Monday 1 June 2009

FScottish Arts Council: News and Opportunities - Friday 15 May 2009

Visual Arts News and Opportunities

Visual Arts Newsletter from the Scottish Arts Council

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Berwick Gymnasium Fellowships 2009/10
Deadline for applications: Friday 12 June 2009
Fee: £6000 + £600 materials budget and accommodation for a four month period
The Berwick Gymnasium Fellowships are offered annually to professional artists, both regional and national, who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to their art practice. The Berwick Gymnasium Fellowships are intended to give artists a period of time when they can reflect upon their practice and focus on the development of their work, responding to this town and its coastal location. The new work produced during and after the fellowship period shall be shown as a solo exhibition at a later date forming part of the Gymnasium Gallery’s exhibition programme for 2010.  For more information visit:

New Media Mini Residency
Closing date for applications: Monday 22 June 2009
Artist fee:  £2,000
Scottish based new media artist required to devise & lead one week summer school in Fife with young people during summer 2009. The project outcome will be an electronic/digital alternative guide to part of the Fife Coastal Path.
For full information & how to apply contact:  or call: 01334 474610


Highland Print Studio seeks Studio Manager and Administrator
Administrator: Closing Date: Monday 1 June 2009
£15,106 (pro rata) – 20hrs per week, Initial 2 year contract
Highland Print Studio (HPS) is an open access print studio based in Inverness. The Studio, which has facilities for printmaking and digital media, is accessed by a range of people from beginners to professional artists. HPS is seeking to appoint a part-time Administrator to play a key role in the administration and marketing of the organisation. Experience of bookkeeping or marketing is desirable.
Studio Manager: Closing Date: Monday 8 June 2009
£21,000 (pro rata) – 28hrs per week, Initial 2 year contract
HPS is seeking to appoint an experienced printmaker to fill the role of Studio Manager, who will be responsible for the effective running and development of the Studio environment. This is an exciting time to join HPS. The Studio has secured funding to relocate to city centre premises on the banks of the river Ness, which will take place in July of this year.
For more information and an application pack e-mail: or call: 01463 718999 Website: <>

Work Placement Opportunity at The Changing Room, Stirling
The Changing Room gallery in Stirling offers voluntary work placements for those interested in the arts to develop new skills. A minimum commitment of one day per week is required. In exchange, travel and lunch expenses are paid. Volunteers can get involved in all aspects of the programme, education and marketing work at the gallery.
If you are interested in applying to work as a volunteer gallery assistant please email Visual Arts Development Officer Emma Hamilton: with your CV, your availability and a short statement about your interest in the gallery.
For more information on the gallery visit: <>

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Calls for Works

Call for Submissions: Google photography prize
Deadline for submissions: Sunday 21 May 2009
Google has announced an open call for submissions to the Google Photography Prize, in collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery to find talented student photographers and give them unprecedented online and offline exposure. The winning submissions will be available for millions of Google users around the world to display on their personalised iGoogle homepages, and given a special exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. The overall winner will also receive £5,000 and an invitation to spend a day with renowned photographer Martin Parr.
For more information visit: <>
Call for proposals: Cupar Arts Festival 09
Application deadline: Friday 29 May 2009
Festival Dates: 10 - 25 October 2009
Visual artists, curators and organisations are invited to submit proposals for inclusion in Cupar Arts Festival 09. Cupar Arts Festival is a two-week, multi-disciplinary event which takes place at venues and sites throughout the town of Cupar, Fife. Cupar Arts & Heritage Project (CAHP), organisers of Cupar Arts Festival, aims to bring contemporary art to the town through a selected programme of visual art/public art projects. A £1000 Visual Arts Award is offered for the project proposal which best reflects the criteria of Cupar Arts Festival’s visual arts programme, and will be selected by this year’s invited artists, Dalziel + Scullion.
For more information and an application form visit: <>  

Call for Artists: Contents May Vary Art Car Boot Fair 2009
Deadline for entries: Monday 15 June 2009
Contents May Vary are hosting Manchester's very first Art Car Boot Sale on Saturday 4 July 2009 and are looking for 50-70 artists, artist-led groups, projects, galleries and publishers to participate. The event will take place in a city centre location and will be coinciding with the Manchester International Festival.
For more information and how to apply visit: <>  
Call for submissions: 60 Second Film Competition
Closing date: Monday 15 June 2009
European People's Party Group in the Committee of the Regions has joined together with the Party to challenge young people to shoot a 1-minute film on the topic of creating a better environment. The top three film-makers will win a share of €1750 and a trip to Brussels to see their films screened in the European Parliament in October.  Can you capture the spirit of Europe in just 1-minute?
For more information visit: <>  
Call for submissions: Frieze Writer’s Prize 2009
Closing date: Friday 26 June 2009
Frieze Writer’s Prize is an annual international award to discover and promote new art critics. The award will be judged in 2009 by critic and art historian James Elkins, novelist and critic Ali Smith, and co-editor of frieze magazine Jennifer Higgie. To qualify, entrants may only previously have had a maximum of three pieces of writing on art published in any national or regional newspaper or magazine. Previous online publication is permitted.
For more information visit: <>

