Art News and Opportunities: August 2018

August brings many art exhibitions and events, including – to name a few – the Edinburgh Art Festival, and Sonica's celebration of visual sonic work in Glasgow. A host of upcoming deadlines for artist opportunities are helpfully gathered here too!

Article by Rosie Priest | 30 Jul 2018

Exhibition Highlights

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or possibly the most dreadful depending on what you think of August in the capital, with every nook and cranny of Edinburgh being jam-packed with festivities, including Edinburgh Art Festival. There are simply too many things to shout about, and we've has devoted a double-pager to the up-and-coming artists in the Platform exhibition at the City Art Centre from 26 July to 26 August.

As well as EAF's commission's programme, galleries across Edinburgh are filling their spaces with partner exhibitions for Edinburgh Art Festival throughout the month. The Fruitmarket Gallery have already kicked off proceedings with an incredible exhibition of work by Tacita Dean, while the Edinburgh College of Art are housing a haunting investigation: Dead Images explores the legacy of collections of human skulls, some unethically acquired and all still held in public institutions in Europe. 

Over in Glasgow, Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover are presenting Looking for Signs: ideas and imagined circumstances, an exhibition by Scottish artist and designer Jimmy Cosgrove. On until 16 September, the exhibition will familiarise audiences with Cosgrove’s keen observation of people and places he has encountered, all re-imagined through a personal lens imbued with spontaneous and constructed narratives that all reflect his immense curiosity in the exploration of ideas.

Sonica's latest roundup of some of the most exciting visual and sonic artwork is also already underway; read more about it in our chat with Robbie Thomson and Louise Harris on p61.

Awards, Funding and Call for Entries

Artists working in moving image need to be quick off the mark if reading this now, as Alchemy Film Festival invite proposals of moving image installations to be exhibited between November 2018 and March 2019 in Hawick, Scottish Borders.
Deadline: 3 August

Moray Artists Bursary are offering emerging and established artists the opportunity to apply for a bursary of between £500 and £1500 to help towards activities such as researching, creating and presenting new work or advancing skills, technical ability and ideas.
Deadline: 12 August

You'll need to become a member of the Scottish Society of Artists to submit work for a satellite exhibition hosted by An Lanntair. Palimpsest has an exciting, albeit unique brief: “Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form”, inspired by medieval manuscripts' layering of text.
Deadline: 16 August

Spark Box Studio in Prince Edward County, Ontario have an exciting Artist Residency Program: they are currently looking for artists working in print, photography, paint and illustration to apply. The Residency Program affords artists space and time to support the advancement of their careers and to strengthen their practice.
Deadline: 31 August

Wasps Studios have again announced a self-funded residency opportunity, for artists and makers to stay in the beautiful surroundings of The Booth, Shetland in 2019. 
Deadline: 30 September

If the idea of tranquility and rurality gets your artistic juices flowing, then Moray Art Centre’s call out for exhibition proposals may be for you. With an open-ended brief, artists are also encouraged to submit their ideas for their potential inclusion as tutors in leading their own one-off workshops, courses, and talks at Moray Art Centre, in tandem with their exhibitions.
Deadline: 30 December

And finally, The People Unite sees Glasgow residents celebrate a different community, that of the people of Berlin, and organisers are currently looking for volunteers to help with a gargantuan project. Over one week, volunteers will build a massive cardboard replica of a Berlin landmark in Glasgow Green at the start of August. No prior experience necessary!