Creative Team Edinburgh

Angus Farquhar
Creative Director, NVA
Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of NVA was born in Aberdeenshire in 1961 and grew up in Edinburgh. A degree in English and Drama at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, led to 10 years as a core member of Test Dept, a radical music collective based in New Cross, South London. Returning to Scotland in 1989, Angus re-initiated the Beltane Fire Festival and has produced and directed NVA’s temporary and permanent public art works and events since its inception in 1992.

Jane Connarty
Associate Director, Speed of Light
Jane has worked for over 15 years as an independent curator and producer, with contemporary artists and arts organisations in a wide range of contexts. Based in the south west of England she has developed visual arts projects and programmes for New Contemporaries; Arnolfini, Bristol; Bath Festivals Trust; Picture This Moving Image, Bristol; Bath Spa Project and ICIA, University of Bath. For the last two years she has been Programme Manager for Arnolfini, overseeing contemporary exhibitions, live art, film and music.

Litza Bixler
One of the world’s most sought-after choreographers, Litza has worked in the British and American film industries for 15 years. Projects include the BAFTA award-winning Poppy Shakespeare for Channel Four and the Edgar Wright film Scott Pilgrim Versus the World. She also choreographed scenes for Shaun of the Dead and taught Colin Firth and Jessica Biel to tango in Easy Virtue. She has worked on numerous commercials, from tap dancing zebras (Orangina) to twisting bodies (Levis), and music videos, including Razorlight, Muse and The Avalanches.

Phil Supple
Lighting Designer
Phil grew up in Croydon, South London and studied Archaeology at Newcastle University. Graduating in 1992, he returned south for summer jobs with L.B. Lambeth Arts & Ents, working on free public events. Two decades later, Phil is a Lighting Designer specialising in outdoor, site specific and landscape projects. Recent work includes Aisling’s Children for Homecoming 2009, Northumberland Lights and The Electric Forest with Culture Creative and The Mill Project , highly commended at The Lighting Design Awards 2011. This is Phil’s third project with NVA. /

James Johnson
James studied at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, gaining a Masters in Industrial Design Engineering. He has since gone on to work with some of the world’s most prestigious design offices in London, Paris and Japan, with furniture designer Jasper Morrison, architect Norman Foster, architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava and has worked in the past with NVA on numerous projects. He specialises in the design of product, furniture, lighting and bespoke interactive installations, for a diverse range of clients.

Resonance Radio Orchestra
Sound Design
Ed Baxter and Chris Weaver (pictured left) formed the Resonance Radio Orchestra in 2004 as a vehicle to explore their shared interest in radiophonic composition and live performance. Ed Baxter is CEO of Resonance104.4fm, which he co-founded. His recent compositions include Sketch for the Death of Kodak, as part of the London Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 Soundhub; and The Spiral, commissioned by Sound And Music and BBC Radio 3’s Hear & Now for 2010’s Cut & Splice: Transmission. Chris Weaver is a founder member of the electro-acoustic ensemble Oscillatorial Binnage whose performances have included Tate Modern’s The Long Weekend (2007) and The Wellcome Foundation’s From Atoms to Patterns (2008). He has performed with musicians as diverse as Knut Aufermann, Luke Fowler, Lepke B., and John Paul Jones. The Resonance Radio Orchestra acknowledges the support of the PRS for Music