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Visit Their Web SiteAshurst Emerging Artist Prize 2018

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Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2018: Open for Submissions, New Judges,

Prize focuses on Supporting Artist’s in Self Representing Successfully. International law firm Ashurst and Oaktree & Tiger announce the launch of the 4th Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize, a major global prize searching for the most exciting emerging artists, across all ages, background and countries.

The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition in the Ashurst Emerging Artists Gallery in London. The Sculpture Prize winner will receive a £1,000 cash award and a solo exhibition of their work, the Choice Award winner, chosen by Ashurst employees and clients internationally, will receive a £1,500 cash award and the East London Prize winner will receive £500. All Artists who enter before the 26 November will again be eligible for practical and individual feedback on their application to help support them in self representing their practice.

Renowned Corporate Art Expert and Writer Anthony Fawcett joins the panel this year, he is well known for creating the limited edition Beck's Artist's Bottles commissioning artists Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Tracey Emin as well as inventing the Becks Art Sponsorship Programme and Becks Futures – the UK's largest artists prize in 2000-2006. Anthony will be joining the returning eminent art experts: Artist and first female President of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Rosa Sepple, Senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art David Bellingham, Director of the Schorr Collection Howard Lewis, Art Critic and Writer Aindrea Emelife, and Sculptor and Council Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Briony Marshall with further Judges to be announced soon.The prize will be supported by the UK's leading independent art supplies retailer, Cass Art, who are giving a £500 gift voucher to the winner to spend on art supplies, and a £250 gift voucher for both the Sculpture Prize and Employee Choice Award winners. In addition there will be complementary, professionally led talks career development talks providing practical guidance for artists, and an extensive social media presence promoting all entrants, in order to benefit as many participating artists as possible globally.

Last year, the Prize received 3,743 entries from 1,516 artists from as far as Turkey, Spain, Brazil, Russia, Iran, India, Greece, Korea and China. The shortlisted and winning artists showed key themes that prevailed across entries of gender and sexuality, our relationship to technology and the fragility of the human condition, giving a snapshot of what is inspiring emerging artists at present.

Open to artists anywhere in the world, entries are accepted in a wide range of media. The feedback deadline is 26 November 2017 and the overall deadline for entries is 14 January 2018. The shortlist will be announced in

March 2018 and final winners announced in June 2018.

Conrad Carvalho, Panel Chairman and Art Advisor at Oaktree & Tiger, said: “The prize audience grew significantly on an international level last year with entries from the widest variety of countries we’ve seen, and we are continuing to focus on supporting each individual member of our Artist Community equally as they work to develop their profile and practice. This year we’re pursuing new ways to deliver our career development talks worldwide as well as offering new benefits, opportunities and collaborations via our platform.”


Visit Their Web SiteSecrets and Magic
Capital Exhibition








Secrets and Magic – Capital Exhibition will Feature Work by 50 Amazing Modern Designers. Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers provide a Scottish showcase for the finest in gold, silver and jewellery

A remarkable new exhibition of jewellery and other superbly crafted works by 50 international artists and designers will be a centrepiece of the Elements 3 festival of jewellery, silver and gold.

50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship, which takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 November, has been specially-commissioned by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull.

Elements, Edinburgh’s annual festival of jewellery, silver and gold, is now in its third year and will include a selling fair and a series of special events, as well as the exhibition. It takes place in the beautiful Lyon & Turnbull auction rooms.

The exhibition has been created by leading modern jewellery curators Amanda Game, former Director of the Scottish Gallery, and Professor Dorothy Hogg MBE, designer and former Head of Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art.

It features more than 70 exhibits including modern interpretations of remarkable craftsmanship in gold such as Sun Disc by Perthshire-based designer Malcolm Appleby and a dramatic ring by Jacqueline Mina, originally commissioned for a private collection.

Many of the exhibits show an inventive approach to both materials and design (ranging from paper to silver and plastics) such as in the exquisitely detailed acrylic brooch by Glasgow’s Peter Chang and folded paper bangles by the late Dutch designer, Nel Linssen.

Amanda said: “Dorothy and I wanted to support the Elements project by bringing together some very different contemporary works that reveal the magical possibilities of both human imagination and dedicated craftsmanship in this field.

“Ranging from Maria Hanson’s exploration of the deconstructed materials of our mobile phones to Giovanni Corvaja’s breathtaking experiments in precious metals, we invite all to see this show in the context of Elements and its ambition to create new opportunities for inventive, ethical and skillful design and craftsmanship in twenty-first century Scotland.

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work on this project with Mary Michel and her team in such a beautiful venue. Loans have come from generous private collectors, as well as artists’ studios to enable this display and our thanks go to them.”

Also on show will be works by those who trained in jewellery design but have moved into different fields, for example Cathie Pilkington, a London-based sculptor and Royal Academician whose bronze entitled Degas Doll V is on loan from a London collection, and who originally studied jewellery and silversmithing in Edinburgh.

The exhibition title 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship (originally the title for a surrealist text by artist Salvador Dali in the 1940s) was chosen by the curators as it suggested elements of works that they both admire: works that evoke curiosity, stimulate imagination and demonstrate the magical possibilities of craftsmanship.  

Dorothy said: “Variety is the spice of life and Amanda and I have indulged our delight in the diversity of approaches within the subject of jewellery and related fields in 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship.

“From the exquisite kinetic brooch in gold by Jacqueline Ryan to the specially commissioned Michael Kors handbag designed by Edinburgh jewellery graduate Nicola Glass, the flexibility of creative individuals to work within and across disciplines is demonstrated throughout the exhibition.

“There will be some surprises for the viewer in the beautiful Lyon and Turnbull saleroom throughout the Elements event.”

Mary Michel, Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh, said: “The exhibition provides a chance to see some truly exceptional craftsmanship.

“It’s a joy because it includes such a variety of pieces, many of which have never before been shown in the UK, and which span generations, technologies and approaches.”

“The work selected demonstrates an intelligent use of materials allied with thoughtful and imaginative design.”

Alex Dove, Associate Director of Lyon & Turnbull added: “As a company we have a long history of supporting both established and emerging artists from Scotland and beyond, as such we are very excited to have the opportunity to host such a wonderful range of contemporary design and craftsmanship in our historic Georgian saleroom this November.”

The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.

Helena Ward, Creative Industries Manager at Creative Scotland said: “This festival will showcase makers from a diverse range of practice in precious metal, who are taking their craft to a new level though materials and technical skills. It will also provide visitors with the rare opportunity to meet craft makers from all over the UK, celebrate their extraordinary craftmanship - and perhaps buy a piece of craft too.”

Visit Their Web SiteGlasgow Sculpture Studio

Announce new
Public Course Programme








Delivered by our artist members our Public Course Programme aims to nurture skill development and the creative exploration of sculptural practice in all its many forms! All of our courses have been developed with beginners in mind so no prior knowledge or experience is required.

From metalwork to tie-dye our programme aims to introduce you to new ways of thinking, making, and doing, whilst creating space for you to bring your own thoughts, ideas, and interests to each session.

We offer a 20% discount on all courses for Students and GSS Members. If you’d like to book onto any of our courses or find out some more info please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0141 353 3708 or at info@glasgowsculpturestudios.org

 You can also download our full programme on their website….follow out link

Clay, Plaster, Place – Casting with James Rigler

Saturdays | 1030 – 1600 30th Sept, 7th Oct  & 14th Oct  £175

Learn plaster and clay techniques to develop site-responsive ceramics. Using the Whisky Bond site as our inspiration and starting point, over 3 sessions this course will introduce you to basic plaster techniques (sledging, casting, mould-making) to generate press-mounded and hand-built site-responsive pieces, textured panels, and clay sculptural forms.

Metal Sculpture – Practice and Process with Joe Ingleby

Saturdays | 1030 – 1600 30th Sept, 7th Oct & 21st Oct  £230

Over 3 sessions this course will introduce you to working in steel to develop a hands-on knowledge relating to the processes of working with metal and sculptural fabrication. By exploring qualities such as volume, form, and rhythm you’ll begin to develop your own sculptural language in constructed metal.

Standards – Performance Art Workshops with Gordon Douglas

Saturdays | 1100 – 1700  11th & 18th Nov  £60

Over two sessions this course aims to give you an introduction to performance art practices. By taking famous performance artworks throughout history as our starting point together we’ll devise, rehearse, and perform new works. Through playful response to exercises, improvisation, rules, and instructions, Standards aims to provide you with a testing ground to explore and develop your own performance repertoire.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share your works with an audience at Glasgow Sculpture Studios following the final session.

The Economy of Style – Sculptural Assemblage with Rachel Adams

Saturdays | 1300 – 1700 25th Nov & 2nd Dec  £70

This experimental workshop will introduce you to concepts at the heart of contemporary sculptural practice, focussing on process and assemblage. In the first session Rachel Adams will introduce you to non-traditional sculptural materials and techniques such as tie-dye, macramé, and working with everyday found materials which you’ll use the following week to construct sculptural assemblages.  Rachel will then show you how the rules of Ikebana – Japanese flower arranging –can be used as a way of constructing and building your assemblages.

Clay Movement – Ceramic Hand-building Course with Florence Dwyer

Tuesdays | 1800 – 2000 24th Oct, 31st Oct, 7th Nov, 14th Nov, 21st Nov £130

Over a series of 5 sessions you will be introduced to a variety of hand building methods in a space which will encourage experimentation and collaborative ways of working. Focusing on unconventional ways of making and working with clay, you’ll be responding to found objects, developing processes of mark making, mixing clay types, and using these skills to develop your work in a direction that’s aligned with your own interests and ideas.

Input | Output – Interactive Sculpture with Jennifer Sykes

Wednesdays | 1800 – 2030 25th Oct, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd Nov £140

Using water, conductive materials, sensors and computers to trick the brain and give life to inanimate objects this course will teach you a range of practical methods you can use to create interactive artworks. Through experimenting with low-cost computer models such as Arduino, over 5 sessions you will be introduced to the possibilities that these technologies can open up when applied to film imagery, movement, sound, and performance.

Loopy Landscapes – Printing the City with Tessa Lynch

October Holidays | 1000 – 1500 16th, 17th & 18th Oct £115*

This three day workshop has been developed to introduce children aged 8 – 12 to a variety of printing and sculpture activities, which they will use to make a large collaborative sculpture that draws inspiration from the patterns and textures of the city. There will be a focus of working with the children as artists themselves, teaching activities that can be replicated at home and each participant will create a printed sketchbook to take away and continue their artistic adventures.

*Cost is inclusive of packed lunch each day – bursary places are also available – please get in touch for more information


Visit Their Web SiteCooper Gallery
   Set for Shanghai








CURRENT Phase Three set for Shanghai

The next instalment of the biggest showcase of Scottish contemporary art to ever take place in China, led by the University of Dundee’s Cooper Gallery, opens later this month.

Phase Three of ‘CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland’ opens at Shanghai Himalayas Museum on Saturday, 22nd September. It comprises solo exhibitions from leading Scottish artists Bruce McLean and Ross Sinclair that illuminate how different experiences of ‘the contemporary’ are constituted in time.

CURRENT comprises exhibitions and other events featuring more than 50 artists over four phases and is co-curated by Sophia Hao, of Cooper Gallery, and Wang Nanming, Director of Shanghai Himalayas Museum.

“‘The contemporary’ is measured in gesture and pose. It is an impulse, a setting into motion,” said Sophia Hao. “Phase Three of CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland declares the contemporary to be the only imperative to action. Always here and now, the duration and conditions of ‘the contemporary’ define its reality. The exhibitions focus on the elusive details, the nuances of gesture and pose that give the contemporary its concrete ‘real life’.”

For almost five decades, Bruce McLean’s subversive sculptural work has embodied a playful and critical stance on formalities and hierarchies. His Shanghai exhibition, I Want My Crown, features film and photography spanning the breadth of his career. From ‘Pose Work for Plinths’ (1971) to the title work ‘I Want My Crown’ (2013), McLean’s exhibition is a timely rebuttal to the spectacle of ‘the contemporary’.

Ross Sinclair’s Real Life Is Dead/Long Live Real Life heralds a new phase in an ongoing project that critiques the experience of the ‘real’. Initiated in 1994 with the phrase ‘Real Life’ tattooed on his back, he developed Real Life as a series of exhibitions, performances and installations that summon a determination for individual and collective ‘realifers’ to stand as the multiplicity and reality of ‘the contemporary’.

As part of the Spirit of Youth programme, Sinclair will also be participating in two-week artist residency working with young people, musicians and artists in Shanghai to create The Scottish-Chinese Real Life Orchestra.

This programme sees the continuation of the artists’ collaboration with Cooper Gallery, both of whom exhibited as part of Two Night Stands, co-curated with esteemed curator and art historian Lynda Morris, earlier this year. McLean also collaborated with Cooper Gallery for A Cut A Scratch A Score: A Comic Opera in Three Parts in 2011, and was the keynote speaker for Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference hosted by University of Dundee in 2013.

Playing off its Chinese translation of ‘untimely’, CURRENT questions the political, social and economic discourses that contest this present moment and its apparition as culture. The artists brought together in CURRENT illustrate the oppositions, contradictions and paradoxes that give contemporary art and culture in Scotland such experimental energy.

It is the first showcase of Scottish contemporary art of this scale to take place in China, and is produced by Cooper Gallery in collaboration with Shanghai Himalayas Museum in partnership with British Council. The project is funded and supported by British Council, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government, and is one of the programmes in the Spirit of Youth campaign brought by the UK government including British Council and Visit Britain.

 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has previously visited the exhibitions in Shanghai and praised Cooper Gallery for enhancing Scotland’s standing in the world of contemporary art and helping create cultural exchanges with China.

Visit Their Web Site**A New Gallery**
The Studio and Gallery









They opened first of April 2017 and currently running their sixth exhibition.

Joint owner Adam McLean says “I have set up a small studio space in the entrance way, and willbe working there a few days a week while the gallery is open.

We are not a commercial gallery as such, but exist to provide artists with a venue for solo exhibitions. Last month, August, we had an exhibition of a Kilbirnie art student Skyler Ridewood. His abstract work was intriguing and challenging  and some of the local people who came needed some guidance as to how to look at abstract art. I am essentially an art historian so want to use the gallery as a vehicle for educating people about art history.”

“This gallery will focus primarily on artists working in the West of Scotland, though we will welcome artwork from further afield. Our aim is to provide a space for individual artists to show a wide range of their work. We hold individual exhibitions each running for a month. The wall space available is quite considerable.

It is in small square at the centre of Kilbirnie, approximately 25 miles to the west of Glasgow, in an old building, probably originally part of a nineteenth century carding mill. The site is notorious for an incident in 1904, when the owner of an Italian ice cream shop murdered his wife and children with an axe.

The gallery is open Mondays to Saturdays from 2.00 till 5.00.

For people arriving by car, there is a free municipal car park only 50 yards south of the gallery.

For people coming some distance, there are refreshments at the Radio City Cafe - 4 minutes walk north of the gallery”

Visit Their Web SiteCentral Fife Open Studios
2 & 3 September 2017






2017 Central Fife Open Studios 2 & 3 September

Artist’s studios will be open 10.30 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Now in its third year CFOS is continuing to grow and welcomes new artists to add to the diverse range of work on show that includes textiles, jewellery, painting, ceramics and photography.

CFOS has been set up to give professional artists and designers in Central Fife the opportunity to show their work to the public and celebrate the wealth of talent in this area.

The area covers Central Fife stretching from Leven to Inverkeithing and North to Glenrothes.
If you have any enquiries, or are interested in taking part in 2018 open studios, please email:
info@centralfifeopenstudios.org

Visit Their Web SiteATLAS Arts Announce
An Exciting new arts project CLIMAVORE

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones will launch in Portree, Isle of Skye this September presented by ATLAS Arts

Running from 14 – 24 September 2017, Bayfield, Portree, Isle of Skye








ATLAS Arts, based on the island of Skye in the Hebrides, is bringing a new and highly innovative food arts showcase to Portree, titled CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones - working in partnership with Cooking Sections internationally acclaimed artists Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe this autumn.

Based on the coast at Bayfield, Portree, the first phase of the work of CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones will explore the environmental effects of aquaculture and will consist of an interactive installation that will react with the tides on the changing coastline of Portree.

The long-term aim of the Cooking Sections project is to look at forms of eating, that address environmental regeneration by promoting ingredients that proactively respond to the new ecological challenges of Scottish waters. Climavore: On Tidal Zones promotes the consumption of seaweeds* and bivalves*among local residents, restaurants, and tourists. These animals and plants purify the water by breathing, and can also help monitor the improvement of water quality along the coast of the island.

Climavore: On Tidal Zones

Each day at low tide, the installation will reappear above the water line and will function as a dining table, with free tastings of recipes featuring seaweeds, oysters, clams and mussels. Over the opening weekend, the installation will be activated by Cooking Sections in collaboration with local chefs, researchers, anthropologists, and residents of the island to share their experience with their audience.

Emma Nicolson, ATLAS Arts Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with Daniel and Alon of Cooking Sections on this very creative and engaging endeavour and as they have developed the project, they have met with a wide variety of people around the island, including chefs, fishermen and local interest groups, to gain a better understanding of the different perspectives on the sustainability of the aquaculture industry around Skye.

“We are also thrilled to be working with nine local restaurants who will be including some of the produce in their daily menus, taking the essence of Climavore to the diners across the island.”

Emma added: “We will also be launching two complementary art works running alongside Climavore:On Tidal Zones in the coming weeks to add to our programme of talks, foraging walks and tours, making it a very full arts experience around the coastline of the island.”

Commenting on their project and approach, Cooking Sections added: “Using food and geopolitics to investigate forms of social environmental transformation, we were struck by the extent of Skye’s coast spanning over 400 miles long and the changing historical connections the inhabitants of the island had to the waters surrounding them.”

“Skye with its rich history of food production and consumption, and the well-established culture of tourism is going through an accelerated environmental transformation where efficiency and cost-benefit paradigms are predicting the future landscape. CLIMAVORE seeks to establish a conversation with fishermen, bivalve farmers and seaweed growers to think of other informed ways of eating in light of climate change, ocean acidification and pollution.”

The project will launch with a preview event on the 14th September 2017 and will run until the 24th September. Over the opening weekend 15th to 17th September, the installation will form the central element between Cooking Sections and local chefs, researchers, anthropologists, and residents of the island.

There will also be a full public programme including a series of free talks, film screenings, foraging walks, collaborations with other local venues and tours along the coastline of Skye.

