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 ECAis 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 Terminalto 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)
“This will not re-occur” was an all too brief but altogether visually and conceptually rich experience of new works from recently graduated #CAPetcAlumni Donna Lauder, Georgia Sparkes, Daniel Twist, (2015) Kaitlyn Walker-Stewart and Joshua Waterson. (2014)
Despite being located in the rehearsal studio of the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in leith the artists had little opportunity before the 3pm deadline to test their ideas and assess how the works cohabited in the space. A difficult problem given the range of work on show which included sculptural intervention, drawing, painting, video and 2 simultaneous live performances but it was a problem ably overcome.
Daniel Twist & Kaitlyn Walker-Stewart
Since graduating from Edinburgh College the group have moved on to art schools across the UK, Central Saint Martins, Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and Northumbria University.
REUNIFICATION is a diverse collective of 9 recent graduates (2014/15) from 3 of Scotland’s Art Schools. However this is not the only thing they have in common as
the seeds of the collective were sown when the artists worked side by side in the HND Contemporary Art Practice studios of Edinburgh College Granton.
In their most recent exhibition “ETC…” opened last night at Edinburgh’s G4 Bunker, which is part of the Gayfield Creative Spacesproject.
Coming hot on the heels of their successful show at the critically acclaimed Generator Projectsspace in Dundee this summer the current exhibition presents a variety of contemporary artworks including video, painting, sound work, performance, installation and sculpture which offer an insight into concerns around the passing of time.
In the roughly constructed subterranean spaces of the bunker history is brought forward into the present, challenging the idea of finite timelines. This creates the opportunity for dialogues with an audience, as they are encouraged to deepen their understandings of past cultures and history. New meanings are explored in overlooked materials, be they behaviors, spaces or ephemeral objects, that hold specific importance to their respective times in history and culture.
“The Contemporary Art Practice course has a fine art focus, offering students the environment to experiment, to investigate processes and challenge themselves. Says lecturer Alan Holligan, “We offer a very broad range of contemporary practices so people can specialise in sculpture, 2D practices, 3D practices or mixed practice. Usually they make decisions based on the courses they specifically want to go to, wherever that might be. They’re encouraged to work into areas that we as lecturers don’t necessarily have expertise in. I think in some courses they’re supposed to stay within the knowledge of their lecturer, which is why there’s often an emphasis on painting, an emphasis on sculpture, whereas we’re very clear that the students’ ambition shouldn’t be set by our skillset. They need to outreach that and often we have to keep up with them, which is good for everybody concerned.”
This year’s class first exhibited in the working professional environment that is the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, before transferring a pared-down version of the show to Summerhall. They’re a mixed bunch, exploring a wide variety of disciplines with varying degrees of success. Still at an experimental stage in their practice, this is to be expected. However, some students display a striking level of ambition, notably Jay Easton, who delves into the realms of technology to present work which aims to pose challenging questions. In ESW, two iPhones communicate with one another, displaying the mundane chatter between a couple. With the human protagonists removed from the equation, the relationship is reduced to two screens interacting eerily.
In Summerhall, Easton displays two QR codes, one on a slate (redolent of history, sculpture, early man) and one on a box afixed to the wall. A hasty download of a QR scanner (the technology seems a bit retro already, ironically) reveals the works to link to texts on his blog meditating on the dangers of an unconsidered embrace of technology, and the parallels of Pandora’s box, respectively.
He’s now off to GSA to delve further into his research. Like many in the Let’s Glow showcase, Easton is at an interesting point in his development. The bright prospects each has before them suggests this will not be the last we hear of them.”
The AIRetc…. Contemporary Art Team are delighted to welcome our new Artist In Residence, Julie Duffy. Julie, who graduated from the HND at at the former Telford College in 2008 went on to gain a 1st class BA Hons Degree in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD), is our eighth resident in the AIR studio.
Since graduating from DJCAD in 2011 Julie has developed new work and has exhibited regularly throughout Edinburgh including solo exhibitions at Summerhall and group shows at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. As well as developing her solo practice in sculpture Julie has more recently been developing collaborative practices with Hayley Mathers who as well as being a former AIRetc…. is also a graduate from DJCAD.
Julie is also an active member and former studio holder at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop where she has developed a curatorial role as a member of the 2 person TANK committee which is responsible for the programming of the TANK project and exhibition space at ESW.
Julie has already made a fantastic contribution to the HND CAP course by getting involved with studio / project crits and we are all really looking forward to the working closely with her over the next few months.
Julie will be blogging throughout her time as AIR and as always you can follow her progress on the AIRetc website. In the meantime you can find pout more about Julie and her practice by visiting her website: