SCAN Sparks Seed Fund Recipients Announced!
SCAN Circular July 26 2022
We've announced funding for four collaborative arts projects led by Black people and People of Colour in Scotland. Plus, learn about exciting shows running during Edinburgh Art Festival from July 28. 

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Tanatsei Gambura (l), photograph by Ellie Morag, Wacera Kamonji (r), photograph by Nathan Ross.

SCAN Sparks Seed Fund Recipients Announced!

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we launched a seed fund for collaborative, self-initiated visual arts activity led by Black people and People of Colour in Scotland. Now, we're delighted to announce the successful applicants!

Natasha Ruwona will be exploring the experiences of Black people in nature through a walking group. Listen Gallery will be collaborating with Sunshine Books to host a one-day public event, providing Iraqi food, esoteric books and improvised sound performances. Wacera Kamonji and Tanatsei Gambura will create new work for a black women-led festival in Berlin, and Sahar Abdulla will be working with Syrian refugees in Aberdeen to create a recipe book. 

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Emma Nicolson at the Cooking Sections & Sakiya show at Climate House. Photograph: Neil Hanna

Alternative Futures: Cooking Sections and Sakiya inspire Climate Action

Want to know how salmon help trees grow? How to make low-carbon tiling from waste shells? Why giving land back to the community helps tackle the climate crisis? These are the questions raised by an inspiring new show, In the Eddy of the Stream, at Climate House (formerly Inverleith House) in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden, created by UK-based artistic duo Cooking Sections and the Palestinian creative collective Sakiya. SCAN discussed the exhibition with RBGE's Head of Creative Programmes, Emma Nicolson.

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Artist and dancer Janice Parker prepares for Edinburgh Art Festival. Photograph: Sally Jubb.

Waves of Inspiration: Art on the Union Canal

We caught up with Emmie McLuskey, this year's Edinburgh Art Festival Associate Artist, and two of her chosen collaborators, Maeve Redmond and Hannan Jones, to discuss the work they've been doing over a 3.5 mile stretch of the Union Canal between central and south-west Edinburgh. The resulting artworks range from dance to sound sculpture, graphic signage, and botanical maps.

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Edinburgh Art Festival at the Union Canal Flotilla Day, May 2022. Photograph: Julie Howden. 

Edinburgh Art Festival launches July 28

Edinburgh Art Festival 2022 launches on July 28. This year, the festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Union Canal, and lots of activities are based along the banks of the waterway. The Associate Artist programme, as well as Pester and Rossi and Jeanne van Heeswijk, have drawn inspiration from canal-side communities in Wester Hailes to produce artworks and events that celebrate the power of community.

If you get along to an Edinburgh Art Festival event, share the #ArtUnlocks hashtag and let people know what you saw, felt, or learned.

Explore the programme

Ruth Ewan's Silent Agitator (2019) at Collective, Edinburgh. Copyright the artist.

Member Picks

Here are some highlights from the SCAN community:

Ruth Ewan, The Beast
Collective, June 25 – September 18

The Beast is a surreal animated morality tale about Scottish-born US steel magnate and arts philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Presenting a new and critical account of the celebrated industrialist's life, the show establishes a playful conversation between the steel man and his prehistoric namesake, Diplodocus carnegii. Find out more here.

Platform: 2022
French Institute for Scotland / Institut français d'Ecosse, 28 July – 28 August

Platform introduces Edinburgh Art Festival audiences to the most exciting emerging contemporary artists in Scotland. This year's artists are Saoirse Amira Anis, whose video and textile works explore her dual Moroccan/Scottish heritage, Emelia Jerr Beal, who uses knitted garments and print-work to delve into the mythology of oak trees, Jonny Walker, whose cast limb-sculptures engage with the "temporality of the body." and Lynsey MacKenzie, an abstract painter interested in time, repetition, and memory. Find out more here.

Baird & ANCHOR Arts Project Commissions
Grampian Hospital Arts Trust, deadlines August 11-18

New SCAN Member Grampian Hospitals Art Trust has been bringing high-quality, professionally commissioned art to hospitals and health settings in north-east Scotland since 1985. They are currently offering an exciting range of commissions to create work for Aberdeen's Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR (Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology, and Radiotherapy) Centre. Find out more here.

