There is more than one North.

There is Magnetic North, and True North. There is the North in Northern, and the North that is further away, past other Norths. North is an orientation, a direction and a location. Your North might be an idea, or a place, a story, a picture, an accent, a memory or a song. Every human is their own compass, with their own North. A Different North is a project about collecting and sharing Norths, it charts new Norths and forgotten Norths. Norths that are changing and ones that will soon be lost. Welcome to A Different North.


We are Adam York Gregory and Gillian Jane Lees, two artists.

Adam is from the North of England and Gillian is from the

different North of Falkirk in Scotland.

We are making A Different North for several reasons, but perhaps the most important is that we are trying to understand something about ourselves and about the world around us.

We both feel ‘Northern’ and also think that it shapes us and how we see things, yet it is difficult for us to articulate this in words.

We want to talk to you about your North too, whatever that might be, and however you might see it.

Get in touch with us at or you can email us at [email protected]


Adam York Gregory & Gillian Jane Lees

A dark, grainy, Polaroid style photograph of Adam York Gregory and Gillian Jane Lees (you can't see the top half of Adam's head).

Gillian is a Glasgow based performance practitioner. She makes rigorous attempts to build and control her environment over hours, and sometimes days, by undertaking physically demanding and mentally exhausting durational performances. Gillian’s interest lies in the fleeting moment where her will to succeed meets her diminishing physical ability to complete each task.

Adam is a scientist, games designer, typesetter, comic artist, film-maker and Visual Artist. His practice reflects each of these disciplines, often combining them to create novel areas of exploration, using his background in creating scientific investigations as a starting point for artistic explorations and methodologies.

Together, their practice seeks to explore the notion of ‘the imagined ideal’ through subjective performance, objective experimentation, documentation and observation.