March 17, 2013 Leave a comment
Video produced by the Edinburgh College Granton Learning Resources Video Production Unit.
Thanks to David McLachlan & Mike Chalmers
Fine Art HND Course @ Edinburgh's Telford College
February 15, 2013 Leave a comment
Guest blogger Alex Hetherington presents: Modern Edinburgh Film School
Images Courtesy of Alex Hetherington: Modern Edinburgh Film School
Modern Edinburgh Film School – a temporary participatory film school, combining themes of the sculptural screen, film and poetry, narrative and space, event as image, and acoustics and noise as form – is curated by the visual artist Alex Hetherington in association with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
It acts as a kind of prism, reflecting, connected and transparent surfaces – where one thing can be seen through another – on the activities, functions and architecture of the Sculpture Workshop’s
new building and outward to contexts, processes and activities externally, as satellite disparate engagements. It is informed by propositions and practices by a range of national and international artists demonstrating concerns between improvisational, meticulous and sensitively drawn associations in poetry, film, moving image, space and sculpture. It hopes to work as a season of projects, appearing and disappearing, being seen discreetly, at spaces and venues across the city in 2013.
Its propositions, which are elusive and allusive include a series of essays, of indicators of historical and contemporary activity, a slight curriculum: Edgar Schmitz, Anne Colvin, AA Bronson, Tom Marioni, Trisha Donnelly, Samantha Donnelly, Rachel Harrison, Martin Kippenberger, Harry Everett Smith, Marcel Broodthaers & Aurélien Froment and traits found in contributors, influencers and cameos such as Stephen Sutcliffe, Anthony Schrag, Anne Colvin, Lyndsay Mann, Hazel France, Sarah Forrest, Ute Aurand, Sarah Neely, Lauren Gault, Debi Banerjee, Benjamin Fallon, Zoë Fothergill, Raydale Dower, and others.
The project, meanwhile is informed by the free school, and alternative learning approaches, inhabiting an arc of combined themes of the sculptural screen, film and poetry, narrative and space, event as image, and acoustics and noise as form. Education here becomes an obstacle, articulating thoughts on commitment, graduation, qualification and drifting attention, and the possibilities of promiscuous coincidences, synchronicity. Meanwhile it contains two considerations of time, Modern and School, and the meanings of those in abrasion to a city with faint film vocabularies, traditions, establishment and authority and museums. In turn it contains thoughts on exhibitions, fictions and contrivances: outputs, alongside the essays are, transparent letter texts on black glass (solid film credits), zines and print, and a series of events and talks: Green Screen, Group Show, A Party for Young Artists, Edinburgh Homosexual, The Hand that Holds The Desert Down, A Library.
From the outset the School sought practitioners from different stages of their careers, including students in formal education, as well as those working at a professional level in contemporary art. After an open discussion on the work, and its ambitions, at Contemporary Art Practice at Edinburgh College and an open call, that followed the conventions of applying for work in that professional setting: 4 images, statement and moving image samples, two practitioners were identified to become part of the project, to attend works, and respond finally with a time-based submission for a portmanteau film for a screening at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s appearance at the Edinburgh Art Festival in August 2013.
All the applicants in this process responded to different aspects of the shaping of Modern Edinburgh Film School, some revealing questions on the political status of such an undertaking, others looking at the subject of the poetic and the sublime, how literature and words give potent expression to filmmaking, how the digital might inform the sculptural.
The two successful candidates are Shareen Sorour and Kaitlyn Walker-Stewart whose applications both alluded to the symmetries, echoes and architectures of film, poetry and sculpture, while containing experimental and diverse approaches to the screen, the performative, time, the object, surface and representation. While still very early stage visual art practitioners their portfolios contain intriguing enquiries.
Sharren Sarour: Outside: Inside; Still from Video. Kaitlyn Walker-Stewart: Barriers; Still from video
Modern Edinburgh Film School commences 15 March with a screening at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and a group show, Green Screen, co-curated with Embassy, followed there by performances and talks during March, and later a discussion on this collaboration at Edinburgh College of Art.
