Hazel Powell reflects on her AIRetc… experience.

Now the residency is finished, it feels like a good time to go back to the beginning.

The AIRetc residency at Edinburgh College began eight months after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art. I took that time to gather stories, collect ideas and reflect on the work I had made throughout my education. It wasn’t until I sat down in the studio for the first time that I began to look at where I wanted to take my work next.

The highlight of the residency was the time spent with the HND Contemporary Art students. Being involved in Crits throughout their projects allowed for great discussions about their work and the wider themes of contemporary culture. Following their work from conception through to exhibition was a great insight into how different people work and how ideas develop.

Artists, I find, have such unique ways in which to look at things. They choose vastly different topics to pursue and this creates a really colourful creative exchange. I felt very lucky to be part of that and found it helped me to think about my own work in context too.

My practice is steeped in local history and memory. People, folklore, song and Scottish fairy tales are all employed to look at the layers of history that surround us. Film, tapestry, drawing and conversation form the backbone of my work, and during the residency I began to introduce elements of performance.

This residency really allowed the time I needed to fully unfold concepts and follow ideas (occasionally up the garden path). It gave me the all-important space to try things out, sometimes over and over again. My first steps towards performance art weren’t taken tentatively, but rather ungracefully, wearing giant bird feet.

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Artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich invited me to make a work for an event they were hosting at Glasgow International. The Circus Between Worlds was a site-specific performance weekend based in the dilapidated Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson church in the Gorbals area of Glasgow.

Upon visiting the space I was immediately captivated by how nature had been allowed to reclaim this inner city space, birds and foxes had very much moved in. On the other hand the history of the circus was really fascinating, especially the idea of the Freak show, and how this piece of history had been both a positive and negative experience for the performers.

This led to the Unfledged Birds, a costumed vocal performance in four parts. The costumes were based on the sideshow belle Kookoo the bird girl and the song developed from live recordings of the birds inhabiting the church.

Listen to the performance here:   https://vimeo.com/173627863

This project really informed what went into Spooling, a solo exhibition at Dok Arts Space in Leith. The show was the culmination of all the work developed while at the college and took the form of two large-scale films, a five part vocal performance, a weave and a silkscreen print.

The work looked at how we make sense of the world through storytelling and conversation. It explored the ways we communicate, our relationships, and the subjects we all have in common, such as certainty, doubt, life and loss. The work wove together fragments of stories collected throughout the past year. It looked to the landscape as a memory archive, giving a voice to the water, and considering the land as a sounding board. The installation strived to create a space for reflection, one in which to think about how we are all the same.

Watch an excerpt from Spooling:  https://vimeo.com/183819530

I had an amazing amount of support from Edinburgh College staff and students, throughout the making process and in showing Spooling. I’m really grateful for that, and for the opportunity to develop my practice.

Sharing Secrets Festival:

In May the head of Dalry Primary approached the college, inviting us to get involved in the Sharing Secrets Festival that takes place over a week in June. It aims to bring the community together through the arts and the inclusive act of making together.

Four of the HND students got involved and we devised a day of workshops for a keen group of pupils at Dalry Primary school. The short projects were based on the theme of Storytelling, and involved making short films, drawings, poems and mathematical sculptures.  It was a really interesting day for everyone, and really rewarding to see young people engage so strongly with contemporary art.

Finally, I want to wish every student on the Contemporary Art course every success for the future. You’re a very talented bunch.

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AIRetc… Call for applications 2016-17

The Art Team at Edinburgh College Granton are delighted to announce our call for applications for our 2016-17 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 6th year the Artist in Residence programme (AIRetc…) is an innovative scheme which provides recently graduated / professional artists 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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PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE LOOKING FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING PERIODS: SEPT 2016 – JANUARY 2017 AND FEBRUARY 2017 – JUNE 2017 INCLUSIVE PLEASE NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE OF 19TH JUNE 2014 IS FOR BOTH RESIDENCY PERIODS

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#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

https://contemporaryartetc.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/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

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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:

https://www.facebook.com/julie.duffy.3572?pnref=story

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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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PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE LOOKING FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING PERIODS: SEPT 2015 – JANUARY 2016 AND FEBRUARY 2016 – JUNE 2016 INCLUSIVE PLEASE NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE OF 19TH JUNE 2014 IS FOR BOTH RESIDENCY PERIODS

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