Monday, 31 October 2011

Dundee - Making Applications & Proposals, Cultural Enterprise Office

Attended an interesting event organised by the Cultural Enterprise Office at the McManus today.
There was a lot of information to take in about how to go about making an application for funding in the creative industries and it gave me a lot to think about...

What do I want to achieve and what do I need to do to get there?
Is funding necessary and available?
Why would a funder fund?

I was asked to write a 25 word proposal of a project of interest to me, and although I am not going to write it here as it was very rough, it did clarify my interest in the artist-as-curator or curator-as-artist role(s)/responsibilities. I need to spend some time thinking, reading and writing about this and perhaps a potential project will emerge. Then I can consider whether funding would be relevant to the project- perhaps not though in the first instance.

A gallery space which looks at the install process in a gallery space as the exhibition? A continual install/curation of existing/new works/found works? A re-invigoration of my degree show work that tests out other possibilities with that body of work?

Value, or perceived value, and potential (in it's many senses) seem to stick at the forefront of my mind.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Cooper Gallery Notes

New posts on Cooper Gallery Notes discussing the A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE project and the exhibition currently installed at the Cooper Gallery.


Thursday, 27 October 2011

A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE: a comic opera in three parts

Here's a link to ExhibitionDJCAD's blog that the Production Assistants kept up-to-date during the week of open rehearsals for A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE: a comic opera in three parts.

Friday, 14 October 2011

No posts! There are no new posts on my blog!!

I have uncovered a different understanding of the word 'purpose' recently. In summary, I graduated went on to have a job, then another job, and after a couple of weeks time I got promoted and became full-time, this job was only temporary though and then I became a job hunting graduate... and since September my need to search and find and try has taken over. I'm trying.

When at University my purpose was to be a student, and that allows for a lot (knitting for one).

Sadly for now my purpose is to be on the prowl for work, filling out endless application forms and leaving my knitting and pewter and plaster and colour behind.

But... the sign of a new personally re-ignited purpose is here, symbolic like a light at the end of the tunnel (a glowing laptop, digitally reconnecting me to my past) I am writing a post.

The build up has been since my summer work ended, leaving me some time to find my way around Scotland to look at some of the things going on. In the last 2 weeks I invigilated the Shared Imagination exhibition in the VRC Centrespace situated within the DCA, Dundee, visited the Cupar Arts Festival I've been lucky enough to visit my sister in Glasgow and saw a few great pieces one of them, The Missing by Graham Fagen, a supportive tutor at DJCAD, (there's a YouTube video where he discusses the commission below).

And, I am in contact with DJCAD Exhibitions and have been working with them on A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE, a really exciting project that involves artists, musicians, members of the public and will hopefully capture all of our attentions over varying sites within the city and through events within DJCAD too.

It's a strange time, having been away and now being back to DJCAD in a different capacity. It's proving to be interesting, informative and... I can't think of another 'i' word to follow this on poetically. But I feel (to twist around a phrase) away from home, at home.