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Scottish Contemporary Art Network
SCAN Monthly Bulletin - 27th April 2022

At a time when we know radical change is needed in the visual arts, we're really excited to launch our SCAN Sparks seed fund to support grassroots projects. For inspiring leadership look no further than artist Alberta Whittle's groundbreaking presentation at the Venice Biennale.

Read more below.
New: SCAN Sparks seed fund
Deadline for Applications: 31st May 2022
We’ve launched the SCAN Sparks seed fund to support grassroots events and activities as the contemporary art sector rebuilds after the impacts of the pandemic. This seed fund is aimed at collaborative, self-initiated visual arts activity led by Black people and People of Colour in Scotland. 
We worked with artist Sekai Machache as our Artist Policy Officer to understand the impact of Covid-19 on BPOC creative practitioners in Scotland, speaking in depth with cultural workers across Scotland about what they needed to thrive.  You can read her report here and listen to her podcasts here.
Interested in finding out more? Register for our online information session on Friday 5th May.
Access fund page and apply
Spaces need artists
Artists have always needed space – space to work, space to exhibit, space to interact with other practitioners. Now, though, with the high street feeling the pain of online shopping and offices left empty due to homeworking, increasingly its spaces that need artists. Could it be that the pandemic has turned yet another thing on its head?
In our latest article, writer Chris Sharratt speaks to Shân Edwards of OuterSpaces and Kate V Robertson of Sculpture Placement Group about the opportunities and challenges of working in temporary commercial units, and how local authorities could support this practice.
Read the full article
Entanglement is more than blood – deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory, 2022, Installation Shot.
Pause and Rewind, Alberta Whittle in Venice
“We are here together,” says the artist Alberta Whittle in the voiceover to her new film which has opened this week at the Venice Biennale, “we are here to remember.”

SCAN Director Moira Jeffrey visits the Venice Biennale where Alberta Whittle's exhibition for Scotland and Venice asks us to take stock of the devastating legacies of colonialism and enslavement.
Read the full article
Pledges for culture – party manifestos and the May elections

SCAN believes that culture should be celebrated and accessible in every community across Scotland. In the run up to the local government elections SCAN is calling for local authorities to support culture and heritage.

We won’t be telling you how to vote on May 5th, but we have been reading through the main Scottish Party manifestos, and share with you mentions of cultural pledges from Scotland’s parties.
Find out more
Meet Greg
We’re really excited to introduce Greg Thomas, our new Communications and Campaigns Lead!
Greg is a writer and communications specialist with a background in research on modern art and poetry. More recently, he has combined policy and communications roles in the third sector - including for Scope, Citizens Advice Scotland, and See Me (SAMH) -- with freelance reviewing and criticism for art magazines and websites such as Art Monthly, Aesthetica, Burlington, Art UK, and Scottish Art News.
Greg will join us in May, working on our campaigns and online content.
Image: Still From Notes From a Low Orbit by Mark Lyken, featured as part of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

Member Picks

Here's some highlights from the SCAN member community: 

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival returns from 28 April-2 May. The festival is dedicated to experimental film and artists’ moving image, screening experimental shorts and feature-length works in cinemas and other spaces in Hawick. 
Artist Kate Clayton is part of the Scene Stirling Climate Change showcase. Working collaboratively with other artists, she will participate in the Creative Ecosystems exhibition from 13th – 28th May, reflecting on COP26 and how climate change impacts on life and artistic practice.
Deveron Projects in Huntly are currently recruiting for two new part time posts. They are looking for a Producer to support artists in the development of their projects and facilitating public engagement. The new Community Hub Coordinator role will work across building management, event co-ordination and creative visioning. Deadline for applications, 6th May.
How can we communicate with nature using a village telephone box? If we could speak Bird, what would the birds tell us about their life? Are they singing, chattering, debating or accusing? 'How to Speak Bird' is an exhibition by artist Andrea Geile at 201 Telephone Box Gallery in Strathkinness. She will be giving a talk about the work on-site on 6th May.
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop start their public courses programme later this month and there is still time to sign up. Courses will take place outside in Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Outdoor Learning Studio and are suitable for everyone, from beginners through to experienced artists. 10% discount for students and concessions.

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:


North Lands Creative: Glass Studio Manager – Deadline 29th April

Edinburgh Printmakers: Digital Manager – Deadline 5th May

Edinburgh Printmakers: Head of Marketing and Engagement – Deadline 5th May

Museums Galleries Scotland: Marketing and Communications Officer – Deadline 5th May

Deveron Projects: Community Hub Coordinator – Deadline 6th May

Deveron Projects: Producer – Deadline 6th May

Edinburgh Art Festival: Festival Coordinator – Deadline 8th May

An Lanntair: Chief Executive – Deadline 9th May

Glasgow Sculpture Studios: Duty Technician (metal) – Deadline 13th May



OuterSpaces: Free studio and project space for artists and arts workers – Deadline 30th April

Cove Park: Open call for AA Visiting School – Deadline 1st May

North Lands Creative seeks new board members – Deadline 3rd May

Upland seeking 2-3 new board members – Deadline 16th May

Merz: Apply for a summer residency – Deadline 31st May

Aberdeen City Council: Creative Funding Awards – Deadline 29th May

£10,000 Scottish Landscape Awards: Scottish Arts Trust – Deadline 31st May

We Are Here Scotland: Creators Fund – Deadline 31st May

The Museum of Loss and Renewal: Individual Residencies – Deadline 22nd October

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