Looking In - Looking Out Lectures: #3 SUSTAINABILITY

Following on from the popular 2011 lecture series ‘Art of Place’ for 2012, The University of Glasgow’s new Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, in Dumfries, in association with Spring Fling are delighted to present ‘Looking In – Looking Out’ - a three part lecture series. Focusing on the themes of ‘Memory’, ‘Land’ and ‘Sustainability’, the series celebrates the work of artists from this region; as part of the historical artistic legacy, stimulated by its distinctive environment and culture, whilst remaining engaged with and sustaining links to the world outside. These lectures will explore the relationship between creativity and location – a key theme for the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture just as it is for Spring Fling - engaging with the reasons why, and where, artists choose to work where they do.

Each evening - four artists who have participated in Spring Fling over the past ten years will speak about their work and practice; a series of art professionals from outwith the region will speak about their work and experience (external speakers to be announced on http://www.spring-fling.co.uk from February 2012); and Dr Valentina Bold from The University of Glasgow representing The Solway Centre for Environment and Culture will lead a Q&A with the participating artists.

The evenings will take the format of Pecha Kucha 20x20 - each speaker will show 20 slides for exactly 20 seconds per slide.

Lecture # 3


Wednesday 2 May 2012

6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

Rutherford McCowan Building, The Univerity of Glasgow, Crichton University Campus Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4ZL.


Spring Fling Speakers

The focus of this evening is around sustainable working and the importance of visibility both within and outside the region. These artists will talk around topics such as: building and sustaining links outwith the region; collaboration and the use of new technologies; the advantages of working where they do; and will consider the challenges of being visible further afield, whilst remaining rooted in a largely rural and often remote area.

Morag Macpherson – Textile designer Morag worked in graphic design where she saw common links with new digital technology in textiles. Now working on a commission basis with large-scale project work with architects and interior designers. She also designs and makes her own line of limited edition digitally printed textiles for fashion and interiors. Morag's Spring Fling profile.

Hope London – Trained as a lawyer in New York, visual artist Hope uses her graphic novel ‘M. Contraband Esq., Punk Lawyer’ as a medium for expressing ideas of copyright and contract law for artists, through text and drawing. Hope's Spring Fling profile.

Clare Melinsky – Over the last thirty years Clare’s illustrations have been used in advertising, for labels and packaging, and in editorial work for books, magazines and newspapers. She has created a series of postage stamps for Royal Mail and recently completed a set of new covers for the seven Harry Potter novels. Clare's Spring Fling profle.

Amanda Simmons – Drawing on her biomedical sciences past life, glass artist Amanda recently exhibited at COLLECT with Craft Scotland at the Saatchi Gallery in London. A regular exhibitor at Origin, in 2010 she was awarded the Gold Award: For Innovation, Creativity and Potential to Export. Amanda's Spring Fling profile.

Guest Speakers

Emma Walker - Emma is the Chief Executive of Craft Scotland.

Emma’s background and passion is in audience development. As the first CEO of Craft Scotland, the world’s first audience development agency for craft, she has built the organisation into a leading craft agency with an international reputation in just three years. @EmmaWalkerCEO


Hannah Stewart - Hannah is and Artist and the Director of Free Range Artists in Cumbria

Freerange Artists brings art and business together - an office complex dedicated to Carlisle's burgeoning creative sector. Artist Hannah Stewart is behind the project, which offers office space, hot desking, creative equipment and studio hire, use of meeting rooms, co-working and business mentoring. With a focus on encouraging artists to focus on creativity and commercaility, the next step for Freerange is to roll the idea out into rural areas, where many more creative businesses are springing up. Freerange also offers a drop-in specialist reprographics suite, administration and research services and a programme of events.


Justin Carter - Justin is an Artist and Environmental Art Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art

Following graduation from the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art, Justin Carter was selected for New Contemporaries 2000. Later that year he took up the inaugural residency at Cove Park, showing work at Tramway, Glasgow. He has exhibited work throughout the UK and abroad including a special commission for the 2004 Whitstable Biennale where he gifted free produce from his solar powered ice-cream stall along the East Kent coast. He produced a new prototype of this device for the 2005 Expo’ in Japan. Since 2003 he has taught in the Department of Sculpture and Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art where he is developing crossschool projects related to sustainability, ecology and art. He developed work for the Stavanger Biennale in 2008 as well as researching possibilities for art and ecology for Gunpowder Park with a ‘Bright Sparks’ fellowship.


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