Scottish Art News July 2018

While Glasgow reels from the devastating fire at the GSA and the surrounding buildings, Edinburgh gears up for Edinburgh Art Festival

Feature by Rosie Priest | 04 Jul 2018
  • Tacita Dean

The Summer Festival at Hospitalfield is well underway, playing host to several exciting events, programmes and workshops as well as providing us all with another excuse to travel to their beautiful space and check out their latest sculptural commission by Mary Redmond. The festival is open until 7 July, with works on display well into the autumn.

Galleries across Edinburgh are filling their spaces in preparation for their partner exhibitions with Edinburgh Art Festival in August: the Fruitmarket Gallery are kicking off proceedings on 7 July with an exhibition by the formidable force of Tacita Dean. She's described as 'one of Britain’s most respected and successful international artists' but, more importantly, Dean is one of Britain’s most exciting artists – expect to be mesmerised by films, installations, drawings and photogravures which will bring into focus Dean’s understanding of the possibilities and complications of performance.

As Glasgow and the whole arts community in Scotland takes a deep breath after the devastation of the GSA and surrounding buildings, the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) are having to press pause on their exhibition programmes temporarily. However, many of the upcoming talks and events have been moved to other venues kind enough to house them – be sure to check their website regularly to find out more.

Tramway are shaking things up this summer, with their Children’s Exhibition. The exhibition will see a transformation of the exhibition space to a friendly, inviting and alluring haven in which we will all be encouraged to touch, explore and enjoy the materials on show. The exhibition aims to introduce children to materials commonly used in contemporary art, through tactile experience, digital interaction, and movable shapes and forms. Running from 7 July until late August, this exhibition is set to bring out the playfulness of even the most serious of art audiences.

Programme Announcements

Last month, Edinburgh Art Festival announced their incredible line-up of pop-up events and exhibitions which will spread across every corner of the capital to bring a cacophony of visual art to the city. There are simply too many things to shout about, but as usual the Platform exhibition will be giving early career artists an opportunity to exhibit alongside some of the ‘big guns’ in the art world: Annie Crabtree, Isobel Lutz-Smith and Rae-Yen Song are just some of the exciting artists to watch out for this summer 26 July-26 August.

Awards, Funding and Call for Entries

Wasps Studios are inviting proposals from all Glasgow-based artists to apply for a really exciting opportunity to take part in their Anna Löbner Glasgow / Düsseldorf Exchange – the successful artist will spend September and October in Düsseldorf, Germany with a monthly allowance, material fees and a place to stay. This is a fantastic opportunity to become culturally immersed in another country while having the time and space to explore your own practice. Deadline: 6 July

Canada's Spark Box Studio 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 the space and time to support the advancement of their careers and to strengthen their practice in Picton, Ontario. Deadline: 31 August

Hospitalfield are on the lookout for applications for their intriguing Meander Residency – a new commission in response to the walking routes and walking groups in Angus. The purpose of this residency is to geographically connect the disparate walking groups, picturing the spread of activity in Angus. Artists looking to apply are invited to respond to walking from a number of different perspectives – for example, considering walking in the context of geopolitics, health, the body, rurality, place, or culture. Deadline: 9 July