Monday 26 January 2009

Locus+ Talk at ECA, Monday 2nd February 2009

Edinburgh Contemporary Presents:


Main Lecture Theatre

Edinburgh College of Art

Monday 2nd February 2009

                                                     <<Edinburgh Contemporary Presents - Locus+.pdf>> 4:30pm

Locus+ is a visual arts commissioning agency that works with artists on the production and presentation of socially engaged, collaborative and temporary projects, primarily for non-gallery locations. In each project place or context is integral to the meaning of the artwork. To date we have completed over 50 projects touring to a further 25 other venues, produced over 20 publications and 9 artists multiples.

Locus+ creates new opportunities for artists, whose work is issue-based, to work in different contexts and across formats. Locus+ responds to and initiates projects with a great degree of flexibility and freedom. They have worked with artists with significant reputations as well as others beginning their careers. They afford equal value to each project regardless of scale or location. Every Locus+ project is generated by the organisation: they do not act as a host for existing projects.

Although Locus+ was formally established in April 1993 it was preceded by the Basement Group (1979 to 1984) and Projects UK (1982 to 1992) the first office-based organisation in the UK. The organisation is recognised as a key regional, national and international agency for the development of new initiatives in the realisation of visual art and cross-media projects.

Image: Tatzu Oozu Hotel Monument

Edinburgh Contemporary is a research and development consortium involving Edinburgh College of Art, Collective Gallery, The Embassy, Stills and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. It will be officially launched at the Collective Gallery at 7:00pm on Friday 13th February 2009

Locus+ have been invited to give this talk at Edinburgh College of Art by the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

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Saturday 24 January 2009

Playmobil Security

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Wednesday 14 January 2009

Research seminar, Henrik Ekeus Wednesday 21 January 2009, 4.30-5.30 pm

ECA research seminar series

'Hello, where are you?':
Mobile Technologies and the Creation of a Memory Space
Henrik Ekeus: University of Edinburgh
It is easy to see how mobile telephony has changed the way we communicate and interact with each other.  With the recent spread of technologies such as GPS and Mobile Internet, this change is continuing, with the potential of modifying our experience of geographical and social space.  The interoperability of various datasources and services allow us to easily sculpt new forms of information; we can 'mash-up' our social networks with GPS devices and at a glance see where our friends (and enemies) are,
while on the move ourselves.

Meanwhile digital content, which previously seemed to only 'exist' on the desktop, has now gone beyond the shell of the computer and is being embedded into the very fabric of our landscape.  A rapidly increasing mass of temporally and geographically tagged content is arising around us, forming a kind of 'Memory Space' of human activity.

Wednesday 21 January 2009, 4.30-5.30 pm

edinburgh college of art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF
Hunter lecture theatre (O17), Hunter Building

Simon Biggs
Research Professor
edinburgh college of art
AIM/Skype: simonbiggsuk

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Monday 12 January 2009

Scottish Arts Council: News and Opportunities - Friday 09 January 2009



Visual Arts News and Opportunities

Visual Arts Newsletter from the Scottish Arts Council



09 January 2009







Commission for Sporting Sculptures

Deadline: Monday 12 January 2009, 12pm

Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council have been awarded grant aid to commission an Artist/Designer to design and create two sculptures to promote the sport of horse racing and golf.  The sculptures are to be sited at entrances to the east and west of the town - one sculpture on Levenhall roundabout and one on Newhailes roundabout (subject to local authority approval).  Interested Artists/ Designers are invited to submit designs and full costing for the sculptures. Artists/Designers are also requested to submit a CV, artist statement, images of work and details of relevant past projects.

For more information contact:  Mr Alan Hay of Musselburgh & Inveresk Community Council on 0131 665 5812.



Creative and Professional Development Awards

Deadline: Monday 26 January 2009 for projects taking place after 3 April 2009

The Scottish Arts Council is seeking applications from visual artists for the Creative and Professional Development Awards.  The awards are to assist individual artists with the costs of creating and presenting work, for example research, production of new work, materials or exhibition costs, as well as professional development. There are three fixed levels of bursaries available: £1,500, £3,000, £5,000.  Funding is also available to assist curators with professional development costs relating to curatorial practice. The maximum funding curators can apply for is £3,000.

For more information and an application form visit:



Visual Arts Awards: Edinburgh
Deadline: Thursday 29 January 2009
The Visual Arts Awards: Edinburgh (formerly known as the Edinburgh Visual Arts and Crafts Award Scheme) scheme offers awards to individual artists living and/or working in Edinburgh towards costs in creating new work or developing current work.  Awards up to a maximum value of £1,000 are available.

For more information or to request an application package contact: Tracy Scodellaro on 0131 529 6720 or by email at:



Internship Opportunities at Deveron Arts
Deadline: Friday 30 January 2009

Deveron Arts is offering internships in curatorship and arts development in socially engaged / collaborative arts.  They are seeking motivated individuals with an interest in working with artists in residence in the community context. Experience offered in all forms of curatorial development, arts administration and event organisation.  Internships are for 3 months, full time and are paid £50 per week plus accommodation.  Apply in writing stating your interest in the internship and include a CV and details of one referee.