This project has been commissioned by ATLAS Arts and supported by The Pebble Trust, Outset Scotland, Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. ATLAS Arts would also like to thank Calum Matheson for the use of his land.

Visit Their Web SiteUniversity Exhibitions
University of Dundee announce a number of exhibitions

Their featured exhibition is: Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics (closes Saturday 21 October)


 




‘Girls in Print’, on display in the Tower Building Foyer, showcases original artwork from a number of DC Thomson titles such as The Topper, Bunty and Twinkle. The exhibition has been curated by Louise Quirion, a recent graduate from the University’s MLitt course in Comics & Graphic Novels, to show how comics have evolved today. The exhibition also features work by current female comics artists such as Kate Charlesworth, Tanya Roberts and Gillian Hatcher, who share their own unique perspectives on womanhood through more adult-oriented work. Opening times.

Stewart Carmichael - Talk and Exhibition Tour

Start:  5 Aug 2:00PM   |   Location: Lamb Gallery, Tower Building

An illustrated talk and guided tour of the Stewart Carmichael: Celtic Visions exhibition

Outer Space I Inner Space: Wednesday Wonders

Start:  9 Aug 1:00PM   |   Location: The Mills Observatory, Balgay Hill, Dundee

Learn fascinating facts about the sun and see it as well!

Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics

Start:  21 Jul 5:00PM   |   Location: Tower Building

An exhibition of original artwork from girls comics from the 1950s up to today - running until October

Beyond Skin Exhibition

Start:  29 Jun 10:00AM   |   Location: Lifespace, Discovery Centre, School of Life Sciences

An exhibition of contemporary art that explores the life and science behind atopic eczema - on until September

Plant Prints & Earth Paintings Exhibition

Start:  14 Aug 9:00AM   |   Location: Dundee Art Society, Roseangle DD1 4LP

DJCAD Fine Art student, Tina Scopa who will soon begin her final year is having an exhibition of her work at Dundee Art Society

Visit Their Web SiteALLUSION: Clutha to Tatha
Tatha Gallery
Newport on Tay
25 August-23 September 2017

Allusion: Clutha to Tatha is an exhibition of work by fifteen of the elected RGIs (elected members of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts), whose vision could be considered part of the narrative tradition.

Usually the “narrative” is implied, and the works in ALLUSION: Clutha to Tatha invite a more personal response, with clues sometimes being found in the title of the work.  However, any authoritative meaning is often deliberately buried. You are invited to read your own narratives into the often-beguiling artwork of this exhibition. 

The first Allusion exhibition was curated by Alice McMurrough RGI and Neil MacDonald RGI and shown in the RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow, in Autumn 2015.  The exhibition generated much interest and enthusiasm in its many visitors, and Jan Patience, the Herald art critic commented, ”There are 26 works on show in Allusion and every single one has the power to hold you in its grasp.”

The group is very happy to be showing a completely new exhibition in the beautiful Tatha gallery, which over the more-than three years of its existence has marked itself out as one of the east of Scotland’s finest venues, hosting a succession of thought-provoking and engaging exhibitions.

http://www.tathagallery.com/

The artists featured are:
Ade ADESINA..Reinhard BEHRENS..June CAREY..
Jimmy COSGROVE..Jim DUNBAR..Helen FLOCKHART..
Ronald FORBES..Gordon MITCHELL..Neil MACDONALD..
Neil MACPHERSON..Alice MCMURROUGH..Heather NEVAY..
Murray ROBERTSON..Peter THOMSON..Adrian WISZNIEWSKI

Visit Their Web SiteMuseum of Childhood
A SUMMER OF ART AT THE
MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD

Contemporary art will feature in the Museum of Childhood this summer as the treasure trove of toys takes part in the Edinburgh Art Festival for the first time.

Inspired by 19th Century clockwork toys through to 21st Century computer games, two free displays by local artists explore the influence of technology on children’s imaginations.

‘Let’s Go to a Place’ features an installation of portraits of Edinburgh children by internationally-renowned photographer Wendy McMurdo, as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.








Young Boy (ix) © Wendy McMurdo

McMurdo’s work documents the relationship between children and computers, and this series was made during the summer of Pokémon Go. She noticed that children were “roaming the city, inhabiting two worlds at the same time: one geographic and one imaginary”. The portraits suggest how the experience of young people is multiplied, fractured and mediated by the digital world.

A second display by artist Robert Powell sees seven specially commissioned prints sit alongside original examples of clockwork toys. ‘Pneuma, Or the Mechanical Egg’ brings together the history and mythology of mechanical life into hand-painted etchings and is shown as part of the It’s Alive! exhibition of automata from the late 19th century.








The Brazen Head, Or the Sleep of Bacon ©Robert Powell

In ‘The Brazen Head, Or the Sleep of Bacon’, the fabled speaking automaton created by Roger Bacon in the thirteenth century sits in a deserted wasteland, with no-one to hear its prophetic pronouncements. Powell creates richly detailed scenes filled with black humour, including an infinite mechanical menagerie, the dissection of a doll, and a parade of marching robots.

Artist Robert Powell said, “In making Pneuma: The Mechanical Egg, I found that automata are useful vehicles to explore very human themes - autonomy, learning, science and progress and the relationship between nature and mankind. Even the most fundamental questions as to what make us human.”

Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It's exciting to see these works of contemporary art sit side-by-side with hundred-year old toys in the museum. Working with artists is an important way to share our city's collections, and for visitors to gain new insights into the bigger themes of childhood."

Museum of Childhood Curator, Alice Sage, added: “Wendy McMurdo is an internationally significant artist and her exhibition at the Museum of Childhood marks her long-standing interest in the museum and its collections. This is the latest in her long series of work exploring children’s imaginations and relationship with technology.

"McMurdo’s photographs remind us that changes in toys and play create real changes in our imaginations and inner worlds. We invite visitors to explore the museum, and find the portraits hidden in every gallery.

“It is wonderful to feature the different mediums of print and photography from two Edinburgh artists who have been visiting the museum since their own childhoods”

Visit Their Web SiteDovecot Tapestry Studio
Announces the appointment of
its new Director

Dovecot Tapestry Studio in Edinburgh announces the appointment of Celia Joicey as its new Director, succeeding David Weir after his 17-year leadership. This announcement follows the recent completion of a significant tapestry collaboration between Dovecot and artist Chris Ofili, culminating in a major exhibition at the National Gallery and a BBC documentary.

Alastair Salvesen CBE, Chair of The Dovecot Foundation, says; “I am delighted with the appointment of Celia Joicey, who brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the organisation and leadership of galleries and their activities, particularly in an area of direct relevance to tapestry and the other interests of Dovecot. She will be in an excellent position to maintain and enhance Dovecot’s position as a leading light in tapestry weaving and as an exhibition centre.”

Celia Joicey comments; “I am delighted to have been appointed to succeed David Weir as Director of Dovecot from September. This is an enormous privilege, given the 105-year history of the Studio and I look forward to working with colleagues to ensure Dovecot is recognised as a world centre of excellence for tapestry art and design.”

Celia Joicey is currently Head of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, having joined in 2011. During this time she has raised the Museum’s profile with a series of critically acclaimed exhibitions including Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol and Liberty in Fashion. In addition, she has transformed the Museum’s income and overseen a trajectory of growth with visitor numbers increasing from 21,000 to 57,000 in 2016/17. Joicey has also developed a number of international partnerships to showcase Mexican, Canadian and Swedish textile design in the UK. Prior to joining the Fashion and Textile Museum, she was Head of Publications at the National Portrait Gallery, and also worked for the Victoria and Albert Museum, University for the Creative Arts Farnham and the Royal Society of Arts, as Editor of the RSA Journal. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Art.

Celia Joicey succeeds David Weir, who will be leaving Dovecot following 17 years’ very successful Directorship of Dovecot. With the financial support and backing of Alastair and Elizabeth Salvesen, Weir helped negotiate the acquisition and subsequent redevelopment of Infirmary Street Baths, a derelict former Victorian Baths in the Centre of Edinburgh. By 2008 this public building was established as a leading cross discipline art, exhibition and event space for craft and design with Dovecot Tapestry Studio as a dynamic and active working studio at its centre. He went on to lead the artistic vision and collaborative commissions of Dovecot; a specialist contemporary tapestry studio originally established in 1912.

David Weir says; “After 17 years of developing Dovecot to the place it occupies today, it feels the right moment to hand over the reins to a new director to help bring Dovecot into the next phase of its history. It has been an exciting journey since 2000 to work with founder funders Alastair and Elizabeth Salvesen and The Dovecot Foundation to save and revitalise this very special tapestry studio and to position Dovecot in the national and international cultural landscape. I feel privileged to have been able to work with a team of extremely talented colleagues to develop the role of Dovecot as a centre for contemporary tapestry working with leading artists and as a gallery space in which the highest quality exhibitions celebrating craft and making have been able to flourish. Dovecot is very fortunate to have enjoyed the continued philanthropic commitment of The Dovecot Foundation and to have benefitted most recently from Creative Scotland's regular funding. I am delighted at Celia Joicey’s appointment and look forward to following Dovecot's progress as it enters its next stage of development under her leadership”.

Visit Their Web SiteEdinburgh Art Festival
27 July—27 August 2017

Follow this link to download the Edinburgh Art Festival programme.

Edinburgh Art Festival announce details of the 2017 events programme. The programme includes a wide range of one-off performances, artist talks, tours and walks, musical events, family activities and workshops, making the most of many of the world’s leading artists and curators descending on Edinburgh for the festival period.

In Scotland’s ‘Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology’, the 2017 Commissions Programme invites artists to reflect on two important anniversaries for the city – the foundation of the first Edinburgh Festival in 1947, and the publication in 1917 of Patrick Geddes’ The Making of the Future: A Manifesto and a Project. A highlight of this year’s festival will be ‘A Summer Meeting’ held in mid-August, featuring four days dedicated to exploring the legacy of Geddes through talks, tours and a unique opportunity to visit 14 Ramsay Garden – Geddes’ own home in Edinburgh.

Many commercial public galleries are part of this. Follow our Edinburgh Galleries’ links to see what they’re up to.

Visit Their Web SiteArt in Crisis in Edinburgh

Crisis announced the following for Edinburgh
“What If? Exhibition - 4-29 July

04/07/2017, Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG, 10am - 8pm

‘What If’ is a unique photography exhibition developed by Crisis clients and local photographer Alicia Bruce. What if we created still life pieces of our possessions to capture our life experiences?

What If? - Exhibition launch

05/07/2017, Art and Design Library (within the Central Library), George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us at the launch of the ‘What If’ photography exhibition. To capture these symbolic images, Crisis clients and local photographer Alicia Bruce were inspired by classic Dutch still life paintings and still life photography.

National Museum of Scotland, as presented by Crisis clients (tour)

19/07/2017, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, 2pm - 4pm

Enjoy the museum’s extensive collections, as interpreted by Crisis clients. They will share their perspectives in this unique exhibition tour.”


David Gleeson BA MA RBSAVisit Their Web Site
at the
Thompson's Gallery

David Gleeson Exhibition, Opening 15th July 2017

David Gleeson was born in Manchester and studied visual art at Aberystwyth University and painting at Wolverhampton University.  Since 1984, he has exhibited widely in the UK, USA and Johannesburg.  He has won prizes in 17 exhibitions including ‘The Discerning Eye’ and ‘Hunting Art’.

David was elected full member of the RBSA in 2006. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and was highly commended. He has works in many corporate collections and has been shown at The National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Each of his carefully wrought images – portraits, interiors, still- life – is informed by considered draughtsmanship and close attention to detail, colour and texture. More than an accurate record of the visual world they are imbued with an enduring quality, a stillness that transforms the everyday into moments of beauty and illumination. Each picture becomes its own world, as the artist’s contemplative vision suggests a realm of untold stories.

‘The Lightness Of Being’Visit Their Web Site
at the
Birch Tree Gallery

EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART ALUMNAE JOIN AT THE DUO EXHIBIT TO SHOW WORKS IN GLASS AND PAPER

‘The Lightness Of Being’ July 6th – August 1st 2017, at Birch Tree Gallery, Edinburgh

Amanda Baron, who graduated in architectural glass from the Edinburgh College of Art and worked

for many years as glass conservator, brings her new body of works to the Birch Tree Gallery. Her

shift in a creative career resonates with the change of medium in works by Alison Simpson who graduated from ECA in sculpture working in metal, but who now creates works in paper.

The exhibition title ‘The Lightness of Being’ reflects more than physical aspects of media – glass and paper pulp - of the works to be exhibited. Both makers have had significant changes in their creative career and now strive to observe, capture and embody what seems to be effortless, often created by accident in nature, but also, ephemeral or noticeable only in certain light or weather conditions.

Alison Simpson graduated MA (Hons) Fine Art from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art in 1986, staying on at ECA for the postgraduate diploma in sculpture. Alison now works in cotton and linen pulp making sculptural objects that reflect the light, weather, seasons and landscape near her home on the Moray Firth coast.

‘For many years I worked in metal but became frustrated by its heaviness and darkness, its need for lengthy ‘finishing', and my own tendency to overwork it. Seeking lightness, I discovered papermaking.‘  says Alison Simpson. ‘It is my aim to betray in my work no sense of struggle; to produce things that look smooth, unerring, and inevitable .’

Amanda Baron graduated from Architectural Glass (under Douglas Hogg) at Edinburgh College of Art in 1992. In 2011-2012 she as was Artist in Residence in Glass, School of Design. She is passionate about highlighting the unique qualities of mouth blown glass by applying paint to its surface to create paintings and compositions from fragments.

The body of work for this exhibition is inspired by a residency on the Isle of Eigg, where Amanda studied light and colour of the sky and clouds, the surface and depth of rock pools, texture of geological and plant forms, and patterns in sand created by tidal movement.

Gallery TalkVisit Their Web Site
The Scottish Colourists

Scottish Galler will be hosting a Gallery talk with Guy Peploe on Wednesday 12 July, 6.30-7.15pm . The Scottish Colourists Works on Paper

The Scottish Colourists were prolific draftsmen, seldom without a sketchbook, essential to the working artist. This exhibition includes ten recently acquired works by J D Fergusson including Self Portrait,1909-11, conté, 20.9 x 13.4 cms £2,900 (left).

To explore this collection in more depth foloe the link to their website.

16 Scottish ArtistsVisit Their Web Site
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RA Summer Exhibition

SCOTTISH ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS’ SUMMER EXHIBITION 2017

The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission exhibition, providing a unique platform for emerging and established artists and architects to showcase their recent work to an international audience. This year, there are a number of artists exhibiting from Scotland.


The Summer Exhibition attracts a very high volume of entrants, with over 12,000 works submitted in 2017 for its 249th year. Works selected for display comprise a range of media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and architecture.

The Summer Exhibition 2017 runs from 13 June - 20 August in the Main Galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Open Call 2017Visit Their Web Site
International Exchange
with Triangle France

Residences: Deadline: Tuesday 4th July 2017, 5pm

Glasgow Sculpture Studios invite applications from emergent artists who are at the beginning of their career, and who have left full time education or equivalent within the last five years. Artists must be living and working in Glasgow.

The awardee will have access to a free studio (60m²) and shared accommodation in Marseille; return travel costs covered; and 1000 euros production grant (on presentation of receipts). They will also be provided with logistical support including production assistance; assistance in research of materials, techniques and partnerships; and links with the wider visual arts networks in the host city.

The residency dates are: 4th September – 19th December 2017

GSS furhter advise “How to apply:

Send one pdf, detailing the following:
Name
Address and postcode
Telephone
Email
Website URL
Artist Statement (500 words maximum)

Why would participation in the exchange be beneficial to the development of your practice? (350 words maximum)

8-10 images of recent work. Include up to 3 youtube or vimeo links for video work.

Full artist CV (2 A4 pages maximum)

Completed applications should be sent via WeTransfer to Agne Sabaliauskaite - Front of House Assistant, Glasgow Sculpture Studios: agne@glasgowsculpturestudios.org. Please note that emails with attachments will not be received, so applications must be sent via WeTransfer. If you have any questions, please email or phone 0141 353 3708.

About our partner, Triangle France:

Triangle France is a non-profit contemporary arts organisation, based at "La Friche Belle de Mai", a former tobacco factory located in the city center of Marseilles. Triangle France aims to promote the emerging international art scene through a challenging and experimental program of artist’s residencies, exhibitions, events, new commissions, and publications. Triangle France supports the production and presentation of new forms of artistic activity and aims to create dynamic relationships between art, artists, and audiences both locally and internationally.

Since its founding in 1995, Triangle France has established itself as one of France's most innovative organizations supporting artists at a formative point in their career. Triangle France supports emerging artists as well as artists that are under-represented in France by collaborating with them in the development, production and presentation of important new projects that enable them to take new steps in their careers.

 Internationally, Triangle France is part of "Triangle Network" an international network of artists and arts organizations that promotes dialogue, exchange of ideas and innovation within the contemporary visual arts. Through artist-led workshops, residencies, exhibitions and outreach events, the network generates peer-to-peer learning, professional development for artists and the dissemination of emerging international art practices.

Nationally, Triangle France is also part of the French network of residency programme "arts en résidence".

Locally, Triangle France is a member of "MarseilleExpos". Triangle France is also a founding member and cooperator of the collective interest cooperative “SCIC Friche la Belle de Mai".

 For more information: www.trianglefrance.org

Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Triangle France are grateful for the support of our partners and funders Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, the International Relations of the town of Marseilles.”

Visit Their Web SiteCOLLISIONS
at
House for an Art Lover

“COLLISIONS” focuses on the creative influences and personal friendship between two artists Rose Wylie (b. 1934) and Fraser Taylor (b. 1960). Central to the concept is the notion of commonality and difference, and a unique three-day ‘experiment’ that brought Rose Wylie and Fraser Taylor together after some twenty years. The process has formed a new set of work by Rose Wylie and Fraser Taylor for exhibition, which opens at the Studio Pavilion, House for An Art Lover on 16 June till 16 July 2017.

The exhibition is accompanied by WERK no: 24 “COLLISIONS”, a visual survey of Wylie and Taylor by creative director Theseus Chan, and is co-published by STEIDL (Germany) and WORK (Singapore). Curated by Alison Harley and documented by Oona Brown, the publication is interspersed by textual pieces by Jimmy Cosgrove, Jeff Gibbons, Ian Massey, Jo Melvin, and Liam Scully. Selected by either Wylie or Taylor, contributors were invited to explore their connection and insights to each artist through open forms of writing, which Chan and his team have cleverly embedded within the design of the publication as both text and image.

