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Scottish Contemporary Art Network
January E-News From SCAN

We would like to wish all of our members, supporters and friends a very Happy New Year. We are looking forward to sharing the work of artists and organisations from across Scotland in 2022.

In our January bulletin You can find out about three new projects that we will support through the Mandate Climate Action Fund. There's also one day left to apply for a very special opportunity and we share the most recent update on Covid guidance for events.

Ecomuseum with curator Naoko Mabon
Image: Ecomuseum courtesy of curator Naoko Mabon

Mandate Climate Action Fund makes a difference

From working with young people, opening up discussion around sustainability with artists, organisations and art historians and helping teachers develop more environmentally friendly and affordable lessons, our Mandate Climate Action fund will support three artists and curators to develop projects around climate action.

Curator Naoko Mabon, artist Tim Collins and artist and teacher Louise K Fraser will use funds to reach different audiences and explore sustainability within their creative practice.

Find out more here
SCAN Gathering and AGM 2017
Covid guidance update

We are aware that current restrictions will add pressures to planning and working at present and we continue to share your concerns with Scottish Government colleagues. In the meantime, here is the latest guidance on events and working:

Outdoor events:

Large outdoor events can resume without physical distancing or capacity limits from midnight on Monday 17 January. COVID certification will remain for these where more than 4,000 standing or 10,000 seated are in attendance, and all other events and venues previously covered. Latest news here.

Indoor events:

Cabinet will consider whether it may be possible to lift capacity limits on indoor live events, including theatre performances and concerts from Monday 24 January. They will also consider whether COVID certification should be required in a broader range of settings.

At work:

Measures that were in place before the emergence of Omicron, including the requirement to wear face coverings in indoor public places and to work from home when possible, will remain in place for now.

We'll continue to share updates as they become available.

Artist Alberta Whittle who will represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale 2022. Image: Scotland and Venice.
Venice Biennale 2022: A professional development opportunity supported by SCAN

Deadline tomorrow (14 January)

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts?

Scotland + Venice and SCAN are looking for an Exhibition Assistant to join the team taking part in the Scotland + Venice Professional Development Programme (PDP), for the Venice Biennale 2022.

This opportunity aims to encourage and support diversity in the visual arts sector. It is fully funded and if selected you will receive a fixed fee for taking part, relevant training, hands-on work experience and creative skills development. 

Apply here
Image: The Hairst Stall with artist Christine Borland, Huntly. Courtesy Deveron Projects.
Find out how #ArtUnlocks community collaboration

“Artists activate or reactivate conversations in the town, sometimes creating longstanding collaborations. They create a context to bring people together who might not otherwise have come together.”

Most arts organisations strive to be connected to the people and places in their local community. But for Deveron Projects in Huntly, this isn’t an aspiration – it’s an absolute need, its reason to exist. The 25-year-old organisation’s motto is ‘The Town is the Venue’, and as director Natalia Palombo explains in our latest #ArtUnlocks article, this day-to-day reality shapes everything that the organisation does.
Read the full article
Image credit: Kirsty Russell, Platform: 2021, Edinburgh Art Festival 2021. Sally Jubb Photography.
Member picks

January can seem like the longest month so here is a selection of some exhibitions, and opportunities from within the SCAN membership, to inspire you. You can also follow us on socials for regular updates across Scotland:

In Dundee, two impressive solo exhibitions by Scotland based artists recently opened at Dundee Contemporary Arts.  

'At the shore, everything touches'  is the first iteration of a project that considers the changing nature of artist Tako Taal’s family’s home village in The Gambia – Juffureh. This exhibition comprises a new video and sound installation, SAMT utterance_01 (how a name becomes a step, a rhythm, a loop), accompanying collage and facsimiles of familial photographs and documents belonging to the artist.

▷▥◉▻ by artist Rae-Yen Song gives viewers a glimpse of an alternate dimension, shaped according to the ancestral logics and imagined futures of Song’s family, serving simultaneously as a spectacle, a memorial and a refuge. Song utilises sculpture, textiles, printmaking, sound and moving image to explore a myriad of themes such as self-mythologising as a survival tactic: using fantasy to create a personal cultural language informed by autobiography, family stories, relationships and memories. 

Both exhibitions continue until 20th March.  

Arts organisation Timespan in Helmsdale seeks a new Director. They are looking for a person to continue their research and civic driven programme integrating heritage and contemporary art. Timespan are very much community based and you will be working with an experienced Board of Directors, an inventive team and dedicated volunteers. Timespan was a finalist for the world’s largest museum prize, the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021. Find out more and apply here.


Joey Simons’ exhibition at Collective, Edinburgh titled ‘The fearful part of it was the absence’ is on view until 13th March. This new exhibition investigates the periodic eruption and absence of rioting in Glasgow, and its effect on the shape of the city. Taking its title from Henry Cockburn’s observations on the ‘terrible silence’ and ‘fearful absence of riot’ that characterised the great demonstrations in Scotland in support of parliamentary reform in 1832, Joey’s exhibition pieces together a constellation of historical and contemporary sources to explore a recurring pattern of response and erasure to collective violence in the city.

Elsewhere in the capital, Edinburgh Art Festival are calling for applications to Platform, their annual exhibition annual exhibition designed to provide a dedicated platform for early career artists working in the field of contemporary art. 3 to 4 selected artists will be invited to present their work in a group exhibition as part of the 2022 festival and will be supported by the festival team throughout the development of the exhibition. Invited selectors for 2022 will be writer and curator, Seán Elder, and artist Lucy Skaer. 

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:


Art Collections Assistant at Grampian Hospitals Trust. Deadline 14 Jan

Exhibitions Assistant: Dundee Contemporary Arts. Deadline 17 Jan

Artist Development Officer: Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Deadline 17 Jan

Finance and Operations Manager: Engage. Deadline 17 Jan

Programme Coordinator:
GSA Students’ Association – Race, Rights and Sovereignty. Deadline 17 Jan

Receptionist: Wasps Inverness Creative Academy. Deadline 21 Jan

Project Archivist - Three Decades of Changing Minds, Glasgow Women's Library. Deadline 24 Jan

Project Coordinator - Three Decades of Changing Minds, Glasgow Women's Library. Deadline 24 Jan

Front of House Assistant: Stills, Edinburgh. Deadline 24 Jan

Development Manager: Stills, Edinburgh. Deadline 03 Feb

Admin Assistant: Cryptic, Glasgow. Deadline 07 Feb

Marketing Assistant: Cryptic, Glasgow. Deadline 07 Feb


Youth Bursary Programme: Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Deadline 16 Jan

Public Art Commission - Perth High Street: Perth and Kinross Council. Deadline 21 Jan

Royal Scottish Academy: Artist Residencies for Scotland. Deadline 23 Jan

Call for Expressions of Interest: Commission for Dual Purpose. Sculpture Placement Group, Patform and Blairtummock Housing Association. Deadline 30 Jan

Open Call: Design a park bench. Design Exhibition Scotland. Deadline 31 Jan

Call to Artists: RSA Annual Exhibition 2022. Deadline 06 Feb

Call to Architects RSA Annual Exhibition 2022. Deadline 06 Feb

Visual Art and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA): Creative Scotland. Deadline 01 Feb


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