I would like to thank Alan Holligan, Jennie Temple and Colette Woods at Edinburgh College for their continued generous support of my practice in general and the work to be carried out for Modern Edinburgh Film School in particular.
Alex Hetherington, Edinburgh, February 2013.
January 11, 2013 Leave a comment
There is little doubt that 2012 was among the most eventful years for us at #cap_etc. Multiple highs have been followed by occasional but necessary lows, necessary in so much that they help us recognize and appreciate the highs.
In January the year began with the mixed emotions due to the departure after an extremely successful 4 months of Artist in Residence Paul Diamond who ended his time with us with a fantastic site specific project with students and an excellent exhibition of work developed and produced during the residency at Telford college. The exhibition at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop was very well received. Since completing the residency Paul has gone on to even better things but more of that later.
As January turned over to February the devastating news of Mike Kelleys untimely departure filtered through the studios promoting gasps of disbelief and sadness, we had so enjoyed his exhibition at Baltic during a field trip just a few months before. CAP student Charlie Wilkie-Sullivan who was a particular admirer of Kelleys work wrote a piece for this blog in response to the news. http://contemporaryartetc.com/?s=mike+kelley
Spirits were soon lifted however with the arrival of our next AIR resident Natalie Wilson who began her occupation of ‘the studio next door’.
Natalie’s impact was immediate as she struck up conversations with students and staff, always inquisitive and helpful Natalie had a significant impact on the
course sharing her enthusiasm, knowledge and occasional frustration for all things digital.
Spring saw us embark on the annual CAP trip to a foreign city beginning with the letter B. So far we have only managed Berlin and Basel and until Berlin stops being; the centre off the european if not world contemporary art scene, almost, unbearably cool and wonderfully inexpensive it is doubtful we will revisit Basel or see Budapest, Barcelona, Boston, or Bogota any time soon. Highlights of the trip included, finally getting more than one member of the CAP team on the trip and once again the Boros Bunker.
Spring is always a tense time in the studios as both years are working on their Graded Units and expectant applicants are hammering away at the refresh button on the UCAS website as news of interviews and offers start to permeate the building. The stress although unavoidable, was misplaced however as 2012 will go down in the CAP history books as the most successful year ever as 100% of those applying got an unconditional offer for 1 of their top 2 choices. All applicants got places on degree courses in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Dundee. 1 applicant who already had a degree in a non art related subject was offered and is doing very well on a combined master course in Art & Philosophy in Dundee.
As the tension of anticipated futures subsided thoughts turned to the end of year exhibition. Unfortunately due to the transition between the old and new buildings it wasn’t possible to hold the CAP2 Diploma Show at our usual venue of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Instead the show opened at the Old Ambulance Depot in late May to excellent reviews and record attendances.
The OA Depot is a great venue that has some really strong shows throughout the year, is affordable, well supported and we would certainly recommend to anyone looking for a mid sized exhibition space in the city.
Soon after the show however the disappointment that we couldn’t exhibit in what had become something of a spiritual second home faded as staff and studio reps were invited to the opening of the brand new Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and it was announced that after a 7 year informal partnership with the CAP course at Edinburgh’s Telford College the 2 organisations had signed a formal partnership agreement which would establish ESW as an Employability Centre for CAP students studying at Edinburgh College guaranteeing students full professional membership, supported access to the workshops facilities, exhibition and professional practice workshops and opportunities. This milestone deal with the course will last for 10 years! Not a bad way to end the 2011/12 academic session!
More good news followed as we attended the fantastic degree shows of many former CAPers throughout June.
In July and August things took a slower pace but soon picked up again with the influx of a new CAP1 group who were madesuitably welcome by the CAP2 devised and executed induction week project! Billed as a tea party it turned into a something more akin to riot in a charity shop! Excellent!
It wasnt long before we were taking advantage of our new parnership with ESW as AIRetc… Natalie Wilson exhibited the work she had developed and produced during her residency with us. The show, only the second ever in the ESW Eduardo Paolozzi Project Space was beautiful and articulate. A very fitting outcome to very successful residency.
