David Ian Bickley

Video Arts, Television & Electronic Music

Cork, Ireland
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Born in Manchester in the 1960's, David Ian Bickley is an award-winning artist, filmmaker and musician with more than 30 years experience working in the fields of the creative arts and media production. As a producer and director for film and television he was the winner of the BBC Short Film Award; first prize for video at the Sony Film Festival; winner of best documentary / best director at the Fastnet Film Festival and has been the recipient of two film project awards from the Arts Council of Ireland. He has worked extensively as an independent producer and for the Irish state broadcaster RTÉ as a producer and director in a wide range of genres from studio to magazine and documentary and was a senior producer with RTÉ Cork for six years. Specialising in arts, music and historical travelogue notable credits include The Man Who Shot Beckett which spearheaded the Beckett 100 season in Ireland, major series Out of the Blue and Tracks and Trails and the four-part international music series The Celtic Songlines presented by Dónal Lunny among many others. As an film artist he has exhibited his work alongside major artists including Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw and Ron Arad. His work has been shown at numerous film and art festivals around the world including at the Gallery of City Museum of Aveiro, Portugal; Haun Tie Art Museum, Beijing, China; Common Ground, International Touring Exhibition; Lewis Art Gallery, Millsaps, Jackson Mississippi; Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin; Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork; The Big Chill Festival, Eastnor, England. As a musician and composer his work has garnered critical praise and he is perhaps best-known as the creative force behind the groundbreaking group Hyper[borea] which pioneered the fusion of Celtic music with dance idioms in the 1990s winning Dance Act and Album of the Year at the Hot Press Heineken Awards. He has collaborated with many musical artists throughout his career including Maire Breatnac, Hans Joachim Roedelius, Fergus O'Farrell, James O'leary, Tom Green and Dare Mason. David Bickley is also an experienced lecturer and educator in film and media production having taught at Griffith College and St John's College, Cork. He lives in West Cork, Ireland.

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  • Video Editing
  • Video Art
  • Electronic Music
  • Television Production
  • Documentaries
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Logic Pro
  • Ableton 9
  • Directing
  • Producing

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          BBC South

          Work history


          Media Lecturer

          St John's College

          Sep 2012
          • Cork, Ireland
          • Full Time
          • Responsible for teaching the principals of sound and the implementation of these in a location and studio environment. Teaching soundtrack composition, multitracking and audio editing, including synch to picture.


          Producer / Director / Editor

          Alchemy Electronic Arts

          Jun 2001
          • Cork, Ireland
          • Freelance
          • Responsible for originating, developing and producing independent television programmes for Ireland’s state broadcaster RTÉ. Regularly liaising with the IPU team and the current affairs dept to ensure the best creative solutions are realised, implemented and delivered. Productions include the iconic, “The Man Who Shot Beckett” (which spearheaded the Beckett 100 season in Ireland) and Celtic Songlines with Dónal Lunny


          Senior Producer / Director


          Dec 1995 - May 2001
          • Cork, Ireland
          • Full Time
          • David Bickley has over thirty years experience producing and directing television both in Ireland and the UK. This experience covers a wide variety of genres from studio to magazine to documentary. It is this last area where he has produced his most passionate work, specialising in arts, music and historical travelogue. He was senior producer at RTÉ Cork for six years, steering the development of television output and originating formats.




          Dec 1985 - Dec 1988
          • Rotherhithe, London SE16 7LB, UK
          • Full Time
          • Composing music for film and TV — clients — BBC / Anglia / COI / RAF


          Exhibition / Video Creative

          Dorset Probation Service

          Jan 1985 - Jan 1986
          • Dorchester, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Designing all rebranding materials and documenting various projects


          Project co-ordinator

          Haslemere Educational Museum

          Jan 1983 - Jan 1984
          • Haslemere, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Supervising the production of a 4-part educational video series and associated written and photographic materials



          BBC South

          Jun 1977 - Sep 1977
          • Southampton, United Kingdom
          • Internship
          • made a short drama as part of a young filmmakers initiative



          1st Prize, Educational — Media Award



          1st Prize, Environmental Film