ContemporaryArtETC… student exhibits in City Art Centre

Lex Sumptuaria by Sarah Wilson

An artwork by HND Contemporary Art Practice Year 2 participant Sarah Wilson has been selected for the annual exhibition of Visual Arts Scotland which opened at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh last night. The exhibition offers a rare chance to see some of the best painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, furniture and photography in Scotland all under one roof.

This is a great honour for Sarah who’s work was selected from among 750 submissions many of which were made by professional artists and degree graduates. It is testimony to the quality of the work produced by participants on the ground breaking course at Edinburgh’s Telford College that Sarah is exhibiting in such illustrious company.

The work, which was produced in response to a course brief, is brass plaque mounted on wood with an engraving of the definition of the Lex Sumptuaria an ancient Roman law outlawing the public display of wealth during times of economic hardship.

The exhibition is open daily until 19th March

City Art Centre
2 Market Street. Tel: 0131 529 3993

ContemporaryArtETC Graduates show opens in Carlilse

Congratulations to ContemporaryArtETC graduates Jennifer Ferns, Lynn Mouat & Daine Cornwall who’s latest works featured in “Therfore I am” an exhibition of new work at Cumbria University’s Fine Art Campus in Carlisle. The exhibition which is of a very professional standard was developed, organised and promoted by the students themselves giving them invaluable experience in organisation and co-operation.

The opening of the show coincided with a visit to the campus of our current HN students all of whom have applied to the Fine Art course at Cumbria University.

During the visit we were kindly invited to take part in the gallery walk through which involved all the exhibitors giving a short presentation providing valuable insight into their work.

The exhibition “Therefore I am” is open daily from 10am – 4pm until Friday the 30th January

University of Cumbria, Caldewgate Campus, Newcastle Street, Carlilse


Newcastle Visit

The images above are from our recent day trip to Newcastle with our colleagues from the HND Vis Com Illustration course. First stop was the Fine Art School at Newcastle University where we were greeted with light refreshments and an excellent introduction to the courses and facilities by admissions tutor Gavin Robson.

After a quick lunch the next stop was the Workplace Gallery which has re-located to new premises in a former post office. The gallery can be found in the shadow of the iconic Gateshead multi storey car park designed by Owen Luder Partnership 1964 and was made famous in the classic 1970’s british gangster flick ‘Get Carter featuring Michael Caine. Workplace is a commercial gallery run by artists and it represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and art fairs. The current show FEEDBACKER by Peter J. Evans features drawing, sculpture and performance over 3 floors and is very much worth a visit before it ends on 20th Dec 2008.

On then to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art for an introduction to the institution and the George Maciunas Fluxus exhibition which brings together the largest collection of Fluxus work ever exhibited in the UK. The extensive exhibition continues till 15th Feb 2009 and is supported by a range of online resources available through the Baltic Archive.

Finally we herded back on the bus for a moonlit and frankly baltic pit stop at the Angel of the North our final destination on the itinerary before our return to Edinburgh. at Edinburgh’s Telford College would like to thank everyone who contributed to a great day out of the studio Mike from Hunters Coaches of Loanhead who’s good humour and patience was very much appreciated.

For more information regarding the places we visited click on the links above or visit the recently added Art e-Map of Newcastle in the links panel.

Art e-Facts 77: Langlands & Bell

In 2002 they were commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to research the War in Afganistan. As a result of their the pair produced a trilogy of works including The House of Osama bin Laden, an interactive computer animation of the house occupied by Osama bin Laden in the late 1990s. The work, which utalised state of the art gaming technology of the day allows the viewer to move through digital landscape seeking that which is no longer present.

In 2004 the work won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award (BAFTA) for Interactive Art Installation. The work also featured in their Turner Prize nominated show at Tate Britain in the same year. A second work in the trilogy Zardads Dog which documented the trail of Abdullah Shah, nicknamed Zardad’s Dog because of his penchant for biting his victims before murdering them, was withdrawn from exhibition amid fears that it may be held in contempt of court during the then trial of Afghan warlord Faryadi Sarwar Zardad.

Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh as part of the Langlands & Bell Films & Animations 1978 – 2008 exhibition until December 13th. Other notable works in the exhibition include 2008’s ‘Departure a ‘Guerilla Website’ linked to and ‘Kitchen’ their first film collaboration from 1978.

The staff and students of would like to thank Zoë Fothergill and the Talbot Rice Gallery for the excellent talk and tour we received at the exhibition.–bell-digital-exclusive/2369

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop @ WASPs presents: Lyndsay Mann and Ewan Robertson

Lynsay Mann & Ewan Robertson

TBG&S Installation, Dublin 2008 Casimir in Monoceros, 2007

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop presents a two person exhibition featuring new work by Edinburgh based artists Lyndsey Mann & Ewan Robertson will open tomorrow night 13th Novemebr at Patriothall Gallery, Stockbridge.

Lyndsay Mann and Ewan Robertson share a sensibility in their approach to materials, each following diverse areas of research which leads to both multi-disciplinary processes and practice.

This new recent work by Ewan Robertson further explores interests in physicality: it’s material nature; constituents; fabric and status lying somewhere between the experiential and the physical, between object and installation. Drawn together from individual strands as diverse as mechanical music, the LA coastline, vehicles and props in non-violent action, linear systems / events / narratives, the work has a slow-burn feel and has almost self-formed into a singular sense or entity speaking about presence, silence and shadow. Like a newly uttered visual sentence it seems caught perpetually in the moment before thought condenses and meaning is fixed. It feels like a momentary clearing in fog that quietly subsumes but shows light traces of its tangential origins.

Lyndsay Mann’s work explores the most fundamental aspects of our experience: desire and dread, faith and futility. She follows simultaneously intuitive and pragmatic routes within her enquiries, often employing labour intensive processes in her work; using simple and inexpensive materials to suggest an environment of appropriation and a submission to process, manipulating familiar materials removed from their common context simulates a ritual. Mann’s writing, which is integral to her practice, falls somewhere between a manifesto and a self-help text, taking the form of suggested hypotheses or personal statements, neither definitive nor absolute. Abstracted from larger texts, she creates mantra-style sound bites within the works. Most recently she has developed this through sound recording during her residency at Stills gallery.
For Mann, combining multi-dimensional elements of her practice creates a dialogue which the viewer interrupts and becomes party to, assigned a role within the created dynamic to produce event, experience, and witness.

Opening: Thursday 13th November 6-8pm

Dates: 14th-30th November
Exhibition open: Thursdays to Sundays only
Opening times: Thursdays & Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-5pm

There will be an artists’ talk on Sunday 23rd November from 2-3pm at WASPS, Patriothall.

Entry to the exhibition and talk is free.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop at WASPS, Patriothall in Stockbridge.
WASPS, 1D Patriothall, Off Hamilton Place
Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AY