About Gillian McIver


I’m Gillian McIver, writer author filmmaker.

checking out 2020’s Frieze Sculpture show in London

I love to write about cinema, art and interesting places. I love to go to places like the Wallace Collection and write about the astonishing things in there.


I wrote Art History for Filmmakers: The Art of Visual Storytelling (Bloomsbury Press 2016). It’s the first book of its kind, both a rich journey into the history of art and film, and a practical guide to using visual art from the past to stimulate and enrich contemporary filmmaking.

Listen to the interview I did about the book with Kirsten Ellsworth of the New Books Network. Listen here


I work as a freelance writer and a consultant to writers of non-fiction. See the Consultancy link above for more info.


My most recent film as director is “Taking Over The King’s Land” (2014), about London’s biggest solo-artist street art project, covering a whole condemned East London housing estate with murals.

I co-produced the documentary “Image Matters” (dir. Rozy Sarkis, 2012) a feature documentary about the culture of cosmetic surgery in Lebanon.

I worked as camera operator and also participated as a performer in the acclaimed feature doc “Estate A Reverie” and the short “Towards Estate” both directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman (2015).

Artist and curator

Passionately inspired by Urban Exploration, I co-founded the site-specific live art group Luna Nera and directed the short film “Postindustrial Baroque” (2009) which explores the exciting abandoned urban spaces the group worked in. Some of my art projects are here at www.artsite.org.uk

I run the website sitespecificart.org.uk which features many articles written by me and articles I commissioned by others. In 2018 I co-hosted the symposium ART AND THE URBAN at the University of London.

I am a co-director of the commissioning agency Creative City. I have curated many exhibitions and I ran the East London gallery and screening room STUDIO75 (2010-2013).

Please use the menu to find out more about what I do and have a look at some of my work.

Have fun!