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Friday, March 23, 2012

Looking In - Looking Out

A three part lecture series on ‘Memory’, ‘Land’ and ‘Sustainability’
Spring Fling, in association with University of Glasgow’s Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, are delighted to present ‘Looking In – Looking Out’. The lecture series celebrates the work of artists and art professionals from Dumfries and Galloway and beyond, and explores the relationship between creativity and location.

Tickets cost £2.50 per lecture. All will be held in: Rutherford-McCowan Building, Crichton Campus, University of Glasgow, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4ZL
The lectures can be booked in three ways:
Phillipa McNeill (University of Glasgow) - / 01387 702 131
Our Eventbrite Page
The evenings will take the format of Pecha Kucha 20x20 - each speaker will show 20 slides for exactly 20 seconds per slide.

Looking In - Looking Out Lectures


Wednesday 18 April 6 - 7.30pm
Will Levi Marshall
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. .
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.
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.


Wednesday 25 April 6 - 7.30pm
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.
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. 


Wednesday 2 May 2012
6.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Justin Carter - Wasteland Twinning
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.
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.
Emma Walker - Emma is the Chief Executive of Craft Scotland.
Craft Scotland is a registered Scottish charity and the world’s first audience development agency for craft. Their purpose is simple: to unite, inspire and champion Scottish craft. Since Emma joined Craft Scotland in 2007, the organisation has been in constant growth.
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.
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.

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.

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