Ian Nesbitt is an artist, filmmaker and activist, interested in creating spaces for exchange that go beyond the everyday. Spanning interests in landscape politics, walking as artform, community self-organising (neighbourhoodism), emerging social movements, and documentary film, his practice is openly collaborative, working with artists and non-artists alike.

His projects explore ideas of commonality, working alongside citizens and communities to create spaces for exchange that are beyond the everyday. His work as a filmmaker focuses on exploring identity and community through making work collaboratively, often using chance interactions to open up personal and shared terrains.

He is a founder member of the art, film and community organisations Annexinema, Out.Side.Film, Open Kitchen Social Club and Social Art Network, and co-convened the first Social Art Summit in November 2018 in Sheffield.

He has delivered events, commissions and exhibitions for Nottingham Contemporary, In Certain Places (Preston), Millennium Galleries (Sheffield), Eastside Projects (Birmingham), Bloc Projects (Sheffield), G39 (Cardiff), Primary (Nottingham), Junction Arts (Derbyshire), Social Housing Arts Network (nationwide), The Falmouth Convention (Cornwall), and Amorph Festival (Helsinki).

His films have been selected for screening at festivals including Oberhausen, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Liverpool Biennial, Berwick Film and Media, Flatpack, Abandon Normal Devices, and Glastonbury, screened widely in galleries and artspaces nationally and internationally, and broadcast on BBC2, TVE Spain and TG4 Ireland.

He recently completed a third feature length film - ‘Acts of Quiet Resistance’ - and is leading the development of Social Art Film, a new strand of Social Art Network. He is currently artist-in-residence at Loughborough University for the 2018 - 19 academic year.