Talking of fitting outcomes, I did say we would come back to our previous AIRetc… Artist, Paul Diamond, who started work as the Graduate Studio Assistant at the University of Edinburgh’s world renowned School of Architecture in October.
October was also the month in which CAP1 started their 7 week project at ESW. After 7 years of working with successive CAP1 groups in the old ESW building, which wasnot without its charms, you can be assure it was an absolute pleasure to be in a building with floods of natural light and heating. The outcomes which were exhibited in a staff student collaborative exhibition and review by 2 of the CAP1 participants can be found in the post immediately below this one or by clicking HERE
The third and final AIRetc… Participant for 2012 Gregor Morrison arrived at the the start of October and has been vigorously carving, drawing and printing away in the studio next door ever since. His energy and enthusiasm for printmaking with the the FAD12 students has been infectious providing group and 1-1 support to a range of students. We hope to have news of an exhibition of Gregor’s work very soon.
If anyone is wondering why no mention has been made of the momentus October 1st event that was the merger of the 3 colleges into the newly formed Edinburgh College.
The truth is that other than the momentary consideration being given changing the name from CAPetc to CAPec the truth is that so far at least the course has been unaffected. Whether that remains the case or not, remains to be seen.
The final months of the the year were packed full of activity in and out of the studio particularly particularly for the CAP2 students who participated in an new LOCAL
project. The premise of the project was to engage with the Political, social and geographical history of the area local to the Granton Campus of the college and to produce artwork in response to the engagement and subsequent research. The, ongoing project involved meetings and presentations for and by the North Edinburgh Local History Group at the North Edinburgh Art centre in Muirhouse. News on the next phase of the LOCAL project will be announced very soon!
Not satisfied with the with the already significant demands of Year 2 of the course the CAP2 group took it upon themselves to initiate an exhibition of their work entirely unsupported by the college or the staff. Having been inspired by the previous CAP2 group who graduated in June the show, entitled ‘Crit’, took place once again at the Old Ambulance Depot. The show was a genuine triumph and testimony to the groups talents and ambition.
So, thats about it really in terms of the high points of the 2012, there have been many, indeed the only thing missing has been a wedding! Perhaps this year…………?
Alan Holligan, Edinburgh, Jan 2013
October 26, 2012 Leave a comment
LOCAL is a recently launched ongoing collaborative project which seeks to establish community links between Contemporary Art students and staff from Edinburgh College (Granton) and the local communities of North Edinburgh. The project was launched at North Edinburgh Art Centre in September when we met with the North Edinburgh Social History Group (NESHG). The group and local Community Learning and Development worker Lynn McCabe, gave a fantastic presentation about the ares surrounding the Granton Campus from its time as land of gentry as part of the Duke Buccleuch Estate, through the industrialisation of the forth ports, the relocation of the Leith Street slums through to the rent strikes and activism of the last 40 years. After a lively Q&A session which spilled over into lunchtime the group brought the history to life during a bus tour of the local area.
At the end of the tour students were given the task of developing artwork/s in response to the presentation the tour and their discussions.
This week the group; Roberta Blaikie, Brian Eddington, Anna Hutchison, Ian Moore, Brian Robertson and Lynn McCabe joined us at the Granton Campus for lunch followed by a presentation of the work the students had produced. The response from the group was overwhelmingly positive and the discussions were fantastic. Speaking on behalf of the group Lynn said;
“We were all blown away by the creativeness of the students work and the relevance of their art to many of the issues which North Edinburgh has experienced over many years. It was a really inspiring afternoon and great to see such a positive relationship flourish between the college and the community”.
Everyone at ContemporaryArtETC is equally delighted with how the project is developing;
“The students have responded extremely well to the brief and we are very happy that everyone has resoponded so well to the project. This is only the first part of what we all hope will be a long, strong and creative relationship”. Alan Holligan Lecturer at ContemporaryArtETC
Images from the initial meeting and the presentation by the students are viewable below. LOCAL will continue and we hope the next stage will involve a public presentation of the work and workshops within the community.
