- Wed, Mar 28, 2018 10:00 PM
Latitude: 55.9472, Longitude: -3.19409
A Panel Discussion aimed at everyone with an interest in Scotland’s art and hearing from artists about their career journeys. Presented by RSA Friends in conjunction with University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art. Income from your ticket will go towards the work of the RSA in supporting Scottish art and architecture. To find out about the RSA and the benefits of Friends' membership click here A career in the visual arts can feel a bit disorientating at any stage. With bills to pay, work to promote and getting your name out there it can be difficult to know where to focus your time for the best results. New and established artists take different paths in developing their practice with all the associated highs and lows. What is success? Is it money, fame, credibility, fulfilment, happiness? Sam Ainsley RSA (Elect) will lead a discussion with a panel of artists who will share their personal journeys, and the challenges and rewards they experienced along the way. A rare opportunity to hear from artists at various stages of their career and to join in the discussion. Panel Members: Sam Ainsley RSA (elect), Adam Castle, Ilana Halperin RSA (elect), Kenny Hunter RSA, Anthony Schrag and Louise Scullion RSA (elect). Panel Members Sam Ainsley (Chair)Sam Ainsley is an artist and teacher and until 2005 was Head of the MFA Programme at Glasgow School of Art. From 1985 -1991 she taught on the Environmental Art programme under David Harding’s leadership when she then co-founded the Master of Fine Art course. She has since worked collaboratively with David Harding and Sandy Moffat as AHM. She is a respected and published spokeswoman for the visual arts contributing to a broad range of visual art initiatives in Scotland and has served as a Board member on many arts organisations including The Scottish Sculpture Trust and The Arts Trust of Scotland. She was appointed to the Council of the Scottish Arts Council in 1998 and Chaired the Visual Art Committee at the SAC for two terms of office. She was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy and was inducted into the “Outstanding Women of Scotland” by the Saltire Society in 2017. Recent presentations of her work include ‘New Scots’, RSA Edinburgh, “Atlas of Encounters” at I Space Gallery, Chicago and Athens, “ Live your questions now” and “Studio 58” Mackintosh Museum, GSA, “After Growth and Form” at Glasgow Print Studio and a solo show at An Tobar,Isle of Mull in 2017. Adam Castle Adam Castle is an artist-filmmaker and curator. Adam founded the Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival (EAMIF), a celebration of video art and experimental film, and directs Pollyanna, a queer cabaret night where he also performs as the feral drag creature Pollyfilla. In recognition of these two projects, he won the Leadership Award at the Creative Edinburgh Awards 2016. He has recently curated events for The Fruitmarket Gallery and was commissioned by Ginkgo Projects to programme films for a new NHS Lothian hospital. His films explore themes of performance and desire and his most recent film was a musical called Entertainment. He is currently completing an artist residency with Talbot Rice Gallery, and is an exhibitor in Bloomberg New Contemporaries and RSA New Contemporaries 2018. Ilana Halperin Ilana Halperin is an artist, originally from New York and currently based in Glasgow. Ilana’s work explores the relationship between geology and daily life. Her approach combines fieldwork in diverse locations: Hawaii, Iceland, France, and Japan and in museums, archives and laboratories with an active studio-based practice. Her work has featured in solo exhibitions worldwide including National Museum of Scotland, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité and Artists Space in New York. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Inaugural Artist Fellowship at National Museums Scotland. She was Artist-Curator of geology for Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, in the birthplace of Charles Darwin. The Library of Earth Anatomy, a permanent commission at The Exploratorium in San Francisco has recently opened. Schering Stiftung, Berlin, have published a monograph of her work entitled New Landmass. Ilana shares her birthday with the Eldfell volcano in Iceland. She was elected as member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2017. Kenny Hunter Kenny Hunter studied sculpture at Glasgow School of Art between 1983 and 1987. He has exhibited extensively in Britain and Abroad including solo exhibitions at Arnolfini 1998, Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2000, CCA 2003 , Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2006, Tramway 2008 and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in 2016 as part of the International Art Festival. Hunter has also created a number of high profile, public commissioned works including; Citizen Firefighter, 2001, outside Glasgow’s Central Station, and iGoat 2010 in Spitalfields, London. In 2015 he completed two offsite projects, A Place is a Space Remembered in the village Audinghen, France and “Elephant for Glasgow” in Bellahouston Park. He is currently working on a War Memorial for the London Borough of Southwark. Kenny Hunter is a lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art. Anthony Schrag Anthony Schrag was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in the Middle East, UK, Canada and is currently based somewhere in Scotland. He is a practising artist and researcher who has worked nationally and internationally, including residencies in Iceland, USA, Canada, Pakistan, Finland, The Netherlands and South Africa, among others. He works in participatory manner, and central to his practice is a discussion about the place of art in a social context. His practice-based PhD - completed in 2016 - explored the relationship between artists, institutions and the public, looking specifically at a productive nature of conflict within institutionally supported participatory/public art projects. He doesn’t do many exhibitions because he is conflicted about ‘objects’ and is afraid of the permanence they suggest. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including The Hope Scot Trust, Creative Scotland, British Council, the Dewar Arts Award, the 2011 Standpoint Futures: Public residency award, as well as a Henry Moore Artist Fellowship. In 2015, he walked 2638 km from the north of Scotland to the Venice Biennale to explore the place of participatory artworks within the public realm. Louise Scullion Louise Scullion works in partnership with Matthew Dalziel, their collaborative studio was formed in 1993 and creates artworks in photography, video, sound and sculpture that explore the subject of ecology. Their work strives to visualise aspects of our shared environment from alternative perspectives and to re-establish and re-evaluate our engagement with nature and landscape. Louise is interested in the role that creativity has in challenging, reflecting and shaping our futures, her studio places great importance on interpreting the various contexts they are invited to work within, looking for ways in which human activity can not only tune into, but also prize the plethora of benefits we gain from nature’s complexities. Louise is based in Dundee Scotland, her studio has been selected for important national and international exhibitions including the British Art Show and The Venice Biennale. They have had solo shows at The Ikon Birmingham, The Arnolfini Bristol, The Fruitmarket Edinburgh and Sadler’s Wells, London. They have worked on numerous permanent commissions and have been awarded the Saltire Award for Art in Architecture, The Royal Incorporation of Architects Creativity Award, The Eco Prize for Creativity, the Creative Scotland Award and were shortlisted for the international Artes Mundi Prize. Louise also teaches one day a week at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee.