#AIRetc artist Julie Duffy & Hayley Mathers give inspirational talk at Scottish National Gallery

AIRetc's Julie and Hayley presenting their collaborative practice.

Our sister website ContemporaryARTetc… has published an article on Julie and Hayley’s Lee Miller project and the talk they recently gave at the Scottish National Gallery.

SEE ARTICLE HERE: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The inspirational Lee Miller


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#AIRetc Artists give Lee Miller Talk at Scottish National Gallery (Tomorrow)

Julie Duffy & Hayley Mathers

Julie Duffy & Hayley Mathers

Coinciding with the final week of the Lee Miller and Picasso Exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh  #AIRetc Artists Julie Duffy and Hayley Mathers will present their collaborative practice inspired by the life and work of Lee Miller. By using the Penrose Collection at the Gallery of Modern Art and drawing from biographies of Miller and her peers, they have built up an image of her life and the context which inspired her photography.

Over the past year, the artists have hosted a series of dinner parties to celebrate her life and discuss her work. The dinners have been inspired by recipes created by Miller and have allowed the artists to share their research.

The talk is free  and will take place at the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre – Gardens Entrance (Scottish National Gallery) Tomorrow 1st Sept 12:45 – 1:30

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How time flies! A post by Liz Waterston

Liz Bunting

Unbelievably, it’s been a whole four months since I started the residency here at Edinburgh College.

Where to start??

The students and staff were very welcoming, inviting me to sit in on crits in the first few weeks of the residency. This was a crucial and exciting stage for both the 1st and 2nd year CAPers as they were working to their own briefs, which resulted in diverse works and interesting conversation.

I was also extremely lucky to be invited along to the CAP trip to Berlin in March! Five days of non-stop galleries, museums, culture, landmarks and attractions left me a little exhausted but it was a fantastic opportunity that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Returning to the sunny skies of Scotland, I was asked to sit in and discuss work with one of the National Diploma classes who were in the development stages of their final projects. I look forward to seeing their finished pieces in the Great Big Art Show which opens next week.

I would like to thank all of the students who were able to make my talk in April. I found it quite strange discussing work that I had produced years beforehand, but in hindsight, revisiting these pieces began to inform my thought process within the studio. I am very thankful to the questions afterwards and the willingness to participate within areas of my work – you gave me a lot to think about!

Alongside these opportunities I would definitely say that I have settled into the studio. Having more room and privacy than I am used to, I have started working with bunting and banners, experimenting with textiles as well as continuing to produce time-based work. Who knows what the next month will bring!

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Julie Duffy: Limited Edition Prints

Former AIR Julie Duffy has produced 2 limited edition prints based on her most recent project ‘Rhythmic Structure’ in the Bothy at the Scottish National of Modern Art in Edinburgh.

The prints, one pink and one grey and measuring 56.5cm x 76cm are signed by the artists and limited to an edition of 5 in each colour £65 each.

If you would like to purchase a print please contact Julie directly via her Facebook page:


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AIRetc… Call for applications 2015-16

The Art Team at Edinburgh College Granton are delighted to announce our call for applications for our 2015-16 Artist in Residence (AIRetc) programme.

We are looking for 2 artists to contribute to one of the countries most successful and dynamic Art Departments. Now in its 5th year the Artist in Residence programme (AIRetc…) is an innovative scheme which provides recently graduated / professional artist who have previously studied a fine / contemporary art course at Edinburgh College Granton (formerly Edinburgh’s Telford College) with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and experience in Art education while developing their creative practice in a dedicated studio space.

If you would like to be considered for the residencies please download the information below and the application form.  




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Belated welcome to Liz Waterston

The Doll Dance, Video Still 2014

The Doll Dance, Video Still 2014

It seems like only yesterday that our current AIR Liz started with us here at Edinburgh College! However, somewhat embarrassingly, it has in fact been 3 months!!!!!

During that 3 months Liz has been extremely busy producing work in the AIRetc… studio as well as doing talks for CAP students and helping with tutorials and interviews for next years intake of CAPers. Oh and she joined us on the CAP Berlin trip in March! Wow it has been so busy intact that we have completely neglected the blog and haven’t even introduced you all to Liz or her practice. So lets get back on track.

Having previously gained a Btec Foundation at Edinburgh College in 2009 Liz graduated from the HND Contemporary Art course in June 2011. Below are a couple of works from her CAP graduate exhibition.

In september 2011 Liz began the 1st of 3years at Edinburgh College of Art having gained a direct entry place into the 2nd year of the Intermedia BAhons Degree course. During her time at ECA Liz developed an extensive body of work dealing primarily concerns around the portrayal of women in contemporary culture media, working variously between collage, sculpture, digital moving image and text.

Liz’s work often considers feminist ideas and what it means to young people today. In an age where the media dominates the thoughts, feelings and actions of many in today’s society and of young people in particular, she allows popular culture and found material on the Internet to inform much of her practice.

Liz will be bringing us up to date with recent developments in the studio and her experience of all aspects of the residency over the next few weeks and months. In the meantime you can see more of her previous work via the link below.

PLEASE BE ADVISED Liz’s work deals with adult themes which some people may find offensive. The work contains explicit content in the form of musical lyrics.


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Rythmic Structures: #AIRetc at Modern 1

Originally posted on Contemporary Art ETC.....:

“New works by Julie Duffy developed during her Residency in the HND Contemporary Art Practice #AIRetc studio.


Julie’s new work for Pig Rock Bothy at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is the result of a 5 month residency at Edinburgh College, Granton Campus.  Julie spent this time researching the collaborative work of Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg alongside Oskar Schlemmer’s ‘Das Triadische Ballett’.  The work explores the formal qualities of dance, with the purity and severity in the movements of Cunningham’s choreography, juxtaposed with the extreme colour palette and costumes of Schlemmer’s ballet. The Bothy will be home to a screen-printed floor, hanging drapes and delicate sculptures made from felt, card and expanding foam. The final phase of the work will see dancers from Edinburgh College’s BA Hons Dance take-up residency in the Bothy. This residency will give the dancers the opportunity to choreograph…

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