Charlie Poulsen: I have been working with sections of trees as the basis of many of my studio sculpture for a long time

Two specially-commissioned sculptures called Skyboat and Dancing Tree, by Charlie Poulsen, have been unveiled at Marchmont House. Charlie, who has a fascination with “growing sculptures” has created a series of works at the Borders mansion that will take decades, or even longer, to complete as the trees mature. He spoke with The Fountain in more detail about the sculptures and how it all came about.

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Emily Sutton: As a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, I have a strong connection with the city

Edinburgh’s The Scottish Gallery exhibition Modern Masters Women celebrated the work of Scotland’s major female artists from the past 125 years, including Kate Downie, the famed Scottish artist known for her visceral depictions of Scottish urban and rural landscapes which give an alternative perspective on everyday life. Known for her children’s book illustration as well as her paintings, Emily Sutton was included in this exhibition, who we caught up with as well as the Director of the Scottish Gallery, Christina Jansen.

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Chris Stuart Wilson: It once again recognises the value of the arts to older people

At 2pm every Tuesday and Friday over the coming weeks, and possibly months, a new short film will be posted online by Luminate to inspire and guide older people through a creative activity that can be done at home or in a care home. The [email protected] programme is designed to help people stay engaged and active until the crisis has passed and the activities will be presented by professional artists who work regularly with older people in community and care settings, and will feature different arts forms. Chris Stuart Wilson who led an online dance class on Friday 27th March spoke with The Fountain about this project, and what inspired him personally to get involved.

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Review: Spectra – Scotland’s Festival of Light Rating 90%

Review: Spectra – Scotland’s Festival of Light

This is not the first time Spectra has transformed the centre of Aberdeen with its spectacular light effects and visual feasts that make the locals proclaim “fit’s that?!” The 2020 theme is Scotland’s coasts and waters and to this end there are tentacles flowing off the top of Marischal Square and the Art Gallery.

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James Gilchrist: We want people to feel good when they see the identity

Graphic Design Festival Scotland have confirmed their 2019 programme and identity, the festival takes place between the 22nd-26th of November in Glasgow. GDFS 2019 kicks off with their lead conference, TopForm in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. You can hear from some of the most inspiring names in the industry including: Stefan Sagmeister, Angus Hyland of Pentagram, Swiss Typefaces, Eike Konig of HORT, Kelly Anna and media titans VICE. The Fountain caught up with found, James Gilchrist who discussed the identity and branding of the festival in great depth.

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Dr Rosie Waine: Scotland was catapulted into the global imagination by the work of cultural influences

Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland examines how Scotland became established in the popular imagination as a land of wilderness, heroism and history, and how tartan, bagpipes and rugged, wild landscapes became enduring, internationally recognised symbols of Scottish identity. It spans the period from the final defeat of the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 to the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Over 300 objects are on display, telling a story with a stellar cast, including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert; King George IV; Sir Walter Scott; Robert Burns; JMW Turner; Henry Raeburn; Felix Mendelssohn; William and Dorothy Wordsworth; Ludwig Van Beethoven and Lord Byron, whose 1807 poem Lachin y Gair (Lochnagar) is quoted in the exhibition’s title. The exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS) has included the work of textile researcher, Dr. Rosie Waine, who spoke with The Fountain about the work in more depth.

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Review: Edinburgh Art Festival 2019 Rating 79%

Review: Edinburgh Art Festival 2019

With so much crammed into Scotlands capital for the month of Augusut, it is easy to avoid or at least forget some elements of the festival. The Fringe takes prominence around the city, with the Edinburgh International Festival held at some key venues, and then the Book Festival is confined to Charlotte Square and the extended area on George Street. The Edinburgh Art Festival can somewhat get lost amongst the noise but if you take a step back to remove yourself from the noise for at least a day, it’s worth the time. A little more reticent than the rest when it comes to flyering and making a song and dance about their shows, the timidity of the festival is refreshing during Edinburghs festival month.

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Review: Bill Drummond – Best Before Death Rating 75%

Review: Bill Drummond – Best Before Death

Avant-garde Scottish artist Bill Drummond, best known for his work with 1980s electronic outfit The KLF, brought his new documentary film Best Before Death to Stonehaven Town Hall recently. Directed by Paul Duane, it documents two years of the 12-year World Tour, which he intends to be his final project. Beginning in Kolkata, India, then moving on to Memphis, Tennessee, Drummond spends his time in these areas building beds, making soup and baking cakes, among other seemingly mundane tasks – to mixed reactions from those he meets on his travels. Apart from the film crew, Drummond is accompanied on this journey by Tracy Moberly, and towards the end we are shown his efforts to bring the story to the stage, with Tam Dean Burn playing Drummond and Moberly being portrayed by Charlie Sellers.

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Craig Coulthard: They began as a way for me to turn collected sayings into something physical

For the past two years or so Craig Coulthard was regularly making ink drawings of t-shirts containing words and varied ornament, combining over 230 of them as a handmade book, An Intrusion of Insubstantial Messages. The book is available as a limited 1st edition of ten signed copies. Each book is hardback, entirely handmade and hand-stitched, with unique marbling and different coloured covers and inserts, and in each case is a piece of art in their own right. Craig spoke with The Fountain about how the book came to be and what constitutes an insubstantial message.

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Flannery O’Kafka: I wanted to turn on its head the recording of vulnerable people as medical or social spectacle

Project Ability’s next exhibition, The Residency Show features the recent Glasgow School of Art graduate Flannery O’Kafka, among other established and emerging artists. A large and varied group show with a mix of disability artists and others, The Residency Show incorporates those that Project Ability have worked with in Residence over the last year. Flannery O’Kafka spoke to The Fountain about her involvement in the show as well as her background in fine art photography.

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Review: Scottish Feminist Judgements Project Rating 78%

Review: Scottish Feminist Judgements Project

With little knowledge and context behind this project, and art exhibition, I took my intrigued self to the Mount Florida Gallery and Studios on a Saturday evening to join a party of people that had considered real -life legal cases and commissioned art works to be produced in response to the result of these cases. It was varied in media and format, and the only thread holding it together was that of Jill Kennedy-McNeill, a multi-disciplinary artist that works with textile, who has created not one, not two but three pieces as part of this project. Evocative and somewhat tangible, many of the works had a resonating effect, which lingered long into the evening.

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Mandy McIntosh: Paisley is completely under the radar and that’s when things can be really fertile

Mandy McIntosh’s statue of May Donoghue was recently unveiled in Paisley, a first for Mandy in terms of permanent classic sculpture. This is a reflection of the more contemporary practices in Paisley, the juxtaposition of the classic with the experimental.
Mandy spoke with The Fountain about her background and the process of creating a sculpture, as well as her thoughts on where Paisley fits in the Scottish art culture scene.

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