When Steven Campbell died in 2007, the loss for his family and friends was immeasurable. The wider world also lost a huge artistic presence; an original thinker who fused literature, performance and visual art in one bubbling, multi-faceted, hugely colourful cauldron.
His wife Carol has since set up The Steven Campbell Trust which aims to assist artists at all stages of their careers.
The third annual lecture takes place next Thursday. It will be delivered by Barry Yourgrau, Steven's friend from his New York days. It sounds like a belter...
|Steven and Carol Campbell in NYC in the early eighties|
THE ANNUAL STEVEN CAMPBELL TRUST LECTURE
6PM, THURS 3 NOVEMBER 2011
MAIN LECTURE THEATRE
EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART
MAIN BUILDING, LAURISTON PLACE, EDINBURGH, EH3 9DF
New York writer and performer Barry Yourgrau will give a lecture titled:
TALES OF THE DISRUPTIVE GENE: A Talk and Reading-Performance from Steven Campbell's New York Years, by His Sometime Literary Collaborator
The Steven Campbell Trust are proud to announce the third in the Annual Lecture Series, Barry Yourgrau, New York-based writer and multimedia performer, collaborator and friend of Steven Campbell. He will speak about the time in the early 1980s in New York, their various collaborations and perform some of his own work.
This event is free and open to all.
The Trust is also organising a Master Class with Barry Yourgrau at 2-5pm on Friday 4 November, 2011 at Edinburgh College of Art. Places are limited but the class is free and open to all. Artists who write, students of literature, early career writers are all encouraged to apply. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, please contact The Trust to apply: firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook: The Steven Campbell Trust or Twitter: @SCampbellTrust
The Childhood Bedroom of Captain Hook with Collapsible Bed, 2006-7
“I can never remember my dreams, so Barry Yourgrau’s stories are a pretty good substitute”
Barry Yourgrau is a writer and multimedia performer. His books Wearing Dad’s Head and A Man Jumps Out of An Airplane are considered classics of short-short fiction. As performer he starred in the indie-film version of his book The Sadness of Sex, has appeared variously on MTV, and workshopped at Sundance Theatre Lab. He is the only foreigner author to have written fiction for Japanese cellphone Internet publication (“keitai shosetsu”), and is the author as well of an infammatory children’s book NASTYbook. He is currently working on two books: Gangster Fables (fictions) and a memoir entitled MESS: A Writer's Struggle To Clean Up His Home And His Act. He blogs at Huffington Post. Born in South Africa, he lives in New York and travels widely. www.yourgrau.com
Select Press: The Independent (U.K.): Writing Cellphone Fiction http://tinyurl.com/3l8obvp New York Times: Filming The Sadness of Sex http://tinyurl.com/ykcwd47 Clip from The Sadness of Sex (Episode 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwzFTW_A6J0
Steven Campbell was best known for his large figurative paintings and is among the most well known Scottish artists of his time. Born in 1953 in Glasgow, Steven Campbell graduated from the Painting Department of Glasgow School of Art in 1982, winning the Bram Stoker Gold Medal. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and travelled to study at the Pratt Institute in New York in 1982. Campbell has exhibited extensively and his work is in numerous public collections including: the National Gallery of Scotland, the Tate Gallery, London, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Campbell died August 15 2007.Select publications: Duncan Macmillan, The Paintings of Steven Campbell: The Story so far, Mainstream, 1993
About the Steven Campbell Trust
The Steven Campbell Trust was set up in 2008. The priorities of the Trust are education and access. The work of the Trust is in the arts, culture and education. It is cross-disciplinary and reflecting Steven’s interests and inspiration in music, visual art, poetry, performance and writing.
The Trust supports and organises the annual Steven Campbell ‘Hunt Medal’ for a student artist of promise and talent at The Glasgow School of Art established in 2008; an annual Steven Campbell Lecture by a leading academic, artist or commentator on the arts; a series of workshops and master classes with leading artists, writers and musicians for young people and early career artists.