SUPERLUX is LUX Scotland’s membership scheme, a national initiative that supports Scotland-based artists and arts professionals to develop more sustainable practices through professional development events, networking, skills development and training. It aims to be responsive and oriented towards serving the specific needs and requirements of the artists’ moving image community in Scotland.
It is geared towards artists, curators, researchers, writers and other arts professionals engaged with the field of artists’ moving image and is currently free to join.
SUPERLUX provides access to a host of member-only benefits including a wide range of professional development and mentoring opportunities, bursaries, research facilities and digital learning resources. Delivered across Scotland, our regular professional development programme includes artist-led workshops, masterclasses, professional practice seminars, advice and mentoring sessions, social and networking forums and reading groups.
Established in December 2015 with the generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, there are currently over 500 SUPERLUX members across Scotland.
Recent contributors to the SUPERLUX programme have included Erika Balsom, Katrina Brown, Benjamin Cook, Jamie Crewe, Kathryn Elkin, Sarah Forrest, Dan Kidner, Anja Kirschner, Duncan Marquiss, Liz Rosenfeld, Margaret Salmon, Deborah Stratman and Ed Webb-Ingall.
What does SUPERLUX membership offer?
SUPERLUX members enjoy a wide range of benefits, including:
- Access to our regular professional development events programme, including artist-led practical workshops, professional practice seminars and one-on-one advice sessions with LUX and LUX Scotland staff and invited guests, delivered at various locations across Scotland
- Interface with visiting international artists through our artists’ masterclasses
- Bursary opportunities for research, development and production, including travel funds to film festivals
- Networking opportunities through SUPERLUX Social events
- Access to the LUX Scotland Collection at Glasgow School of Art Library
- Research sessions providing access to the LUX Collection, the largest distribution collection of artists’ moving image in Europe, with over 4,500 works by 1,200 artists from the 1920s to the present day
- Online learning resources, with member access to recorded lectures, talks and research
SUPERLUX provides members with access to the LUX Collection through bookable research sessions at the LUX Scotland office in Glasgow, that has step-free access. For those based outside of Glasgow, remote access can be arranged by contacting us at scotland [at] lux.org.uk.
Research sessions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and take place every Wednesday afternoon. A complete list of works is available on our online catalogue. To book a session, please register as a SUPERLUX member, then request works to view by completing this online form.
Please note that certain works may require a few weeks’ notice for viewing and that currently, we do not have the facilities for viewing film prints.
One-on-One Advice Sessions
These informal, hour-long sessions are for Scotland-based artists working with the moving image who are no longer in full-time education. These are booked on a first-come, first-served basis, although priority is given to artists who have not attended a session within the last six months.
These aim to develop a wide-ranging dialogue around your practice and can cover any of the following areas:
- Looking at and discussing your work
- Advice on developing your practice and looking at other works that may be of interest
- Advice on exhibition possibilities, appropriate organisations and events to approach
- Self-promotion, funding and production advice
Sessions are advertised through the SUPERLUX email bulletin, social media and on the SUPERLUX members website. We aim to offer One-on-One Advice Sessions outside of Glasgow every other month.
Past sessions have taken place in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hawick and Inverness-shire, led by LUX Scotland staff, Benjamin Cook (Director, LUX) and invited artists including Kathryn Elkin, Sarah Forrest, Liz Rosenfeld, Corin Sworn and Sarah Tripp.
You are welcome to bring material to be viewed during your session. Any examples of film or video work should be supplied on a laptop, USB stick or external hard drive, rather than through internet-based streaming platforms. Text-based materials, such as project proposals or artists’ statements, are also welcome although we advise not to bring too much.