At times witty, controversial and tender, Calum Colvin’s images are presented alongside poems in response by poet Rab Wilson, which equally reflect on the life and aspects of Burns to dwell on who we are, and where we have been, toward what we may become. As Burns reflected the world he inhabited, Burnsiana strives to reflect on a myriad of contemporary concerns.
Calum Colvin Biography: Calum Colvin is Professor of Fine Art Photography and Head of Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Dundee. His works are held in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, The Tate, V&A London, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh and the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.
Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary multi-arts festival celebrating new interpretations of the life and work of Robert Burns at Summerhall between the 25 January – 10 March 2018. Throughout the festival there will be a series of artist talks giving insight into their practice and relationship to the life and work of Burns. Burns Unbroke is a partnership between Artruist – Independent Art Consultancy and Summerhall, it is supported by Creative Scotland, Burns Night – Scotland’s Winter Festivals and Arran Whisky.
David Mach RA discusses his fascination with Robert Burns, discussing his recent work merging collage and poetry, performing some of his lyrical works.
Commissioned artists panel with Derrick Guild, Ciara Veronica Dunne, Ross Fleming and Robert Powell, co-chaired by ‘Burns Unbroke’ Festival Director Sheilagh Tennant and Exhibitions Facilitator Holly Knox Yeoman.
Kenny Hunter will discuss his practice as an artist in relation to the life and work of Robert Burns. Looking at shared areas of interest such as history, politics and the natural world.
Award winning text artist Catherine Sargeant will discuss her involvement with the poetry of Burns and reveal why the ‘e’ was dropped. She is joined by Tom Houston, an original and compelling Scottish singer songwriter. Tom – a mischievous musical poet – draws on a variety of genres and shades of mood. Catherine Sargeant Biography:
Adrian Wiszniewski will talk about his practice with particular focus on his large body of work related to Burns he has produced over the years and what he has found so inspiring about the Bard’s life and work.
Cartoonists Greg Moodie and Chris Cairns have been tearing up the Scottish and UK political scene since 2012, Cairns as part of Wings Over Scotland and Moodie in the pages of The National. Here they discuss politics, satire, and their latest books Send In The Clowns and Cool Scots. Greg Moodie Greg Moodie is a
Artist Brigid Collins and Ed Small discuss the concept behind the book ‘For A’That’, illustrated by Collins and edited by Gunn alongside Anna Day, Cultural Project Manager for the University of Dundee. They will discuss the myriad of responses by invited contemporary writers to the work of Burns.
Graham Fagen gives a tour of his Burns Unbroke exhibition in the Meadows Galleries. Graham Fagen studied at The Glasgow School of Art (1984-1988, BA) and the Kent Institute of Art and Design (1989-1990, MA) and is senior lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.