May 23, 2012 Leave a comment
This years Final Year HN Diploma Exhibition ‘A Motley Assortment of Things’ opens tonight at the Old Ambulance Depot 6pm – 8pm.
As always the show features a wide variety of artistic practice and concerns including ‘Raunch Culture’, social housing and environmental issues.
The show is open daily between 10am – 5pm until Sunday 27th May.
February 17, 2012 Leave a comment
CAP students have had the chance to spend a day with Benjamin Fallon who led us on an excellent curatorial tour of artist moving image work from very early movements to contemporary interventions in digital time-based practice. The first half of the day provided an excellent overview (could have lasted a week if we had had Ben with us for long enough) of video work, situated in its historical and cultural context. We watched snippets of a wide range of video from the anxiety-inducing repetition and conceptual minimalism of Bruce Nauman’s Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square to the sensual aesthetics of Pipilotti Rist’s work and Bill Viola’s ‘high definition’ video interventions, exploring juxtaposed celebratory / dystopian visions of past / future realities.
The second half of the day led us towards a set of video works influenced by Ben’s curatorial practice featuring work responding to network culture and digital interaction, exploring ways in which the contemporary artist re-appropriates new spaces of culture brought about by the virtual and digital world, regaining agency with which to speak about the new subjectivities emerging within it. More information available here: http://curatorial.theopenseas.org/
This latter part of the day also included works by CAP’s very own Alan Holligan from Ben’s curatorial project The Warehouse of Horrors: http://curatorial.theopenseas.org/?portfolio=warehouse-of-horrors
We caught up with Ben after the lectures to have a wee chat with him about his (career) so far, his curatorial practice, and what he’s up to at the moment:
So, how did it all start for you?
How did it all start? Well, at Telford College - yes I came here! Well, I mean I suppose I left school at 16, failed my highers. I ended up doing art as default because… I’m lazy. And then, I gradually realised that I was properly interested in it, so I did what was the equivalent of prep and then the HND Public Art. It took three years instead of two.
Was that just the time it took then?
Well no – I failed in my second year! (laughs)
But Public Art wasn’t a particularly inspiring course was it, from what Alan said…?
No – it’s very, very different now to how it was then – now the course has been re-written, Contemporary Art Practice allows for a lot more development.
Yes, we’re lucky to have such energetic and engaged lecturers… and you didn’t go to art school after?
No. I applied a number of times after Telford. I think for two years I applied and then I got to the point where I was active in the Sculpture Workshop and other places and I realised I didn’t necessarily need to go to art school, so I didn’t apply that year and the years progressed and I just went oh well, that’s not happening.
That’s sort of encouraging. You know that you feel maybe you didn’t really miss out on anything, and that you can make your own way – especially with looming fee rises etc.
No I mean I think, obviously it’s quite nice to go to art school. A lot of my friends were there - I got the nice side without the bad side!
So was there something that sparked your career?
Um…Career is quite a grand word for it. Yeah, um, I don’t know I guess it’s just an interest. I mean, like I said I failed the second year of the HND because I just didn’t care at the time, I wasn’t interested. But I readjusted. I thought: ok now I need to do this properly. I became interested in the theoretical side a lot more. It was just because of an interest in that which led me to organise shows myself and then –
So you did your first shows independently? Did you apply for funding…?
Oh, it’s only very recently that I’ve had funding for anything. It’s always come out of my own pocket. But working with, you know, young local artists and art students, which… is cheap. It’s not something that pays a lot of money but…
So your first curatorial project… how did you initiate it?
Um, well I guess it was kind of working with a group of people who I knew about the arts… Yeah so it was just about finding people around me and I was very fortunate in that I was living in a house that had a spare room: gut that out, paint it white and you have a gallery. I think that, we could look back at it at that time and there was an emerging active artist-led scene in Edinburgh up to that point but it was never that visible. The Collective was there but it had been institutionalised years ago so I guess all that sparked me off a bit.
