Basel Field Trip 2011: Day 1

Basel Day 1:

We arrived in Basel a few hours late on Saturday afternoon. Not because of the snow in Edinburgh but due to the plane breaking down and having to be replaced by another from Milan. Edinburgh Airport has changed recently and is not the worst place to spend a few extra hours waiting for a flight. It is expensive though, which was something like preparation for Basel. I was last in Basel in 2000 when it was 2.36 Swiss franc to the £ now its only 1.47! Ouch!

The hostel; Basel Backpack, suited our needs well, a place to drop after a long day of galleries, museums and sightseeing. It has a kitchen and a common room, which was great for the budget conscious noodle munchers amongst the group. After sorting the rooms out and a short break for juice and coffee it was off to take immediate advantage of the free travel pass we all received when we checked into the hostel. Free city travel for all tourists, what an excellent idea. The trams are regular and easy to navigate so getting into town was no problem and only too 10 mins. Trying to cater for the individual food needs of a large group is never easy so we headed for a part of town with various outlets and agreed to meet an hour later. Sure enough an hour later we were altogether and heading for the Cargo Bar by the Rhine. The bar is small but very friendly with a great a[r]tmosphere. Cool tunes, fine wine and a range of good beers and coffee. Of course it didn’t take long for the effects of an early rise and the air travel to take their toll and it was off to bed at a very respectable hour.

Art e-Facts 83: David Nash

After completing his studies at Kingston, Brighton and Chelsea Scools of Art British Sculptor David Nash moved from London to laenau Ffestiniog in North Wales where he purchased a chapel. Dislocated from the mayhem of London and the urban sprawl the chapel remains both his home and studio.

In 1977 Nash who works primarily in wood, planted a number of Ash saplings on a plot near his home, which became his ‘Laboratory’. The Ash Dome is a place for thinking and developing new works.

The following programme on David Nash is available in the BBC iPlayer.

Art & Design Learning Assistant vacancy at Edinburgh’s Telford College

Full-time Learning Assistant Required: Art and Design

Fixed term until 17th June 2011
Salary: £18,918 – £22,604 (pro rata)
Reference number: LAFA1
Edinburgh’s Telford College is the largest Further Education College in the City of Edinburgh and one of the largest in Scotland, enrolling almost 20,000 students each year. We are based at our high quality state of the art campus on Granton Waterfront.
We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for an individual to join our team of committed professionals. The Art and Design team seeks to recruit a Learning Assistant to support the provision of a first class learning experience.
The successful candidate will support learners undertaking Art & Design courses from non-advanced level pathways & Btec diagnostic courses to Higher National Diploma courses in Contemporary Art Practice and Illustration. This is a key role within a highly regarded professional and creative Art and Design team.
Click on the link for further details!

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.