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Sunday, 20 June 2010

Art Gallery round-up Herald Arts Supplement 19-6-10

From the top, Steven Lindsay with Girl in a White Scarf, Frances Law and her painting, Cortex, Adam Kennedy with HMS Duncan Construction and Rowena Comrie standing in front of Glasgow Colours
I do the PR for The Aspect Prize and wrote about it in the The Herald on Saturday. It's a labour of love - because it's not really a job for me, it's something I have got caught up in emotionally since I first got involved a few years back.

A major art prize which offers £30k to struggling visual artists every year, it's an incredibly important part of the fragile web of support around Scotland's artists.

The exhibition, which includes over 150 original paintings is on in Paisley Art Gallery until mid-July and on show is the work of the four newly shortlisted artists who are now working towards the Aspect Prize Finalists Exhibition.

This exhibition, held in The Fleming Collection's gallery in Mayfair, London, in January, can make or break an artists' career. I'm really excited to see how all four, Rowena Comrie, Adam Kennedy, Frances Law and Steven Lindsay move their work on in the next six months.


The Aspect Prize Exhibition
Paisley Museum & Art Gallery, High Street, Paisley
0141 889 3151
Until July 10

This year’s shortlist for Scotland’s answer to the Turner Prize, was announced at the opening of the Aspect Prize Exhibition in Paisley last weekend.
The Aspect Prize is one of the biggest on offer to emerging painters in the UK, and carries a fund of £30,000. Every summer, four finalists are selected with each receiving £5000. They then work towards an exhibition at the Fleming Collection (see below) in London the following January. At that point, the overall winner is announced and he or she receives an additional £10,000. There is no age limit and artists have to live in Scotland or be Scottish by birth.
This year, the four selected artists are; Rowena Comrie, Adam Kennedy, Frances Law, and Steven Lindsay.
Comrie has been a practising artist for 25 years. She moved from Aberdeen to Glasgow earlier this year and her vibrantly colourful winning entry, Glasgow Colours, was inspired by this move.
Glasgow-based Kennedy is the younger brother of the artist Paul Kennedy, who was an Aspect Prize finalist last year. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art last year and his winning entry, HMS Duncan Construction inspired by his childhood fixation with transport and growing up next to the River Clyde in Glasgow.
Law, from Kirriemuir, graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1980 and has supported her art through working in higher and further education, community arts and healthcare. Her large, contemplative painting, Cortex delves deep within a shell and radiates a powerful energy.
Paisley-based Lindsay had a high public profile in the mid 80s to the early 90s as the front man with the Scottish band, The Big Dish. He is still involved in the music industry, but has returned to his first love of painting in the last few years.
The Aspect Prize Exhibition is a selling exhibition and the majority of the 138 paintings on display are for sale.

The Scottish Summer Exhibition
The Fleming Collection
13 Berkeley Street, London
020 7409 5730
Until September 4

The Fleming Collection’s London gallery is a little Mayfair-based jewel in the crown of Scottish art and has been a tireless champion of Scottish artists and their work in the course of the last decade.
To celebrate its tenth anniversary as a , the Fleming Collection is holding its first ever selling exhibition. This exhibition features around 100 works by invited artists. The majority of the artists are already represented in its permanent holdings while others are regarded as emerging names in the Scottish contemporary art world. All the works will be for sale with a percentage raising funds for the Fleming-Wyfold Foundation.
“We have been buying works by contemporary Scottish artists for our own collection for some time and we’re keen to promote the wealth of talent that exists north of the border,” said Selina Skipwith, Keeper of Art at The Fleming Collection.
The title of the show echoes that of the Summer Exhibition held at the nearby Royal Academy at the same time, although artists submit work to the latter, while The Fleming Collection’s show is by invitation only. Prices range from a few hundred pounds upwards and the exhibition could become an annual event.
Among those taking part will be Will Maclean, one of the outstanding Scottish artists of his generation and a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, who will be the subject of a 70th birthday retrospective at The Fleming Collection in 2011.

Gray’s School of Art Degree Show
Gray's School of Art, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen
01224 263600
From today until June 26

Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen is the last of Scotland’s art colleges to roll out its degree show to the public this year. The school formally opened its degree show last night for the 125th time in its history.
This year, for the seventh year running, it is being sponsored by BP, who let‘s face it could do with some positive PR at the moment.
The show is a firm favourite with the Aberdeen public, and offers a chance to see a range of final year undergraduate projects, spanning fashion and textiles, 3D and product design, graphics, digital media, visual communication, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and electronic media. For the first year, there is also a selection of work from Gray’s new Commercial Photography course.
There are a few awards already sitting on student flat mantelpieces in Aberdeen ahead of the show. Final year graphic design students, David Crombie and David Howie, both from Fife, both picked up Silver Star Awards in the recent Marketing Society of Scotland annual awards ceremony for their work in developing ideas around the theme of reducing the carbon footprint caused by the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
In painting, Sophie Ormerod, from Hazlehead in Aberdeen, and Stephen Kavanagh, from Kirkcaldy, were each awarded £2000 last month in the form of the RSA John Kinross Scholarship to enable them to live and study in Florence. Only ten students from across Scotland are selected for this prestigious scholarship honour, which some of Scotland’s greatest artists - including Joan Eardley - have benefited from in the past.
The show is open from 10-5pm throughout the weekend and from 10-8pm on weekdays.


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