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, ‘an echo buried, buried, but calling still’
The Common Guild at 5 Florence Street, September 10

To coincide with their upcoming show at the Common Guild using found footage of the Arab Revolutions of 2010 onwards, New York and Ramallah-based artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme will present an immersive audio-visual performance at 5 Florence Street. This live work will draw on sound, video, and text from the artist’s archives of found footage and "self-authored performance." Find out more here.

John Maher, Nobody's Home
Street Level Photoworks at Dunoon Burgh Hall, July 29 – September 4
This set of images by self-taught photographer and former Buzzcocks member John Maher captures abandoned houses across Lewis and Harris. The series is offset with images of captivating landscapes on the Outer Hebrides, where Maher now lives, and is presented as part of an ongoing partnership between Dunoon Burgh Hall and Street Level Photoworks. Find out more here.

Dr Silvia Casini's From Where Do We See? at the Small Gallery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

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:

Aberdeen City Council: Creative Project Coordinator, deadline July 27
Talbot Rice Gallery: Gallery Manager, deadline July 28
The Anderston Pyramid: Fundraising Manager and Food Projects Co-ordinator, deadlines July 29
Scottish Ensemble: Digital Content Producer, deadline July 29
WASPS: Funding and Partnership Manager, deadline July 29
Dundee Ceramics Workshop: Senior Ceramics Technician and Freelance Tutors, deadlines July 31
Govanhill Baths Community Trust: Ceramics Tutors, deadline July 31
National Galleries of Scotland: Families & Early Years Programme Coordinator, deadline July 31
National Galleries of Scotland: Internal Communications Officer, deadline July 31
Culture Perth and Kinross: General Manager, Museums, deadline August 5

Glasgow International: Festival Director, deadline August 7
Shetland Arts Development Agency: Performing Arts and Festivals Programmer, deadline August 7
National Galleries of Scotland: Estates Capital Programme and Project Manager, deadline August 7
Edinburgh Printmakers: Paid Internships (Exhibitions, Community Engagement, Events), deadline August 10
Eden Court Highlands: Arts Practitioner - Theatre and Engagement Producers - Film, deadlines August 12
Scottish Ensemble: Marketing and Communications Manager, deadline August 12
Shetland Arts Development Agency, Operations Manager, deadline August 14
Glasgow Film Festival: Digital Communications Coordinator, deadline August 15
Glasgow Film Festival: Marketing Coordinator, deadline August 17
Glasgow Print Studio, Saturday Workshop Assistant, deadline August 17
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: Learning Assistant (Traineeship), deadline August 28
Willows Tea Rooms Trust: Development Manager, deadline August 28

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival, Public Art Commission, deadline July 27
Puppet Animation Scotland: Artists Creative Fund, deadline July 27
Remembering Together Scottish Borders covid community memorial commission, deadline July 28
Glasgow Life: Arts Development Scheme, deadline July 29
Scottish Sculpture Studio: Group Residency open call, deadline July 29
Spilt Milk, exhibition open call (for artists who identify as mothers), deadline July 29 
National Galleries of Scotland: Freelance Creatives -- Visually Impaired, deadline July 31
Linlithgow Museum: Freelance Artist Needed (family workshops), deadline August 8
OneRen: Lead Textile Artist, deadline August 8
Stirling Developments: Public Art at Calderwood Cafe, deadline August 8
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust: Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre commissions, deadlines 11-17 August

Bright and Wild 2023 Performing Arts Commissions, deadline August 12
Creative Scotland: Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowships to host writers in residence, deadline August 12
Studio Somewhere: Autumn Residencies, deadline August 12
Generator Projects: Summer School open call for artists, musicians and writers, deadline August 14
Grampian Hospital Arts Trust: Small Gallery exhibition open call, deadline August 14
Devil's Porridge Museum: Disability Past and Present artist commission, deadline August 15
Society of Scottish Artists: DRIFT open call, deadline August 15
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland: Climate Action Archaeology commissions, deadline August 17

BUZZCUT Festival: artists open call, deadline August 19
Society of Scottish Artists: SSA 130 Years open call, deadline August 21
Glasgow City Council: River Activation Programme funding, deadline August 26
Society of Scottish Artists: Cutlog moving image artists open call, deadline September 2
Merz: The Hunkering Down Residencies, deadline September 20 
RIG Arts: Bank of Event Artists, deadline September 30 
The Museum of Loss and Renewal, Taking Time Residencies, rolling deadline up to October 16
Social Investment Scotland: Net Zero Transition Fund, deadline October 31
SusTrans: ArtRoots Funding, deadline December 31

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