland. The residency largely informed the exhibition preview, the new Horsecross Arts commissions, the survey exhibition at the artspace while laying the foundations for the international exhibition tour.

8 May 2019
Marlene Millar was joined by her long-term Canadian collaborator Philip Szporer and delivered an artist’s talk about the award-winning dance films produced by their creative company MOUVEMENT PERPÉTUEL as part of Scotland’s festival of dance on screen held at Threshold artspace and Joan Knight Studio, Perth Theatre. Enjoy the festival live recording of the talk (Part 1) and (Part 2 and Q&A) 

8 Jun 2019
A selection of Marlene Millar’s MIGRATION series of films – all featured in the exhibition at Threshold artspace – screened for one night only at Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre as part of Edinburgh’s mini-festival of percussive dance. This pre-exhibition screening was followed by a post-show Q&A with Marlene Millar, Iliyana Nedkova and special guests Sandy Silva and Nic Gareiss.

29 Jun 2019

Seven of Marlene Millar’s works screened for one day only at the Gannochy Auditorium, Perth Concert Hall as part of the exhibition vernissage. The films were accompanied with live music, dance and poetry performances, as well as a Q&A with the artist who was joined by special guests from Danns Ed including dancers and choreographers Holly Mcdonald, Sarah Peachey and Dru Stine; presenter and screen dance curator Gitta Wigro; filmmaker Simon Fildes; performance poet Jim Mackintosh and Craigie Community Choir led by composer and musician Debra Salem.



DATE:  26 Jul – 6 Dec 2019 

See Marlene Millar’s WITNESS (2019) as part of our off-site touring exhibition of dance films Movement at two locations in Edinburgh. Enjoy this collective moving image homage to the pioneering contemporary dance diva Margaret Morris (1891–1980) created by Scottish and international contemporary visual artists and filmmakers whose works have been commissioned and acquired by Horsecross Arts for the Threshold artspace collection of contemporary art.


DATE: 3 Oct 2019, 2-4pm

Enjoy this one-off public screening of Marlene Millar’s WITNESS (2019) alongside the other 6 dance films as part of our off-site touring exhibition of Movement followed by a Q&A with the artist and curators Wendy Timmons and Iliyana Nedkova. Part of a full day of free activities celebrating the inclusion of all dance and sport related activities within the title of Moray House School of Education and Sport including 5 years of the academic and cultural industry partnership between Horsecross Arts and Moray House formerly known as Moray House School of Education. All details here



DATE: 4 Oct 2019, 2-5pm

Filmmaking masterclass led by Marlene Millar specially-tailored for Contemporary Art Practice students from Perth College, University of Highlands and Islands. Including a curatorial tour of the exhibition. 



DATE: 5 Oct 2019, 12-1pm

Join Marlene Millar and Iliyana Nedkova for an exclusive and free behind the scenes lunchtime tour of the exhibition as part of WOW What Now Perth as part of WOW (Women of the World) Perth festival. No experience of contemporary art or filmmaking necessary. Further details here.  

Other Info
Sat 29 Jun: 3:00pm
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Mon 1 Jul: 10:00am
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Sat 30 Nov: 6:00pm
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