Visit Their Web SiteRA Summer Exhibition
is open

Everything is ready and waiting for you! This year only 1 in 12 submissions succeeded in getting onto the RA’s hallowed walls. Is it time for additional venues? Eileen Cooper RA, this year’s Summer Exhibition coordinator and committee selected just over 1,000.

There are as always the big names to see including: Tracy Emin, Anselm Kiefer, Grayson Perry and Yinka Shonibare but it’s the lesser known “unseen” artists who will be of most interest. You can’t view a thousand artists in a day, so plan for many return trips. Take a walk through the galleries before you go with their new video.

Next year will be their 250th anniversary, which would be a good time to set up satellite venues for the exhibition, something the Art Fund might consider?

13 June – 20 August. Friends of the RA go free.

Visit Their Web SiteThe Winning Artists for the 2017 Prize are…

The Winners of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2017 will have solo exhibitions in June 2017 and July to September 2017. You can still see the Shortlisted Artists exhibition on now until then and see the available artworks on their website

Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2017 Winner

Yuting Wang was born in China, and is completing her Fine Art degree at Wimbledon College of Arts.

“In the deep of the silent forest there is a tiny pond. It is muddy and alone. Thick algae floats on the surface, but under the peaceful water there is something unknown. This painting is based a recent memory of a forest one afternoon. I particularly remember the straight trunks breaking through the sky; the surroundings are deadly silent. I try to capture this moment.” - the artist.

Sculptor Prize Winner 2017

Sol Bailey Barker is a British artist whose work ties together historical and sociological research with an inquiry into the power and symbolism of materials.

?“The glamorisation of weaponry, desperation and the aspirations to be a hero in war draws communities into violence. In Colombia Sol Bailey Barker collected bullet casings found in the streets of San Agustin. Bullets to Spade was made by heating and hammering 300 bullets into a hand carved spade. This work meditates on turning instruments of death into instruments of life used for growing food and building homes. It refers to rehabilitation programmes which use agricultural work to help former child soldiers adjust to normal life outside of war.” - the artist.

Employee Choice 2017

Claudine O'Sullivan is an Irish Artist based in London. She graduated from University of the Arts London with a BA in Graphic Design. Her adaptable, design focused approach to art is reflected in the diversity of her commercial portfolio and client base.

She has gained industry spotlight for her distinctive hand drawn illustrations, featured in the worldwide Apple Pencil campaign. Her uniquely traditional drawing style has appealed to established brands such as MTV, WeTransfer, Tiger Beer and Derwent Pencils.?

Rich Mix Prize 2017

Ralph Hunter-Menzies was born in Northampton, received a BA in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, and is currently based in East London.

His artwork is inspired by his interest in marks made through the removal of graffiti, posters and stickers found in streets of East London


Visit Their Web SiteThe Glasgow Art Club
Celebrate the First
150 years

Exhibition
2nd June - 31st July

The Glasgow Art Club announced:

“Founded in 1867, the Glasgow Art Club has been an esteemed presence in the city’s rich cultural scene for 150 years. Steeped in heritage, the Club has been witness to generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants. Today the Glasgow Art Club is a dynamic community of men and women of all ages and backgrounds for whom the Arts are an essential part of everyday life.

An exhibition telling the story of the first 150 years of The Glasgow Art Club is now open to the public.

The exhibition explores GAC's colourful history through archival material and paintings and sculptures of the Club's own collection alongside a number of major loans from the Royal Collection (by gracious permission of HM Queen Elizabeth II) and from a number of private collections in Scotland and beyond.

A never been seen before watercolour by Sir John Lavery, titled Mary, ‘Queen of Scots at Langside’ is one of several works that have been generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II from the Royal Collection. It was painted by Lavery, one of the earliest members of the Glasgow Art Club, in 1888 and was part of a presentation of work given by the Club’s members to King Edward VII and Queen Alexandria, when Prince and Princess of Wales, at the opening of the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1888.

Other highlights include a display of works presented to Her Majesty The Queen in 1977, her Silver Jubilee year which includes a quirky little painting by George Wylie titled ‘Royal Coach’.

 Efric McNeil, President of the Glasgow Art Club said “This is an incredible opportunity for members of the public to see some unseen works. We are extremely grateful to The Royal Collection Trust for lending these works that depict the history of the Glasgow Art Club in this very special year.”

 The Herald's Ken Smith paid the Club a visit to discuss the exhibition. You can read the article here

Club President Efric McNeil spoke to STV about the exhibition, you can catch up here

The exhibition runs from the 2nd June to 31st July 2017, entry is free.

Members of the public can view the exhibition between 11am and 4pm daily (closed Sundays).

Simply ring the doorbell and a member of staff will welcome you in. “

Visit Their Web SiteEdinburgh Printmakers announce their
June programme.

“MY CAT KNOWS WHAT I'M THINKING 22nd April – 15th July Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm

Come and see Eric Great-Rex's remarkable exhibition! Stunning, playful and beguiling, My Cat Knows What I'm Thinking features nineteen handmade ceramic plates plus four stone lithographic editions that have been published by Edinburgh Printmakers. Great-Rex and EP have also collaborated on a multiple commemorative ceramic plaque in celebration of EP's fiftieth anniversary. Beautifully lit and hung, the exhibition is truly worth a visit. Stop by soon!

IT WORKS! 22nd April – 15th July  Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm

Curated by Dr Ruth Pelzer-Montada, It Works! presents a thought-provoking array of material from Edinburgh Printmakers' archive. Come and discover an eclectic selection of prints, as well as old exhibition catalogues and leaflets – and delve into EP's past through an interactive touchscreen installation.

LEITHLATE 2017 15th–17th June

As part of this year's LeithLate – a celebration of visual culture in Leith and the surrounding area – we’ll be giving free tours of My Cat Knows What I’m Thinking and It Works!. These intimate tours will provide special insight into how the exhibitions were produced and the themes that support these bodies of work. Tours will take place on Thursday 15th June at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.

What's more, during normal opening hours on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th we'll be offering gift bags full of treats specially for LeithLate17. First come first served – once they're gone, they're gone! For more information about our LeithLate activities please click here.

EDINBURGH CANALSIDE FESTIVAL  17th June  12.00-4.30pm

Join us at Fountainbridge Canal for this free, fun, creative, watery event for all ages! We’ll be running some very exciting free taster sessions as a partner of the project Union Canal Unlocked with Re-Union Canalboats Ltd.

Visit us at our outdoor stall along the canalside and make your own print inspired by the local area. You'll also get the chance to discover more about Castle Mill Works (located just a stone's throw away from the canal), which is currently being transformed into our new home. For more information about our activities at the Canalside Festival, please click here.

CLASS ART  20th June  4.15-6.15pm

As part of Edinburgh Art Festival we're delighted to deliver a unique Continued Professional Learning (CPL) session. Designed for teachers and educational practitioners, the session will show attendees how to collaborate with art institutions and galleries, and how to create novel learning programmes with artistic twists.  

Join us for an introduction and launch of the Edinburgh Art Festival’s schools programme, a behind-the-scenes tour of Edinburgh Printmakers and a hands-on printing demonstration. The activities will then be followed by drinks and a chance to network with colleagues. Art and Design teachers and primary school teachers are especially encouraged to attend, as are any other educators hungry for fresh creative learning ideas. To book your free ticket please click the link above.”

Visit Their Web SiteNational Galleries Scotland

The National Galleries Scotland announce the upcoming exhibition True to Life … British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s

They are “Bringing together more than 80 paintings by an almost forgotten generation of artists, this exhibition explores the realist tradition in British art between the two World Wars. It focuses on scrupulously detailed realist painting, part of a world-wide trend at the time.” Read more on their website now.

Visit Their Web SiteCraft Council
Announce Flourish

Two days: 40 speakers: 12 Themes

They say: “With just over two weeks to go, the packed agenda has taken shape for Flourish: our first business development conference for makers taking place 19 and 20 June at Armourers Hall in London. Have you booked your place yet?

We've devised an interesting programme of panel discussions, break out sessions and networking opportunities to inspire makers and designers in their business potential.

Hear from leading industry experts, meet your fellow makers and take away a vital set of action points that will cultivate and shape your creative practice.

Tickets for Flourish start from £40

What to expect at Flourish

 Designed with makers in mind, this informal and engaging two day event will cover topics such as brand identity; working with galleries; marketing and social media; working internationally and growing your financial potential.

You'll also be able to discuss key questions about your practice with other delegates, experts and the Crafts Council Talent Development team.

With a keynote address from Christian Manz, award-winning visual effects artist, plus great speakers including potter Keith Brymer-Jones and textile designer Margo Selby, it's sure to be an inspiring two days.

Be inspired by expert speakers

Hear from leading specialists so you can be inspired, debate and network. We're delighted that our diverse line-up of speakers includes:

    Andrew Foxall, Creative Director, Foxall Studio

    Angel Monzon, Creative Director, Vessel Gallery

    Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council

    Barbara Gunter-Jones, Textiles and Creative Industries Consultant

    Christian Manz, Visual Effects Supervisor, VOLTAIRE and Creative Director Frame Store

    Christine Zembrzuski, Intellectual Property Solicitor, Briffa

    Claire Curneen, Ceramics artist

    Dr Gian Luca Amadei, Programme Manager, Design, British Council

    Helen Kemp, Founder, Just Got Made

    Hugh Miller, Bespoke Furniture Maker

    Keith Brymer-Jones, Potter

    Laura Carderera, Residencies, V&A

    Margo Selby, Woven Textile Designer

    Ndidi Ekubia, Silversmith

    Oscar Lhermitte, Product Designer

    Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council”

See the Craft Council website for more information and how to book tickets

Visit Their Web SiteANCIENT PAIN/ DWELLING

Patriothall Gallery: New work by Jessica Kirkpatrick and installation by Rachael Bibby.

Exhibition dates: May 21 - 28 Opening times: 12-5pm daily  The artists will give a talk on the 28th at 3pm.

Jessica Kirkpatrick’s large drawing/ink painting installation is inspired by graphic novels and fresco murals. Using the principals of sequential art, Ancient Pain creates a quasi-narrative about a dysfunctional mask persona, which ceases to provide a working identity, is shed, then opens to the possibility of personal freedom. In the genre of memoir, this work draws on childhood wounds, psychological hang-ups and the yearning for connection.  Employing motifs including mental health, aging, consumerism, feminine maternal space, disillusionment and transformation, this exhibit is really about LACK and DESIRE as a fundamental propelling force of existence and evolution.

The narrative arch to Ancient Pain is a video piece entitled “The Everymovie.” This project documents the artist’s daily pilgrimage to her studio along London Rd.  Shifting between thinking and walking, the video postulates the impossibility of presence, where awareness is split between repetitive thought patterning and the sensation of moving through space. The artist places the medium of moving image in contrast to painting in the exploration of the interrelationship between time and narrative.

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Rachael Bibby’s sculpture Dwelling contrast tribal ritualism and vapid consumerism in a yurt-like structure.  This piece sublimates our baser desires to interior musing and introspection.  Using her collection of clothes going back to childhood this piece transmutes the burden of personal history and identity through ceremonial offering and release.

Giorgos Bouras will be performing new music, drifting between silence and noise, electronic and organic sound.

With an art activity table, children are welcome to reception,  (however there is one painting depicting violence).

Visit Their Web SiteWarhorses - Spring Fling artist's ghostly echoes of
WWI

Scotland's leading visual arts open studios event in Dumfries and Galloway will feature the haunting sculptures of World War I horses and soldiers will be by Carlisle-based sculptor Mark Gibbs.

1917 to 2017 – Artist Marks 100 Years of Mesopotamian Warfare

Ghostly sculptures highlight how modern-day battles for Mosul and Baghdad carry echoes of a clash of empires in the First World War

The modern day struggles for Baghdad and Mosul have been vast and bloody – a Spring Fling sculptor highlights a forgotten conflict in this region, exactly 100 years ago.

Recent commemorations of the Great War have often focused on the Western Front, but Mark Gibbs wants us to remember that it was a truly global conflict.

In 1917 the struggle for Mesopotamia, which takes in parts of modern Iraq and Syria, was reaching a crescendo as the British Empire pushed back the armies of the Ottoman Empire.

These events, lamented by Rudyard Kipling in a poem written that year and called Mesopotamia, are recalled in some Mark’s extraordinary and ghostly sculptures.

Among them are works showing an Australian soldier on a skeletal horse made largely from twisted copper wire. Another, more reminiscent of the trench warfare in Western Europe, is of a soldier leading a horse-drawn sledge piled with artillery shells across a muddy battlefield.

World War One was the first industrialised war, but horses remained vital, both for pulling loads and as cavalry mounts. Although largely obsolete on the static Western Front, cavalry was used extensively in the Middle East.

Mark said: “We often forget just how much of the world was torn apart by the First World War. Far beyond the battlefields of France and Belgium there were troops from every part of the British Empire engaged in struggles for places like Mesopotamia.

“In response, my new work focuses on the relationship between man and horse in these harsh conditions. I want the pieces to be both a tribute and an unsettling reminder of how conflict can roll on through the centuries.”

In addition to the war-themed pieces, Mark produces others, often featuring animals and sometimes ships. Many are influenced by archaeology and have the feel of ritual objects.

Mark, from Carlisle, has been selected for Spring Fling as part of the Neighbours Scheme which allows artists and makers from regions bordering Dumfries and Galloway to take part.

Spring Fling is Scotland’s premier visual arts and craft open studios event and will see 93 artists and makers take part across Dumfries and Galloway from 27-29 May.

Mark will be among the exhibitors at Solway House, The Crichton, in Dumfries.

His work is incredibly detailed, often with fine anatomical detail, and one of his larger works can require up to a kilometre of wire.

Joanna Macaulay, Events and Exhibitions Manager for Upland Arts Development, which runs Spring Fling, said: “Our panel of selectors were very impressed by the detail and quality of Mark’s work and because it is so unusual. We are sure that lots of visitors will be fascinated to visit Solway House to see him and the other Spring Fling artists exhibiting there.”

For full details of everyone taking part in Spring Fling see the website at www.spring-fling.co.uk.  Contact Mark on 07780 673337 or see the website at www.markgibbs.co.uk.

Visit Their Web SiteHunterian gets new director

The Huntarian announce: ?We are delighted to announce the appointment of Steph Scholten as Director of The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow. Steph is currently Director of Heritage Collections at the University of Amsterdam. An art historian by background with an international reputation in cultural heritage and museum collections and over 25 years of experience in the cultural sector, Steph will provide overall leadership for The Hunterian when he takes up post on 1 August 2017.

David Duncan, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary, commented: “Steph joins The Hunterian at a very exciting time – working with local and national partners, we have ambitious plans for the further development of the museum and art gallery. Steph’s leadership skills and proven expertise will be invaluable as we realise those plans”.

Steph Scholten said: “I very much look forward to working with colleagues at the University of Glasgow. The Hunterian is one of the finest university museums in the world and I am thrilled to have been appointed Director in succession to David Gaimster”.

Visit Their Web SiteA Fresh Perspective
How Spring Fling Photographers
see the World

Dumfries and Galloway and beyond through the lenses of fine art photographers in Scotland's premier open studios eventFine art photographers capture our world in fresh and sometimes startling ways.

This year there will be five excellent photographers, emerging and established, taking part in the Spring Fling open studios weekend which takes place across Dumfries and Galloway from 27 to 29 May.

Each has a distinctive style that gives an alternative perspective on the region and on the wider world.

Laura Hudson Mackay, from New Abbey, who works in Scotland, across Europe and in Morocco. These two pictures are from her ongoing Visions of Time project. Laura is a photographic artist and has been creating images for over a decade. Using both film and digital cameras, she works in black and white as it elegantly simplifies the image, leaving it raw, stripped back honest and timeless.

Michal Šúr, a specialist in infrared, based in Newton Stewart. His photography is about contrast and simplicity in the natural world. Michal often returns to the same places time and again, studying the light, its intensity, direction, shapes, shadows and patterns in order to make the image he has imagined. He uses long exposures to enhance movement – to smooth the motion of water and clouds and blur the foliage in the wind but keep the rocks standing motionless. The photographs are made using a special infrared filter that produces unusual tonality, high contrast and surreal effects.   

Phil McMenemy, Laurieston. These photos are part of a series that investigates man's impact on the natural environment of Galloway. Many people think of photography as a mechanical, technical process derived in the main through non-emotional means. Phil's work, however, has a narrative and is derived entirely through emotions, responses and concepts in the context of Galloway and Scotland.?He is unashamedly evangelical about photography's place in the arts and strives to encourage folk to challenge preconceptions and view the medium without prejudice.

Alistair Hamilton, Kirkcudbright. Alistair's looks closely at the elements of a structure while others see the whole. His style is driven by observation of details and textures. Right now his images are becoming less pictorial and more abstract. He often chooses difficult locations like coastal rocks, industrial sites, deep woodland and uses small cameras that can be carried in his pocket.

Caroline McQuistin, who went to Glenluce Primary School followed by Stranraer Academy and is currently taking a degree in photography at Edinburgh Napier University. The first image is part of a project about the Highlands. The wool in the heather reflects the huge impact that sheep have had on the region – creatures that were at the heart of the Clearances but also the bringers of economic wealth. The second shot was taken on Rathlin Island, off the coast of Northern Island, and reflects how the harvest of the sea is crucial to its culture and economy. Caroline's ultimate ambition is to work for a magazine such as National Geographic.  

The photographers are among 93 artists and makers taking part in the 15th anniversary Spring Fling.

Joanna Macaulay, Events and Exhibitions Manager for Upland Arts Development, which runs Spring Fling, said: "Photography has become an increasingly popular part of Spring Fling over the years and this year we have some superb work on show.

"All five of our photographers have that remarkable skill of being able to capture the world from different and unusual perspectives."

For full details of everyone taking part in Spring Fling see the website at www.spring-fling.co.uk.

Visit Their Web SiteDovecot Gallery
Exhibition
Daughters of Penelope

Dovecot say, “The exhibition Daughters of Penelope, at Dovecot Gallery from 20 July 2017 to 20 January 2018, looks at the work of selected women weavers and artists who have contributed to Dovecot’s past and present, including work by Fiona Mathison, Maureen Hodge, Naomi Robertson, Joanne Soroka, and studio collaborations with Linder, Julie Brook and Claire Barclay. These significant Dovecot tapestry and rug pieces will be shown alongside contemporary works by artists who are exploring the history and cultural identity of women through textile including recent work by Christine Borland, Hanna Tuulikki, Georgia Horgan and Caroline Dear, as well as contemporary weavers Erin Riley and Aino Kajaniemi.