There are a lot more artist-led happenings now in Edinburgh aren’t here…
Yeah – there seems to be more and more, which can only be a good thing.
We were wondering about Alan: we want to know what influence he had on you…
Me and Alan didn’t get on for a long time because I wasn’t that committed for a while, but now we’re very good friends! Yeah it was kind of in my final year here that we found that we had lots of the same interests and yeah I think he’s very useful… in a grumpy way.
He’s very um, non-committal you don’t get a straight answer, it’s good…
Yeah it’s good because he makes you do the work – makes you answer your own question effectively.
Yeah, he’s good at that… I like to think of him as like a philosopher’s touchstone or something… So what are you doing at the moment?
At the moment I’m working on a project which is a non- public based, theoretical project. There are seven of us who are meeting once a month for the next six month to discuss institutional practice within Scotland which is, which sounds like a dry topic but… It’s through people who have worked within institutions of differing levels and we’ve tried to bring the group on one plane. So that’s the main one. I might be on another exhibition but there’s not really space for it. This is the big thing that you come up against. You get a certain position within the contemporary art world but that doesn’t necessarily equate to being able to do anything. I think that maybe it’s specific to Scotland. My friends in Europe have a bit more opportunity to get things going. I think Scotland is a very artist-centred country which is good, in a sense, but –
Do you think it’s more difficult to self-organise here?
Yeah, like actually getting a space to do a show, getting funding together, as a curatorial project, rather than as an artist. It’s still not easy to be an artist but there’s a lot more opportunity. If you look at exhibitions across Edinburgh, you know, it’s always generally solo exhibitions. You don’t see very many group exhibitions… I’m interested in doing group exhibitions, and pulling in wider ideas.
That’s interesting… this might be a bit of an annoying question but, we were wondering what you feel the ‘contemporary artist’ needs to be doing just now?
I think that… That’s a very difficult question. I think if you want to go down one route and do the commercial artist thing you need to be chatty or produce work that looks like every other work you see. Um… I don’t like the question because it makes it seems like there is such a thing as the correct artist- which I don’t think there is.
That’s a good answer. Why do you do what you do?
Um… God knows! I think because probably I’m curious. I think of art as a source of knowledge production, rather than entertainment or any other conceived views of art. And I think it’s about building my own knowledge and trying to share that knowledge and work with things that interest me.
(another equally difficult question we had noted down, but…) What about the role of a curator?
Well for me it’s about knowledge production and… just trying to work things through. Yeah…well I don’t like the idea of a job. At a recent show I did I was described as an early career curator; I hate the idea of a career because it comes with the idea of a hierarchy and climbing the ladder and I’m not interested in that. I want to be doing what I’m doing. I understand the pragmatics that I have to earn some money at some point but at the moment I’m doing that through web design.
That seems like quite an interesting point: making artwork, curating and doing something quite different to that on the side to make money, so as not to have to give up part of your practice to do that. Whereas if you were trying to make your living as an artist through funding or commissions or in the arts in general…
You have to do a commercial kind of thing. Most of the artists I know just take up a job and don’t even think about trying to sell their work I do know a few people who sell work, but…
Um… Oh, am I going to say the really trite thing? I probably am, yeah. Not really, no, because you learn from everything you do, and I try not to think back and regret things because, you know, it got me somewhere.
That’s good to know. Thanks Ben, and thanks for a very interesting day!
Ben Fallon, Kirsty Leonard and Claire Briegel
For more information on some of the artists mentioned above see links below:
Bruce Nauman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qml505hxp_c
As well as a wealth of artist video and sound work here: http://www.ubu.com
May 28, 2011 Leave a comment
Ceci n’est pas une orange
Edinburgh’s Telford College is delighted to be returning to the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop for the College’s annual HND Contemporary Art Practice’s Final Year Show which will be exhibiting at the Newhaven workshop from Saturday 28 May to Wednesday 1 June 2011.
Edinburgh’s Telford College has had a long relationship with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, connecting Telford’s art learners with a professional art environment for a number of years.
