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
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
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 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:
August 3, 2009 Leave a comment
The Art World 2009 UK Degree Show round up is available now in the August / September international edition of the magazine. This years round up features 20 graduates from accross the UK including 7 artists selected from Aberdeen, Cumbria, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Newcastle by our very own chief contributor and Curriculum Leader Alan Holligan.
“It was a real honour to be asked to contribute once again to Art Worlds annual reveiw graduating fine art talent. The opportunity to see, consider and comment on so much work from the colleges our students aspire too provides valuable insight into current concerns of emerging artists and the various schools they are graduating from. The quality of the work was very high this year throughout all the shows I visited and I am encouraged by the high standards and breadth of practice.”
Art World magazine is available from all major stockist of Contemporay and Fine Art periodicals. Suscribe on line at:
June 12, 2009 Leave a comment
After a successful 2008 round up ContemporaryArtETC… will once again be adorning the Deerstalker and heading for the richest of hunting grounds to report on this years emerging talent for Art World Magazine.
This year we are casting our gaze a little further by adding Newcastle, where we are today and Dundee, covered last week, to our hit list.
In the next 7 days we will visit:
Newcastle University, Cumbria University, Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and Glasgow School of Art.
October 29, 2008 Leave a comment
ContemporaryArtETC are pleased to announce that a new video work by staff member Alan Holligan will be premiered in the Caravan of Horrors at the Collective Gallery Edinburgh.
ONEZERO projects returns after an extended break to bring you ‘Caravan of Horrors’ the first outcome of a research project looking at the influence of Horror on Contemporary Art.
Onezero will be screening 5 works by:
Caravan of Horrors is running in conjunction with the launch of issue two of Fools in Print ‘AKA Tomfoolery’ as part of New Work Scotland 2008
August 11, 2007 Leave a comment
Exhibition Opens Today 2-4pm all welcome
North Edinburgh Arts Centre
15a Pennywell Court
Edinburgh EH4 4TZ
Runs til 2nd September
Thurs – Sat
10pm – 4pm
settlement | bay circles around ideas of dwelling and passing. The exhibition builds on ephemeral and yet repeating scenes seen from a bay window in Leith. Here you can see the poetry of flying plastic bags and tarmac boredom. Continuously murmuring sound comes from unknown neighbours (all artists maybe?) with their own thoughts, speeches and actions. Images become sculptures, sculptures become space and sound. Set off by the visitors’ presence the scenario will turn. Discover the recurring images and patterns, the loops, the déjà-vus. What do they tell you, these endlessly appearing ordinary moments? They are on the move…
Stefan Baumberger & Nicole Heidtke (~ in the fields),
Benjamin Fallon (onezeroprojects),
July 1, 2007 1 Comment
Well I have to say the launch of Form went very well indeed with all credit going to Ben, Jennie & Chris. Both the publication and exhibition of drawing was very well recieved by the significant numbers in attendance including several of our colleagues from the HND Courses.
The project space at ESW really is an underated and underused space for events of this kind. Lets see some more please.
Sorry about the image quality. Hope to have better ones soon.