The Greek figure of Penelope – Odysseus’ faithful wife – is a much discussed and potentially controversial character in ancient mythology. Is she the embodiment of female loyalty and chastity, patiently weaving a tapestry while she waits for her adventurous husband to return home? Or is she a strong and assertive protagonist - using her intelligence and wit to outsmart unwanted suitors, unpicking each night the shroud she was required to weave, thus maintaining control over her own destiny. Daughters of Penelope takes on this second view, featuring women artists who adopt the medium of textile and create something that gives voice to their work, lives and cultures.

The story of women’s work in both the textile industry and in fibre art and tapestry making is a complex one and the history of Dovecot intertwines with both. The Arts and Crafts movement and the revival of the weaver apprenticeship had led to the formation of tapestry studios such as Dovecot, but reflecting the times in which they were established, men were behind this reinstatement of tapestry making as a profession. Weaving was an artisan trade and young men were apprenticed as weavers to learn from their male masters, whilst women’s role in creating textile was still considered a domestic folk art form. Dovecot’s first female weaver, Maureen Hodge, came to work at the studio in the 1960s.

However, major cultural changes were afoot in the early 20th Century impacting on art, fashion and textile, a significant moment reflected in Daughters of Penelope in through a Sonia Delaunay rug which opens the exhibition. The rise of modernism lead to the growth in the recognition of the individual artist-weaver separate from tapestry studio collectives. Often educated through art schools, these weavers were artists in their own right and, as often as not, women. Dovecot’s current Master Weaver and Studio Manager Naomi Robertson did not enter the Studio via an apprenticeship, but instead came directly from Edinburgh College of Art with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tapestry.

Naomi Robertson, Studio Manager and Master Weaver at Dovecot comments; “Following in the footsteps of other female Edinburgh Art College graduates, I joined Dovecot in 1990 after finishing my degree in Tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art from 1986-1990 where I was trained by both Maureen Hodge and Fiona Mathison. I became Studio Manager in 2013. Over my time at Dovecot I have collaborated on some incredible tapestries with female artists including Elizabeth Blackadder, Julie Brook, Alison Watt, Christine Borland, Vicky Crowe and Chrissie Clyne; all very inspiring and diverse projects.”

There are many and varied reasons why a significant number of women artists have been drawn to work in textile. It may be because of the historic and cultural role that women have had in working with fabric in both domestic and industrial settings - these social histories provide a rich seam of inspiration from which many artists have drawn. Perhaps this is what has attracted the female artists with whom the Tapestry Studio have collaborated with over the past 50 years.

Dovecot’s Exhibitions Curator Kate Grenyer comments; “This exhibition acknowledges that tapestry, although a unique art form with specific skills and artistic values, does not operate in isolation from other areas of art and culture. Where tapestry is at its most powerful is when something, be it an image or idea, is woven in rather than printed on to a fabric, bringing structure, form and image together. This exhibition therefore interweaves the work of artists who are investigating women’s stories and textile histories with the unique story of women’s work at Dovecot, providing a new structure within which both can be held, re-examined and strengthened”.

The Daughters of Penelope exhibition is supported by a programme of accessible events including artist performances, seminars, storytelling sessions, audio-descriptive and curator’s tours and talks, providing further opportunity for the visitor to deepen their experience.

Daughters of Penelope confirmed exhibiting artists: Claire Barclay | Elizabeth Blackadder | Christine Borland | Julie Brook | Caroline Dear | Sonia Delaunay | Maureen Hodge | Georgia Horgan | Aino Kajaniemi | Linder | Fiona Mathison | Erin Riley | Naomi Robertson | Joanne Soroka | Hanna Tuulikki”

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

“Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

FIRST PRIZE: £15,000  Deadline for entry: 29 June 2017

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading international photographic portrait competition, celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

The Prize has established a reputation for creativity and excellence, with works submitted by a range of photographers, from leading professionals to talented amateurs and the most exciting emerging artists.

The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 exhibition will run at the Gallery from 16 November 2017 to 18 February 2018 before touring to venues around the UK.”

Sponsored by Taylor Wessing

Visit Their Web SiteFleming Collection's
first major touring
exhibition
SCOTTISH COLOURISTS

The Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed have announced: “May until 15 October. Berwick Visual Arts presents 'Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection' the first major touring exhibition curated by the renowned Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, which owns the finest collection of Scottish art outside public institutions. The exhibition includes 26 works by the Scottish Colourists - SJ Peploe, JD Fergusson, George Leslie Hunter and FCB Cadell - on loan from the Foundation which regularly loans individual works to national and international institutions and promotes the work of Scottish artists outside of Scotland.

 The Granary Gallery is proud to be the first host gallery for the Foundation's major touring show which is part of its 'museum without walls' strategy – and signals the first ever dedicated exhibition of Scottish Colourists in the North of England.

James Knox, Director of The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation will give an introductory lecture to the Scottish Colourists on Saturday 27 May at 2pm at The Maltings” This is an invitation only event.

“We are also very pleased to be working in partnership with Berwick Educational Association who will be delivering a series of guided tours, lectures and practical art sessions inspired by the work of the Scottish Colourists throughout the exhibition period.

Further information and details of how to book for all these events can be found at the Scottish Colourists exhibition website – www.scottishcolouristsberwick.com

The Granary Gallery, 2nd Floor, Berwick YHA, Dewar's Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1HJ

Visit Their Web SiteCharles Simpson Exhibits
at
Panter & Hall

Charles Simpson is one of the most important landscape painters working in Scotland today. His distinctive style of thickly applied oil paint executed in robust broad strokes has clear precedents in the Glasgow School of a century ago. These post-impressionist roots are tempered by Charles’s instinctive sense of light and colour that imbues all of his paintings with a very contemporary freshness and luminosity. In this latest collection of paintings, Charles returns to his greatest inspiration: the breath taking and varied landscape of his native Scotland. The natural beauty of the west coast islands and the fields and woodland around his Borders home have proved a driving force for Charles; an urgent need to capture in paint his own very personal response to these familiar contours as they change with the seasons. Charles Simpson was born in 1952 and trained at Glasgow School of Art. He now lives and paints in the Scottish Borders. He is a past winner of the Chairman’s Purchase Prize at the Discerning Eye.

Visit Their Web SiteRoyal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2017

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2017

Exhibition open: 4 to 19 May  10am to 5pm  Open until 7pm on 9 and 16 May
View the exhibition online now

This prestigious Annual Exhibition showcases over 200 portraits by over 100 artists and celebrates the diversity of this fascinating genre. It also shows the popularity of commissioning painted portraits by institutions and individuals.

Prizes awarded by the Society are The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture (worth £10,000), The Prince of Wales's Award for Portrait Drawing, The Changing Faces Prize, The de Laszlo Foundation Award, The Smallwood Architects Prize for Contextual Portraiture, The Contemporary Arts Trust Award and, new this year, The RP Non-Member's Prize.

Since 1891 the Society has been devoted exclusively to the art and development of portrait painting. The selection of work on display, both from its members and from the open entry is a fascinating barometer of current trends in portraiture and holds a mirror up to life in contemporary Britain.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 4 to 19 May, 10am to 5pm.  Open until 7pm on 9 and 16 May.

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 Admission £4, £2.50 concession

Visit Their Web SiteCyril Gerber Fine Art
Announce

“Tom H. Shanks RSW RGI PAI: Retrospective Paintings and Drawings, 1945 - 2017.

Tom Shanks’ solo exhibitions have been a regular feature in the Cyril Gerber Fine Art programme for many, many years, which our audiences look forward to with much anticipation. We continue our long and friendly association with Tom, now in his 96th year, with this newest show which features new works, and includes a special selection of early paintings and drawings dating back to 1945. Having visited Tom in the studio recently to select the works, it is still clear that he has not lost that real sense of adventurous wonder and enthusiasm when showing and discussing his paintings. He recounts tales of his lifelong memories and adventures in the Scottish highlands and islands. Tom’s passion for travelling and hill walking, his vision and natural response and affinity for the landscape deeply resonates in his work. He has the powerful ability to transform and deeply understand the countryside, capturing its essence, the changing moods of the weather and the atmosphere that the landscape evokes within you. He does this by demonstrating his distinctive skill and knowledge which is deeply rooted in his understanding and interest in many of the important 20th Century artists whom he admires. This vision and ability are as strong as ever, also he has been looking back at his early drawings and sketches which have prompted memories and fresh new inspiration. We have always believed that Shanks is an artist who deserves much more recognition and public understanding of the importance of his position amongst today’s Scottish masters. We are delighted to announce that the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery now has two very fine examples of his strong and beautiful watercolours in their collection.”

Visit Their Web SiteIngleby Gallery
Announce

and per se and  Part IV   Katie Paterson, All the Dead Stars
5 April - 29 April 2017 & Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy  19 April - 13 May 2017

- Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Vol. 1, 1759.

and per se and is a rolling sequence of exhibitions where one work is paired with another for two weekly periods, across a stretch of 12 months.

Katie Paterson’s ALL THE DEAD STARS, is a work of epic proportions, charting the 27,000 stars that have died in our Universe since records of such phenomena began, until the time of the work’s making in 2009. The result is a 2 by 3 metre laser etched aluminium map, made in collaboration with scientists and researchers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of University College London. It depicts an Aitoff projection of the ‘visible’ Universe arranged along lines of Galactic longitude and latitude with every dead star represented by a single etched mark. It was first exhibited as part of Altermodern, the Tate Triennale in 2009 and remains one of Paterson’s seminal early works. After our showing it will next be exhibited at the Yokohama Triennale in August 2017.

From today THE APOCALYPSE by Albrecht Dürer is replaced by the nine volumes of Laurence Sterne’s THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY  – with the pages of Volume One turned to the infamous black page. Sterne’s novel (the first volume of which appeared in 1759) with its sliding and irregular narrative is often cited as the first expression of a kind of modernism more usually ascribed to twentieth century writers such as Becket or Joyce. The simple, monochromatic rectangle of black that accompanies the death of Yorick prefigures a kind of total abstraction, and is joined with one of Paterson’s images of deep space, a photograph from her HISTORY OF DARKNESS series; images of darkness from different times and places in the history of the Universe  another - deceptively simple - monochromatic, rectangle of black.

Visit Their Web SiteGlasgow Contemporary
Art Fair 2017
Announce

“Scotland and the UKs wealth of creative talent all under one roof at the third Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair with a diverse range of local and national galleries and artists.

Expect to see everything from Sir Peter Blake,Banksy to new and up and coming artists with bold and exciting work, many pieces created especially for the GCAF.

Its a great opportunity to meet with many of the artists and find yourself a piece of original contemporary and affordable art that could stay with you for generations and with prices from £50 to £10,000 and over there's something for every budget and taste.

Also don’t miss:

Visit Their Web SiteBP Portrait Award 2017

Announce

“We are pleased to reveal the three artists shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2017.

Congratulations to artists Thomas Ehretsmann, Benjamin Sullivan and Antony Williams, who have been nominated for the £30,000 first prize.

The three shortlisted portraits were chosen from 2,580 submissions from 87 different countries.   

All prize winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

Who would you like to see win First Prize? Let us know @NPGLondon using #BPPortrait”

The BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from Thursday 22 June to Sunday 24 September 2017. Admission is free.

Visit Their Web SiteEdinbugh Printmakers

Announce

MY CAT KNOWS WHAT I'M THINKING
TALK/OFFICIAL PREVIEW Friday 21st April 6.30-9.00pm

My Cat Knows What I’m Thinking is an upcoming solo exhibition by London-based artist Dr Eric Great-Rex. The exhibition consists of nineteen handmade ceramic plates plus four stone lithographic editions that have been published by Edinburgh Printmakers. Great-Rex and EP have also collaborated on a multiple commemorative ceramic plaque in celebration of EP's fiftieth anniversary.

ARTIST'S TALK (6.30-7.30pm)

Great-Rex will talk about the ideas and inspirations behind his exhibition. Come along and hear the stories behind his work! Please note this talk is free but ticketed.

OFFICIAL PREVIEW (7.30-9.00pm)

Edinburgh Printmakers welcomes all to celebrate the launch of My Cat Knows What I'm Thinking. Refreshments provided.

IT WORKS! – EP AT 50 OFFICIAL PREVIEW Friday 21st April 7.30-9.00pm

Our latest archive exhibition is curated by Dr Ruth Pelzer-Montada, a lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art and a long-term collaborator of Edinburgh Printmakers. It Works! – EP at 50 will focus on our archive, raising questions such as: What are archives? Whom do they serve? How are they changing in the context of an increasingly technological environment?

OFFICIAL PREVIEW (7.30-9.00pm)

Edinburgh Printmakers welcomes all to celebrate the launch of It Works! – EP at 50. Refreshments provided.

BRANCHING OUT 15th & 16th April 10.30am-5.00pm

 Branching Out is a two-day botanical drawing and linocut masterclass organised in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. A guided drawing workshop at the Royal Botanic Garden will feed into a day of making linocut relief prints in Edinburgh Printmakers' world-class studio, giving participants the opportunity to explore the themes and processes showcased in Firedamp: Revisiting The Flood.

Led by artist and educator Cécile Simonis, this unique workshop is designed for absolute beginners and advanced drawers alike.

FIREDAMP: REVISITING THE FLOOD Until Saturday 15th April Tues-Sat, 10.00am-6.00pm

Sean Caulfield's exhibition runs for just a few more weeks – be sure to see it if you haven't already! Striking, bold and thought-provoking, his work blurs the boundaries between the organic and the mechanical whilst challenging viewers to consider the implications of this merging.

PROCESS & POSSIBILITIES Until Saturday 15th April Tues-Sat, 10.00am-6.00pm

Curated by Dr Lesley Logue, Process & Possibilities features artists who have helped to lay and then build upon the foundations of printmaking as a fine-art practice in Scotland and beyond. The exhibition finishes in two weeks – come and see it before then!

Visit Their Web SiteThe Scottish Gallery

175th anniversary

The Scottish Gallery have announced: “Last week we opened our April exhibition First which includes nine Scottish contemporary artists.

As part of our 175th anniversary, we have brought together nine artists who have not exhibited at The Scottish Gallery before to represent The Gallery's recognition of the strength and depth of artistic talent in this country. There is a deliberate mix of artists from various stages in their careers and an acknowledgement of the validity of all media in a creative endeavour.

This exhibition is a complementary juxtaposition of sculptural, abstract and figurative work. The investigation of landscape both real and imagined, urban or natural, or process, of the history of art and ideas, is embraced. Most importantly, First is a celebration of talent, material and different ways of seeing the world.

Doug Cocker RSA | Steven Cox | Ian Howard RSA | Joanna Kessel | Lorna McIntosh RSA | Harry Morgan | Alan Robb | Bronwen Sleigh | Dawn Youll “

Visit Their Web SiteSOS for May Day:
Nairn Book and Arts Festival

SOS for May Day: Nairn Book and Arts Festival launches urgent fundraising campaign.

This popular Festival must raise £15,000 by 1st May to survive

One of the Highlands’ largest and best established arts festivals has launched a public fundraising appeal after losing a crucial backer. Nairn Book and Arts Festival urgently needs to raise £15,000 after national arts development agency Creative Scotland confirmed that they would not be offering the popular festival a grant this year. Organisers have just four weeks to fill the funding gap.

David Godden, Chair of the Nairn Book and Arts Festival comments:  “ Losing Creative Scotland support this year has been a massive blow to the Festival, leaving a £15,000 gap in our finances  and threatening not only this year’s Festival but its entire future.

We have almost 100 events planned for this year’s Festival - literary talks, music, poetry and visual art, writing and art competitions, and free children’s events. In addition to what it brings to the cultural life of the area, the Festival plays a vital part in the local economy, boosts tourism in the region, and provides opportunities and support to local arts groups, volunteers and venues. The knock-on effect of losing it would be extremely damaging.

With tickets due to go on sale in June, timing is extremely tight for us. If we fail to raise the necessary funds by 1st May, then we will be forced to cancel this year’s Festival, and future festivals will hang in the balance. We are asking the public for their support - any donation, however small, will make a difference.”

Nairn Book and Arts Festival - now in its 14th year - has played host to some stellar names in literature, including Iain Banks, William Dalrymple, James Kelman, Liz Lochhead, Carol Ann Duffy, Chris Brookmyre and Denise Mina. Recent speakers have also included Kate Adie, Kirsty Wark, Ann Widdecombe, Simon Calder and James Naughtie.  

The festival, which attracts audiences of over 5000 during six days of events, also includes live performances by first-class Scottish, British and European musicians, a growing poetry and performance programme, Gaelic language events, talks on art, history, and heritage, art exhibitions and creative workshops.  It has recently made strong inroads into developing a younger audience, with cheap tickets for under-18s, free children’s activities and competitions, and arranging author visits to schools.

Creative Scotland officers informed festival organisers that whilst they considered the festival to be fundable, their open project fund was only able to support approximately one third of applications received, and in the context of such demand, limited resources and competing priorities they were unable to support the Nairn bid. Now the Festival is hoping that festival supporters and members of the public will fill the gap left in its finances.

Members of the public can donate to the Festival via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/nairn-book-and-arts-festival  

They can also send a cheque payable to ‘Nairn Book and Arts Festival’, to Nairn Book and Arts Festival, Nairn Community and Arts Centre, King St. Nairn IV12 4BQ,   or donate in person at Nairn Community and Arts Centre and Nairn Bookshop

Visit Their Web SiteBoswell Book Festival & Joan Eardley Play

Boswell Book Festival Festival Finale:Joan Eardley: A Private View.

A new promenade play on its premiere 2017 tour with Alexandra Mathie in the role of Joan EardleyWritten by Anna Carlisle / Directed by Marilyn Imrie

Painter, Joan Eardley has been described as the artist ‘who captured

Scotland’s life and soul.’ Her candid portraits of Glasgow’s tenement children and dramatic paintings of the fishing village of Catterline with its leaden skies and wild sea have become part of our visual language; and yet her career lasted barely fifteen years: she died in 1963, aged just forty-two.

Anna Carlisle’s ground-breaking new play celebrates a gifted life stopped in its prime and gives an opportunity to spend time in the company of a great artist as she makes her way through a life of joys, frustrations, disappointments and triumphs. Other characters include steadfast friends and

her mentor, the photographer, Audrey Walker. In this compelling promenade production, lit up with images of her work, audiences will understand what it was that fired Joan Eardley. They will hear the voices of her cherished Glaswegian children and the sounds of the Catterline storms; they will feel as if they are standing in the waves and cornfields with her and experience for themselves the overwhelming impact of her finished works.

