We are delighted to launch Deirdre's residency from June 2020. Her longstanding interest in how cities work and how those who live in cities experience them creates the foundation for this residency. Her current research explores how gesture-based performance might help tell the story of cities. Over the next 5 months she will create a series of 'scores' as a set of performance instructions, for a series of six gesture-based pieces of work. One score will be published every month, which the public are invited to perform singularly, through a period of social distancing. Participants from across the globe, located by water's edges (seas, rivers, canals) will be encouraged to take part.
Residency artists, Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson, recently caught up with Genevieve Fay about how they are continuing to work together, during their residency, whilst alone, working through the lockdown. Read about the new directions in their project from below.
Its great to be able to announce our apple tree growing project working with artist, Annie Lord, which will be working to construct an orchard across our collective neighbourhood. We are currently looking for local residents who live in Portobello, Craigentinny or Musselburgh to come forward who would like to plant a tree in their front garden or publicly viewable space.
Artist Jenny Pope is inviting participants to take part in a collective creativity and coping strategy project promoting mental wellbeing at this difficult time. She has created two art material packs to use at home: 'Tools for Now' and 'Collage Kit'. To receive a pack contact Jenny (priced £5 for limited number supported by Art Walk Projects). Images of artworks made will later by posted up onto social media.
THE VISITED PLACE: occupying the local in art biennials | ENGAGE JOURNAL44
'Biennials and beyond' APRIL 2020
Art Walk's curator, Rosy Naylor, discusses the relationship of the visiting and local audience in her article for Engage's latest Journal looking at art biennales. Rosy takes a look at the different ways in which she considers place and community, expanding on the pairing of place, walking place, collective place and lost place. Artists/groups featured: Greig Burgoyne, Deirdre Macleod, Nicky Bird, & Ruangrupa.
"Biennials present opportunities for curators and producers to consider the way in which a visitor (predominantly a tourist) engages with a place, how the structure of their visit informs that engagement, and subsequent experience...
To me, as a public arts curator, a methodology around place and community is an important one. One in which there can be a joining together: of the visitor visiting a place with the sole purpose of viewing art; and of the resident, viewing commissioned work that responds to and has relevancy for their own familiar neighbourhood or surroundings. Such an interweaving is treated as the destination for discourse, rather than two opposing parts that need ‘bringing together’.
For the visiting art audience, the city becomes the backdrop providing the context through which the programmed art is viewed, assessed, and interpreted. Visitors might get to navigate a city in a specific, directed way, view locations of works in a particular order, in particular regions or outskirts of a city, chosen in order to narrate a certain discourse. These viewers come away having had an experience, having learned about the city, its people, its communities, part and parcel with the art they have seen, one which is interwoven into the fabric of the city; its alleyways, its histories, its localities. Such engagement means the visitor comes away having experienced a sense of place, within which the art has shaped, ordered, and redefined that place.