Energise

Energise

Morag Paterson:

”Having the opportunity to undertake an artists’ residency is a privilege and a luxury, being able to do it in our own backyard, a valley we’ve lived in for the best part of 25 years is a true blessing, a chance to take a fresh look at the surroundings and also indulge in some research that otherwise we’d be unlikely to make time for. Our project, run by Upland explores the past present and future of the Galloway Hydro Electric scheme, an ambitious engineering project fulfilled in the 1930s.”

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Casper White – A Painter of our Times

Casper White – A Painter of our Times

Like poetic language, the language of dance is neither the language of authority nor of social theory, and therein lies the key to our understanding the work of Casper White. It evades the norms of the academy and the understanding of academicians, and particularly the authoritarianism of the establishment. What White has amassed in his current body of work offers a sense of those dancers that he paints as mere ghosts of both themselves and the experience that eludes the many and confuses still more.

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Making Room for Birds

Making Room for Birds

Though Jane MacNeill doesn’t say so on my first meeting with her, from her writing I learn that the paintings we are looking at together are arrived at from a feeling of intensity in the eye contact that she makes with the wildlife she encounters. The personality of the fauna she meets with can, at that moment of eye-contact, become “large enough to fill an entire landscape,” she says, and to condense that vastness of experience in the natural world and present it within such modest dimensions is no mean achievement – indeed, the intensity referred to becomes all the stronger for it.

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Botanical

Botanical

As a group exhibition perhaps intended to get the gallery into its stride for 2019, ‘Botanical’ at An Talla Solais Gallery does what it is supposed to, and it is clear that they have done their utmost to make the best of the work on loan from the Royal Scottish Academy with some obvious thought given to hanging a sympathetic collection of hugely diverse work of variable quality. Diverse it may be, but the question remains, is the exhibition any good? In the case of ‘Botanical’ it may be that one should concentrate most on the best of the bunch; and that really comes down to a question of taste.

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Alec Finlay’s gathering

Alec Finlay’s gathering

Alec Finlay’s gathering at WORM, the gallery/project space of Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, brings together his recent place-aware projects. gathering is said to be his most ambitious project to date with regard the flourishing interest in reading the Gaelic landscape. Allying this movement to hutopianism, rewilding, stewardship, and the right to care for the environment, engaging in pressing debates that impact on sustainability and climate breakdown, he is also presenting a new screenprint, Rewilding Timeline, which represents the first summary of the movement’s evolution in Scotland, from the 18th century to today.

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Thomson & Craighead: LUX Scotland Presents...

Thomson & Craighead: LUX Scotland Presents...

Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead make artworks that examine the changing socio-political structures of the Information Age. LUX Scotland has invited them to make a selection of film works as part of a guest-curated programme for Eden Court, Inverness, at which they will introduce the screening of films by Tony Hill, Margaret Tait, Jayne Parker, John Smith, and Laure Prouvost.

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Mara Marxt Lewis & Tyler Lewis’s Stroma

Mara Marxt Lewis & Tyler Lewis’s Stroma

Mara Marxt Lewis and Tyler Lewis today refer to Scotland as their home. Having stationed themselves around the globe in a variety of locations, they chose Scotland, they say, when Tyler began working on his PhD in sonic art at the University of Aberdeen. Currently they are creating artworks that are part of a series called Mountains Underwater; a project that is comprised of six Scottish islands that are currently uninhabited. The objective, they say, is to “complete a multi-sensory installation for each island visited, using re-purposed or organic materials, and multi-channel sound compositions.”

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8th Artist’s Books Triennial Vilnius: Venice 2019

8th Artist’s Books Triennial Vilnius: Venice 2019

With the SG gallery, Venice, currently showing The 8th International Artist’s Book Triennial, Vilnius 2018 (an event that for over twenty years has now included 1,610 artists from ninety-three countries who have submitted more than 3,000 artists’ books), Déirdre Kelly introduces the Artists’ Book Course at the city’s Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (home of SG gallery), and sheds light on the importance of Venice as a city of bookmaking and collecting.

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Where Tideways Run

Where Tideways Run

This Saturday, 6 April 2019, sees the opening of Monique Sliedrecht’s exhibition ‘Where Tideways Run’ at the Northlight Gallery, Stromness. Sliedrecht’s exhibition is the first of the season for Northlight, and the show’s title is taken from a poem by the Orcadian poet Robert Rendall. “This is very exciting for me,” says the artist, “because Orkney has been a special place to me for so many years.”