ALEXANDRA MATHIE is an award-winning actress who has had a long and distinguished career on the stage most recently in Amadeus at the National Theatre. She has also clocked up roles in The Bill, Eastenders, Howard’s Way,

Casualty and Coronation Street. She can be heard

regularly on radio.

ANNA CARLISLE has written seven plays for Heroica Theatre company all of which have focused on the lives of maverick and unsung women of British historyand heritage.

MARILYN IMRIE is an award-winning producer and director including of Radio 4’

Visit Their Web SiteContemporary Connections
Edinburgh Science Festival

Artists and scientists are collaborating in the Edinburgh Science Festival “to depict and explain the (often obscure) ideas that they grapple with every day, with artistic thinking influencing science and scientific methodology reaching into the arts.”  

The exhibition is co-curated by Edinburgh International Science Festival, Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science. It celebrates some of the very special works created when artists and scientists get together, showcasing collaborations and interpretations of real data that provide new windows onto some fascinating and intriguing areas of science.

Saturday 1 April - Friday 12 May

Visit Their Web SiteAshurst Emerging Artist Prize Shortlist

Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize announce their shortlist. Out of the 1516 Artists the judging panel viewed, 25 were selected based on their ideas, practice and the quality of application.

This years shortlist proves to be one of the most diverse to date with Artists hailing from as far as Canada, Syria, Lithuania, Germany, Brazil and the USA and spanning many mediums.

The shortlisted artists will have their work exhibited in the Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery and London offices.

Visit Their Web SiteOld Print Works to be
New £18m Culture Hub

This is a huge undertaking but David Cook formerly of WASPS will be the project lead. The old printing works is only 100 metres from Dundee’s own WASPS studios. It’s not the most attractive of buildings but inside the potential is enormous. The building which is 200 metres from the University of Dundee has already housed Duncan of Jordanstone’s Degree Show and is to be the location for this year’s Dundee Design Festival.

David Thomson of D C Thomson publishers said they were keen to contribute to "further arts facilities for the city."

Visit Their Web SiteUnstill Life Exhibition and Book Launch

Alan McGowan announces: “I will shortly be publishing a new book of my artwork called "Unstill Life" and having an exhibition of paintings and book launch in Edinburgh at St Margaret's House (151 London Road) on the evening of 22nd of April. There will be drinks from 6pm - 8pm and some music also from edinburgh band Sink. Before that I will be giving a talk about my work, life drawing and figurative art from 5-6pm. I hope it will be a fun evening and I'd be delighted if you could come along. I hope to see you there.”

Visit Their Web SiteArt Gallery Hopes For Knock Castle

Plans are afoot to create a mini art gallery at Knock Castle Hotel & Spa and the owner is hoping to attract budding Scottish artists to showcase their work.

The luxury Perthshire hotel attracts a wide and varied clientele from all over the world and owner, Jason Henderson believes it’s the perfect setting for Scottish art to be displayed.

“The idea for all this started when I hung a painting of the hotel’s dog on the main staircase wall. I love my dog, Baillie, and he’s a real charmer to all the guests but I knew I needed something special on that wall. I had a real light bulb moment as I pondered the idea of showcasing local and regional artists’ paintings. I’m a real supporter of independent artists and craftsmen and by creating a gallery within the hotel solved the problem of what to hang on the walls yet support the Scottish art world too” He added “I also think there are plenty of fine artists out there who perhaps are not being given the chance to show off their work and this is a great opportunity to have their paintings on display in a busy yet elegant and traditional setting”

Henderson is appealing to artists from all over the country to get in touch with a view to displaying their work to the hotel’s guests who will be able to appreciate the pictures during their stay and have the opportunity to buy some of the pieces too.

Artists should apply to gallery@knockcastle.com.

Visit Their Web SiteRoyal National Institute of Blind People Scotland
Keith SalmonArtist

An Irvine-based artist who is visually impaired will launch a unique two-week exhibition in Edinburgh College of Art on Saturday [April 8th-22nd], using sound to add an extra dimension to his work.

Keith Salmon's dramatic pastel drawings of wild Oregon landscapes will come with multiple accompanying soundtracks triggered by special sensors.

But the sounds aren't spoken words. Instead, varying tones will convey an audible sense of texture and palette, corresponding with the intensity of the artist's use of crayon strokes and colour in each part of the drawings.

"I wanted to develop a piece of genuinely audio-visual art," he says. "Not just something with a bolt-on tool for visually impaired people, but something that everyone can enjoy at different levels."

Keith (57) began to lose his sight to diabetic retinopathy twenty years ago. Despite now being registered blind, he has won a Jolomo Award for Scottish landscape painting. "I have had to find ways of working that allow me to overcome the problems inherent in producing very visual material with very limited vision," he says.

"I have tried to explore my new and changing view, recording with oils or pastel how I now see my surroundings. The images I produce are becoming more distorted and broken. My drawings, built from numerous coloured lines woven together, are more like organised scribbles."

The technology and support to make his exhibition happen comes courtesy of Microsoft. The corporate giant invited Keith and his partner Anita to its Seattle headquarters last spring after a mutual friend put Keith in contact with Neel Joshi, a Microsoft researcher who was exploring ways of making two-dimensional images more accessible to people affected by visual impairment.

All three of Keith's (8’x4’) drawings of Oregon's Hell's Canyon are divided into six sections, each with its own minute-long pre-recorded soundtrack. These are activated by 'Kinects', special scanning cameras which were originally devised for the games industry, installed by Microsoft at the corners of the gallery.

Each Kinect can track up to six people at a time, sensing where they are standing in relation to a drawing and even which part they are looking at.

"I draw with pastels," explains Keith, "so up close you are seeing more of an abstract of scribbled lines. Each type of mark made a different sound as I made it on the paper and Graham Byron, an Ayrshire-based sound engineer, recorded this for me. So stand close in and you get the sounds, varying in intensity, of me actually creating the drawing in the studio.

"Stand a metre or two back and the sounds change. Now they represent the colour palette used for each drawing. Graham has matched a different computer-generated tone to where different colours are in the drawing.

"Then if you stand even further back you start to hear the natural background sounds we recorded in Oregon, which relate to the part of the drawing you're looking at. Point to a bottom corner and you can hear, say, the sound of walking on stony ground. Point to the sky in the top and you hear sounds of the wind and rain and birds."

Keith hopes his exhibition might prompt other artists, both sighted and unsighted, to experiment with new ways to marry sound to art.

"Who knows," he says, "maybe in five or ten years time you might go to the National Gallery in Edinburgh and instead of just a simple audio-description you get a richer audio-interpretation."

A preview evening on Friday, April 7th, will raise funds for sight loss charity RNIB to publish a new 'talking book' for readers who are blind or partially sighted. Keith, an avid 'talking books' user himself, said: "I very much want the written word to be as available to people with sight loss as I do the illustrated image, so I'm very happy to help support RNIB."

* 'The Oregon Project and other works: a Keith Salmon landscape retrospective in light and sound', Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art,

Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE. Exhibition runs from Saturday 8th April to Saturday 22nd April 2017. Open daily from 11am to 5pm, except Thursdays (1pm - 7pm).

Visit Their Web SiteCompass Gallery  
Peter Thomson – Light Box
6 - 28 April 2017

Compass Gallery is proud to be presenting a new exhibition by one of Scotland’s most dedicated and talented painters, Peter Thomson. He has had numerous solo exhibitions with us since his first major show in 1995 after graduating from Glasgow School of Art.

The many admirers and collectors familiar with the subject and style of Peter’s paintings will have a startling surprise. In his newest work, he seems to challenge himself and his viewers to change direction and their expectations of his more familiar style and subject matter.

Thomson is a serious minded and responsible artist, constantly observing, thinking and responding to the world around him, but his underlying success as a painter is deeply rooted in his inner passions and constant exploration and admiration of the 20th Century Masters. The Post Impressionist style of painting continues to be a major influence; Vuillard, Bonnard, Seurat, Sickert are amongst the artists whose painting he believes remain unsurpassed. He says  “The importance to me is that I consider these painters to have regarded their subject matter as being equally crucial as exploring the inherent qualities and possibilities of the materials they used.”  Examining the technique and handling of the images inspires him. Studying images of Degas and Rembrandt are now vehicles for developing and exploring his own skills in creating some of his newest paintings. (“Combing the hair, after Degas”) and (“Hendricke Bathing, after Rembrandt”).

So why does Peter paint these subjects?  Thomson acknowledges that certain ideas and passions deep within himself certainly resonate subconsciously, for example, his enjoyment in Greek mythology and his sporting interests. They are formed and developed over many years and intuitively permeate his thoughts and working methods.  Peter paints what he is passionate about. Painting in the wake of artists like of Edward Hopper, and Vilhem Hammershoi interests him and they are, he feels, closest to the spirit or sensibility of his own paintings. (“Junction”) and (“Briggait Wash Area”).  Inspired by their handling of paint he is also influenced by their daring subject matter, themes and concerns of the day.  Thomson is enthused by the subdued portraits and interiors of these Post Impressionist artists and their muted tones continue to display much influence.

Thomson feels that painting should always be organic in its nature and for it to be more subjective in meaning and he feels that, how paintings are read is influenced by an individual’s personal life experiences. He is not concerned about creating something that has a particular meaning or purpose yet, observing this new body of painting, they clearly do.

These paintings are his “observations of the unremarkable and unspectacular” – to him everything is endlessly interesting. However, the paintings reflect his daily journey through life. They are often bustling and intriguing, they shout quietly about his own personal thoughts and experiences. (“Hermes”) and (“Workshop”). Accidental discoveries throw up endlessly interesting visual inspiration behind which lies deeply personal thoughtfulness and explanation. A recent trigger of inspiration was during an afternoon in his studio attic, when Peter stood on an old television set by accident; the broken item, its wires and inner workings inadvertently interested him.

The stark, empty abandoned phone boxes offering shelter (“Phone Box, Aikenhead Road”) and (“Phone Box, Cathcart”) perhaps are a reflection on the experience and challenges a serious and committed artist such as Thomson must endure. There is still an abiding interest in landscape, but his sharp observation of the disintegration of industrial, statuesque objects such as the rusting carcass of an abandoned helicopter (“Abandoned Helicopter, Thornhill”) and the acid burned car batteries, we wonder are perhaps metaphors for a variety of contemporary issues and his commitment to his own conscience and political ideologies. Other paintings in the show are gentle and poignant, always deeply personal and thought provoking (“The Field”).

This is a strong and unique exhibition not to be missed and we look forward to opening the gallery doors on the opening evening of 6th April 2017.

For further information and images contact:
Jill Gerber, Charli Summers or Jane Reith on 0141 221 6370
Cyril Gerber Fine Art & Compass Gallery
E-mail: mail@compassgallery.co.uk

Visit Their Web Site2017 Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show  

Edinburgh Macmillan announce that the Art Show 2017 will run from 24th to 27th August and once again will be held in the spectacular halls of Bonhams on George Street.

Something New: Edinburgh Macmillan say, “In keeping with previous years, we aim to bring something new and fresh to each exhibition. This year we are encouraging younger, emerging artists in the 18-25 age range to submit their work alongside our loyal, valued and more established artists.

The reasons are simple. Younger artists are currently not well represented and we need to change that to keep the show surprising and relevant. By encouraging a new generation of artists and their buyers, we will be investing in the show’s continued success. We will also have a head start in supporting the Scottish Government’s ‘Year of Young People’ in 2018. In addition, we hope it will be a great opportunity for emerging and established artists to learn from each other. Older artists have years of valuable experience to pass on, but younger ones too have the knowledge and advantage of promoting their work digitally and on social media. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, cancer affects people of all ages and it therefore makes sense for the show to reflect a wider age group.

In reaching out to younger, emerging artists, we intend to spread the word in art colleges, art courses, group studios and relevant arts organisations.

We hope you are as excited as we are and that you will support this new initiative by encouraging younger, talented artists to submit their work.

Diane Mitchell Art Exhibition

Another exciting event for all art lovers to look out for is the Diane Mitchell Art Exhibition which will take place in June at the Flat Cat Gallery in Lauder. Diane, who lives in the Scottish Borders will be running this exhibition in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. It will be a retrospective of work from many years of painting. There will be landscapes from home and abroad as well as seascapes and other themes. It will be a chance to purchase a unique piece of work and donate to a good cause at the same time.”

Visit Their Web SiteCharity Auction Supporting Leith School of Art  

Over 50 Artists Donate Work to Charity Auction Supporting Leith School of Art
First LSA painter to exhibit at Tate Britain says she is delighted to give something back to the school that gave her so much.

More than 50 artists from across the UK are contributing work to a charity auction raising funds for Leith School of Art.

Known for its high-quality, hands-on tuition its former students and staff include significant figures in contemporary British arts.

Leith School of Art has inspired thousands of students since 1988. Funds from the auction will allow LSA to continue providing the widest possible access to tuition through assisted places, community classes, schools outreach, and graduate residencies.

Among those supporting the auction is the painter Mary Ramsden, the first Leith alumnus to be invited to exhibit at Tate Britain, London, as part of the Art Now series.

Recalling her own introduction to the school she said: “When I first went to look at the school I wasn’t sure I was ready to pursue a career in art, but I just fell in love with its atmosphere.

“I loved the scale, the intimacy, the caring attitude and the quality of the tutors. I also valued the rigour of the Foundation Course, it’s great, you really have to get on with it.

“When I heard about the auction I was really pleased to offer a painting – I wanted to give something back and support the school that gave me so much.”

The auction is an excellent opportunity to purchase work by LSA tutors, alumni and other well-known artists, such as:

Online viewing for the auction begins on 14 March and the sale itself is on 24 March at Lyon and Turnbull, Broughton Place, Edinburgh.

Phil Archer, LSA Principal, said: “We have a large number of excellent works for sale, and we are very grateful to the artists for their generosity.

“LSA is absolutely dedicated to giving the widest possible access to classes and education for everyone, from people who want to learn to paint and draw to those who are seeking to develop a career in art.

“We are a registered charity and receive no public funding. This auction will play a very important role in making sure the school can push ahead with its plans for the future.”  

One of LSA’s recent initiatives has been to set up graduate residencies helping three talented students launch their careers.

LSA, which is based in a 150-year-old former Norwegian seamen’s church, has grown from modest beginnings. An independent charity, its purpose is to teach art to a high standard and to be a nurturing place for students.

Around 300 students a week pass through the studios for courses, workshops and summer schools. Many of those who take the year-long Foundation Course go on to secure places on the best university courses. For others the school offers the chance to develop their creative gifts.

Visit Their Web SiteSpring at
Glasgow Sculpture Studios

There’s lots of exciting things happening this Spring at Glasgow Sculpture Studios including the arrival of resident artists from Marseille and Warsaw, an exciting foundry project with artist collaborators In the Shadow of the Hand and The Homeless World Cup and brand new sculpture courses!

Firstly, GSS announce that Marc Etienne is the recipient of the 2017 emerging artist residency exchange between Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Triangle France. The Marseille based artist was selected by a panel of artists and arts professionals in Glasgow after being shortlisted by Triangle France.

Marc will travel to Glasgow in April for a three months residency. During this time he will have access to a studio and production facilities at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, shared accommodation in Glasgow, and be provided with a 1000 euros production grant in order to make new artwork.

Born in Lyon, Etienne’s practice is placed at the intersection of drawing and sculpture and how the two disciplines can inform each other and create new meanings. Recent exhibitions include Plan de Campagne, Atelier Sumo, Lyon, Hhhh, collectif Les Atleliers, Clermont Ferrand and 46° Halo, INSA Lyon. GSS are looking forward to welcoming Marc Etienne to Glasgow Sculpture Studios and seeing his work develop during the residency.

GSS are also looking forward to welcoming Natalia Janula,, an artist based between Warsaw and London who will be coming to Glasgow Sculpture Studios to complete a short residency in March. Janula wishes to spend the residency developing her current project Primordial soup/fleshy bits focusing on the production of silicone and plaster objects as well as ceramic and metal components.

We extend our congratulations to Glasgow Sculpture Studios member Sarah Forrest who is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret Tait Award receiving a £10,000 commission to create a new piece of work. We look forward to seeing Sarah’s work at Glasgow Film Festival 2018!

Visit Their Web SiteEdinburgh scientist wins acclaim in the art world

 A man who left a successful career as a research scientist to train as a painter is to have his first solo exhibition, opening in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Henry Jabbour, who worked for nearly 20 years based at the Medical School at Edinburgh University, quit his job in medical research to train as an artist, first at Leith School of Art, then in New York.

Now, he has won praise in the art world for his paintings and prints, and this looks set to continue as his first solo exhibition opens this weekend at the Union Gallery in the city's West End.

Henry, who was born in Lebanon, worked for the Medical Research Council in Edinburgh before quitting to paint full-time in 2010. He said: "For many years, I was working as a scientist and painting every moment I could in my spare time. Bit by bit, my passion for art outgrew my passion for the science.

"It took me a long time to make the decision - I was a team leader, I had my own lab, and I was offered a Chair in the Medical School. But after I'd made up my mind, there was a huge sense of relief. I got immersed in the painting and didn't look back."

After studying for several years at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh, he applied for a Masters at the New York Academy of Art, known for its rigorous training in figurative painting. He said: "It was incredibly intensive. There were days when I was in the Academy from 8am to midnight. At first, I wondered how I would get through it, but it was an amazing experience. All the students were in the same boat and that makes for great creative energy."

Henry's distinctive paintings of men and women lost in their own quiet dramas have already won many admirers, including Chris Smith (Lord Smith of Finsbury), the former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who described them as "truly compelling".

Lord Smith said: "These paintings and lithographs tell us much about ageing, about determination and stoicism, about aloneness and our human relationship with the world that surrounds us. They are worth a second and a third and a fourth look."

Alison Auldjo, director of the Union Gallery, said: "I have been fortunate to have been able to see the work and talent of Henry Jabbour go from strength to strength. His work raises the bar in contemporary painting.

 "For me it is incredibly encouraging to see painting of this level coming out in an art world that is increasingly losing sight of basic fundamentals: skill, discipline, hard work and integrity. Henry Jabbour gives me hope for the future of painting."

Now based in Cambridge, Henry said that he had always been drawn to painting the human figure. "I've always been fascinated by the human figure, and by colour. I want the people in my paintings to be universal rather than specific, I want the viewer to connect with the work and take it forward with their own imagination. I'm so happy when someone tells me a painting reminds me of someone because it means they have connected with it."

