LOCAL: New art / community project launched in North Edinburgh

NESHG & CAP_ETC first meeting at North Edinburgh Arts

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.

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From Scotland to Sunny Blunts… Article from Hartlepool Mail

Click on the link below to see the article in last weeks Hartlepool Mail about our recent visit to the Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee.


Curator from Scottish National Galleries visits Telford’s Artist In Residence

The Art & Design Team were delighted to welcome Lauren Rigby to the ARIRetc… studio last week. Lauren is a curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and was in Telford to see new work by current AIR Stephanie Cairns who will be showing the gallery at the end of February.

Speaking during her visit to the ‘AIRetc…’ studio, Lauren said:
“We – Scottish National GOMA and The Trustees of the John Watson Prize – are delighted to be presenting Stephanie Cairns’ new work. We are sure that it has been invaluable for Stephanie to have access to the studio space and facilities available to her at the College while she is working as Artist in Residence and preparing for her display.”

Click on the link below to see a full article on the Telford website.


Art e-Facts 81: Susan Philpsz 2010 Turner Prize Winner and the Telford CAP Student:

Question: What’s the connection between 2010 Turner Prize winning Scottish Artist Susan Phillipsz and the HND Contemporary Art Practice course at Telford College?

Answer: 47 Film

In May this year Film 47 documented Phillpsz Prize winning work ‘Lowlands’. The final film was submitted to the Turner Art Committee for judgement ad there is little doubt that 47 Film’s film footage helped Susan secure her prize

At around the same time Filmogropher Andy Cameron of 47 Film, was working closely with Art & Design student Natalie Doyle on the recording of Natalies’ Final Major Project work of her Foundation Course here at Telford College. Natalies’  movie focuses on social relationships through the Internet and how identity is built up through that medium. CAP Alumni Lauren McLaughlin and Gordon Douglas also appear within the film.

The following is a short documentary about the film:

Andy Cameron works freelance in and around Scotland and has worked for the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Glasgow International Arts Festival and has been published on several high profile websites.

For further information email 47 film at:


Telford College Partner in The Big Arts Give Christmas Challenge 2010

Telford College and Contemporary Art Practice partner Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) is one of only six Scottish charities selected to participate in the Big Arts Give Christmas Challenge, UK-wide campaign supported by the Scottish Government and Arts & Business which aims to raise £3m in total by increasing the incentives for supporting the arts.

Until Friday 31 December, all donations made through the Big Arts Give website will help ESW raise funds for the New Sculpture Centre

The Big Idea

To create a purpose-built sculpture centre in Edinburgh providing the facilities and services needed by artists to support them at all stages in their careers and to provide a valuable public resource which will enable people of all ages and ability to learn about contemporary sculpture.

ContemporaryArtETC.. has a long standing and highly productive partnership with ESW allowing our learners to produce and exhibit work in a professional, supportive and highly respected organisation. The new purpose built sculpture centre, the only one of its kind in the UK, will allow us to take the partnership to to a new level and we need your help to make it happen and secure this exciting future.

A limited number of donations and match funded and all money raised will go towards the cost of building the new sculpture centre.

If you would like to support Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop please make your donation through the Big Arts Give website by following the link below:

Big Arts Give Christmas Challenge