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Black Fog Rising

Black Fog Rising

Danish artist Julie Sass studied at the Art Academy in Copenhagen and at New York University, NYC. Focusing on Abstraction and how visual art can be embedded in various contexts, Sass is known for her divergent (yet overall coherent) approach to her solo exhibitions and her collaboration with different artists and museums. Kinna Poulsen recently visited her at Steinprent, the graphic workshop in Tórshavn, to see how the preparations were going for her exhibition, including a new artists’ book titled BLACK FOG RISING, too.

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Creative Carbon Scotland Declares Global Emergency

Creative Carbon Scotland Declares Global Emergency

Today’s monthly newsletter from Creative Carbon Scotland poses some interesting questions worth considering. “We are facing an unprecedented global emergency: the planet is in crisis and we are in the midst of a mass extinction event,” their missive begins. But wait! There is more to this than may be immediately apparent, and the work of an Estonian installation artist, Ivar Veermäe, might just help to illustrate exactly what that is.

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The Glaze Spectrum

The Glaze Spectrum

To say that Helen Love is passionate about glaze chemistry is an understatement. In 2016, the ceramics technician at Grays School of Art, was commissioned by Aberdeen Art Gallery to create an installation for their reopening. Using traditional ingredients of minerals, clays and metal oxides, she created almost five hundred ceramic test tiles covering the full spectrum and using only natural minerals, clays and metal oxides. Collaborating with creative agency Design and Code, the intention is now to transform her installation into an interactive website, 'The Glaze Spectrum Digital Library', where anyone can access the data and glaze recipes via a searchable visual database. You can assist in bringing this project to fruition by making a donation on the project’s fundraiser website.

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There’s Salt in Our Blood

There’s Salt in Our Blood

“Much of Scotland is within a stone’s throw of a fishing community,” writes Morna Young, whose stage play, Lost at Sea, aims to shine a light on the unheard stories from both past decades and the present. “Showcasing my play alongside Corey Arnold’s photographs feels like a timely and enriching opportunity to fully reflect all facades,” she adds. Corey Arnold is a photographer and commercial fisherman by trade. He has worked seasonally as a commercial fisherman in Alaska since 1995, including seven years of crabbing in the Bering Sea aboard the f/v Rollo.

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Jane Rushton's Breathing Spaces

Jane Rushton's Breathing Spaces

Jane Rushton’s artist’s talk, which takes place tonight (Thursday 21 March from 6-7pm) at Resipole Studios, will surely be well worth venturing out to, whatever the weather, and we wish her all the best with it and hope she has an attentive audience. For those not able to make the talk, you can read an edited transcript of a previous talk that Ruston gave, which appears in the current issue of ART NORTH – or why not combine the two? Resipole Studios is now one of our stockists for the magazine, so maybe pick up a copy of the magazine while you are there.

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Narrative Photography with Colin McPherson

Narrative Photography with Colin McPherson

Colin McPherson has made a career out of photographic storytelling. His photojournalism has taken him across all five continents, with his work appearing in books, magazines, and journals around the world. He also has a number of longer-term and large projects underway currently, and his most recent images – about life on Easdale island – were shown this year at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. He is a member of the Document Scotland photography collective, and is represented by Getty Images.

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Handmade Future on the Bonavista Peninsula

Handmade Future on the Bonavista Peninsula

Craft @ the Edge: A Handmade Future is a four day international conference designed to celebrate, energise and inspire Newfoundland and Labrador craft in all mediums. Scheduled to happen on the Bonavista Peninsula from 1-4 October, 2020, the conference will include engaging teaching sessions, artist talks, professional development workshops, pop-up markets and exhibitions. The organisers are currently looking for instructors to introduce new and advanced practices to their community of makers. Become an instructor at Craft @ the Edge: A Handmade Future by proposing your idea for a creative workshop.

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Art North Stockists

Art North Stockists

Among the new stockists of ART NORTH added to our list today are several galleries and arts venues where you can now pick up a copy of the magazine in person. Well before our launch, we were aware that may readers appreciated the ease of ordering online, particularly in the sparsely populated far North of Scotland. As the success of the magazine has spread, however, we have been carefully selecting and adding to our stockists list, mindful that many of our readers have easier access to larger towns than others. Those added today are as follows…

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Jane Morrison-Ross: Contributing Editor (Arts Regeneration)

Jane Morrison-Ross: Contributing Editor (Arts Regeneration)

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce today, that Jane Morrison-Ross has accepted our invitation to join Art North magazine as Contributing Editor (Arts Regeneration). At this crucial time for the visual arts in Scotland, Art North’s focus on the importance of arts regeneration merits input from somebody truly qualified to advise on the issues of regeneration, and Jane’s extensive experience in this area will offer the magazine some important steer, taking us forward in terms of our coverage of such a vital topic and the wider issues that inform it.

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