Visit Their Web Site21st National Open Art Competition-Now Open

Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue, artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward are among the judges for the 21st National Open Art Prize.

Professional and amateur artists aged 15 and over can now submit work to the main NOA 2017 competition. Each entry is judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland operating today.

Please also note we are now open to all children from 0-14 too!

This year’s finalists will be exhibited at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition in London this Autumn where the prizewinners will be announced. After the first round of judging the 500 short-listed entries from this year’s competition will be published anonymously for the World Art Vote, this is where the public can view the works and have their say by voting for their favourite artwork on the NOA website resulting in a monetary prize for the winner and a guaranteed place in the London Exhibition.

The 21st NOA Competition is open for entries from 1 March until midnight on 9 July 2017. Finalists will be announced in September and the winners revealed at the Private View and Prize Giving this Autumn.

Visit Their Web SiteAlchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

Hawick becomes focus for international community of film-alchemists Over 50 filmmakers and artists from around the world will be landing in Hawick on March 2nd for the seventh edition of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. Screening over 120 films at Heart of Hawick, with 24 world premieres, 12 moving image installations around the town, expanded cinema performances and a filmmaker symposium, Alchemy promises to transform Hawick into a melting pot of creativity for some of the world’s most imaginative moving image artists.

Highlights include the Scottish premiere of Rachel Maclean’s It's What's Inside That Counts – recently exhibited at HOME, Manchester and at Tate Britain. Maclean, the artist selected to represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale, is creating a new film commission, inspired by the context of Venice, for a major new exhibition curated by Alchemy Film & Arts. Her work powerfully satirises the fears and desires of our contemporary zeitgeist, cloaked in a super-saturated aesthetic of fairy-tale consumer culture. Maclean will be part of an exclusive Q&A with Alchemy’s Creative Director, discussing the evolution of her work and the themes of her new Venice commission.

Another sprinkling of Venetian magic comes from Alchemy’s tribute to the late John Berger, the Booker-prize-winning author of Ways of Seeing. In a special screening of his 1989 film Play Me Something, also featuring Tilda Swinton and Margaret Bennett, Berger narrates a politicised Venetian romance between a farm worker and a young bohemian woman, to a bemused waiting room of misfits in a desolate airport lounge on the Scottish island of Barra. Directed by Tim Neat, present for a Q&A.

In perhaps the World’s first ever surrealist experimental opera-musical, the UK premiere of Warsaw-based Karolina Bregula's The Tower, follows the fate of a group of well-meaning community activists who decide that the solution to their social problems lies in building an enormous tower of sugar. With music by Glasgow based Ela Orleans, their utopian dreams inevitably lead toward more dystopian realities.

Expanding the festival’s ethos of conversational encounter into a fifth day, British artist Andrew Kötting will lead a raggle-taggle eight mile procession of artists and miscreants towards the Hermitage Castle and the spectral vision that is Mary Queen of Scots. Reuniting the ghosts of King Harold and his hand fast wife Edith Swan Neck, Kötting’s film-walk culminates in a screening of Edith Walks at Hermitage Hall.

For the closing film, Alchemy hosts the European premiere of Incident Reports by Canadian auteur Mike Hoolboom. An episodic love letter to an unseen therapist, Hoolboom’s film is a luminous celebration of humanity, traversing memory, forgetting, image making and gender identity, while touching the heart of what it is to be in the world. It is an essay film that leads us joyfully to an ultimately life affirming conclusion: “Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams: Red, gold, and green.”

Richard Ashrowan, Creative Director of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, said:

“Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival has become one of Europe's leading international festivals of experimental film and artists’ moving image. This year we will be screening over 120 films, including 24 World premieres. We are especially delighted to be showing around 20 films made by the Moving Image Makers Collective, our thriving home-grown collective of Borders based filmmakers.”

“The location of the Festival in the border town of Hawick lends the visitor experience a special quality of friendliness and intimacy, an environment in which filmmakers, audiences and volunteers all mix, generating a real outpouring of creativity and conversation.The festival has grown enormously, attracting 1,000 international film submissions this year, and attended by over 50 filmmakers from around the globe.” Mark Thomas, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland said: “Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival have a strong international reputation through bold and imaginative programming and we are very proud to continue to support the festival. It has been an incredibly exciting year for the team, with an expanding programme of community filmmaking initiatives coupled with their work with Rachel Maclean due to premiere at the 2017 Venice Biennale. This year’s programme presents an excellent opportunity to experience a showcase of international standard experimental film and artists’ moving image.”

Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival again this year through our National Programme. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events, and the festival will undoubtedly prove popular with visitors who will get the chance to see works by some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers and artists, all within the idyllic setting of Hawick.”

Visit Their Web SiteThe Scottish Gallery Celebrates

This March, The Scottish Gallery celebrates the life and work of David Michie as part of their 175th anniversary year.

“A memorial exhibition should not be a somber affair and with the subject being the life and work of David Michie our exhibition for March 2017 could not be anything but a joyous celebration. David was a devoted son to his mother Anne Redpath, the happiest of married men with his wife Eileen, the best of fathers to his girls and a friend to so many, including succeeding staff at The Scottish Gallery. This generosity of heart sprang from David’s intense interest in people: he had much to say but always as part of a conversation. But whatever he was saying he was also looking, a sketchbook seldom far from hand and what he saw and remembered or recorded helped him develop his own visual language to describe many aspects of natural phenomena but also his own feelings. A natural modesty could make him a reluctant exhibitor but the exuberance and colour in his work seeks out the light and attests to a life well lived, full of optimism and creative fulfilment.” - Guy Peploe

Born in San Raphael, France and the son of painter Anne Redpath, David Michie graduated from ECA in 1953 following a travelling scholarship to Italy with fellow student John Houston. He lectured at Gray’s in Aberdeen and from 1961-1982 at ECA from where he retired in 1990 as Head of School of Drawing and Painting.

Visit Their Web Site  Syn Festival Edinburgh
METAMORPHOSIS –TRANSFORMATION

OUT OF THE BLUE DRILL HALL, EDINBURGH
EXHIBITION 9- 22 March 2017 Opening: at 19.00

Syn Festival Edinburgh is back! After three successful festivals in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Syn Festival Edinburgh 2017 will be bigger, better and more vibrant than ever before. Featuring over 100 emerging artists, performers, musicians and filmmakers, this year’s project is a creative experiment on the complex relationship between the arts and the multiple meanings, uses and interpretations of myth and, especially, of the idea of transformation.

Their free visual arts exhibition ‘Metamorphosis-Transformation’ runs from 9 – 22 March 2017 Friday 19 February 2016 at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall.

Metamorphosis has always been considered one of the most fantastic mythical motifs, as expressed through literature and other arts. Since the beginning of humankind’s existence, myths of transformation have remained unrivalled in the Western world as sources of imaginative inspiration for art and literature. From Greek to Scottish mythology and from folklore to contemporary fiction, the act of metamorphosing from one physical form into another is a common theme in the mythologies of various cultures. On the other hand, in biology, metamorphosis is a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.

Considering art as an act of metamorphosis and as a procedure that transforms materials into new objects, new images, and new ideas,  21 emerging artists working in various media, present their works in an attempt to re-examine Scottish, Greek and European mythology and to understand the substance behind their fictional cover, as well as behind the folktales of transformation.

Artists: Mhairi Bell-Moodie, Michael Dawson, Alex Hackett and Alix Villanueva, Rebecca Holloway, ?achel Lee, Axe Marnie, Julia Alexandra Mee, Ursula Mestre, Fionnuala Mottishaw, Georgia Murray, Kyle Noble, Ioanna Papadimitriou, Paraskevi Papagianni, Tonia Papapetrou, Despina Petridou, Marissa Stoffer, Roween Suess, Jacqueline Thow, Christopher Philip Ward, Susana Wessling

SFE Visual Arts Team: Maro Psyrra, Curator SFE / Glykeria Penna, Communications Manager of SFE Visual Team / Chrysa Karagianni, Short films and Animation Coordinator / Eleni Laparidou, Visual Arts and Photography Coordinator / Kristian Zara, Visual Arts Coordinator

Syn Festival is a Greek multi-arts festival. Each year its theme is derived culturally and socially from Greece and is an open invitation to other cultures towards an inclusive and timely artistic dialogue in Scotland. The festival showcases a variety of exhibiting and performing arts, including photography, installations, painting, illustration, film, theatre, dance, and music of different genres. A selection of experiential and technique-building art workshops will also be available to the public free of charge.

Visit Their Web Site  A New Scottish Gallery!
Opening 10thMarch

Birch Tree Gallery – a new venue for fine-crafts and prints exhibitions – will open its doors on 10th March.  The gallery will focus on art works that have roots in nature – whether in materials, inspiration or thematic elements. The birch tree image is very simple, but powerful. The strong visual and tactile quality of its bark embodies many of the same qualities that differentiate fine crafts from other arts - physicality of the art medium, texture, and time to master technical skills to produce the works.

The joint exhibition ‘Semitones‘ will feature subtle colour transitions in wool and crystalline glazes and will showcase works by tapestry weaver Louise Oppenheimer from Argyll and ceramicist Maggie Zerafa from Skye. The future exhibitions will include works in wood, glass, stone, clay,  mixed media and also, prints.

Visit Their Web Site  Deadline Extended: Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize

Due to an unprecedented number of entries the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize has EXTENDED ITS DEADLINE to 29th JANUARY 2017. The art competition is open to artists working across all genres, styles, from any background and any country. We are an art prize that focuses on supporting not just winners but all artists involved.

We accept most art mediums and genres including painters, sculptors, photographers, collage, installation, watercolour, textile, portrait, abstract art, traditional art, fine art and decorative art.

PRIZES INCLUDE:
£7,000 prizes, for the Overall Winner, the Employee Choice Award, the Sculpture Award and Rich Mix Prize
Includes £1,000 of vouchers from Cass Art for the 3 Winners
Solo exhibitions in London, England in Summer 2017
Group Show for 25 Shortlisted Artists in April - June 2017
For further information and the application form see here www.artprize.co.uk or please email artprize@oaktreeandtiger.com with questions.

Visit Their Web Site  Royal Scottish Academy
of Art & Architecture Awards

Submissions
RSA David Michie Travel Award
The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture (All Scotland)
Deadline: 23 March 2017 at 23:55
The RSA David Michie Travel Award (£2,500) provides a travel and research opportunity for graduating and postgraduate drawing and painting students.
RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award
The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture (All Scotland)
Deadline: 23 March 2017 at 23:55
The Barns-Graham Travel Award (£2,000) provides a travel and research opportunity for graduating and postgraduate students.
RSA John Kinross Scholarships
The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture (All Scotland)
Deadline: 23 March 2017 at 23:55
The RSA John Kinross Scholarships (£2500) are for final year and postgraduate artists and architects to spend a period of 6 to 12 weeks in Florence to research and develop their practice.

Visit Their Web Site  Scottish Galleries at the London Art Fair 2017

There are a number of Scottish Galleries at the London Art Fair this year including: Arusha Gallery, Cyril Gerber Fine Art / Compass Gallery, Glasgow Print Studio, Ewan Mundy Fine Art, Panter & Hall (featuring Audrey Grant) and The Scottish Gallery.

The London Art Fair is described as “the UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art fair. It was in 1988, the Fair encompasses over 100 rigorously selected galleries presenting the very finest in Modern British and international contemporary art.

Celebrating the launch of the art world year, the London Art Fair welcomed a significant cross section of Modern British and contemporary galleries, showcasing both established and emerging artists from across the globe. Maintaining our increased international reach with new exhibitors from Europe, Asia, and the Americas; the Fair also reaffirmed the strength of its solid London platform, attracting an engaged collector base and audience.”

Visit Their Web Site  The Weaver’s Apprentices Dovecot Apprentices | 1912 to the Present

The Weaver’s Apprentice exhibition at Dovecot; from the founding weavers who lost their lives in World War 1 100 years ago, to the current apprentice who builds on the legacy of six generations of weaver’s apprentices before him.

Exhibition open: 10 March to 1 July 2017
Exhibition open to the public (free admission): Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm

Exhibition Overview:

The Weaver’s Apprentice opens at Dovecot Gallery 10 March to 1 July 2017. This exhibition tells the story of the importance of apprenticeships at Dovecot, featuring details from the organisation archive, as well as historic and current works. A key part of the exhibition will tell the story of the founding weavers and apprentices at Dovecot. The loss of the two founding master weavers, John ‘Jack’ Glassbrook and Gordon Berry, during World War 1 in 1917 might have seen the end of Dovecot before it had fully begun, but the young apprentices Ronald Cruickshank, Richard Gordon and David Lindsay Anderson returned to continue weaving at the studio. A new group of apprentices was recruited after 1919 and the cycle of activity at the studio continued.

The exhibition includes the loan of The Chace from Hampshire Cultural Trust - a tapestry produced by Morris & Company and woven by Dovecot's founding weavers after their own apprenticeships with William Morris. Another key work in the exhibition is the earliest surviving apprentice piece from the studio – on loan from the National Museums Scotland (A.1981.164) - offers a fascinating glimpse into the founding of Dovecot. It was woven by one of Dovecot's first apprentices, Richard Gordon, under the instruction of the founding weavers, Glassbrook and Berry. Gordon was one of the apprentices who returned from the Great War to continue the The Lord of the Hunt tapestry that was halted in 1916 when the last remaining weavers went off to fight. The tapestry was finally finished in 1924, and has hung at Mount Stuart ever since, and some of its own story will also be uncovered in the exhibition.

The founding Master Weavers Glassbrook and Berry did not return from the war, both losing their lives in 1917. A month before his death Glassbrook wrote home:

“I’m very anxious to get back to see how the tapestry is getting on. It has been covered up for twelve months now and I’m wondering if Mr Thomson has ever given it a look. But Cheer-i-oh I don’t suppose it will be so very long before we are back again”.

This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Glassbrook and Berry and celebrates the legacy of their young apprentices work. The connection and sharing of skills and knowledge from master to apprentice continues at Dovecot to this day and the methods for teaching remain remarkably similar - beginning with simple triangular and curved forms. From this apprentice piece through the works of many apprentices in between, the exhibition brings this story to the present day, and featuring sample works by Dovecot’s current apprentice, Ben Hymers.

Hymers’ apprentice piece, titled Hipsters Love Triangles was completed in 2015, under the instruction of Master Weaver and Studio Manager Naomi Robertson.  Another key part of Dovecot’s current apprenticeships is for the new weaver to produce a completed and self-designed tapestry. Hymers’ tapestry titled Penelope tells the story of the wife of Odysseus, whose faithfulness to her husband on his long journey was maintained by her weaving, secretly unravelling, and then reweaving a burial shroud for Odysseus’ father Laertes. Because of this faithfulness the name Penelope is considered synonymous with fidelity, but it also became a term used in tapestry. In addition to Hipsters Love Triangles and Penelope, other sample works from Hymers’ apprenticeship feature in this exhibition along with his reactions to the six generations of apprentices who have gone before him.

Dovecot Apprenticeship:

Dovecot’s three year Apprenticeship is open to applicants over the age of 16 offering a unique opportunity to learn from Dovecot’s Master Weavers. As a world leader in tapestry weaving, Dovecot Tapestry Studio is dedicated to the continued development of this highly skilled art form, ensuring that the skill of tapestry weaving continues to thrive as a dynamic and evolving process. Nurturing innovation in new tapestry weavers who will carry the medium forward for future generations.

The Apprenticeship Programme sustains the lineage of Dovecot tapestry weaving as an essential feature of Scotland’s creative community. Through hands-on learning experiences, the unique and exceptional skills are passed from Dovecot Master Weaver to Apprentice, building expertise for the future. Following the successful completion of the three year apprenticeship, the aim for the apprentice is to remain part of Dovecot’s weaving team and to continue a career progression in the Studio to Junior Weaver, Weaver and then, following 10 years weaving experience, Master Weaver.

A Dovecot Apprenticeship lasts three years and covers technique, design practices and artistic collaboration.

Dovecot aims to maximise the Apprentice’s creative and intellectual potential by developing individual strengths and a design philosophy, gaining an understanding of the professional context and practice of tapestry and rug making. Apprentices work in a studio setting alongside fellow weavers and they are encouraged to build a personal creative identity and aesthetic vocabulary informed by historical, cultural and technical knowledge and by the practical experience of making textiles and collaborating with leading contemporary artists.

The Dovecot Foundation was established as a charity in 2010 by Alastair and Elizabeth Salvesen in order to secure the long term future of tapestry weaving in Scotland and to build on the legacy and archive of 100 years of Dovecot Tapestry Studio’s history. Apprenticeship and learning are fundamental to the future success of the Studio.

Since 1912, Dovecot has placed craftsmanship at the core of its existence, inspired by the founding Master Weavers who came from the workshops of William Morris.  Respect for skills and learning has been a constant throughout, allowing Dovecot to develop a remarkable reputation for working with renowned artists and designers on prestigious projects for public and private commissions.

Central to the Dovecot vision is that of supporting and developing this legacy. A classic apprenticeship at Dovecot Tapestry Studio ensures that the skill of tapestry weaving and the ethos embodied in the Arts and Crafts movement has been handed on to each new tapestry weaver at Dovecot, enabling them to become a Master Weaver.

Sandra Crow (Head of Studio Projects) comments:

"Our apprentice weavers join us as full time employees and if training has been successful, following their three year apprenticeship, they remain as part of the team to hopefully become a master weaver of the future. This means their learning never ends and neither does the studios commitment to them. Our Studio Manager and Master Weaver, Naomi Robertson who has woven at Dovecot for 26 years says that depending on the tapestry design, weaving techniques and approach can always be challenged and developed."

Visit Their Web Site  The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition
12 June — 20 August 2017

The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase works across painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film.

The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually, with 12,000 entries received in the 2016 show.
There are places for 12,000 entries. All works are submitted digitally and shortlisted works are delivered to the Academy for the second round of judging.

