Society of Scottish Artists 130th Anniversary Exhibition to Host Free Artist Talks

Starting in December, the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) will be welcoming a selection of artists presenting work at this year’s exhibition for a series of talks hosted at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Edinburgh.

Artists participating in the talks run the full gamut of this year’s exhibitions, from international collaborations to moving image work housed within an eco-sustainable structure.

First off will be Edinburgh artist David Faithfull and Imi Maufe discussing their ground-breaking new work, EBBE+FLOW, an exchange exhibition between Scotland and Norway which they co-curated.

The exhibition is touring in its own wooden chest filled with artworks and images connecting Norway and Scotland. EBBE+FLOW is a (w)ORD Residency project and captures the essence of the drifting cultural and nautical exchanges between two lands across the North Sea, both historically and today.

Date and time: Saturday 17th December 12pm – 1pm

Next day sees SSA council member Sharon Thomas, artists Frances Priest and Sam Healy with their co-commissioner Mark Daniels of New Media Scotland, discuss their collaborative processes in the making of the exhibited work: Imbrication, currently exhibited at RSA as part of its 130 Years Annual Exhibition.

Date and time: Sunday 18th December 2pm – 3pm

In early January, Edinburgh based artist and academic, Beverly Hood will be discussing ‘an exercise in solitude’ a short film made on iPhone, about walking with technology as a way to re-think solitude, presented as part of the Cutlog programme at the SSA exhibition, and other recent works, and introduced by Pernille Spence, from CutLog, a group of artists in Scotland who have come together to create new opportunities for moving-image artists.

Date and time: Saturday 7th January 12pm – 1pm

Later that day, Edinburgh-based Printmaker Jill Bennett will join SSA Council Member Sharon Thomas to discuss her recent SSA awarded artist residency within the Lithography Workshops of Eichstätt, Bavaria.

Established and directed by Stone Lithographer Li Portenlänger, this residency supports experimentation with approaches to Lithography. The event will provide context for the work currently exhibited by both Bennett and Portenlänger, as part of its 130 Years Annual Exhibition

Date and time: Saturday 7th January 2pm – 3pm

Beginning on the same December date and running till 10th January, SSA will be presenting the 130th anniversary edition of its renowned Annual Exhibition, beginning. To celebrate this landmark date, this year’s programme runs the full gamut of the art world, both past and present- from classics of Rodin and Paolozzi to a collage of moving images housed within an entirely recyclable structure; from giant installations of inflatable lungs to tapestries and textiles, this year’s edition has plenty to offer.

The talks are free to attend for all audiences.

17 December running until 10 January 2023

Dates: 17th December 2022 – 07th January 2023

Venue: Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh

Irene Brown

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