Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie live and work in London and the Lake District respectively. After studying together at Edinburgh College of Art they completed MA's in London and began working together in 1995.
Their early career was marked by technological innovation combined with a socially-engaged and inclusive sensibility - for example, their live online travelogue A Hypertext Journal (1996) was an influential precursor of the blog.
In 2001 they formalised their collaboration as the not-for-profit arts practice Somewhere, their current work spans public art and film-making, and their focus remains on the widest possible application of creativity to enrich and inform public life.
Karen began talking about the fact that when she began her artistic career she was conscious that she didn't have a story to tell, and was an observer of others.
Along with her collaborator, Nina Pope, Karen has worked on numerous projects with other people, and they have produced films that document the lives of different groups.
"Jaywick Escapes is a documentary feature film which was shot in the Essex coastal town of Jaywick, England. Once the favourite holiday destination for London’s Eastenders, seaside Jaywick is now 'officially' the poorest place in the UK, suffering from unremittingly high levels of crime, unemployment, dependency and family breakdown. Yet, this decaying seaside resort casts a powerful spell over its inhabitants, drifters whose reasons to escape here are revealed in this darkly intimate portrait.
Shot across over a year, this sensitive film follows a handful of recent Jaywick arrivals as memories from their past holidays start to collide with the present. Contrasting with exquisitely shot footage of Jaywick’s extraordinarily characterful town-scape – a colorful homage to British DIY ingenuity despite its decay – are gritty observational scenes of the lives lived behind the closed doors of each seaside shack."