July 4, 2019 § Leave a comment

Opening at The Hunterian on Friday, July 12th!

‌‌‌Ilana Halperin is an artist who lives and works between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute. Her practice often explores the relationship between geology and everyday life. For example, Halperin shares her birthday with the Eldfell volcano in Iceland, and returns once a decade to spend time with the volcano on significant occasions.

Her latest project takes her back to New York, her childhood home, through a ‘mineral biography of the city’ which takes shape across a range of media, including drawings, photographs, objects, and a 35mm slide show.

At the project’s heart is a piece of garnetiferous gneiss, excavated from beneath the street which Halperin grew up on – a point of connection between her biography, that of the modern city, and the deep geological time that shaped it. 

‌Alongside her new project Minerals of New York, The Hunterian will exhibit a number of Halperin’s works from its own collection which relate to her ongoing interest in the Eldfell volcano.

This work was produced for a recent solo exhibition at Leeds Arts University, and is on view for the first time in Scotland.

‌Minerals of New York is at the Hunterian Art Gallery from 13 July – 13 October 2019. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm and Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm. Admission is free.


Minerals of New York opening at Leeds Arts University

March 27, 2019 § Leave a comment

Leeds Arts University

29 March – 09 May 2019

Blenheim Walk Gallery

Leeds, LS2 9AQ

Originally from New York, Ilana Halperin studied for her MFA at Glasgow School of Art, and now works between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute.

Her research-practice is internationally oriented, with a deep time focus, and explores the relationship between geology and everyday life. For example, Halperin shares her birthday with the Eldfell volcano in Iceland, and returns once a decade to spend time with the volcano on significant occasions.

For Leeds Arts University, Halperin’s latest body of work, ‘Minerals of New York’, takes the form of a mineral biography of the city.

In Halperin’s own words: “The project began with an encounter with the Subway Garnet, a huge historic blood red mineral found on 35th Street and Broadway. It led me deep into the stores of the American Museum of Natural History, to a personal mineral museum in the basement of a small bungalow in Queens, and back again, to a piece of Garnetiferous Gneiss found 150 feet below the street where I grew up in New York City.”

Minerals of New York will include a closing performance lecture by Halperin, before touring to The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, in summer 2019.

Opening night and in conversation with Lisa Le Feuvre: Thursday 28 March 5-7pm

Lisa Le Feuvre is a curator, writer, editor and public speaker, who will be doing a guest in-conversation with Ilana Halperin, which will then be transcribed for a book project. In conversation will start at 5.30pm.

Free entry. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Booking not required.

Closing performance lecture: Thursday 9 May 5-6pm
Free entry. Booking not required.

Photo by Gayle Portnow Halperin



March 11, 2019 § Leave a comment

We are delighted to announce that Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) has launched!


The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) is a new cross-disciplinary international project between Yamaguchi and Scotland by Glasgow-based artist Ilana Halperin with Fukuoka-born Aberdeen-based curator Naoko Mabon. Building on Halperin’s exploratory research residency in 2018 at Akiyoshidai International Art Village supported by Creative Scotland and Hope Scott Trust, the project now shifts into full-scale activity.

Drawing inspiration from the geological rock cycle, the project highlights the remarkable landscape of Yamaguchi, reflecting an upcoming bid to designate Akiyoshidai as an International Geopark. Within this art-science based investigation, Halperin will make a new body of work utilising materials and methods unique to Yamaguchi, which will culminate in solo exhibitions in Yamaguchi in Autumn 2019.

Back in Scotland, Halperin will create new work responding to Yamaguchi and the geological and archaeological context of Orkney. In 2020/21, Pier Arts Centre in Orkney will host an exhibition featuring Halperin’s new works, in conversation with thematically resonant works by Yamaguchi-based artists Yoshihisa Nakano and Keijiro Suzuki. Each ‘chapter’ in the project will be accompanied by an outreach programme, including an educational workshop, roundtable and field trip. A limited edition bilingual artist publication will be produced.

Yamaguchi Prefecture is known for its geological significance – notably through Akiyoshidai, the highest concentration of karst formations in Japan, and Akiyoshido, the nation’s largest and longest limestone cave, located in an area designated as a quasi-national park.

Through the lens of Yamaguchi and Scotland, The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) considers new ways of imagining our relationship to the natural world.

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Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Art Archives Exhibition

September 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

Delighted to contribute to Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Art’s exhibition on archives at Saikotei Yamaguchi as part of YICA 20th anniversary celebrations…thank you 中野良寿 Yoshihisa Nakano for beautiful photos…


July 13, 2018 § Leave a comment

LUX Scotland presents: Fed from the fiery springs

Glasgow Film Theatre. 12 Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RB

Sunday July 29, 2018. 7:45 – 9:15pm


United by an engagement with the elemental forces of nature on volcanic islands and city streets, Fed from the fiery springs is a programme of artists’ moving image with a new performative lecture from Glasgow based artist Ilana Halperin.

Coinciding with Joan Jonas’s major exhibition at Tate Modern, the programme offers a rare chance to see Jonas’s Volcano Saga (1989) featuring Tilda Swinton in an imaginative retelling of 13th century Icelandic myths, alongside Trisha Baga and Jessie Stead’s take on the conventions of the spaghetti western on a volcanic island in Stromboli (2014) and Cinthia Marcelle’s stoked up tension at a zebra-crossing in Confronto (2005).

The programme will close with a new performative lecture inspired by artist Ilana Halperin’s longstanding geological research. Minerals of New York (2018) sees Halperin work with 18 photographs of the Manhattan street where she grew up, taken by her mother in 1986 prior to its demolition during a wave of gentrification.

Fed from the fiery springs has been selected by independent curator and writer Graham Domke, who will give a short introduction to the programme.

  • Running time 1h30m


Cosmogonies opening soon at MAMAC Nice

May 26, 2018 § Leave a comment

Opening soon, in amazing company at MAMAC – Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Nice


The Rock Cycle Yamaguchi

May 24, 2018 § Leave a comment

I am delighted to announce The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi), a research fellowship hosted by Akiyoshidai International Artist Village in Yamaguchi, Japan. With curatorial support from Naoko Mabon/Wagon, project support from Keijiro Suzuki and generous funding from Creative Scotland and Hope Scott Trust. With deep gratitude to Yoshihisa Nakano for the invitation to learn about the wonders of Akiyoshidai and Yamaguchi. Thank you to a wonderful team in Yamaguchi, Scotland and on!

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Photo by Naoko Mabon