Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie

Live and work in London and the Lake District

Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie met while studying at Edinburgh College of Art and have collaborated as artists and film-makers since 1995. Their work deals with histories and futures, real and imagined, often using improvisational and social tools to generate and distribute their ideas.

Their multi-disciplinary organisation Somewhere produces ambitious public realm projects in diverse media - latterly designing the award-winning public garden Abbey Gardens in London and curating the programme of the Floating Cinema. In their films such as Bata-ville: We Are Not Afraid of the Future (2005) and most recently Jaywick Escapes (2012) Pope and Guthrie illuminate off-radar places and communities with empathy and humour.


Karen Guthrie Education

MA Printmaking, Royal College of Art 1991 – 1993
BA Printmaking, Edinburgh College of Art 1987 – 1991


Nina Pope Education

MA Printmaking, Chelsea school of art and design 1991 – 1993
BA Printmaking, Edinburgh College of Art 1987 – 1991


Selected Exhibitions and Commissions

The Floating Cinema, lead artists and curators in collaboration with Up projects, London 2011 – present
Abbey Gardens, What Will The Harvest Be? Commissioned by London Borough of Newham 2009 – present
A Circle of Happiness, Jaywick Martello Tower 2009
Almanac, Public art commission for the redevelopment of Cinema City, Norwich 2007
Sometime Later, Commissioned by BBC & Arts Council England, 2006
Romantic Detachment, 
Video work, group show, PS1, New York City & touring to Q in Derby, Folly in Lancaster & Chapter in Cardiff 2004
London Underground Platform for Art, Featured artists 2003
Live Culture, Curators/ exhibitors, video programme, Tate Modern, London 2003
TV Swansong, 
Nationwide public art/ site-specific webcast project commissioning 8 artists 
(artists / curators) 2002



Northern Arts Prize 2007




Feb 10th 2014
We're beginning the hands-on research for the (very) long term survey we're proposing for NWC

Cambridge Festival of Ideas - Prehistoric-stylee

Nov 20th 2013
Pope & Guthrie's test cob building workshop

Other Archaeology Sites are Available

Sep 04th 2013
Despite the uninviting title of the 'Awesome Archaeology' day out offered at Flag Fen yesterday we figured it would be churlish not to visit such a significant site so close to Cambridge. We'd also been very drawn to tales of the boats (currently stored at Flag Fen) excavated at Must Farm by some of the archaeologists also working here at North West Cambridge.

Ground Breaking?

Sep 04th 2013
It's several weeks now since the Cambridge University Ground Breaking ceremony we attended to mark, in some way, the beginnings of the new NWC development. In fact as I type now it's a sunny August day and as far as I can tell Karen and I could be the only human presence on the site - installed as we are at the artists' cottages - two of the few buildings which we…

What Lies Beneath?

Jul 24th 2013
Archaeology just might be The New Black. Or The New Rock 'n Roll, what with Richard III and all that. Last week we kicked off our new artists' residency with the archaeologists of Cambridge Archaeological Unit, spending 3 wintery days as volunteers on a dig.
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Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie

May 2013 to April 2014



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