Monday 28 September 2009

Scottish Arts Council: News and Opportunities: 25 September 2009

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Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Forth Valley

Deadline: Monday 28 September 2009, 5pm

Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling Councils work in partnership with the Scottish Arts Council to bring this unique scheme of grants to visual artists and craft makers in the Forth Valley area. Forth Valley Awards Scheme makes grants of £200 - £1000 to individuals to support their creative and professional development. The Awards are intended to provide artists and makers in the Forth Valley area with the opportunity to develop their work in new ways, take risks and explore new ideas. This could include: Preparing for an exhibition out with your local area; Research / development; Attendance at an exhibition, conference or training course; Equipment can be considered if it will allow new development

To receive an application form and guidelines please contact Lesley MacArthur stating which award you are applying for: Visual Artist or Crafts Maker. Email: or call: 01324 506260

Visual Art & Craft Development Awards: Dumfries & Galloway

Upcoming Deadlines: 2 October 2009 & 4 January 2010

Dumfries and Galloway Council has entered into a partnership with the Scottish Arts Council to deliver a Visual Artist Award and a Craft Makers Award for artists and makers living in the Dumfries and Galloway region. The aim of the Visual Artist Award is to assist individual artists with the costs of researching, creating and presenting new work and the aim of the Craft Makers Award is to assist makers towards the cost of creating new work or developing current work.

For more information about the scheme visit: or email Colin Tennant: or call: 01387 262084

Scottish Arts Council: Creative and Professional Development Award

Deadline: Monday 5 October 2009

Bursaries of £1,500, £3,000 and £5,000 are available to artists to help with costs associated with their creative and professional development, for example materials, research, production of new work, a residency, costs relating to an exhibition or publication etc. This fund is also for curators to apply for creative and professional development costs. The maximum funding curators can apply for is £3,000.

For more information visit:

Scottish Arts Council Visual Artists' Awards of £15,000

Deadline: Monday 5 October 2009

Up to 5 awards of £15,000 are available to artists to provide a period of time for exploration and experimentation and may supplement or replace existing income. An award is an investment in the development of future work based upon the quality and ambition of previous and current practice.

For more information visit:

Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen: Artists' Film and Video Fund

Deadline: Monday 5 October 2009

This fund is run jointly by the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen to support the best innovative and experimental work by visual artists working in film and video. Two bursaries of £20,000 are available. Please note: the film or video must be the artwork.

For more information visit:

Call for Artists: 'Open Glasgow'

Deadline for receipt of submissions: Friday 6 November 2009

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is pleased to announce the new, open submission initiative for 2010 called 'Open Glasgow'. 'Open Glasgow' is funded by the Scottish Arts Council, and aims to discover ambitious and imaginative artists' projects, conceived specifically for the city during Festival time. A fund of £17,000 is available to the successful project(s), to include fees and technical support. Proposals are sought from individual artists for a project to take place in Glasgow during the Festival in 2010. The project can take any form, from a formal exhibition to an ephemeral event or production.

Eligibility: Artists should be currently based in or have been educated in Scotland and should have at least 3 years professional experience. Students in full-time education are not eligible to apply.

A full copy of the 'Open Glasgow' guidelines and application form can be downloaded from the 'About' section of the Glasgow International website: <>

The successful 'Open Glasgow' recipient(s) should be able to complete the proposed project for April 2010. Submissions should be emailed to Siobhan Carroll at


Call For Artists, Designers and Artisans: Fiskars Artist in Residence, Finland

Application Deadline: Wednesday 30 September 2009

Fiskars Village is situated approximately 90 km west of Helsinki, in the municipality of Raseborg. The Cooperative of Artisans, Designers and Artists in Fiskars has been active from 1996, and today the community has 113 members, representing over 20 different arts, design and crafts professions. The Fiskars Artist Residency was founded in early 2006. Professional overseas (i.e. non-Finnish-resident) craftspeople, artisans, designers and artists may apply for the residency. Cultural journalists, writers, curators and scientists may also be considered.

For more information about the residency and how to apply visit:

Call for Disabled Contemporary Artist: Artist in Residence, Dundee

Closing Date: Friday 30 October 2009

Sense Scotland is looking for a disabled contemporary visual artist for residency in Dundee. You will develop your own work and practice collaboratively with disabled artists and participants as part of a Scottish Arts Council supported programme. Sense Scotland's Arts and Wellbeing service ensures a creative and supportive environment for people with complex communication support needs to participate in the arts.

