"Georgia Bates’s work circulates around the power of listening by putting the voice in the external and the listening in the artist. Working within a socially engaged environment she uses film to highlight how we listen through what we see and what we hear. Through projects with Newcastle City Art’s Council “Let’s Meet in the Middle” 2017/18 and Hen Powers “Recipe for Life”, Georgia promoted the importance of community art and social engagement. These works were used in her degree show “The Act of Listening” 2018 at Northumbria University.
Georgia was a recent artist in residence at NES, Skagaströnd, Iceland, where she helped document and curate the residencies 10 year anniversary alongside Ed Lawrenson and the residency coordinator Kerryn McMurdo. NES was the inspiration for her current residency as part of the Graduate Artist in residency for Tyneside Cinema and Northumbria University, where she is making a film entitled “Mother of the Mountain.” The film looks and the challenges of motherhood in relation to the landscape. Working with mothers of all ages from the North East and the landscape of Northumberland National Park, she hopes to create an empowering experience for the participants and a chance for the viewer to understand their own childhood or motherhood.
After the residency Georgia plans to carry on working with communities and individuals in relation to different landscapes and environments to challenge the way we listen while providing a platform to be heard."