For more information contact: Kelly Anderson 01466 794494 or email Website:



Creative Initiatives – Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Professional Development Programme

Deadline: Saturday 31 January 2009

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) is seeking proposals for their Creative Initiatives Programme - designed to assist an artist(s), through financial, technical and practical support, to develop and realise a significant project which will be included in ESW’s public programme. The selected projects must demonstrate a high artistic standard and reflect an exciting and contemporary approach to visual arts practice. There will be two Creative Initiatives each with a fee of £2,500 including materials. There is also a further £150 each for documentation. In addition to this the artist(s) will have free use of the workshop and use of the project space, along with technical and administrative support

For more information visit the ESW website:



The Aberdeen Visual Artists Awards Scheme

Deadline: Friday 27 February 2009

The Aberdeen Visual Artists Awards Scheme is open to Aberdeen based artists of all ages, at any stage in their career, working in any visual media. You must be able to demonstrate a commitment to your work and to advancing your skills base and ideas. You must live within the Aberdeen City Council boundary or work, maintain a studio space, or be a member of and regularly use a visual arts facility within Aberdeen.

For more information contact:





Calls for Works



Silent Charity Auction – Calls for Submission

Deadline: 23 January 2009

01 February – 20 March 2009

Submissions are being sought for a silent art auction to be held at Montgomery’s Café, Glasgow on behalf of Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.  The work will be exhibited through February and March and a closing party will be held to announce the successful bids at the end of March.  To cover costs, a £5 per piece entry fee is required and a 40% commission on the sale of the work, which will be donated to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. A reserve bid price up to £150 may be placed on the work.

To apply submit up to two pieces of work for the auction, please email a jpg image including, title, medium, size and estimated price to:

Location: Montgomery’s Café, 9 Radnor St., Glasgow G3 7uA



News and Events



Children’s Art Workshops at Out of the Blue Drill Hall

Fridays 9, 16, 23 and 30 January 2009, 2pm-4pm

Artist Julie Dawson leads themed art classes for children aged seven and up

Saturdays 17, 24, 31 January 2009 11am-12pm

£4.50 per child per workshop

Artist Julie Dawson leads themed art classes for children aged 3-6 years

Under 5’s should be accompanied by an adult

For more information email:  or Call: 07951 137 218

Location: The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh




David Cohen – Talk and Demonstration at the Pitclay Gallery

Friday 09 January, 2-4pm

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 January 2009, 1.30 - 3.30pm

The ceramic artist David Cohen will be giving a talk and demonstration of his work plus a tour of the studios at the Pitclay Gallery in a series of short sessions in January.

Location: Pitclay Gallery, Halflinbarns Schoolhouse, North Berwick, East Lothian

To book a session please email Esther:    




New Year Stock Sale at Project Ability

12 January – 27 March 2009   

Project Ability is having a New Year Stock Sale in preparation for their move to Trongate 103. The sale features artwork from their archives and work recently returned from external exhibitions.

Location: Project Ability, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow

Ceramics in the Park – Project Ability Outreach Project

January – March 2009

The intergenerational art project, working with Carelink and North Glasgow Carers, involves the creation of small scale ceramic pieces to be placed in Springburn Park, semi hidden in people’s favourite places.

Location: Springburn Park, Balgrayhill Road, Springburn, Glasgow

For more information call Project Ability: 0141 552 2822




Film Festival: The Co-operative Young Film-Makers Festival

Thursday 12 February 2009, 11am – 12.15pm – for schools and groups

Saturday 14 February 2009, 1.45 - 3pm – open to the public

Project Ability and The Co-operative Group Scotland, will be hosting the The Co-operative Young Film-Makers Festival. The festival is jam packed with short films, film making surgeries and workshops.  

Location: Glasgow Film Theatre - free entry - Recommended for ages 8+

To book contact Project Ability on 0141 552 2822.

For more information visit:



I Had Too Much to Dreamweave Last Night

Building your own artist’s website – A Workshop by Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Dates: 26, 27, 28, 29 January, 2 February 2009, 6-8.30pm

Cost:   £125 per person (plus technical costs relating to hosting and domain names)

Venue: Edinburgh’s Telford College

The Artist and Graphic Designer, Tommy Grace, will run a workshop over five evenings taking you through the stages of building your own website from start to finish. The workshop is intended as a means of getting your portfolio online whilst learning about html, css and Adobe Dreamweaver.

To apply and more information email Dan Brown: call: 0131 5514490




New Artistic Director at Giant

Giant is excited to announce the appointment of Maria McCavana as the new Artistic Director of the company.  Under a new organisation structure Maria and her team will be taking forward Giant’s vision of enabling any child under 12 years to engage in a creative life by accessing high quality collaborative art form experiences.