Entry fee and digital submission (Visit the RA’s website to check all dates)
4 January – 15 February
Entry opens on 4 January and the submission deadline is 23:59 (GMT) on Wednesday 15 February
Results
16 March - first round of judging (from digital images)
18 May - second round of judging (from shortlisted work)
27 May - final results
Delivery of shortlisted works
Sculpture
9 May    8am – 7pm
Architecture
10 May    8am – 5pm
Two-dimensional work (Artist’s Book, Drawing, Painting, Photograph, Print, Mixed Media, Watercolour)
11 May     10am – 7pm  12 May    8am – 5pm

Visit Their Web Site  Forth Valley artbeat
10-18th June 2017

Central Scotland's Open Studios and Art Event

Forth Valley Art Beat formally Forth Valley Open Studios  is now in its eighth year and aims to create an inspiring event encouraging participation from artists, designers, makers, art clubs, galleries and organisations delivering a mixture of visual art, from open studios, installations, temporary public artworks, pop-shows, film, performance, exhibitions in galleries and community spaces.
Artists wishing to participate in the 2017 event can register now via the link below. Artists from all over Scotland are welcome to take part all you need is a venue within the Forth Valley area, whether you are an individual artist opening your studio at home or a collective of makers hiring a venue for the purpose if the event. Take time consider how you could be involved, we welcome new ideas so please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Some artists will be hosting additional events during the nine days, such us workshops, demonstrations, poetry reading, live music and performance. Details of which can be found on our additional events page nearer the time.
FVAB 2017 booking form is now live!
Artists & organisations wishing to participate please click on the image to access the booking form.

Deadline: 20th January 2017

Advertising Opportunities in FVAB event brochure.

Visit Their Web Site  Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is open for entries

We are excited to announce that the third instalment of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is open for entries. The prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and from any background. The overall deadline is 15 January, however all artists who enter before the 18 December will receive feedback on the application they submitted. We are a prize that focuses on supporting not just winners but all artists involved.
PRIZES INCLUDE:
£7,000 prizes, for the Overall Winner, the Employee Choice Award and the Sculpture Award Includes £1,000 of vouchers from Cass Art for the 3 Winners New Ashurst Prize for Rich Mix which offers £500 and a solo show in the Rich Mix Gallery for artists living/working in East London (All E postcodes) or whose work is influenced by the area)
Solo exhibitions in London, Group Show for 25 Shortlisted Artists in April - June 2017, Early entries will feature in our ongoing campaigns to clients.
Invitations to our free, career development talks for artists.
For further information and the application form see here http://www.artprize.co.uk or please email artprize@oaktreeandtiger.com with questions.

Visit Their Web Site  Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is Open

LPS Prize 2017: Online entry is OPEN for 2017! The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is open to living artists over the age of 18, who are resident in the British Isles. Prizes range from £2,000 to £15,000.Artists are invited to submit digital images of up to four recent works.  Deadline is 19 December 2016, 5pm (GMT)

Visit Their Web Site  NEW: Jacobite theme at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

In 2017, the Palace will mark Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology with a special focus on Bonnie Prince Charlie. In September 1745, the Stuart Prince set up court at the Palace. Groups can visit the rooms that became the focus of the Jacobite cause in Edinburgh, experience the Great Gallery where the Prince held a lavish ball, and see the very bed that he slept in. The special Jacobite theme can be enjoyed as part of a group visit or private guided tour. Visit their website to find out more.

Visit Their Web Site  National Portrait Gallery 2016 - New online shop

The NPG has just launched their new online shop with a 25% discount until Monday 28 November…you may need to sign up to their Newsletter to get the discount code!

Visit Their Web Site ASHURST EMERGING ARTIST PRIZE FOR RICH MIX 2017

Building on Ashurst's previous support for East London arts charity Rich Mix, we are excited to announce the launch of an additional prize available to this year's entrants.

Rich Mix is an independent arts venue that aims to bring a wide range of people working in various art forms together by offering them resources and the opportunity to deliver excellent art to an increasingly diverse audience.

THE AWARD: Solo exhibition (summer 2017) in the Mezzanine Gallery at Rich Mix £500 cash prize
ELIGIBILITY: Artist must live or work in East London (E postcode) OR their work must relate to East London.

Artists who have already entered and suit the criteria will automatically be considered for the prize. There is no additional entry fee to be eligible to win this prize.

Final deadline 15 January 2017
ENTER BEFORE 18 DECEMBER and receive feedback on your submission

Visit Their Web Site BP Portrait Award 2017:
Call for Entries now open

First Prize £30,000

Entry is now open for the BP Portrait Award 2017, the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world.

With a first prize of £30,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to develop portraiture in their work and over the past twenty-seven years it has launched the careers of many renowned artists.

The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over. Full competition rules and entry information can be found here.

Closing date: 26 January 2017

Visit Their Web SiteScotland Day in Tokyo 2016

The Japan Scotland Association "Scotland Day in Tokyo 2016”

Scotland has had a huge Impact on creating modern Japan, Scots were instrumental in inspiring Japan's modernisation. Since the beginnings of the Meiji revolution there has been a special relationship between the two countries, and surprising parallels In psyche between the these two cultures.

Recently there is also increasing Japanese interest in Scotland. We would like to introduce this history and update the close affinity between Japan and Scotland with modern culture, art, business and science perspectives to look to the future and develop mutual potential.

We are very grateful to our co-sponsors: the Scottish Government, British Airways and Scottish Development International and our supporters: the British Council, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, the Foreign Ministry of Japan, Toshima Culture Foundation and Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.

Scotland Day - The first Scotland Day in Tokyo, Japan. Venue: Special Event Hall, 2F, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Ikebukuro, in the centre of Tokyo. Capacity: 150 people at one time Date: 26th November 2016 - the Saturday before St. Andrew's Day.

The future aim Is to hold an annual Scottish Week with more events including exhibitions of art, culture and science.  With a networking enterprise in mind, and to cultivate overall excitement and enthusiasm, we will use this years pilot “Scottish Day” to encourage other venues & businesses to join the “Scottish Week” next year.

Including: cinemas, theatres, galleries, department stores, shops, bars & restaurants Expanding on the events tested this year with sales and or promotions of Scottish products, lectures, films, and exhibitions on the Scottish theme.

Visit Their Web SiteWASPS Annouce

“Wasps Studios: have given an update on activity for November 2016

Former Stromness LIbrary, Orkney - Stromness Studios - Opening Event  In partnership with Creative Scotland, Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, we have been able to redevelop the former Stromness Library into Stromness Studios - a brand new facility for artists and makers based on the island.

Grand opening on Friday 18th November from 6.30pm. Details here.

The Admiral's House - Skye: From late November, we will be taking bookings for our latest residency project on the Isle of Skye. The Admiral's House is 6 miles south of Portree and can provide accomodation and studio space for up to three creative people. Alongside visual arts residencies, the Admiral’s House will also support other creative practices including writing, design, music and the performing arts and will forge creative partnerships with other organisations and individuals based on Skye.

John Strachan Residency Update: Artist Roos Dijkhuizen will be hosting some great community events in The Steeple, Newburgh as part of the John Strachan Residency which is taking place across October and November.

This residency was initiated to connect the local artistic community to the Steeple. Over the next two weeks, Roos will be hosting screenprinting and inflateable sculpture workshops and an artists meal. Full details here.

Wasps Census of Tenants 2016  You may not have heard yet but Wasps will be 40 years young next year!  In order to help us improve our services and to understand the needs of the artists that we support, we have initiated a major census of all our creative tenants across Scotland.

We hope that the results of this census will help us to grow our impact across Scotland and need as many of our tenants as possible to respond.

We look forward to sharing the results in a few months time.”

Visit Their Web SiteTaylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016- WINNER ANNOUNCED

The National Portrait Gallery said. “

Congratulations to Claudio Rasano, winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 and £15,000 for his portrait Katlehong Matsenen 2016.

The portrait, by Swiss-Italian photographer Rasano, is part of the series Similar Uniforms: We Refuse to Compare. Taken in Johannesburg, South Africa, the series focuses on issues of preserving individuality in the context of school uniforms.

The competition judges said that Rasano's portrait "stood out for its simplicity and powerful directness", and was commended "for its ability to create something beautiful out of the everyday.”

Second Prize was awarded to Joni Sternbach’s tintype portrait of surfers Thea Adler and Maxwell Schultz and Third Prize has gone to Kovi Konowiecki for two photographs from his series Bei Mir Bistu Shein, which portrays Orthodox Jews from around the world. The John Kobal New Work Award was won by Josh Redman for his portrait, Frances.”

Visit Their Web SiteShortlisted for the prestigious ENCATC Research Award

A researcher at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art has had his thesis shortlisted for the prestigious ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Research.

Elena Borin (finalist), Annick Schramme (ENCATC President), GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens (ENCATC Secretary General) and Jonathan Price (RGU)Jonathan Price is one of just two finalists for the Award, which aims to stimulate academic research that can inform policy making and benefit the cultural and creative sectors. The jury targets high quality research showing originality and an international dimension.

Jonathan’s thesis, which was funded by the University and based within Gray’s School of Art, is titled ‘The discourse of cultural leadership‘.

His PhD was awarded in February 2016 and he has since been a Senior Research Fellow at RGU, working to share the research with the cultural sector.

The PhD takes a critical look at how leadership has become a priority area in cultural policy and training. It analyses the experiences of a range of cultural professionals in the UK and Europe, rethinking assumptions about who the leaders are and how they operate.

Jonathan said: “I’m thrilled to have the research recognised in this way and the best thing about it is that it encourages people to read the thesis and engage with the work.

“It’s also a tribute to the small but dynamic community of doctoral students at Gray’s and our hugely supportive research professor, Anne Douglas. Thanks to everyone who’s helped and fingers crossed for the final decision.”

Professor Anne Douglas added: “Jon Price’s doctoral research is one of a number of exemplary PhDs that have emerged from Gray’s in recent years as part of a focused programme of research into the place of the arts in public life.

“Price has achieved recognition within significant networks in the UK and Europe, providing substantial opportunities for this research to have deep impact both within academe and more widely, in cultural organisations that involve the arts . This is an outstanding achievement from a high talented and valued researcher”.

ENCATC is the European network on cultural policy and management and the scope of its award is global. Jury members include senior academics from Belgium, Colombia, Finland, France, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the USA. The outcome of the award will be announced at a special event in Brussels on 16th December and the winning thesis published internationally.

Visit Their Web SiteThe Scottish Gallery Exhibitions

The end of the year at The Scottish Gallery will see art work from landscape artist Frances MacDonald, ceramics from Spitting Image creator Roger Law and Stephen Bird and Edinburgh College of Art graduate Lauren Bowman, making her debut at Scotland’s most established independent gallery.

Having exhibited regularly in Scotland, London and abroad for over 25 years, Frances MacDonald’s dramatic paintings of the landscapes and coastlines in Argyll and the Western Isles have drawn comparisons with Peploe and Cadell.  “Her use of the palette knife creates a dynamism and animation in each painting”.

Spitting Image creator Roger Law started his career producing caricatures for publications such as New York Times, Observer and Der Spiegel culminating in the TV series which ran from 1984 for 13 years.  He then moved to Australia and rediscovered his love of painting.  Now back in his native Norfolk he makes drawings for ceramics which he works on in Jingdezhen, China’s Porcelain City. “I would like the resulting work to be as engaging and attractive as my caricatures were rude and ugly”.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Stephen Bird studied fine art at Dundee Art School but has concentrated on ceramics and sculpture since the early 1990’s.  His work can be found in public collections in UK, USA and Australia.  He now divides his time between Dundee and Australia, and has also worked in China.
Born in the midlands in 1990, Lauren Bowman studied at Loughborough University and Edinburgh College of Art, graduating from the latter in 2013. Since then she has taken part in a variety of group shows, including RSA: New contemporaries 2014 where she was awarded the RSA Landscape Award, and The National Open Art Competition 2014 where she received the Prudential Award for Young Artists.  Her work comprises extraordinarily intricate drawings and paintings.

Christina Jansen, MD of The Scottish Gallery says:  “We are particularly pleased to have brought together this group of artists for our final show of 2016.  They reflect the diverse work that we aim to bring to the gallery each month”.

Visit Their Web SiteThe Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

“LANDSCAPE AND NATURE IN BREADALBANE” - David Paterson’s second exhibition in the Stirling Museum and Art Gallery - consists of some 65-70 photographs. The main emphasis is on landscape but flora and fauna are represented also, with the intention of giving a comprehensive account of all that Breadalbane offers. David Paterson quite deliberately puts forward the proposition that the region stands very high in the ranks of Scottish landscapes, and indeed competes very well with the more emotive names such as Skye, Torridon and Wester Ross. The photography dwells at length on Breadalbane’s atmospheric forests and woodlands, on the tranquil hour before sunrise, and on the ringing silence of the mountains. It is a plea to enjoy, and to help preserve, the great store of natural beauty that is Breadalbane.

Stirling’s own Bruce Crawford MSP who chairs the Cross Party Group on Tourism in the Scottish Parliament will open the exhibition.

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Of Other Spaces: Where does gesture become event? - a major exhibition and events programme which launches next week on Thursday 27 October 2016, 5.30-7.30pm.

Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? is a two-chapter contemporary art exhibition and event programme at Cooper Gallery and off site venues in Dundee. Referencing art works, artist collaborative groups and activism from the 1970s to the present day, Of Other Spaces evokes the collaborative and political ethos of feminism as a discursive ground to reveal the urgency and necessity of self-organisation and alternative politics in culture, society and above all in everyday life. Inherently radical, dissonant and often luxuriantly subversive, the artists, writers and thinkers featured situate feminist thinking as a provocative and cogent mode of creative and critical inquiry.

Informed by the proud history of a strong working women’s culture in Dundee’s jute mills of the early 20th century, which led to the nickname of ‘She Town’ for Dundee, the programme presents artworks by significant artists from different generations – Conrad Atkinson, Anne Bean, Cullinan Richards, Rose English, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Margaret Harrison, He Chengyao, Susan Hiller, Alexis Hunter, Mary Kelly, Linder, Lucy McKenzie, Annabel Nicolson, Hannah O’Shea, Siôn Parkinson, Su Richardson, Monica Ross, Jo Spence and Georgina Starr, archival material selected from the Women’s Art Library (London) and the Archive Collection of Lynda Morris, live performances, screenings, collective readings and a collaborative dance project We Dance Ourselves in response to the influential feminist dance piece Rosas danst Rosas by Anne Theresa De Keersmaeker.  

Chapter One runs from 28 October – 16 December 2016 and features an International Symposium titled the 12-Hour Action Group (Saturday 3 December 2016, 11am -11pm) which includes performances, readings and screenings as well as keynotes from esteemed  speakers including art historian Amelia Jones, film-maker and theorist Laura Mulvey, curator and art historian Lynda Morris, Adele Patrick from Glasgow Women’s Library and writer and critic Marina Vishmidt. The symposium will examine the insights of feminism as one of the most volatile and motivated political movements that critiques cultural, political and economic iterations of power.

Chapter Two continues with a focus on moving image works from 20 January – 4 March 2017 and previews on Thursday 19 January 2017, 5:30 – 7:30pm. Chapter Two features new and existing moving images works by Linder, Moody & the Menstruaters (Anne Bean), Georgina Starr. On Saturday 4 March, (2-6pm) there will be a closing performance event with new performances by internationally celebrated Chinese performance artist He Chengyao, Scotland-based artist Siôn Parkinson and the preeminent performance artist Anne Bean amongst others.

Visit Their Web SiteDovecot Studios

Colour & Light Events Programme

 The Colour & Light exhibition at Dovecot presents an important factor in the creation of all the tapestries and rugs in the Studio - the skill of the weavers and tufters, in their ability to select and blend colour in yarn to a variety of extraordinary effects. Colour is vital in the work of the many artists who are drawn to working in tapestry - and partnership with Dovecot's weavers has led to a number of fascinating conversations about colour between artist and artist-weaver, borne out in the tapestries and rugs that result.

 A specifically designed sensory programme of events has been created that is integral to the Colour & Light exhibition. The hearing loop and audio described tours, workshops and talks will draw upon those works and objects in the exhibition which have been chosen based on their visual and tactile, multi-sensory impact.

 If you have an enquiry please email info@dovecotstudios.com or call 0131 550 3660.

Colour & Light Curator's Tour - Wednesday 16 November 2-2.30pm

Find out just how colour and light was relevant to the making of the Dovecot rugs and tapestries featured in the Colour & Light exhibition with Dovecot Exhibitions Curator Kate Grenyer. FREE I Please arrive 10 minutes before start time. Hearing Loop Tour of Colour & Light

Thursday 1 December 11-11.30am | Thursday 2 February 2.30-3pm Hear more about the process of interpreting colour and light in Dovecot’s tapestries and rugs from a member of our Front of House team. This tour is for hearing impaired visitors. Hearing loop amplifier kits will be used with T loop option. FREE I Please arrive 10 minutes before start time

David Poston, Jonathan Cleaver, Blue Curve Audio Described Tour of Colour & Light. Monday 16 January 11am-noon. Have the tapestries, rugs and other objects in the Colour & Light exhibition brought to life in an audio descriptive tour by Juliana Capes. This tour is for visually impaired visitors.

Visit Their Web SiteGlasgow’s Public Gallery Exhibitions

Alphonse Mucha: “In Quest of Beauty” 8 Oct2016 to 19 Feb 2017
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.
A stunning exhibition of the Czech Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) (painter and decorative artist ) . Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty will feature works from the Mucha Foundation alongside several key pieces from Glasgow’s own collection, including rarely seen works by Mackintosh, George Logan and Jessie M King.

