Phoebe Banks Online Commission for the Aberdeen Programme

Part of Aberdeen Programme

A house plant sits on the right of the image, with the focus on the points of the leaves in the foreground. In the background there are grey-ish white strip blinds - the kind that cover large windows in offices. Through gaps in the blinds there is a grey building and some lights, though this area is out of focus. The image is subtitled in white writing that reads “He mouths along to the words, his eyes still focused on the screen”.
Phoebe Banks ‘Shine by Take That’, 2020. Image courtesy the artist.

We are delighted to announce a new online commission by Phoebe Banks as part of the Aberdeen Programme. The commission offers an emerging artist working with moving image the opportunity to develop a new work with support from LUX Scotland.

The work will be presented on the LUX Scotland website in March 2024 and available online for two months. As part of the commission there will be an online discussion event with Phoebe in April 2024.

The new moving image work will explore grief in a social context, thinking about pub/​club toilets as sites of extreme empathy and the complex emotions of teenage grief.

Phoebe Banks said:

The LUX Scotland Aberdeen Commission gives me the opportunity to develop ideas that I have been considering for a long time but have not had the chance to explore properly. I’m excited to be able to dedicate time to making this work.”

The commission is part of LUX Scotland’s 2023 Aberdeen Programme, a programme of public activity of development opportunities for early-career artists and curators in Aberdeen.

Phoebe Banks

Phoebe Banks is an Aberdeen based artist whose work intersects writing, sculpture, and video. She is interested in playful forms of functionality, creating works as tools for very specific, often illogical, purposes. Video is used to activate a sculptural object or piece of writing, exploring seemingly simplistic ideas to an exaggerated degree. Ultimately Phoebe’s practice is something that brings her joy by giving space and significance to otherwise fleeting notions or moments. Friendship and collaboration are important to Phoebe, and she works both within collective Tactics for Togetherness and artist duo CUSP.


The Aberdeen Programme is supported by Creative Funding from Aberdeen City Council.

Aberdeen City Council

Part of Aberdeen Programme

The LUX Scotland Aberdeen Programme aims to support early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme has run from since 2018 and has included job opportunities, workshops, screenings and online commissions. The programme was led by Project Manager Rachel Grant between 2021–24.

Supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding, this continues our previous work to support, develop and promote artists’ moving image practices across Scotland, and builds on our work in the Aberdeen area, which began in 2018.

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