Looking In - Looking Out Lectures: #2 LAND

Looking In - Looking Out Lectures: #2 LAND

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 # 2

Wednesday 25 April 6 - 7.30pm

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


Considering land, landscape and environment, this evening will focus around such topics as; being inspired by the land and landscape, using land and landscape as integral part of the artistic process and using environment and landscape as a starting point for creating art work.


Angela Lawrence – The atmosphere and landscape of Finland and the British countryside has long been a source of inspiration for Angela: particularly the looming shapes and ever-changing shadows across the hills and horizons, and the mysterious and elusive landscape of Galloway and the Western Highlands. Angela's Spring Fling profile.

Ross Fulton – Drawn to objects or places that have pattern or beauty as a result of functional design as opposed to any deliberate aesthetic choice, Ross paints in a detailed, realist style to encourage the viewer to look closely at something they would pay little attention to when encountered first hand. Ross's Spring Fling profile.

Jeremy Carlisle – Depicting the land not as background but as a living system that we are part of, Jeremy creates landscape paintings in-situ, not primarily as topographical paintings or ‘portraits ‘ of nature, more, the intention is to embody in the calligraphy of washes, the flow, fall and energy of nature.

Silvana McLean – The public art project, ‘Voices’ based in Glentrool in 2007 led to a reconnection with the land for painter/printmaker Silvana. Recent work is a response to the stark uncompromising landscapes of Iceland and the many ideas which embody The North from the complex geology of the coastline. Silvana's Spring Fling profile.


Dr Jan Hogarth - Director, Wide Open, South West Scotland.

Jan manages Wide Open’s public art curation activities in Southern Scotland. Jan combines her project management and development activities with her continued role as a visual artist with a particular interest in the environmental art movement, leading on to her gaining a practice led PHD in environmental art at Sunderland University. She studied sculpture at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and read for an MPhil in Public Art and Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. Jan taught 3D design and visual studies at Newcastle College for 10 years.


Dr Paul Scott - Artist and Academic, Cumbria and Oslo National Academy.

Paul Scott is an artist best known for his research into ceramics and print. He creates individual pieces that are exacting and critical, blurring the boundaries between fine art and design. His practice is diverse, so as well as making individual artworks, installations and artefacts for exhibition, he also works to commission, writes, teaches and curates. Research has always played a key role in all aspects of his work - from investigating the technical methodologies of print transfers to the synthesis of historical form and contemporary artefact embodied in his Cumbrian Blue(s) artworks. As a result, he has ongoing connections with a number of Universities and Ceramic Research Centres around the world. In 2010 was awarded a Doctorate by Manchester Metropolitan University for his MIRIAD funded research project into printed landscape patterns on tableware Ceramics Landscape Remediation and Confection. In August 2011 Paul was appointed Professor 2 Ceramics at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO)



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