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SCAN E-News, 26th May 2022

We're really excited about everything that contemporary art has to offer this Summer!

Do you feel the same? If so, you can share your experiences via our #ArtUnlocks campaign, which launches next month.

Edinburgh Art Festival share an amazing programme of exhibitions, commissions and events, introducing us to international artists and exciting new voices from Scotland.

Read on to find out more.
Image: Sierra Metro - Studio Lenca, El Historiante Blanco, 2020, courtesy of the artist.
SCAN members at Edinburgh Art Festival 2022

Set sail down the Union Canal for this summer’s Edinburgh Art Festival, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the canal, whose waves inspired the development of fibre-optic technology. SCAN Members are hosting exciting shows and events across the summer, all responding to the theme of “wave of translation”. 

Ashanti Harris will explore West Indian carnival culture at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, while at Edinburgh Printmakers Tessa Lynch will present works of "expanded print.” The first major British survey of work by Celine Condorelli, at the cusp of art and architecture, will be hosted by Talbot Rice Gallery, and Collective Edinburgh will show archival and animation-based work by Ruth Ewan, casting a new and critical eye on the life of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. 

At Sierra Metro, Studio Lenca will confront the complex cultural history of El Salvador, while Stills will show the first solo exhibition in Scotland of works by Ishiuchi Miyako. Botanics host Cooking Sections and Sakiya, who look at the history of land struggles in Scotland and Palestine, with surveys of work by Daniel Silver at Fruitmarket and Lorna Robertson at Ingleby. While the festival launches on July 28, many shows are open earlier in the season. The summer of art kicks off this Saturday, 28th May, with the opening of Jupiter Artland’s Tracey Emin show! 

Associate artist and SCAN Curatorial Studio alumna Emmie McLuskey will lead a programme of artists responding to the Union Canal's site, including Hannan Jones, Janice Parker, Amanda Thomson and Maeve Redmond. 

check out the full programme
Pam Duncan Glancy MSP meets with Francis McKee, Director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow
Image: Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP meets with CCA Glasgow Director Francis McKee as part of our #ArtUnlocks campaign, 2021.

#ArtUnlocks new experiences this summer

What has art unlocked for you? Have you had an experience where art has changed you? A moment where the world has made sense in a new way after you’ve seen a show, watched a performance, or made an artwork of your own? Whatever the answer, we want you to share that impact as part of our #ArtUnlocks Summer Campaign, launching on 21 June.  

If you’re at an exhibition or event that you love and you want to share that message with other people in your community, and with politicians and policymakers, use the #ArtUnlocks hashtag.  

  #ArtUnlocks is a SCAN campaign running across the summer. We’ll be working with our brilliant members across Scotland to organise MSP visits to art organisations and venues around the country. We want MSPs to learn more about art and artists in their constituencies and show that they understand and appreciate the wider impact of art. And we want our members, from large galleries to individual artists and arts workers, to feel that that they have visibility and a voice with decision makers. 

Artist Sekai Machache
Artist Sekai Machache
SCAN Sparks Seed Fund - last chance to apply

Deadline for Applications: 31st May 2022
There is only a few days left to apply for this exciting new fund! As our contemporary art community rebuilds after the impacts of the pandemic, SCAN Sparks Seed Fund has been created to support grassroots events and activities led by Black people and People of Colour in Scotland. 
Working as our as Artist Policy Officer, Sekai Machache carried out vital research 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.
apply here
Image: Earthlight by Ruth Elizabeth Jones and Emma Varley at Gracefield Arts Centre, part of the Spring Fling 2022 programme
SCAN Member Picks
Here’s some highlights from the SCAN member community:
From 2-5 June, 96 artists, designers and makers across the Dumfries and Galloway region will be opening their studio doors for Spring Fling 2022. No win it’s 20th year, organisers Upland present a packed programme of events, exhibitions and tours to accompany the open studios.
Save the date! Patricia Fleming Gallery announce that the Art Car Boot Sale is back on the 25 – 26 June at SWG3 Glasgow. This weekend will be a great opportunity to discover and purchase works from a host of contemporary artists. Tickets on sale here.
Looking for a new challenge? Fife Contemporary are advertising two posts within their team. The Programme Manager post will deliver their unique programme of exhibitions, artist residencies, and off-site projects, as well as education and outreach opportunities with new audiences. The Digital Design Officer role will deal with social media, website, print and connecting the Fife Contemporary programme to new audiences. Deadlines 6 and 14 June. Find out more here.
Its degree show time, and you can enjoy exciting new works by graduates from the following schools on these dates: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, 21 – 29 May, Glasgow School of Art, 1-12 June, Edinburgh College of Art, 4-12 June and Gray’s School of Art, 11-18 June.
Requiem is a new exhibition by artist Katie Paterson at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh that tells the story of the birth and life of our planet in a single object – an object that uses dust gathered from material dating from pre-solar times to those of the present. The dust has been obtained through collaboration with institutions and collections worldwide, and collectively, the vials map the story of the earth from before its existence to the present day, offering a lament for the planet, a warning, a requiem on the theme of extinction. Open until 11 June.
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:

Fruitmarket Gallery: Exhibitions Assistants – Deadline 31st May
Collective Edinburgh: Marketing and Communications Manager – Deadline 3rd June
Museums Galleries Scotland: Grants Assistant – Deadline 3rd June
Edinburgh Art Festival: Festival Information Assistants – Deadline 5th June
Beacon Art Centre: Freelance Practitioner Leads and Assistants – Deadline 6th June
Fife Contemporary: Programme Manager – Deadline 6th June
Fruitmarket Gallery: Exhibitions Organiser (maternity cover) – Deadline 7th June
Wasps Studios: 5x Receptionist Roles – Deadline 10th June
Edinburgh Art Festival: Marketing Assistants (2 roles) – Deadline 12th June
Fife Contemporary: Digital Design and Marketing Officer – Deadline 14th June
Fruitmarket Gallery: Visitor Services Manager – Deadline 17th June
Fruitmarket Gallery: Enterprise Coordinator – Deadline 17th June
National Museums Scotland: Head of Development – Deadline 17th June
Glasgow Sculpture Studios: Production Facility Manager – Deadline 5th July

Merz: Apply for a summer residency – Deadline 31st May
Aberdeen City Council: Creative Funding Awards – Deadline 29th May
Hospitalfield Open Call: Studio Space at the Old Court House, Arbroath – Deadline 30th May
£10,000 Scottish Landscape Awards: Scottish Arts Trust – Deadline 31st May
We Are Here Scotland: Creators Fund – Deadline 31st May
Scottish Refugee Council: Cross Borders Commissions – Deadline 5th June
Artist and Makers Market: Wasps Perth Creative Exchange – Deadline 8th June
Art Walk Porty: Deluge Travelling Residency – Deadline 12th June
Art Walk Porty: SALT call for film shorts – Deadline 19th June
Pier Arts Centre: Culture Collective Creative Practitioner Grants – Deadline 24th June
RSA Morton Award: Deadline 26th June
RSA William Littlejohn Award – Deadline 26th June
The Museum of Loss and Renewal: Individual Residencies – Deadline 22nd October
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