Author: Emma

Study visit review: Rauschenberg

I hope many more students will find their way to the show over the next few months. It is a great show to experience as an undergraduate, or as an artist generally as it is a reminder to have a blast and go for it.

Favouring the bold

Abstraction appeared to be taken at face value and enjoyed, rather than seen as evidence of under developed motor skills. As an assessor of undergraduates I felt that I would have selected the same work myself and so I was drawn to look at the assessment criteria used by the panel.

Etch a sketch project

One of my HE6 students is a keen ideas person who finds thinking through making very enjoyable and is always experimenting with new and unusual materials and processes. She is currently ‘toying’ (pun intended) with making work using the excellent etch a sketch as a medium and has asked me to forward this message from her to see if she can make a collaborative preliminary work that will then be mediated through a secondary process to create one very complex drawing.

You’re an Eee Aye Dee Ot Babe….

I went to the kind of school where you could give up history early on to concentrate on your sewing. My conceptualisation of history is roughly ‘Vikings, the Bayeux Tapestry, Henry VIII and WW2’. The near complete absence of women in the world, not to mention the absence of most of the world according to the history I was taught left me distrustful of it at an early age.

Edinburgh Festival 2016

Edinburgh Festival is actually a suite of festivals. I think probably what most people think of now as the Edinburgh Festival is actually a fringe festival, developed as an adjunct to the Edinburgh International Festival. We now have 12 festivals running in Edinburgh, with 6 of those running concurrently during August.

Deep in the heart of your Brain

Due to having a man on the inside I managed to inveigle myself into a private view last night that was a significant notch up beverage wise to my usual fare. The Show is Jacqueline Donachie’s ‘Deep in the Heart of your Brain’ at Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (GOMA). The show is made up of sculpture, video and drawing and it runs until November.

British Art Show – Information (4)

The recent study day to the British Art Show during its Edinburgh leg seems now to me to have been all about information and the way it is shared. I met with a sterling group of engaged and interesting students. Meeting students and finding out more about why and how they study is vital for me a tutor as well as being a highly entertaining and enjoyable way to spend a day.

British Art Show – Bedwyr Williams (2)

I am extremely lucky with this year’s British Art Show that two of my favourite artists have been selected to take part. One of those is the welsh artist Bedwyr Williams, currently represented by the Limoncello Gallery in London and shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 2017 prize.

British Art Show – The curators decide (1)

The British Art Show is in full swing. It is coming to the end of its run in Edinburgh, having already done a stint in Leeds and will move on to Norwich and Southampton. The Open College of the Arts is giving its students plenty of opportunities to engage with this important quinquennial event. As part of that I will be writing a series of blogs about aspects of the show

Ian McKeever talks about painting

In choosing to make a painting you are choosing to use paint. That maybe a tautology but I just want to start with it as I want to emphasise the significance of that material. That choice, the significance of that material, immediately becomes part of your subject matter.