Self employed temporary 6 month contract working 30 hours per week (15 hours own practice and 15 hours with participants). Ref No. E/09/DC Salary: £8,000

For more information contact: Sangobeg House, 4 Francis Street, Dundee DD3 8HH SMS: 07781 480597 - Text Ref, your name, address and/or email address

Web: <> Hotline: 01382 831610 Fax: 01382 825727


Jobs & Other Opportunities

Public Art Opportunity - Aberdeenshire Council

Closing date: Monday 28 September 2009

Aberdeenshire Council wishes to appoint an experienced public artist whose practise includes a strong element of community engagement. The artist is to have a role in linking the local community and the new multi-million pound Fraserburgh Community Centre and Pool development. This project is in three phases and will cover a period that could extend for 18 months. From the information gathered from the community the artist will work with the Aberdeenshire Council site Fraserburgh Design team to create a strong public art plan and create works for the site - combining landscape plans and art features that will create an inspirational environment that reflects Fraserburgh as a place and the community who will utilise the swimming pool and community learning facilities. The plan could include external and internal areas of the site.
For more information and artists' brief contact Sally Thomson, Public Art Officer Email: or Call: 01467 628 397


Gallery Internship at Edinburgh Printmakers

Deadline: Friday 9 October 2009

Edinburgh Printmakers offers excellent opportunities throughout the year to gain valuable knowledge, skills and experience supporting the management of the gallery and open access studio. This internship programme is ideal for recent arts graduates, or for those with relevant experience. Training includes practical work experience and the development of skills appropriate to the co-ordination and running of an open access artists' resource and gallery. Edinburgh Printmakers are currently recruiting a six-month voluntary internship post (2 days a week, one of these days will be a Saturday). Interviews will be held on Wednesday 14 October.

For more details and an application form, please contact: quoting 'Volunteer Intern' in the subject

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Calls for Works

Call to Artists - RSA 183rd Annual Exhibition 2009

Open Submission Hand In Days: 23 & 24 October 2009 (5 October for Electronic Media)

The RSA are calling for artists to submit work for the RSA 183rd Annual Exhibition which will take place from 14 November to 20 December 2009 at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy building, Edinburgh. With over £4,000 worth of prizes and opportunities awarded, the RSA Annual Exhibition is a highlight of the exhibiting year for artists, architects and members of the public. Showcasing around 350 works from established and emerging artists, the exhibition present a comprehensive cross section of contemporary art in Scotland and includes painting, sculpture, filmmaking, photography, printmaking, architecture and installation.

For further information please visit the Exhibitions section of the RSA website:

For application forms please contact the RSA Office on 0131 225 6671 or

Call for Ceramicists: Earth and Fire 2010

Application Deadline: Tuesday 1 December 2009, 5pm

Rufford Craft Centre are now inviting ceramicists to apply to participate in Earth and Fire 2010, a three day open air event, taking place on Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June 2010 at Rufford Craft Centre, in the grounds of Rufford Abbey Country Park in North Nottinghamshire.

For exhibitors' information and application forms visit:

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News and Events


The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

1 - 22 October 2009

The Festival programme has now officially been launched with over 200 affordable events taking place in over 100 venues across Scotland! From Ayrshire to Aberdeen, Dundee to Dumfries, and Edinburgh to Easterhouse, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival offers something for everyone! Come along to any event over the 22 days of the festival and respond to the musical, performance, cinematic, literary, collaborative, comedy, visual, and learning experiences on offer.

For more information visit: <>

Events at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

Exhibition: 10 October - 21 November 2009

David Austen: "My love, I have been digging up my own bones in the garden again"

Events: Art Talk: Saturday 10 October 2009, 12 - 1pm

Artists talk with David Austen at Ingleby Gallery. All welcome, no booking necessary.

Film Events: Crackers Thursdays: Every Thursday during the exhibition David Austen's 2007 film Crackers (38 mins) will be shown in Gallery II at 6pm

Film Events: Saturday's Cinema of Love: A series of films chosen by David Austen will be screened in Gallery II every Saturday from 4pm.

