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ESSA are proud to present the third Auction of Fine and Applied Arts in association with Lyon and Turnbull Fine Art Auctioneers. ESSAs principal purpose is to raise funds to meet the costs of leasing the galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy for the societies’ annual exhibitions. The generosity of Scottish artists in donating works for past auctions (in 2002, 2005 and 2007) has enabled the societies to mount their exhibitions at the RSA over several years. We are grateful to the National Galleries of Scotland for making the RSA galleries available at less than cost. Nevertheless, costs continue to rise inexorably, and ESSA needs to find nearly £30,000 per annum to mount the annual exhibitions. Proceeds from fundraising activities such as this constitute our only source of income, and we now need to raise a substantial sum to enable you to continue to show your work at the RSA in future years.
In the Loop: Knitting Now features VAS's invited artist for 2010, Deirdre Nelson, and explores the progression of knitting, a craft which has come a long way from its fuzzy image of thick socks, long shawls and embarrassing motifs on Christmas jumpers. Now there are knitting groups that meet in quirky venues throughoutthe country, as well as hundreds of clubs and contemporary artistsintent on reclaiming the craft. In the Loop maps knitting’s journeyfrom solitary hobby for old maids to mainstream, contemporary trend.
March 2010 Paperback 192 pages109 colour and b/w ills 28 x 23 cm / 9 x 11 in ISBN: 978 1 906155 96 4 UK: £24.95
Will Foster and Guyan PorterIntermedia, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 16.04 - 25.04. 2010Opening: 16.04.2010 19.00 - 21.00 SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE aims to confront, challenge, deneutralise, magnify and make visible those tiny little sentences that could be detrimental to your expectations as a consumer, and your rights as a citizen. ‘Small print – noun. 1 printed matter in small type. 2 inconspicuous but binding details or conditions printed in an agreement, advertisement or contract.’ Oxford English Dictionary, 2009 In SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE, Will Foster and Guyan Porter will take up residence in Centre for Contemporary Arts, Intermedia for a two week period. The artists will create a laboratory, focusing on ‘making small print visible’ in the production of a series of texts, prints and digital research. CCA Intermedia will be transformed into a publicly accessible centre for researching, exploring, reconsidering and re-presenting the enormity of small print and ambiguous text that floods contemporary society. By confronting and magnifying these subliminal texts, the artists and participants will make visible what is usually meant to go unread or unseen. This will be achieved through a range of methods including hand painted and screen printed posters and signs taking the print out of the art gallery and disseminating it through new and established networks. Will Foster and Guyan Porter have both developed significant bodies of work in the areas of socially and politically engaged art, organising shows, events and lectures throughout the world. In 2008 they initiated the project Protest Songs, carrying out a series of sixteen performances on the Fyksusund Fjord in Norway. With the upcoming project SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE the artists will further develop the themes that have characterised their collaborative projects. This time within the context of a contemporary art gallery and under the banner of an international art festival. The Artists will provide a stage for participation and dialogue inviting others to explore the complex subject of ‘small print’- an element of media and institutional output that is ever present yet often overlooked. http://www.subjecttochangewithoutnotice.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
FCA&C (Fife Contemporary Arts and Crafts)are delighted to be able to offer an even bigger event this year, thanks to funding they've received from Celebrating Fife 2010. As usual, the day is open to all artists living or based in Fife, but this year it will also be open to artists living outside Fife.
The theme for 2010's Forum is 'Sustainability - Looking over the Horizon'. There will be talks on how to sustain yourself as artists and also on how to sustain the planet with your art practice, in other words going from the personal to the global.The venue is again Rothes Halls in Glenrothes, for which they are grateful to the Arts and Theatres Trust Fife, and the date for your diary is Saturday 17 April 2010, from 10am to 4pm.
Confirmed speakers include Emma Walker of Craftscotland (talking about how to get the best out of the press for your work and practice); Dr Emilia Ferraro (from St Andrews University's Sustainable Development Programme); Glasgow based artist Justin Carter; and Simon Murray, one of the 'co-realisers' of Platform London's 'C Words' project (carbon, climate, capital, culture) held at Bristol's Arnolfini ini 2009.
There will also be a chance to discuss a potential skills' exchange idea and even a practical art opportunity to take part in (optional!).The day is completely free including lunch and refreshments.Full details plus travel guidelines will be sent out to you nearer the date.
The deadline for booking is Thursday 15th April. As artists and craftmakers yourselves you may find it to be a wonderful opportunity to be able to attend this day. CAD will be there supporting the event also.This event is for EVERY artist this year, book by Thursday and meet everyone by Saturday......