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Get involved with #ArtUnlocks
SCAN E-News June 30 2022

We've just launched our #ArtUnlocks campaign. Now, we'd love for you all to get online and share the #ArtUnlocks hashtag, to show the world what art has unlocked for you this summer. Read on to find out more...
Image: Artlink artists Laura Aldridge (left) and Lauren Gault (right) visit Glasgow’s Tramway for the exhibition Human Threads. The exhibition was created by Artlink artists and service users with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities at Cherry Road Learning Centre. Photograph: Julie Howden. 
#ArtUnlocks 2022: share the everyday power of art

#ArtUnlocks is SCAN’s annual campaign to celebrate the everyday power of art. Our 2022 campaign is all about the small but vital changes that art can make to people's lives. With many across the country still suffering hardship, we want to show how art can give new meaning to everyday experience and give us new tools for thinking and doing. 

If you have an artistic experience that really means something to you, we want you to share your enthusiasm. Been to an exhibition that moved you? Visited an amazing piece of public art? Learning a new skill or craft? Get online and share the #ArtUnlocks hashtag. 

As part of the campaign, we’re also encouraging Scotland’s MSPs to visit arts venues in their constituency. Find out more about the campaign here. And get in touch at if you’d like to learn about how SCAN membership could benefit you, including helping to bring an MSP to your gallery, workshop, or studio... 

Image: Kaukab Stewart MSP (left) and Patricia Fleming (right) at the Art Car Boot Sale at Glasgow's SWG3, organised by Patricia Fleming Gallery.

MSPs visit SCAN members for #ArtUnlocks

#ArtUnlocks is in full swing across Scotland, with MSPs learning about the vital contribution that art and artists are making in their area. On June 6, Jenni Minto explored Abbas Akhavan's exhibition at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, while Kaukab Stewart MSP visited the Art Car Boot Sale organised by Patricia Fleming Gallery last weekend. 

Ms Minto learned from the Mount Stuart team about art and islands, the impact of bringing international artists to the local community, and the comfort that creativity provided during the pandemic. Mount Stuart has hosted a leading visual arts programme since 2001, welcoming artists from around the world and helping young artists to develop their careers.   
At Glasgow's SWG3, Kaukab Stewart MSP met a host of contemporary artists selling their work at the Art Car Boot Sale. Ms Stewart heard more about the event, organised by Patricia Fleming Gallery, and how it supports Scotland's contemporary art community by allowing them to sell directly to the public. 

Image: Sam Ainsley in her studio. Photograph by Alexander Hoyles. 
Sam Ainsley on why we all need to reconnect with art

Writing in The Herald on June 22, Sam Ainsley looked back on her five-decade career as an inspirational artist and teacher to mark the launch of #ArtUnlocks, including her role as Head of Glasgow School of Art’s MFA programme until 2005. 

Sam talked about how art has shaped her own life and how engaging with art can give people a sense of community, help them reconnect with things that matter to them, and sustain them through tough times: 

“Art can enrich lives, but it also asks questions; what does the future look like? Who do we want to be? What do we think?” 

Read Sam's article
Image: Moira Jeffrey, Director of the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN), at the exhibition Human Threads at Tramway, Glasgow. Photograph: Julie Howden. 
SCAN Director Moira Jeffrey on how art can engage with social challenges

Writing in Third Force News on June 22, Moira talked about how art can bring people together and create often unforeseen chains of small actions that make a positive difference to big issues.  

She discussed SCAN's session on art and climate action at the annual gathering of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. At this event, curator Naoko Mabon talked about her work in her home-town of Oban emphasising the importance of "inter-tidal zones," which brought together a group of local citizen-activists for the first time. 

“From simple visual pleasures to finding the space or place to talk about big social challenges, art which is largely free at the point of access in Scotland, can support people to connect and to belong.” 

Read Moira's article
Image: Céline Condorelli, Zanzibar, 2019. Six-colour offset print. Courtesy Talbot Rice Gallery.
Member Picks

Here are some highlights from the SCAN community: 

Céline Condorelli, After Work
Talbot Rice, June 25 – October 5 

Condorelli is an artist whose work has evolved through art, architecture, design, and friendship, and has remained committed to the experience of transformation throughout. Her practice closely communicates the methods and labour of its creation. Throughout the exhibition material transformation will be enacted, documented, and playfully insinuated. The technology of colour will be explored and play will animate the whole exhibition. Find out more here.