17 October: The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976) 138 minutes

24 October: L'Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1963) 118 minutes

31 October: Mauvais Sang (Leos Carax, 1986) 105 minutes

7 November: Threepenny Opera (G W Pabst, 1932) 112 minutes

14 November: Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965) 99 minutes

21 November: Sud Pralad (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004) 118 minutes

NB. All film screenings are free and there is no booking necessary, however, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For more information visit:

Africa in Motion: Edinburgh African Film Festival Programme Launch

22 October - 1 November 2009

The programme for Africa in Motion 2009 has just been launched and tickets are on sale! The festival is taking place from 22 October to 1 November at Filmhouse Cinema and other venues. Now in its fourth edition, Africa in Motion (AiM) has grown into a flourishing and exhilarating festival of cultural diversity and cinematic brilliance. Providing a platform to challenge, engage with and explore issues surrounding the African continent and its films, the festival includes a range of classic and contemporary films - long, short, fiction and documentary. AiM09 includes screenings of 60 films from 22 African countries including over 20 UK premieres.

For more information and to view the programme visit:

To purchase tickets visit:

Workshops and Courses

Cove Park Drawing Masterclass

Friday 23 - Sunday 25 October 2009 Course Fee: £300

Cove Park Drawing Masterclass is a professionally tutored residential course, exploring approaches to drawing by developing pattern and decorative motifs. The course is led by Edinburgh-based artist Frances Priest, and participants will be provided with their own self-catering accommodation, a welcome meal, and the use of large, bright studios located on Cove Park's outstanding 50-acre site on the west coast of Scotland.

For a detailed timetable or to book a place, please email or telephone 01436 850123

For more information visit: <>

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Ashley Nieuwenhuizen: In the Absence of Wolves
19 September - 18 October 2009

Events: Artists Talk & Sierra Metro 1st Birthday Party: Thursday 1 October 7pm
Gallery Open: Friday- Sunday 1pm -5pm
Sierra Metro presents new work by artist Ashley Nieuwenhuizen. With an interest in the boundaries and analogies commonly drawn between animal and man, Nieuwenhuizen's practice investigates the realms of shamanistic and arcane ritual and behaviour. Using video, sculpture, drawing and photography to address the domestic, sacred, repulsive and seductive aspects of the animal industries, this new body of work generates an unsettling psychological parallel.

Website: <>

Studio Project 19: Iede Reckman "Introduction to the Miceladder"

An exhibition at the Market Gallery, Glasgow

Saturday 26 September - Saturday 24 October 2009

Preview: Friday 25 September 2009, 7 - 9 pm

Gallery Open: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 6 pm

market gallery, in collaboration with Scottish Sculpture Workshop, is proud to present Studio Project 19 with Dutch artist, Iede Reckman. Iede completed five weeks of research at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop after which he continued with a further five week residency in market gallery's studio/exhibition spaces in Dennistoun. This exhibition assembles and culminates his findings from both residencies and his time spent in Scotland.

Venue: market gallery, 334 Duke Street, Glasgow

Website: <> and <>

Exhibition: 'Place, Identity, Memory' at Stranraer Museum

26 September - 30 October 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: Stranraer Museum, 55 George Street, Stranraer DG9 7JP

For more information call: 01776 705088

Exhibition: Scoperta Fortuita* at Lower Foyer Gallery, Dundee

Preview: Friday 2 October 2009, 6-8pm

3 - 17 October 2009

Scoperta Fortuita features artists Hannah Champion, Bonnie Lee Huarneck, Rachael Rebus. Presenting a selection of new and adapted works in response to this year's Venice Biennale, this group show acts as a representation of the artist's individual discoveries and experiences whilst invigilating for Scotland at this year's Biennale. Taking inspiration from the unique labyrinthine city, the trio consider their encounters through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, painting and installation. *Accidental Discovery

Location: Lower Foyer Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, 13 Perth Road, Dundee


Exhibition: The Aberystwyth Printmakers at Left Bank, Tarland
Preview: Friday 2 October 2009, 6pm - 8pm
Show runs until 31 October 2009

The next exhibition at Left Bank will be of work by The Aberystwyth Printmakers
Location: Left Bank, 5 Bridge Street, Tarland, Aberdeenshire

For more information visit:

Contact: or call: 013398 81603 / 07775606087

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