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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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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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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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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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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François Lelong in Iceland

François Lelong in Iceland

Iceland’s Skriðuklaustur cultural and historic centre (the former home of renowned Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson, with a remit to offer residencies to artists) includes Gallery Klaustur for exhibiting artwork. French artist François Lelong – known for making sculpture and site-specific installations from materials extracted from the landscape – will be exhibiting in what is usually the main permanent exhibit room of the centre this April, 2019.

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Some Notes For a Future Essay on Scale

Some Notes For a Future Essay on Scale

My thoughts that follow relate primarily to a photograph by Alex Boyd and, in particular his image of State Lee, which is located in the North Atlantic and forms part of the St Kilda archipelago of the Outer Hebrides. They also relate to a much wider selection of images too, from cinema, modern painting, northern romantic painting of the nineteenth century, and a lot more besides. This is, to all intents and purposes, a short text that I am using as a means to park some ideas that I’d like to develop, elsewhere, elsewhen – maybe even in the pages of Art North magazine. I haven’t yet decided.

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