Looking In - Looking Out Lectures: #1 MEMORY

Looking In - Looking Out Lectures: #1 MEMORY

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 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 # 1

Wednesday 18 April 6 - 7.30pm

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


Artists have long been drawn to Dumfries and Galloway. With a focus on Dumfries and Galloway’s artistic legacy and its continual appeal for living artists, these speakers will talk about living and working in the region, their journey towards feeling part of an artistic community, and being inspired or influenced by memory, artwork or artists from the past.


Natalie Vardey – A jeweller who began her career in London, in 1979 Natalie set up her jewellery workshop on the Isle of Eigg - she has now lived and worked as a jeweller in Galloway for over twenty years, and has been instrumental in promoting the arts in the region and in the growth of Spring Fling. Natalie's Spring Fling profile.

Will Levi-Marshall – Trained in ceramics, Will designs and installs site specific architectural projects, and has worked in the region for twenty years. He designed his award winning home and studio in Dumfries and Galloway in 2006, being granted landmark planning permission as his arts practice is an asset to the region.

Patti Lean – A pupil of the colourist painter Archie Sutter Watt RSW; now working with memory and flux, Patti is a painter and academic with an interest in contemporary theory and practice, and has lived and worked in Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway for over 15 years. Patti's Spring Fling profile.

Elizabeth Waugh – A sculptor, Elizabeth has worked in Dumfries and Galloway for many years – her first influences from this region are from the early 1950s. When she was trained in London in the mid to late 1940s she was involved with the sculptors Moore, Epstein, Leger and Degonzac.


Dr Maggi Toner-Edgar - After working in France and America and running her own fashion design company in the 1980s, Maggi spent over 20 years leading Degree and MA courses in Fashion and Applied Arts in Higher Education at UCLAN and Cumbria Institute of the Arts. Her main interest is in sculptural textiles and the Cumbrian landscape and weather has always inspired her in relation to concepts, colour and form.

Maggi will talk about 'Memory and Thinking Caps'. These three small collections formed a mini-memoir, inspired by people and place. The hats are the vehicle used to tell a story with extracts from personal journals of context and process. The work involved investigating how we learn from our own experience of practice. My research explored how the physical experience of being creative can exorcise memories; it shows how the creative process can be beneficial for lifting your mind above and away from the everyday. Fabrics have meanings that transmit visual messages and concepts, often not fully recognised or understood. We relive our stories in order to live on, especially living a modern life imposed upon by a genetic narrative line. The chaotic landscape of our past and the shifting sands of memories shape our future. We all feel connected to our personal story, which makes us who we are, it helps us to understand our context and find meaning in our work. We cannot touch things in our life without being touched by them, this contact helps us reconnect with our past and find meaning, and through meaning we find hope.


Stina Wirfelt - Stina has worked with moving image as her primary medium since 2004. Having been an exchange student at Glasgow school of Art while studying, she graduated with an MFA from Malmö Art Academy in 2007 and subsequently relocated to Glasgow. The city has been both the backdrop and the subject in several of her videos. Both Shelter from the Storm (2009) and Tame Time (2010) draws subjective links between observations from the streets, online imagery, romantic novels and many other sources. Tame Time was commissioned by Centre for Contemporary Art, the video was recently screened at Rotterdam International Film Festival, FilmFest DC and IndieLisboa. Other recent exhibitions by Wirfelt include a solo show at +44141, SWG3 and group shows at Embassy, Intermedia and Transmission. During 2008-2009 she took part in LUX Associate Artist Program in London and in 2010 she spent two months as artist in residence at Headlands Centre for the Arts in California.


Looking In - Looking Out is also a Q&A blog on our website - offering a unique insight into the studios and work or artists, makers and designers from across the world. Why not pay a visit? We are sure you'll find something worth reading.

Tickets cost £2.50 per lecture. All will be held in the Rutherford- McCowan Building at Crichton University Campus, Bankend Road, Dumfries and Galloway, DG1 4ZL. For directions please visit www.glasgow.ac.uk/dumfries or call 01387 702 131. To book please contact Phillipa McNeill (01387 702 131, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

For further information on studying at the University of Glasgow, Dumfries, please contact Anne Waggot (01387 702026, anne.waggot@glasgow .ac.uk) and for information on the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture Dr Valentina Bold (valentina.bold@ glasgow.ac.uk).

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