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000032 000036I have a thing for signage and billboards.  The simplicity of communicating ideas from these roadside hoardings.  With Elliott Burns work of vacant billboards in Thailand you are left with the sheer beauty of the design themselves sans any commercial context.  Elliott Burns took this series whilst on residency ComPeung Artist Residency.  I came across his work as he has just been accepted to athens Snehta artist residency program in Athens.  It will be interesting to see what he produces whilst there.

Elliott Burns Website here

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This new creative platform has sprung up on the radar recently and seems to be doing something a little different in and around Edinburgh.  A coming together of ZZZAP & URSA MAJOR STUDIO the are bring elements together who share similar visions.  Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

“ATA is a brave new creative platform which exists as an evolving digital exhibition space and a series of art / music get togethers.
Island 1 is our first late night event, in the humble surrounds of the Intermedia Project Space.”

Website click here

All-Time Archipelago – Island 1.

FRIDAY 15TH MARCH
INTERMEDIA PROJECT SPACE
EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART
9:30 – V LATE / BYOB

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ARTWORKS by

Tasos Gaitanos
Alistair Grant
Becca Howard
Scott McGuigan
Darren Nisbet
Robbie Penford-Baker
Emily Rimmer
Sally Sears-Black
Loren Stuart
Joe Venning

MUSIC

Telfort (live)
Mana Aboda (live)
David-George (live)
ZZZAP Residents

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I came across the work of Esther Stocker through her installation at Z33 exhibition Mind the system find the gap.  Her installation similar to the works above seemingly are erratic objects or placed materials.  These definite randomness to their placement causes you the viewer to realise there is more intention here.  There is a system and design to what you are immersed within.  This leads to eyes searching the space occupied to see what the artist is seeing.  As though you do not want to miss out on the hidden spectacle.

Click here for Esther Stockers’ Website


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NEWHAVEN STATION

‘A site for new art works and a new use of space’

Open Install Afternoon: Tuesday 12th March 2013, 12–5pm

Preview: Friday 22nd March 2013, 7–9pm

Exhibition: Saturday 23rd March–Friday 29th 2013

Newhaven Station, 85 Craighall Road, “Bridge No. 12”, Edinburgh, EH6

Newhaven Station is an explorative exhibition into the transformation of space by three Edinburgh-based artists, responding to the North Edinburgh site with new video, sculpture and wall-mounted works.

Richard Taylor, Dickie Webb and Claudia de la Peña, all artists who have previously worked on separate projects, come to together for the first time with works investigating Newhaven Station’s current stasis.

Since its discontinued use as a railway station in 1962 the building has evolved from a carpentry workshop into an abandoned space ripe for development. In its present reality Richard Arnot, the owner of Newhaven Station, has gifted the artist’s use of the station as it nears a final transformation into freelance office space.

The artists will respond to this flux in the station’s use, peeling away layers of history and community, to decipher new avenues in their individual practices and discover journeys as a collective group. Richard Arnot, “As a resident of North Edinburgh I felt this would be an interesting project to support. It’s great to be able to provide much needed space for Richard, Dickie and Claudia, and to see how Newhaven Station might continue to contribute to a steadily expanding cultural scene in the north of the city.”

Holly Knox Yeoman, the exhibition organiser, first realised the potential for the space during Doors Open Day Edinburgh 2012 and has since been working to coordinate an exhibition of artists’ work. Yeoman adds “I grew up round the corner from the building and was always intrigued by its destitute structure. Through Doors Open Day and meeting Richard Arnot, it was fantastic to see the building returning somewhere closer to its former glory. The site-responsive works produced between the artists will hopefully create a welcoming invitation to local people, furthering dialogue surrounding the nature of the building as a forgotten landmark.”

Open Install

On Tuesday 12th March, the doors of Newhaven Station will be open, welcoming people in to the space to meet the artists and enquire into the process in which they are working to create their works and exhibition. Independent curator and writer Kate Grenyer will also be present, observing the creative interactions between the artists, initiating critical discourse beyond the exhibition.

For further information please email – hollyknoxyeoman@hotmail.co.uk

Artist Biographies

Richard Taylor

Richard has produced a new set of work including free standing and hanging sculptures, wall mounted drawings and objects, and floor-based dioramas. Each work will reference the other through a ‘mini-game’ status. ‘Mini-game’ is a deliberate positioning of a certain lost character that finds itself during sessions put aside in the studio. In order to address this status the works, as they are visited and re-visited over a period of time, may look unfinished in their overworked state, require closer inspection and participation, or will only reach completion through site-specific response.

Richard Taylor (b. 1985, Sheffield), a 2007 graduate from Leeds University, is an artist and writer based in Edinburgh. The roots of his ideas start as short stories or small pencil drawings that depict intentions or actions addressing ulterior characterisation or modes of production. Recent projects have seen ideas develop into collaborations, performances, installations and published works. In 2012 Richard exhibited with The Mutual and artist Jennifer Picken at GI 2012; undertook a residency at AWA Gallery in Amsterdam; performed at [STATE] of Uncertainty in Birmingham; and showed work at an open studio event in Chelva, Spain.

Dickie Webb

Dickie’s site responsive approach to Newhaven Station will parallel the building’s transitory state and renovation, creating a heterotopic environment that appears distanced from the here and now.  As considered material choices echo the surroundings, additional frameworks and scaffolds – displaying metaphorical forms, images and panels – will allow the viewer’s imagination to project an experience that is greater than the station’s architecture, transporting them to a place with uncertain boundaries.

Dickie Webb (b. 1979, Oxford) is currently in his final year of Intermedia Art at Edinburgh College of Art and splits his time between New Zealand and the UK. This nomadic life stimulates considerations within present work, questioning our changing relationship with disremembered spaces. Recent projects have included subtle object abstractions using processed materials to create sculptures that sit somewhere between the familiar and imaginary.  He has exhibited work at The Kitchen Gallery, Clermont College, Batavia, Ohio, USA and at The Demarco European Art Foundation, Edinburgh.

Claudia de la Peña

Claudia will create new sculptural pieces that react to the pictorial potential of Newhaven Station. Through a series of site-specific gestures, she considers the symmetry of a more personal artistic intervention alongside the broader re-engagement of this previously disused, yet historically rich, space. This positive renewal is pertinent to her sympathies towards the recycling of found materials, both in function and substance.

Claudia de la Peña (b. 1988, Edinburgh), a 2011 graduate of Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, is a cross disciplinary artist currently based in Edinburgh. At its core, her work is an investigative tool to create and understand meaningful dialogues between materials, both in physical and symbolic realms. Her practice is often site specific using found, made and raw materials punctuated with photographic elements.

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