Through the years, the art learners from the College have held exhibitions at the prestigious north Edinburgh art space, which has given rise to a number of collaborative initiatives between the Telford learners and the ESW staff, such as professional practice days and learners from the College also receive ESW membership to allow them not only access to exclusive exhibitions, but also to a range of professional development opportunities and employment.
Telford’s Lecturer in Fine Art, Jennie Temple is a former member of the Board of Directors and Telford Curriculum Leader, Alan Holligan is Chair of the ESW Artistic Sub Committee. Commenting on the forthcoming exhibition, Jennie Temple said:
“It is always a great pleasure for the College to be showcasing our students’ work within the professional surroundings of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. This year’s HND Contemporary Art Practice graduates are an exceptional group of learners who are finishing on a high note.
“Our largest final year group for some time will represent the diverse range of work being made on the course. From painting and sculpture to film, photography and installation, regardless of method you will find work that is intelligent, thought-provoking and very much at home in the professional surroundings of ESW. We look forward to welcoming audiences to what we hope will be a stimulating exhibition.”
The exhibition will run from Saturday 28 May to 1 June 2011. There is a launch evening from 6pm to 8pm on Friday 27 May. If you are interested in attending this, please email Alan Holligan at email@example.com.
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May 2, 2011 Leave a comment
Pop Up Housing is a project led by Edinburgh’s Telford College Artist In Residence and Alumni Stephanie Cairns and features the work of current HND Contemporary Art students.
Featuring work by:
The exhibition opening is on Tuesday 3rd of May from 7pm to 9pm.
The exhibition will run from the 3rd to the 5th of May.
January 16, 2011 1 Comment
At the start of last week the CAP1 team were given a new project called ‘The Day Today”. The requirements were very simple the learners had to produce a different Artwork each day in response to a current affairs story which appeared in a Scottish Newspaper that same day. Works could take any form and use any media.
The responses were varied including; drawing, painting, performance and video but they had to uploaded to their individual blogs each day by mid-night.!
This was a great project with fantastic results from everyone. You can check out some of the blog posting by clicking on the links below.
September 24, 2010 Leave a comment
The following video was made by recent ContemporaryArtETC… graduate Gordon Douglas. Gordon started blogging along with his colleagues on the course 2 years ago and has become an avid user of social media to document and reflect on his activity. Don’t take our word for though, click on the video and Gordon will tell you himself.
June 7, 2010 Leave a comment
The opening night of this years HND Contemporary Art Diploma Exhibition ‘Cabin Fever’ was very well attended as always and the work was up to the usual excellent standards.
This years graduates will be going on to take up places on year 2 & 3 degree courses at;
Congratulations and well done to all!
May 24, 2010 Leave a comment
HND Contemporary Art Practice Diploma Exhibition CABIN FEVER opens this Friday the 28th May at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
After 9 months locked in the CAP Cabin the graduating students of this innovative fine art course will present their individual take on the world they inhabit from minimal abstraction to site specific installation the work.
Full details can be found on the poster below:
November 2, 2009 Leave a comment
ContemporaryArtETC… attended the opening of the Warehouse of Horrors at the ++44 141 Gallery in Glasgow on Saturday night and encountered a number of familiar and in some cases rather spooky faces.
The exhibition, curated by ex Telford Fine Art student and ContemporayArtETC… visiting lecturer Benjamin Fallon, brings together a range of artists who share a common interest in horror. Newly commissioned works by Chris Walker, Catherine Street and our very own Alan Holligan sit confidently in the company of international art stars such as Mike Kelly, Paul McCarthy and Olaf Breuning.
‘Warehouse of Horrors’ is one half of an innovative exchange project between the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh and +44 141 Gallery, which sees the Glasgow based gallery bring ‘Way Out is The Way Out’ featuring seven artists, predominantly painters, curated by Jamie Kenyon.
Warehouse of Horrors @ ++44 141 Gallery, Glasgow.
