In September we were delighted to welcome Gordon Douglas as the twelfth Edinburgh College Artist In Residence.
Up-and-coming Scottish artist Gordon Douglas has become the new artist in residence at Edinburgh College, where the former student will support the development of the art stars of the future.
Gordon, who graduated from Edinburgh College in Contemporary Art Practice in 2010, will be the artist in residence from September 2016 – January 2017.
The artist-in-residence programme provides artists and designers who studied at Edinburgh College with an opportunity to develop their practice in a further education environment, whilst assisting the students to develop their art. The programme was launched six years ago and offers recently graduated or professional artists and designers a dedicated studio space as well as access to specialist resources and facilities. Staff and students benefit from the experience and creative expertise brought by the resident artist, who is based at the Granton Campus for the five months of their residency.
Gordon, who went on to study Sculpture and Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art following college, said: “I am looking forward to working with the students at Edinburgh College and I will use the time and resources of the residency to reflect on the nature of alumni.”
“The lecturers at Edinburgh College, all of whom are still practicing artists, have developed an amazing space in the Granton Campus in which students learn, trust, critique, exchange and produce exciting bodies of work. I am really happy to have the opportunity to be part of it again.”
Whilst in residence, Gordon will be focusing on his position as an alumnus of various institutions, and the kind of residual performances carried forward following this period of time. His previous project, The Rookery, dealt with the need to perform a peer-community with graduates from Glasgow School of Art in an off-season pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Alan Holligan, fine art lecturer and artist in residence coordinator at Edinburgh College, said: “We’ve seen the benefits of having professional artists like Gordon working with the students as it provides them with someone they can aspire to and follow in the footsteps of, especially someone who is just starting out in their career. It will be exciting to see how the students working with Gordon develop their skills over the coming months.”
Gordon works between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and his art uses performance, the curatorial and collaboration towards the production of events, publications and conversation. His themes include labour relations, art world sociology and peer succession. He has collaborated with a diverse range of partners including designers, fan-fiction writers, jewellery designers, journalists, post-punk musicians and philosophers.
Gordon served on the committee for Transmission from 2013-15, an artist-run organisation in Glasgow offering a programme of international and locally-focused arts activity. Since then, he has been developing self-initiated collaborative projects including: The Rookery, with Albatross Artists’ Studios; Nieces, Nephews, with Georgia Horgan and Celine, Glasgow; Field Recording, with Tom Graham; and The Garden is Our Wall with Stefanie Cheong, James Harding, Jake Watts and Tess Vaughan.