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Scottish Arts Council support for The Contemporary Art Society's Centenary Programme 2010-2011 in Scotland - April 2010

Contemporary Art Society
Scottish Arts Council

The Scottish Arts Council has provided some funding to The Contemporary Art Society to support the development of special projects and events with a number of the NCSS museum partners as part of its Centenary Programme.

As part of their extraordinary year of exhibitions, events, fellowships and talks, organised in partnership with their member museums, The Contemporary Art Society’s Centenary Programme features the following here in Scotland:

Paisley Art Gallery and Museum
February — May 2011
Artist and writer Fiona Jardine has been invited to develop an exhibition for Paisley Art Gallery and Museum. She will be given access to the collection and possibly collections held by other Scottish galleries as her starting point. To gain an insight into the developing research, a discussion event will be held in December this year followed by the opening of the culminating exhibition in early 2011.

The Pier Art Centre, Orkney
Performance: September 2010
Hannah Rickards Thunder — Autumn/Winter (dates still to be Confirmed)
First commissioned in 2007 by Media Art Bath, it would be hard to find a better location to re-stage the performance than on a remote group of islands, off the north coast of Scotland, where people's lives are so dictated by weather. Rickard’s Thunder is a recording of a single thunderclap, slowed from eight seconds to seven minutes, and transcribed by composer David Murphy for a sextet of flute, trumpet, trombone, cello, viola and violin. This score is then performed, in this instance by musicians from Orkney, and will then be recorded and squeezed back to eight seconds. The work will be performed within the galleries at The Pier Art Centre.

Aberdeen Art Gallery
Talk: 3 November from 1pm
Emily Wardill in conversation with Michael Bracewell
This is an opportunity to hear the artist speak about her work and set The Diamond (Descartes' Daughter), recently purchased for Aberdeen Art Gallery's collection by the Contemporary Art Society, within the broader context of her practice. Michael Bracewell, writer and critic and regular contributor to Frieze and other cultural publications, will introduce the artist and her work and develop the discussion on the day. The Diamond (Descartes’ Daughter) will be screened at Aberdeen Art Gallery from 30 October — 27 November.

The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum
Artist Talk: 25 November –David Batchelor
Seminar: 26 November - On Colour
Waldella, Dundee by David Batchelor, is newly installed at The McManus. It has caught the imagination of a city in the first weeks of the Gallery’s reopening. How can any of us anticipate how a particular work will become the most photographed or the most popular? Perhaps the last person to know why such a cult might grow up around their work is the artist, but this event will be an opportunity to hear more about the making of this particular sculpture and understand the fuller extent of David Batchelor's work.

A seminar, On Colour, to be held on the following day, will be programmed in collaboration with The McManus and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. On Colour will include a range of artists invited to talk about their approach and use of colour in their own work.

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Dates and details of this event will be circulated later this year.

For further details of the programme, contact Lucy Bayley, Curator, National Programmes:


Further funding from the Scottish Arts Council and the University of Glasgow's Chancellor's Fund to support the modelling of a possible NCSS: Phase 3 - April 2010

The Scottish Arts Council and the University of Glasgow (Chancellor's Fund) are jointly funding Research Associate Dr Tina Fiske (part-time) for a further three months 1 April to 30 June 2010.

Building on the NCSS Phase 2 evaluation documents, Dr Fiske will use this period to develop and circulate a model for a possible NCSS Phase 3, including a continued research dimension and programme.

A Forum meeting will be held later in June to provide an opportunity for wider stakeholders to feedback and respond.

For further details, contact Dr Tina Fiske, Research Associate, NCSS:

See the following:
National Collecting Scheme Scotland Phase 2: Evaluation – Research dimension and research-focused activities
National Collecting Scheme Scotland Phase 2: Evaluation – Museum Partner Participation