Art Events and Opportunities: September 2019

With September comes the last blush of summer and the first of a new season of exhibitions across Scotland

Article by Adam Benmakhlouf | 02 Sep 2019
  • Alberta Whittle between a whisper and a cry Film Still

There are three new exhibitions in CCA through September. "No more artists," says artist Aman Sandhu whose exhibition opens 6 September (until 22 Sep) and revolves around this mantra. Then there's Grace Schwindt from 7 September-13 October, whose work investigates all levels of power structures, including family, government and religion. As the next part of the CCA’s ongoing series of performance-related exhibitions Some things want to run, the artist Jasmina Cibic will share a film trilogy on the topic of major state presentations to the world (international art festivals, architecture fairs, world expos), and the ways that women are silenced within politics (13 Sep-13 Oct).

From 14 September (until 24 Nov), Dundee Contemporary Arts present the first major Scottish solo exhibition of Barbadian-Scottish artist Alberta Whittle. Whittle’s interdisciplinary practice draws out nuanced insight into memory, trauma, weather and tensions between land and sea. Whittle’s performance, sculpture, prints and films challenge accepted Western constructs of history and society, and considers the afterlife of slavery, “when the black body can become suspended in a state of stress that directly impacts upon physical, mental and emotional health."

The Common Guild present the next in their programme of events on the needs, expectations and possibilities of the space for art today with speakers including artists, architects, curators and others. For this month, Glasgow-based architect Jude Barber is the invited speaker. Barber is director of the studio Collective Architecture, a 48-strong, 100% employee owned and controlled studio, committed to “creative freedom, equity and sustainability.” The event takes place 6-8.30pm in Langside Halls on Thursday 19 September, tickets are £3-5, free for the unwaged.

Also on 19 September, artist and performer Thulani Rachia’s first solo show opens in Civic Room, as part of the programme, Of Lovely Tyrants and invisible women. Rachia presents a new moving image and installation work, stemming from his practice-as-research methodology, which investigates his interests in site and history and how these coalesce in the formation of identity, culture and memory and draws on his experiences of growing up in South Africa and his training in architecture. The exhibition continues until 3 November.

From 20 September, Ashanti Harris presents a major new solo show in Transmission Gallery. Pick up this month's magazine for a full feature on her practice and projects.

During 20-22 September, Screen Argyll present Sea Change: Powering Women in Film. Taking place on the Isle of Tiree, the public festival celebrates the life of renowned French film director and photographer Agnes Varda, and marks the centenary of the Orkney filmmaker Margaret Tait with a screening of Blue Black Permanent, the first Scottish feature film directed by a woman. Tickets for the festival are priced from £30 to £45. For more information see


The In Tandem residency allows two artists to apply for a joint residency of four weeks, delivered by a pair of Edinburgh art organisations: Embassy, and Basic Mountain. Intended for early career artists to test new ideas, the opportunity also includes one public outcome that can take whatever form the artists wish. Artists must be based in or around Edinburgh, transport costs can be covered and the fee is £1,500 per artist. Deadline: 9 September

The Visual Art Scotland Inches Carr Mentoring Award provides a £5000 fee for the selected early career artist, and an additional £2000 for the artist’s chosen mentor whose discipline or professional experience would add value to the winner’s practice. The opportunity also includes two exhibition opportunities in the Royal Scottish Academy. Deadline: 1 October