Stella Rooney is an artist and organiser living in Glasgow.
Working across photography and moving image, her practice is a point of engagement with collective histories. Her process involves considered research in tandem with the production of new material through interviews and image-making.
Stella is interested in exploring the physicality of film through experimentation with analogue and hand processed production methods. This process lends itself to a handmade form of filmmaking informed by taking care towards both the film and the subjects.
Stella invites discussion on personal and collective memories of labour. Aiming to provoke conversations which do not dwell on nostalgia, but instead use local histories as a basis for meaningful reflection and learning. Through understanding past struggles, she situates the politics of today within a historical context, aiming to identify past, present and future points of solidarity.
Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2020, Stella was selected for a year-long culture collective residency with StreetLevel Photoworks and Hospitalfield Graduate Programme. Her project ‘She Town’ which explored the role of women in Dundee’s industry and politics, was shown at RSA New Contemporaries and awarded the National Library of Scotland Purchase Prize for Moving Image.
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Art and Philosophy, BA (Hons) Graduated 2020
National Library of Scotland Purchase Prize for Moving Image, Awarded at RSA New Contemporaries 2022
2021 Visual Arts & Crafts Maker Awards, Glasgow
Residences and Selected Projects
StreelLevel Photoworks Culture Collective Residency, August 2021-August 2022, Support Artist
Hospitalfield Graduate Residency, 2021, Selected Artist
Cooper Gallery, Ignorant Art School Sit in #1, developed and delivered 'A Strike Class' public event
Workers Stories Project, 2021, devised and delivered workshops in photography, moving image and collage aiding workers to record experiences of the pandemic
NEON Digital Arts Festival, 2019, devised and delivered workshop exploring the radical history of Dundee
Gorbals Culture Collective, Trongate 103, September 2022
RSA New Contemporaries 2022
FutureProof, Streetlevel Photoworks, 2020
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Degree Show 2020