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.
When #CAPetcAlumni Julie Duffy and Hayley Mathers developed a common interest in the life and work of, artist, photographer, model, muse, cook and host Lee Miller neither had imagined that within a couple of years they would be giving a talk on their collaborative practice to a packed out Hawthornden Lecture Theatre at the Scottish National Gallery, but this week that’s exactly what they did.
Julie Duffy Haley Mathers introduce their talk on Lee Miller
In Sept 2013 and Sept 2014 in what became something of a full circle both Hayley and Julie respectively joined us once again at Edinburgh College Granton as resident Artists on our #AIRetc… programme. During their time they developed both their individual and collaborative practice which you can view on the AIRetc… website: https://airetc.wordpress.com/
Collaborative Works 2014
The collaboration has spawned a number of object based works, themed culinary events and workshops including a birthday party for Lee Miller, featuring party hats which have become something of an emblem for the project, and childrens workshops at local primary schools.
The presentation this week at the Scottish National Gallery was excellent and stimulated great responses, ideas and very high praise from the audience. Despite being something of a punctuation mark for the project we are all hoping for a next chapter.