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News and Events


No Reflections heads to Venice
As we prepare for Scotland’s presentation at the worlds most prestigious showcase for contemporary art, the Scotland and Venice team are tackling the latest challenge – transporting the work to Venice! Martin Boyce’s presentation, ’No Reflections’, will convey the idea that the “outside world has somehow blown inside the building” and includes vast structures such as 17 huge concrete stepping stones (each weighing 100 kilos) as well as more fragile intricate pieces such as 10,000 paper leaves which will be scattered within the exhibition space.  Certainly no easy task to pack up, transport and install!  The show in Venice will run from 7 June – 22 November 2009.
To read this full article visit: <>
For more information about the exhibition visit: <>
Events at Edinburgh Printmakers
Saturday 23 May 2009: Studio Demonstration, 11-12pm, £3
Artist Katsutoshi Yuasa will demonstrate his exceptional hand printing technique of printing woodcuts without the use of a press. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!
Saturday 06 June: Gallery Talk, 3pm, free
Jenny Smith will talk about her recent work, including the application of innovative new technologies to print practice.
Location: Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, Edinburgh
To book please call: 0131 557 2479 or email:

Creative Places + Spaces: The Collaborative City Forum in Toronto
28 – 30 October 2009
Creative Places + Spaces is one of the world’s leading forums on creativity. Under the theme of 'The Collaborative City', this year's event will engage global perspectives on collaboration and connect them with local change makers. Come meet some of the most creative thinkers in Toronto's exploration of the art and science of collaboration.
Visit <> for schedules, speaker bios and registration information.

Workshops and Courses

Web Design Course at Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Course start dates: Monday 29 June and Thursday 2 July 2009 (6-9pm)
Cost: Members £155: Non-Members £195 Course Tutor: Katri Walker
During the course participants will design and build a template for a portfolio site in Photoshop CS3 and Dreamweaver CS3 using HTML and CSS as the core tools.  The course will equip participants with the skills to continue the expansion and development of their own sites.  All participants must have a basic working knowledge of Photoshop CS3 and be able to provide their own laptop to work on.  There are a maximum of 6 places per course Both courses run for 8 consecutive weeks.
For more information contact Linsay Saunders: or call: 0141 204 1740
Education Classes at Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Glasgow Sculpture Studios also offer a range of courses led by experienced and supportive artists.  Courses are designed for all levels of experience from children’s workshops and beginners courses through to professional development courses for practicing artists.  For more information visit:

Artists¹ Book Summer School with artist Jenny Smith, Edinburgh  
Monday 27 - Friday 31 July
In this week long summer school a different book structure will be covered each day, including sewn bindings, pop ups and altered books.  It is possible to book for two days, three days or the whole week. This CPD Course is suitable for artists with or without previous experience of making books.  Artists¹ Book Summer School
Location: Wasps Patriothall Studios, Edinburgh
For more information please contact Jenny:  or call: 0771 3901 730 Website: <>

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‘Place, Identity, Memory’ at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
23 May to 28 June 2009
Place, Identity, Memory is an international exhibition of Artists Books, curated by the IRIS group.  Seventy International Artists have been selected to show up to seven book-works each on the theme of Place, Identity, Memory.
Location: Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries
For more information visit: <> and <>  

‘Fourth Element’ at the Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy
23 May - 6 July 2009
The exhibition ‘Fourth Element’ will provide the rare opportunity to see work by the likes of Banksy Blek le Rat, D*Face and Dolk in Aberfeldy.  The work is bold, humorous and often challenges contemporary consumerist values.
Location: The Watermill, Mill Street, Aberfeldy
For more information visit: <>  or email:
Exhibitions at Edinburgh Printmakers
23 May to 4 July 2009
Jenny Smith, Incise, Galleries 2 & 3
Pushing the boundaries of printmaking artist Jenny Smith explores new directions in an exhibition of recent drawings, prints, artist books and video.
Katsutoshi Yuasa, Natural Incidents, Gallery 1
A meditative exhibition of woodcut prints by award winning artist Katsutoshi Yuasa, one of Japan’s most accomplished and exciting artists working in Europe today.
Location: Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, Edinburgh
For more information visit: <>
Elephant Test: Ruth Macdougall at The Ice House, Helmsdale
23 May – 28 June 2009
Preview: Friday, 22 May 2009, 7-9 pm
Artist’s talk: Tuesday 26 May 2009, 7-8 pm
The Ice House, Helmsdale’s monumental deep freeze was once a store for salmon catch, later a coal fired fish and chip shop. Now the vaulted chamber plays host to the second in a series of three double sited works, marking the end of two years as Timespan’s artist in residence and youth arts curator for Ruth Macdougall.
Location: Timespan Gallery and Helmsdale Ice House, Helmsdale
For more information visit: <>  and <>

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