Marc Bijl, Beagles and Ramsay, Olaf Breuning, Neil Clements, Alexander Hetherington, Alan Holligan, Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, Lyndsay Mann, Jon Owen, Emma Pratt, Aida Ruilova, Catherine Street, Chris Walker
A publication featuring images of the artists work and newly commissioned essay’s by John Beagles, Neil Clements and Norman James Hogg accompanies the Exhibition.
Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
until 15th November
Way Out is The Way Out @ the Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.
Alan Stanners, Benny Merris, Christian Newby, Dan Miller, Ragnar Jonasson, Sandy Smith, Sophie Mackfall
Thursday – Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
until 15th November
September 26, 2009 Leave a comment
The exhibition which is centered around the theme of collage and assemblage was conceived and selected by ContemporatArtETC course leader Alan Holligan after his voyage around the degree shows for Art World magazine.
In the most important times in our existence we try to make sense of our place and time by cutting up the past and re-ordering the future.
At the turn of the 20th century collage and assemblage came to the fore as a legitimate means of visual and cultural expression. The lineage of this act of creative destruction can be traced to the invention of paper in China in 200BC but it was the rise of Modernism that necessitated a technique, which took the pre-existing: the already, and tore, cut and slashed it before it was re-proposed giving rise to new understanding and meaning.
The artists who feature in CUT/PASTE have graduated during the most turbulent and uncertain of times. Nearly a full century since Picasso and Braque re-defined collage by taking the subject of the café and colliding it with the surface of the painting they are acutely aware of the contextual past & present and do not shy away or hide from it.
Alan Holligan 2009
CUT / PASTE
Embassy graduates show 2009
19th September – 11th October
Thurs – Sun 12-6pm
Katherine Gallacher, Johnathan Long, Travis Souza, Diane Edwards, Thomas Nolan, Omar Z. Bhatia, Mikhak Mirmahmoudi
Selected by Alan Holligan
August 16, 2009 Leave a comment
“Occupied” is an exhibition featuring work by 3 of ContemporaryArtETC’s current students. The exhibition will feature new and recent work produced during their first year on the ground breaking course at Edinburgh’s Telford College.
The work covers a range of themes including; journey, protection and the notion of celebrity. Alongside these will be new works by the artists inspired by the current economic climate and associated difficulties of occupation, appropriation and negotiation.
Alan Holligan Curriculum Leader for the Contemporay Art Practice Course at Telford said “I am delighted that the students have shown such initiative and determination to get their work and ideas out in the public domain during their summer break. It takes a great deal of confidence and organisational skill to pull of an entirely self initiated project like this and it is testiment to the callibre of student and to their learnig over the last year.”
The art works will occupy the un-let retail space for 1 week between 18th-22nd of August at the height of the Edinburgh Festival season. The work will cover a broad range of disciplines including, drawing, painting, sculpture and film.
A private view of the work will be held on Monday the 17th August 7pm – 9pm.
Location: 9 Gillespie Place in Bruntsfield MAP
Times: Tues – Sat 10am and 6pm
August 15, 2009 Leave a comment
Fear • verb 1 be afraid of. 2 (fear for) be anxious about. 3 archaic regard (God) with reverence and awe.
F.E.A.R. is an exhibition of prints by Neil Manning Curriculum Leader btec 1st & ND at Edinburgh’s Telford College. This is an exhibition of 4 large scale limited edition screen prints, incorporating figurative symbolism, text and appropriated imagery and artefacts. The artworks are a personal response to recent and current personal, local, european and global events that disturbingly, on reflection, are too often more real than false.
Neil has exhibited work in gallery based shows including the R.S.A, S.S.A, Richard Demarco Gallery, 369 Gallery and Tron Theatre, since graduating in 1987 from Edinburgh College of Art. He was short listed for the McGrigor Donald Sculpture prize in 1990 exhibiting in the Kelvingrove Museum and Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh and London. The exhibitions have won critical acclaim and shocked a vocal minority with powerfully executed figurative imagery which challenge our perceptions of and highlight real and current events.
Exhibition runs till the 31st August @ The Village, South Fort Street, Edinburgh.
Contact the Artist: