Life After Art School?

A massive thank you to #CAPetcAlumni Natasha Kemp, Karen Fleming, Natalie Doyle and Lynne McBride from the Reunification Collective for giving such an inspirational talk at their exhibition ETC… at Gayfield Creative Spaces. CAP1&2 colleagues were given great insight into what lies ahead for them in the coming years of developing as artists, getting used to crits and presentations, applying for art school,  what to expect when they get there and the realities of life afterward.

All four artists have made fantastic starts to their careers and are involved with a great range of projects with highly respected art organisations and companies. Natasha who graduated from the painting school at ECA is working from her new studio in Dunfermline and is represented by a London based gallery. Karen also a painting graduate of ECA is working closely with the company behind Ocean Terminal to develop studio and gallery space as part of a new creative hub at the terminal site. Natalie a GSA environmental art graduate is currently at Stills Gallery and working on a new body of work and finally Lynne graduated from DJCAD fine art has recently taken up a key role on the committee of Generator Projects in Dundee and is working at Dundee Contemporary Arts. (DCA)

Au revoir Julie Duffy AIRetc

Goodbye is so very hard to say so as its au revoir to artist in residence Julie Duffy whose tenure in the AIRetc studio came to an end last friday. It has been a fabulous 5 months working alongside Julie and we are all extremely grateful for the contribution she has made to the CAP course so far. Although Julie will be around the college now and again as we prepare for her exhibition at the Bothy at the National Gallery of Modern Art next month it seemed appropriate to mark the end of her residency on Friday when she moved out of the studio. So it was juice & custard creams all-round courtesy of the students.

Further info on Julie’s exhibition will be posted soon but in the meantime you can take a look at her blog postings made during the residency here:

Up town top rankin. TAXI !!

It was a day on the town for CAPetc today. Talbot Rice Gallery to start where assistant curator James Clegg gave us an introduction to both the galleries current shows. First up was The Beguiled Eye, Christopher Orr’s first solo show in Scotland, bringing together new and recent paintings and featuring, for the first time, the artist’s remarkable sketchbooks.

‘Orr’s oil paintings and watercolours offer enigmatic glimpses into other worlds where modern characters appear within expansive environments, laden with drama. The intriguing scenes derive from an appropriation of images from a vast range of visual materials, including National Geographic magazines, scientific manuals, 1950s snaps, art historical images and Super 8 films.’

Also on at the TR is gap in the air: a festival of sonic art which is “a celebration of music and sonic art in Talbot Rice’s Georgian Gallery, including performances by experimental musicians and artists, work by staff and students, workshops and academic discussions. The programme is dedicated to the experience of sound, the neo-classical space of the Georgian Gallery becoming a sounding-box for the most prescient themes in contemporary sonic art”

Next up was a quick walk up to Edinburgh College of Art for a talk by Mark McGowan aka The Artist Taxi Driver. As anticipated the talk was excellent and Mark gave us all a great deal to think about in relation to politics, culture and the role & responsibility or art & artists in contemporary society. Below is one of Marks videos which was playing as we took our seats in the lecture hall.

Thanks to Rhubaba Gallery & Studios for organising the event and for inviting CAP.

Visiting Artist: Catherine Street

It was great to be joined today by Edinburgh based artist Catherine Street who gave a fantastic talk about her work and some of the key influences on her performance practice this morning. Several #CAPers also took the opportunity to have studio tutorials with Catherine.

Take a look at Catherine’s website here:


A model example!

#exCAPer delivers model making workshop to 3D Design students.

HND 3D Design (Interior Design) students were joined last week by ex Edinburgh College Artist In Residence #AIRetc Paul Diamond who gave a presentation and led a discussion on model making. Paul, who studied on the HND Contemporary Practice/Public Art Course at Edinburgh College 2006-2008 before studying sculpture at Newcastle University now works in the Architecture Dept workshops at Edinburgh University shared a range of examples of sketch and completed models with the students