Jun 18th 2020
We will showcase three Visual Arts Scotland members bi-monthly, spotlighting their work & practice.
These showcased members will be chosen by a monthly guest curator. The invited curator will select makers & artists that interest them from our amazing membership. This will be based on a theme of their choice.
Curator: Sarah Calmus - Artist and President of Visual Arts Scotland
Theme: Experimental Exploration
Immersive, participatory and environmental provocations form the basis of Calmus's practice which takes a multidisciplinary approach spanning fixed large scale light installations to month long nomadic social interventions. Interested in psychological and philosophical narratives, her practice is intentionally interdisciplinary; viewed as a series of experiments underpinned with explorations into interaction.
Calmus graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone (2014) in Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices, after which she moved to Edinburgh and began volunteering as a Hidden Door Festival team member, where she continues to contribute by developing the festivals content. Sarah is currently President of Visual Arts Scotland.
"Theo Shields creates highly playful murmurations of enquiry across many mediums. A vast back catalogue of exhibitions, Shields’ practice stretches across disciplines and experimentations in wood, glass, steel, found materials and site specific controlled projects. His work Ant Drawings, an experimental piece involving a miniature Richard Serra replica of Titled Arc and ants, brings playful enquiry to the fore. In some disciplinary contrast, glass works, Internal Space and Pure Response, delicately hang through metal forms and take a breath of fluidity. These pieces carry a nod toward a kind of classical dignity, and yet, the playful quality is still present; the artist is still clearly pushing enquiry through form. It is this freedom to explore and to take leaps of faith that is constant in Shields work. The richness of diverse play, experimentation and the perseverance in this to continue to do so, marks Shields as a true forger of creative enquiry."
Born 1991 Wales, lives and works in London and Wales. Selected to take part in the year long study program at Open School East (2016.) He has received a BA (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art (2011-14) and Queensland College of Art, Australia (2012-13). Solo Exhibitions include ‘SLUMP’, London (2016); ‘Oak and Iron’ (2015) touring exhibition of work presented at The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, The New Glasgow Society, Glasgow, Generator Projects, Dundee, and The Coast Festival of Art, Banff. Overseas representation include, Pure Response, The Hold Artspace, Brisbane (2013) and ‘Finite’, Web Space Gallery, Brisbane (2013). Shields has received critical acclaim from The Edinburgh Visual Artist Award (2015); The Scottish Sculpture Workshop (2015); The Astaire Art Prize (2014); Wai Wales in Venice (2015); Visual Arts Scotland (2015); and The Hope Scott Trust Award (2015).