Friday, 20 May 2011

Firenze + Venezia

I don't think I've mentioned on here about a couple of exciting adventures in store for me over the coming few months. Back in February I was absolutely delighted to hear the news that I'd been selected for one of the RSA scholarships to Florence. The John Kinross Scholarship is given out every year to a selection of 10 4th year & Masters Fine Art and Architecture students across the Scottish art Schools (ECA, GSA, DJCAD, Grey's) in order to afford us the chance to live and work in one of the most artistically and architecturally rich cities in the world. As evidence of our study, we are expected to produce a body of work to be presented to the RSA on our return. Where, I am told, they'll select a couple of pieces for their archives.
I've decided a September - November excursion to avoid the most tourist heavy months and to enjoy the antiques Biennale in October-whyaye! Needless to say, I am looking forward to planning this trip massively and have been enjoying this present from my mum in the quieter moments between degree show mayhem:



Another exciting Italian event is the Venice Biennale, particularly now that Karla Black, representing Scotland this year, has also just been announced as a Turner Prize Nominee. Martin Boyce, also from Glasgow, also a TP 2011 nominee, represented two years ago in Venice, so here's hoping for some Scottish magic to continue with the Susan Phillipsz success of last year.
What this has to do with me is a very small part. Back around March, The wonderful Fruitmarket Gallery of Edinburgh (curators of this years show) came through to Dundee in search of a team of 3 Information Assistants. After submitting an application and an interview with Katy Nicoll (from Scotland + Venice), Ian Morrison (from Fruitmarket) and Tracey McKenna (Acting Dean at the time), the team from DJCAD was decided and I was so thrilled to be told I was part of it. Together with 2 teams from GSA (Dundee goes out first and swap over after 2 months) we will be looking after the exhibition, providing visitors with all the info they need (practically and intellectually regarding the work) and living in the Scottish Pavilion!

The Scotland + Venice facebook page just posted this mysterious image of the Karla Black install(which is happening right now)....a pretty tantalising shade of blue...

Leaving on the 27th means we haven't time to even finish the degree show, but it's a small price to pay for what is sure to be an immeasurably fascinating and fun two months- I'll try and keep this blog up to date!
In the mean time, the DJCAD Degree Show opens tonight at 6pm and is sure to be great. Look forward to seeing everyone there!

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