AIRetc… Shareen Sorour

It was an enormous pleasure to welcome Shareen Sorour as the new Artist In Residence in the Art & Design Dept. Shareen studied Foundation Diploma (FAD) and HND Contemporary Art Practice (CAP) before heading west to study for a degree in Sculpture and Environmental Art (SEA) at Glasgow School of Art (GSA).

So far Shareen introduced us to her practice and has already taken part in crits and tutorials.

Tutorials at GSA

Over the last few years we have been developing a successful relationship with the Sculpture & Environmental Art (SEA) dept at Glasgow School of Art. There are a lot of #exCAPers currently studying across years 2,3 & 4 and several have graduated from SEA in recent years. Last year Jennie and I spent a day in dept discussing applications, progression, course structures and participating in Year 2 crits which was a fantastic opportunity for us to benchmark the courses and establish closer ties.

Last week we returned along with 5 current CAP2 students who have applied to GSA SEA for next year. In the morning we took part in Year 2 project tutorials which included Subie and Shareen who graduated from CAP last year.

After lunch we went to  695 Gallery which is within the site of the 3rd Year Public Art Project. The students including #exCAPer Heather Lane, were hanging their exhibition and we were able to discuss some of the projects and find out more about the 3rd year course.

Finally we went with Heather and Elizabeth, our fantastic host, to the Savoy shopping centre to see G-Unit a fantastic public engagement project /programme by another #exCAPer, Rachel Simpson and her collaborative partner Hannan Jones. During the project G-Unit is running a series of workshops including screenings and book binding / production.

It was a fantastic day and great so see and hear how well all our former CAP colleagues are getting on at GSA and we look forward to seeing how their work continues to progress.



PARADISE Poster Sofie Fischer-Rasmussen Image 1

‘PARADISE’ is an exhibition of new work by #exCAPer Sofie Fischer-Rasmussen. The exhibition is a presentation of bold, botanically themed, photographic works, fragile sculptures and intricate instillations. These are the result of the artist’s struggle to maintain the necessary balance between economic self sufficiency, and becoming a professional working artist in her first year out of art school.

Sofie graduated from HND Contemporary Art Course at Edinburgh College Granton in 2009 before going directly into year 2 of the highly respected Sculpture and Environmental Art Course at Glasgow School of Art. Since graduating from GSA in summer 2012 Sofie has continued to develop her practice while dealing with the economic realities of life after art school.

Sofie is prolific in her use of social media and internet based research. Some which readers can see from the links below which include an interview on Glasgow based artists collective 2-1-4-1 website.

PARADISE: Opens tonight at 6pm at A.Gallery, 87 Saltmarket Glasgow.

Sofie Fischer-Rasmussen Image 2

SFR on tumblr:

Full exhibition text:

Interview with SFR on 2-1-4-1 website:


Art World 2009 Degree Show Report

The Art World 2009 UK Degree Show round up is available now in the August / September international edition of the magazine. This years round up features 20 graduates from accross the UK including 7 artists selected from Aberdeen, Cumbria, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Newcastle by our very own chief contributor and Curriculum Leader Alan Holligan.

“It was a real honour to be asked to contribute once again to Art Worlds annual reveiw graduating fine art talent. The opportunity to see, consider and comment on so much work from the colleges our students aspire too provides valuable insight into current concerns of emerging artists and the various schools they are graduating from. The quality of the work was very high this year throughout all the shows I visited and I am encouraged by the high standards and breadth of practice.”

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