Douglas Gordon, Zidane: A 21st-Century Portrait
Dundee Contemporary Arts, July 24

To coincide with Douglas Gordon’s exhibition k.364 in DCA's galleries, DCA will be showing Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait in the cinema on July 24. This is the first time this major cinematic work is being shown for audiences in Dundee. Shot on 17 synchronised cameras, Zidane frames the movements of footballer Zinédine Zidane in real time over the course of a single match. The result is a concentrated and absorbing study. Book your tickets here

Project Ability, The Yellow Exhibition
Project Ability Gallery, Glasgow, May 28 – July 2

This Saturday is your last chance to visit Project Ability's Yellow Exhibition. The colour yellow is associated with warmth, happiness, fun, and friendship, but also with caution and electricity. This exhibition celebrates the colour yellow, and everything it brings to mind. For The Yellow Exhibition, artists working in the Project Ability studios were invited to submit artworks about the colour yellow, with the invitation also extended to artists at Garvald in Edinburgh. Find out more here.

Inspirational Journeys - Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, June 18 - August 20

Inspirational Journeys focuses on Barns-Graham’s travels in Europe over a 50-year period, including her important trips to Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Lanzarote, and the time she spent in Orkney in 1984 and 85. The exhibition reveals how these journeys provided a significant impact on her wider practice and how these experiences led to new perspectives, themes and stylistic changes in her work:from remarkable on-the-spot pencil drawings to bold and colourful abstract paintings. Find out more here.

Emerging Artist Residency in Socially Engaged Practice: Open Call
Mount Stuart Visual Arts, deadline July 10

Located on the Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart Trust’s Visual Arts Programme has an international reputation, working with established artists for over 20 years. Their Emerging Artist Residency in Socially Engaged Practice Open Call will give an emerging artist time and space to explore their practice in relation to Bute's island communities and to this end will focus on socially engaged practice. Apply here.

Image: Residency activities at the Museum of Loss and Renewal, Italy
Jobs and Opportunities

Below are some listings of jobs and opportunities available within the contemporary art community. You can also follow us on our SCAN Radar Jobs and Opportunities page on Facebook for daily updates:

National Galleries of Scotland: Paintings Conservator, deadline July 3 
Dundee Contemporary Arts: E-Commerce Inventory Assistant, deadline July 4 
Dundee Contemporary Arts: Learning Coordinator (Young People), deadline July 4 
Impact Arts: Art Therapist, deadline July 4 
Glasgow Sculpture Studios: Production Facility Manager, deadline July 5 
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: Creative Programmes Assistant, deadline July 5 
Engage Scotland: Programme Coordinator, deadline July 6 
National Galleries of Scotland: Freelance Gallery Educators, deadline July 7 
Jupiter Artland: Production Coordinator, deadline July 8 
Royal Collection Trust: Schools Programme Co-ordinator, deadline July 10 
Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre: Director, deadline July 11 
Wasps: Finance Officer (part-time), deadline July 15 
Jupiter Artland: Schools Art Coordinator, deadline July 16 
Creative Scotland: Marketing, Design and Enquiries Officer, deadline July 18 
Impact Arts: Art Therapy Clinical Lead, deadline July 20 
Collective: Marketing and Communications Manager, deadline July 22 
Cove Park: Director of Development, deadline July 22 
Unlimited: Artist/Audience Data Coordinator, deadline July 25 
Dundee Ceramics Workshop: Senior Ceramics Technician, deadline July 31 

Gradcurate: Call for Submissions (Recent Graduate Artists), rolling deadline
The Museum of Loss and Renewal, Taking Time Residencies, rolling deadline up to October 16
North Lands Creative: Four Nations Residency, deadline July 3 
Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation with Stills Gallery: Photographer-Writer wanted, deadline July 4. 
Saltspace: open call for exhibition proposals, deadline July 4 
CCA: Creative Lab Residencies 2022-24 Call for Submissions, deadline July 6 
Market Gallery: Committee Members, deadline July 6 
Mount Stuart: Emerging Artist Residency, deadline July 10 
North Lands Creative: Artist in Residence (Collection/Photographer), deadline July 10 
Sail Britain: The Life of Islands Residency, deadline July 16 
Outer Spaces: Curator in Residence, deadline July 17 
Birds of Paradise. Associate Artist (Don’t. Make. Tea.), deadline July 18 
Luminate: call for artists to lead programme with social care staff, July 18 
Rediscover Peterhead: Public Art Project, deadline July 19 
EP Spaces: Creative workspaces available in Kilmarnock, deadline July 25 
Spilt Milk, exhibition open call (for artists who identify as mothers), deadline July 29 
Studio Somewhere: Autumn Residencies, deadline August 12 
Merz: The Hunkering Down Residencies, deadline September 20 
RIG Arts: Bank of Event Artists, deadline September 30 

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