New Series of Digital Residencies to Support Emerging Artists Announced

Look Again, a creative unit based at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen, hosts a range of events and exhibitions throughout the year all designed to connect, highlight and strengthen the creative sector in North East Scotland.

In response to Covid-19, the unit’s annual Seed Fund Awards that has been a central part of Look Again Visual Art and Design Festival, take a new form this year with a new series of Digital Residencies set to take place from July to September.

Each artist has been invited to undertake a Digital Residency, working with Look Again in the coming months to present work via the Look Again Instagram channel as a digital project space, until the physical exhibition space in Aberdeen reopens to the public.

Look Again Co-Director Hilary Nicoll said, “For us it was very important to continue our commitment to these artists through this difficult period, working to support them to find the best way to share their work with the public within the context of Covid-19.

This means that we have had to come up with innovative and imaginative ways to connect, creating a series of projects that spill out beyond the north east onto a global platform, utilising both physical and digital space to their best advantage.”

Supported artists taking part in the new series are Maja Zećo and Luca Nasciuti who will present Streaming to the Sea in July, a residency where online community will explore how people relate to rivers and seas in everyday life with Maja and Luca beginning their exploration from their locations, respectively in Aberdeen and London.

Laura McGlinchey will present Paper Cave Anti-Rave in August that will involve building a new installation and stream fly-on-the-wall documentation of the time spent in the studio and collaborative events with musicians and poets over the course of the month.

Alice Martin will present {Re} Seeing in September when objects and artefacts will be recreated using digital and 3D technologies, encouraging the reconsideration of their value and interpretation.  She brings new energy to the past by looking at functionality, preservation of colour and the everyday.

The ambitious new works are a creative response to the current Covid crisis allowing dialogue with wider audiences, creating new international connections through live stream performance and presenting physical work in new ways. 

Irene Brown

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