To contact Giant call: 0141 334 2000, email:








Exhibitions at the Collective Gallery

Sandy Smith and Alex Gross – New Work Scotland

Sat 20 December - Sat 31 January 2009

Opening Times: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-5pm

Concluding installment of New Work Scotland Programme featuring a joint show by Glasgow School of Art graduates Alex Gross and Sandy Smith. New video work and sculpture.
The Guest Room by echo

Echo will programme ‘The Guest Room’ as an autonomous space with their own series of exhibitions and events. Echo is an artist run initiative dedicated to diversifying the role of contemporary art in Edinburgh and beyond.

Location: Collective Gallery, 22-28 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh

For more information email: Call: 0131 220 1260



Anne Forte/ Joyce Gunn Cairns/ Leena Nammari at Edinburgh Printmakers           
17 January to 07 March 2009

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm

Anne Forte, ‘Feels Like Forever’: An exhibition exploring the cognitive processing of memories and the unconscious re-writing of personal histories.
Joyce Gunn Cairns, ‘Bodily Traces’: An exhibition of etchings and drawings reflecting the artist's fascination with all sentient life, whether it be literary figures or crows.

Leena Nammari, ‘Space to Breathe’: An exhibition of photography, printmaking and film reflecting her constant search for what she considers as home in all its manifestations.
Location: 23 Union Street, Edinburgh Call: 0131 557 2479
For more information visit:



Set Off Set at Arts Complex and Forest Cafe

23 to 28 January 2009

Private View - Thursday 22 of January, Arts Complex

‘Set Off Set’ is an exhibition spanning two venues in Edinburgh with works by London based artists Ed Atkins, Leah Lovett, Rebecca Kressley and Richard Whitby. The artists will use sculpture, video and performance to investigate the spatial and temporal attributes of the set, which may be interpreted theatrically or cinematically.

Venue 1: Forest Café, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, 10am-12am


Venue 2: Arts Complex, St. Margaret's house, 151 London Road, Edinburgh, 10am-6pm




Parallel Lives 2 – ‘The Tower of Leith’ at Out of the Blue Drill Hall

30 January - 21 February 2009, 10am - 8pm (not Sundays)

Preview 29 January 2009, 6-8 pm- All welcome!

‘Parallel lives 2’ - an exhibition of a new work - the ‘Tower of Leith’ created by artist Gavin Lockhart and people from Leith.  ‘Parallel Lives 2’ is an outreach initiative from the National Galleries of Scotland which asked people in Leith to investigate and update Marcel Broodthaers’ surreal Visual Tower (1966) – part of the NGS collection.  The new ‘Tower of Leith’ is created from 100 MP4 players showing videos produced by members of the community.  The exhibition also features work from the projects at WHALE and North Edinburgh Arts.

Location: The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh

For more information visit:



Somebodyelse - Graham Fagen at The Changing Room

14 February 2009 - 11 April 2009

Preview 13 February 2009, 6-8pm. All welcome 

Artist Talk: Thursday 12 February, 1-2pm. All welcome

‘Somebodyelse’ is a solo exhibition of photographic portraits by Graham Fagen exploring cultural identity at The Changing Room, Stirling. The exhibition includes new work and work exhibited for the first time in Scotland. The portraits in Somebodyelse combine real and imagined figures in order to explore the country’s contemporary and historic culture.

Location: The Changing Room, Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling

For more information email:  Call: 01786 274005





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Wednesday 7 January 2009

Research Seminar, Wednesday January 14, 16:30 in O17: Dr. Mark Wright

eca research seminar series

Co-design of digital media as a model for cultural enquiry
Dr Mark Wright
Research Fellow, School of Informatics and Edinburgh College of Art

The cultural significance of technology is its power to transform being, meaning and practice.
How can we establish a meaningful relationship between the Arts and Humanities with Science and Technology and what form might that take? An appropriate methodology to engage with creative practice is the co-design of media based on informatic principles applying user centered design, ethnomethodology and "research by design" together with conventional HCI and cognitive experiments. This talk provides an overview of how we came to develop this methodology and it is illustrated with a number of examples of collaboration and development of new digital media exploring questions covering design media, new models of narrative and the evolution of human encounter in real, virtual and mixed reality spaces.

Wednesday 10 December 2008, 4.30-5.30 pm

edinburgh college of art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF
Hunter lecture theatre (O17), Hunter Building

Simon Biggs
Research Professor
edinburgh college of art
AIM/Skype: simonbiggsuk

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VARIE Seminar Listing January 2009

> Seminar Listing January 2009
> The latest list of all lectures and research seminars at our partner
> institutions in January is now available to view online at
> . Please note that the list will be updated as and when lecture
> programmes become available.
> With all best wishes for the New Year,
> Sanne Dijkstra-Downie
> Manager, Visual Arts Research Institute Edinburgh
> School of Arts, Culture and Environment
> University of Edinburgh
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