“Glasgow Museums” have opened a shop in the ST. Enoch Centre. Let’s hope their venture is successful!
GM say it stocks a huge range of exclusive merchandise and every purchase supports Glasgow’s nine world-class museums and the treasures they house.
It has selected ranges inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, The Glasgow Boys, Alphonse Mucha, Rembrandt, Whistler and Glasgow favourites such as Avril Paton’s iconic Windows of the West which has been a firm favourite at the Glasgow Museums shop in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Visit Their Web SiteWinners announced as the 20th National Open Art Exhibition opens

Winners announced as the 20th National Open Art Exhibition opens
Amateur and self taught artists win top prizes
Lord Mervyn Davies opens 20th NOA Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall on Thursday 27 October
Vogue 100’s Robin Muir curates exhibition in heart of the City, open for free until 4 November
Amateur and self taught artists have been the surprise winners of the 20th National Open Art Competition.
Juliet Robinson, a retired computer sales executive who began painting in her 40s, has won the 20th National Open Art Prize for Going My Way?, an abstract oil painting inspired by a young girl spotted from a London bus.
Software writer Chris King, who has no formal training in photography, won the 20th National Open Art Photography Prize for Ellen and Susan – 76901, an image of his wife’s late-grandparent’s Texan living room.
Self-taught Bristol-based artist Tom Hughes won the 20th National Open Art Emerging Artist Prize for an intricate oil painting of his spareroom-come-art-studio.
The 20th National Open Art Best Young Artist Prize went to 20-year-old Lee Simmonds. His self-portrait Maybe I’m Wasting My Young Years, inspired by the title of a London Grammar song, has just helped him secure a place at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art.
Other notable wins include commercial photographer Richard Weston’s intimate portrait of his drag artist son Sam, which was awarded the NOA Photography Runner Up Prize, and Gini Wade’s Home 2 – Regeneration, a print inspired by the artist’s travels in Syria and her memories of London bombsites after the Blitz, which won the NOA Welsh Award.
More than £50,000 worth of prizes were awarded to 35 winning artists as Lord Mervyn Davies opened the 20th National Open Art Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall on Thursday, 27 October. The free exhibition – featuring 160 selected paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, wall hung installations, digital art pieces and short films – will run until 4 November.
The exhibition has been curated by NOA judge Robin Muir, following his successful curation of the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100 earlier this year. Royal Academician David Remfry and Fiona Kingsman, Head of Tate Exchange, were also judges this year.
The winning artworks will be exhibited at Chichester's Pallant House Gallery in December (6-18 December).
For more information visit www.nationalopenart.org

Visit Their Web SiteRSW Call for Entries

136th Annual Exhibition 9 – 28 January 2017
Call for Entries, Receiving Day: 29 December 2016. Non-Members may also submit work on-line until 31 October - on-line http://rsw.oess8.uk/

Visit Their Web Site20th National Open Art Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall

Vogue 100’s Robin Muir curates 20th National Open Art Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall.
Exhibition of leading contemporary British art comes to the heart of the City. NOA’s 20th Exhibition to open for free from 27 October to 4 November
National Open Art is bringing its 20th Exhibition to the heart of the City this autumn. Curated by Robin Muir, following his hugely successful curation of the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100 earlier this year, this free exhibition at Mercers’ Hall features 160 selected paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, wall hung installations, digital art pieces and short films.
The artworks have been selected by an expert panel, including Robin Muir and Royal Academician David Remfry, from thousands of pieces by the very best professional and amateur artists working today in the UK and Ireland.
More than £50,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to 35 artists, including for the hotly anticipated Best Emerging Artist and Best Young Artist, when Lord Mervyn Davies opens the exhibition on Thursday, 27 October.
Winners of the children’s competition, judged by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, will also be announced when the exhibition opens.

Visit Their Web SiteHospitalfield Events

Hospitalfield have announced an Open Weekend and Exhibition

DUSK Winter Season open weekend 19 – 20 November 2016, 11am – 5pm
Frank Dobson, Judith Hagan, Ewan Murray
Open weekend with events, tours, workshops, talks and exhibition opening.
This exhibition brings together new and recent paintings from two artists, Judith Hagan and Ewan Murray, who have come through Hospitalfield’s residency programme since 2014 and work of the modernist artist Frank Dobson (1886-1963), who studied at Hospitalfield between 1906 and 1910.
DUSK Winter Season exhibition 19 November – 17 December 2016, Thursday – Saturday 12 – 5pm
Frank Dobson, Judith Hagan, Ewan Murray
This exhibition brings together new and recent paintings from two artists, Judith Hagan and Ewan Murray, who have come through Hospitalfield’s residency programme since 2014 and work of the modernist artist Frank Dobson (1886-1963), who studied at Hospitalfield between 1906 and 1910.
Hospitalfield, Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, DD11 2NH

Visit Their Web SiteAshurst Emerging Artist Prize

Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize are excited to announce that the third instalment of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is open for entries. The prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and from any background. The overall deadline is 15 January, however all artists who enter before the 18 December will receive feedback on the application they submitted. This is a prize that focuses on supporting not just winners but all artists involved.
PRIZES INCLUDE:
£6,500 prizes, for the Overall Winner, the Employee Choice Award and the Sculpture Award
Includes £1,000 of vouchers from Cass Art for the 3 Winners
Three month solo exhibitions in London, England
Group Show for 25 Shortlisted Artists in April - June 2017
Early entries will feature in our ongoing campaigns to clients, invitations to our informative talks.
For further information and the application form see here http://www.artprize.co.uk or please email artprize@oaktreeandtiger.com with questions.

Visit Their Web SiteHow to win art competitions

To kick off the 2017 Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize talk series the first event is being hosted by Cass Art at their flagship store in Islington on the 19th October.
“How to Win Art Opportunities” will discuss how to increase your likelihood of a positive outcome when applying to a range of opportunities.
Providing practical tips on submitting applications to things such as art prizes, funding opportunities and exhibitions, their industry experts will guide you through maximising your chance of success, and how to benefit in some way from each application you submit….

Visit Their Web Site02 December Deadline
Visual Arts Residencies 2017

In 2017 Cove Park will award a minimum of three funded Visual Arts Residencies of between one to three months each. National (UK) and international artists are welcome to apply to this programme.
In addition, and with the support of the Bridge Awards, Cove Park will offer a four-week residency for an emerging visual artist based in Scotland.
Cove Park’s One-to-One programme (of one or two-week residencies for visual artists working collaboratively with another visual artist, with an artist working in another art form, a curator or a writer) will also continue in 2017 and we will offer one residency in this strand next year. Please note, the above residencies will all take place during May to September 2017 – within this period residency dates are negotiable.
read more on their website…

Visit Their Web SiteFire Station Creative

THE GRAND GESTURES BY CELIE BYRNE
The Grand Gestures are a collaborative music project. Having voiced lyrics to some of the tracks, Celie decided to make her own grand gesture and paint each of the 23 members to mark her first solo exhibition.
Accompanied by handcrafted pieces of jewellery from six resident jewellers.
Caroline Finlay, Angela Learoyd, Michele Daykin, Nicola Henderson, Karen McGregor, Morna Darling.
OPENS: FRI 7 OCT…..SHOWING TILL SUN 6 NOV

Visit Their Web SiteSILENT SIGNAL

 An exhibition resulting from artists working with biomedical scientists to create six experimental animated artworks exploring new ways of thinking about the human body. 29 September - 26 November 2016  Runs until 26 November 2016, LifeSpace, University Dundee
The six new commissions include an exploration of how the immune system functions, how disease is spread and how our genetic code can be manipulated.
The animations are accompanied by objects, specimens and artworks from the University of Dundee’s museum collection selected by the artists. In this exhibition we also showcase moving image works from Animating Science, an educational project in partnership with Dundee Contemporary Arts (funded by the University of Dundee and the Wellcome Trust) that allows school pupils to bring science topics to life.
Silent Signal is curated in collaboration with Animate Projects. The exhibition is devised and produced by Animate Projects with scientist Bentley Crudgington, and is supported by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award and the Garfield Weston Foundation.
A different animation will be shown each week.
PROGRAMME
29 September - 26 November
AfterGlow by boredomresearch & Dr Paddy Brock
Exploring and revealing the intimate relationship between disease and its environment, using gaming engine software and mathematical modelling data.
29 September – 9 October
The Signal and the Noise by Charlie Tweed & Dr Darren Logan
Exposing the parallels between computer coding and genetic coding in humans and animals, drawing upon the latest advances in DNA sequencing technology to propose a future vision of hybrid computing devices that are used to monitor and repair living things.
10 October – 21 October
Immunecraft by Eric Schockmel & Dr Megan MacLeod
Adopting the form of a video game trailer to present a fictional game which gives users agency over a real life cell culture to compete against opponent players, raising questions about bioethics.
22 October – 2 November
Loop by Samantha Moore & Dr Serge Mostowy
Illustrating what can be seen and what cannot, based on drawings and discussions around cytoskeleton dynamics, revealing the creative and discursive nature of science.
3 November – 14 November
Battle of Blister by Genetic Moo & Dr Neil Dufton
Taking you on a fantastic voyage through the inflammation process using footage from human performers, charting the escalation from fly bite to full scale engagement.
15 November – 26 November
Sleepless by Ellie Land & Professor Peter Oliver
Exploring the links now being discovered between sleep and mental health. Its rhythm is inspired by the circadian cycle and displays visual icons rooted in the science of sleep.
EVENTS
Wednesday 12 Oct, 1-2pm
Murray Seminar Room, Seminar: Dr Megan MacLeod
Saturday 29 Oct, 11am-12pm LifeSpace, Talk: Samantha Moore
Saturday 12 Nov, 11am-12pm
LifeSpace, Talk: Genetic Moo
in partnership with NEoN Digital Arts Festival
Saturday 19 Nov, 11am-12pm LifeSpace, Talk: Ellie Land
Thursday 23 Nov, 4-5pm
Murray Seminar Room, Seminar: Dr Paddy Brock
Saturday 26 Nov, 11am-12pm LifeSpace, Talk: boredomresearch

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE TO ATTEND

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Calling all artists using water-soluble media

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) seeks the best in contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting.

Deadline: Friday 6 January 2017, 12 noon

The RI was formed to exhibit the best watercolours and to show non-members’ works alongside that of members, a policy still followed today.
There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:
The Leathersellers' Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30 years old
The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: An outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester
The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour
The Debra Manifold Memorial Award: Presented by the Linda Blackstone Gallery, an award for the most innovative work in the exhibition
The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range
The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda's finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting
The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons
The John Purcell Paper Prize: Paper to the value of £100 awarded to a work chosen by John Purcell
The Matt Bruce RI Memorial Award: An award of £500 for what is considered the most outstanding use of light and colour
NEW The Neil Meacher RI Watercolour Award: An award of £250 for an outstanding watercolour
The Schmincke Award: A Schmincke watercolour set awarded to a work judged to be outstanding.

Visit Their Web SitePIL Project is delighted to confirm the public presentation

PIL Project is delighted to confirm the public presentation an investigational product of our recent travel to Moscow, Russia. For this chapter, new media art will meet public legislation through a context where the old legacy of communism coexists with the exaltation of the digital individuality.
The exhibition will take place in the Visual Research Centre’s (VRC) Centrespace, Dundee, Scotland.
Participating artists: Rostan Tavasiev and Ksenia Plisova.
Research Collaborators: AES+F, Andrey Egorov, Ildar Yakubov and Ivan Tuzov.

Visit Their Web Site Selkirk WASPS
Open Studios Event

Artists based in WASPS Studios in St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk open their doors again to the public for their annual ‘Open Studios’ event on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd October.  A popular event for all ages, this is a rare opportunity to view a diverse range of work by the artists, explore their working environment, and enjoy a programme of arts workshops for all ages, talks, demonstrations, live music and plenty of good home baking!  The artists based in the studios work across textiles, painting, mosaic, sculpture, print, film, and puppetry.
St Mary’s Mill is a former working textile mill, and is an informal and atmospheric space in which to enjoy high quality art and meet the artists who make it.  
The event is free, and runs from 10-5pm on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October.   During the weekend, there will be free arts workshops and demonstrations.  Artist Joy Parker will lead a sculpture workshop  using plaster bandage and wire.  The workshop will run on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 4pm, for drop in sessions.   Suitable for all ages, though younger children may need assistance.   Moy Mackay will demonstrate the felting techniques she uses to create her beautiful paintings at 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be short 5 minute talks by the artists every hour, on the hour.   For more info and details of the weekend’s activities visit www.selkirkwasps.com or find us on Facebook: Selkirk WASPS Artists Studios
Artists taking part in WASPS Selkirk Open Studios this year:
John Berry • Jim Douglas • Liz Douglas • Alex Hain • Rob Hain • Kerry Jones • Moy Mackay • Fiona Millar • Mary Morrison • Joy Parker • Alan Richmond.
This year the Selkirk WASPS Open Studios event will be promoted as part of the Creative Coathanger Festival, which celebrates ‘Everything Creative’ in and around Galashiels from 24thSeptember to 9th October .  
Selkirk WASPS Open Studios event, Saturday 1st and Sun 2nd October 10-5pm.

Visit Their Web SiteShortlist Announced!
Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize2016

The three photographers shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 are photographers Kovi Konowiecki, Claudio Rasano and Joni Sternbach, who have been nominated for the £15,000 first prize.These prize-winning photographs were chosen from over 4000 submissions entered by nearly 2000 photographers from 61 different countries.  The names of all of the prize winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday 15 November 2016.

 Visit Their Web SiteCarel Fabritius’s The Gold-finch is coming to Scotland

The Goldfinch has never before been to Scotland before and rarely exhibited in the UK.  Held in the Netherlands, its last outing was to New York in 2014 where a record-breaking 200,000 people went to see it.This is considered to be one of the most iconic paintings in the world and warrants a visit to the National Galleries to se it. When visiting it we will also drop by the RSA to see another of their high quality exhibitions. The Goldfinch, was painted by Carel Fabritius in 1654 and is on loan to the Scottish National Gallery for only six weeks  between 4 November and 18 December.

Visit Their Web SiteRA have Just announced: Exhibition 2017 programme

The Summer Exhibition 2017 will run from 12 June — 20 August 2017 For the first round of the selection process, artists are asked to submit digital photographs of their work online. For the next stage of the application process, judges will shortlist up to 4,000 entries to be delivered to the Academy for a second round. Each year, we accept 12,000 entries, which is in line with the upper limit of submissions we’ve received in previous years. Information regarding entrance to the Summer Exhibition 2017 will be released from October 2016.The Summer Exhibition 2016 attracted a high volume of entrants with 12,000 entries received in the 2016 show.

Visit Their Web SiteWasps Announce Some Open Studios 2016

It has been a busy summer for WASPS Artists at Cannonwalls and Claverhouse Studios in Kirkcudbright have been open to the public all summer and will be closing 31st AugustThe other Open Studios dates for 2016 are as follows:Links Studios, Nairn: 3rd & 4th SeptemberSt Mary's Mill, Selkirk: 1st and 2nd OctoberThe Courtyard, Irvine: 1st and 2nd October

Visit Their Web SiteThe Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2017

It’s time to start planning for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize. Entries for the 2017 prize will open in January 2017.The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize celebrates contemporary British and Irish self-portraiture. It offers a unique opportunity for new and established artists alike to compete for a £10,000 prize, and the chance for their work to be purchased for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection.

Visit Their Web SiteNational Portrait Gallery - Photography Workshops

One-Day Workshop: Wet-plate Collodion - A hands-on introduction to the nineteenth century photographic process of wet plate collodion, led by artist Almudena Romero. Taking inspiration from work in Black Chronicles, you will learn about a range of historical photographic processes and techniques before producing your own tintype self portrait with a 10x8 wooden camera. Participants will be involved in all the stages of making a tintype, from setting up a large format camera and preparing the substrates to varnishing and finishing. You will take home a participant pack containing your own tintype as well as detailed information about the wet collodion process. Develop Your Photography Skills - One-Day Workshops: Black Chronicles Led by visual artist and photographer Othello De’Souza-Hartley, explore and respond to Black Chronicles. Beginning with a tour of the display, you will then work with a model in a recreation of a Victorian studio setting, inspired by the studio portraiture on show.Weekend Workshop: Classic Photographic Portraits - aking inspiration from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016, hone your studio skills in this practical workshop working with a model.  Suitable for those who already have some knowledge of digital photography and know how to use their cameras in manual mode. All materials provided.Visit the NPG’s website for more information and booking.

Visit Their Web Site Banner Repeater Artists’ Publishing Archive at DJCAD

 An exhibition of artists’ books, publications and multiples co-presented with the experimental artist publishers Banner Repeater including those recently acquired for abcD DJCAD’s artists’ book collection Dundee. Publications exhibited are drawn from the Banner Repeater Artists’ Publishing Archive, their imprints Banner Repeater paperbacks and the UN-PUBLISH series alongside selected books within the abcD collection.Sited significantly on a working train station platform in Hackney, Banner Repeater is an experimental project space and reading room with an onsite public Archive dedicated to Artists Publishing and soon to be launched Digital Archive of Artists publishing: BookBlast.  It has an ongoing arts programme of newly commissioned works with exhibitions, lectures, and performances, and publication launches. Driven by it’s location, Banner Repeater is dedicated to developing critical art in the natural interstice the platform and incidental footfall of over 4,000 passengers a day provides. Integral to its operation is the distribution of artists publishing straight into a main artery of the city of London. Artists: Banner Repeater  Exhibition Dates: 9 – 29 September 2016  Open: Mond- Saturday, 12.00-4.30pm  Preview: Thursday 8 September 5.30 – 7.30pm Curators Talk: Thursday 8 September 4.30 – 5.30pm Centrespace, Visual Research Centre (DJCAD), Located on the lower levels of Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY

Visit Their Web SiteNOA Competition announces shortlist as World Art Vote opens

Images of all shortlisted artworks are available to download from Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7d3tqmynhme6dca/AACczbRDK6zMT6z84Rrb0BV4a?dl=0Refugees and Brexit feature heavily in shortlisted piecesMore than 11,000 votes cast in #worldartvote in six days Art lovers have until 29 August to vote for their favouriteThe 20th National Open Art Competition has been overwhelmed by the response to its shortlist after its World Art Vote saw more than 11,000 votes cast in six days.NOA's World Art Vote enables art lovers to decide which shortlisted piece deserves a place in NOA’s prestigious Winter Exhibition, thus avoiding a second round of judging from the competition's panel led by David Remfry, Robin Muir and the Tate’s Fiona Kingsman.Brexit, the refugee crisis and the death of David Bowie have all proved inspiration for artists on the 585-strong shortlist, which is made up of professionals and amateurs from across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The competition’s mix is eclectic as ever with a part time shepherdess, a full time mum, a painter/decorator and a Labour candidate all making it through the first round. Entrants will remain anonymous until the exhibitors are selected to give all artists as fair a chance as possible.Neil Lawson Baker, chair of NOA, said: “We’re overwhelmed by the response to this year’s shortlist, thousands of votes have already been cast in the World Art Vote, with weeks of voting left to go. Our 20th competition seems to have really caught people’s imagination.”Follow our link to vote….
The winner of the World Art Vote will be revealed in September alongside around 150 pieces selected by the judges. The final artworks will appear at NOA’s Winter Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall in October where around 35 winners will be announced and £60,000 worth of prizes awarded.
The World Art Vote is open until 29 August. To vote, visit www.nationalopenart.org

Visit Their Web SiteRoyal Academy of Arts London:Portrait Workshop

Alan McGowan has been invited to teach a two day Portrait Drawing Workshop in the amazing historic life studio at the Royal Academy of Arts in Picadilly, London.The workshop (17th and 18th September) will look at structure and anatomy as well as investigating the nature of the drawn language we use to create portraits. We have a magazine that features Alan…Drawing: The Portrait Examined. Two-day: 17 September 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm  and18 September 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm