Andy Mackinnon is currently working with Alchemy Film & Arts on Waterwheel, a new permanent multi-channel moving-image installation within Hawick’s Tower Mill. The work will highlight, celebrate and creatively reanimate the history of the Victorian mill wheel underneath Heart of Hawick’s café floor, the building’s history since 1910 as a cinema, and local archive film collections.

Inspired by the spinning mill wheel, cinema reels and early cinematograph technology such as the zoetrope, the installation will bring the mill wheel to life with projected moving image, including sequences of locally-sourced archival film and home movies reflecting aspects of the town’s social history and rich textile heritage.

This commission is part The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil – a programme which explores the pasts, presents and futures of Hawick, researching and investigating the town and wider region’s cultural identities in relation to land, water, industry, territory, place and environment. 


Andy Mackinnon is a filmmaker and curator based on the Isle of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. He was director, cinematographer and producer of TRANSITION, the first Scottish documentary to make the official selection at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in 2000, where it was lauded as “an experimental cinematographic indictment of pollution.” The film was also nominated for a Scottish BAFTA. 

Andy has curated the visual arts and moving image programming at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre since 2003. Prior to that he worked in creative & collaborative film and video production since the late 1980s and was a key player in the Glasgow Film & Video Workshop (now GMAC) for many years. He is currently developing various creative documentaries around the issues of climate and culture.