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.
Derrick Guild, born 1963. Exhibitions include: ‘Brecht’s Journal’, Edinburgh, 2017, “After A.D”, Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival, 2015, ‘Feast’, Nassau County Museum, New York, 2016, ‘After Eden’, Alan Stone Gallery, New York, 2010, ‘Picnic Hamper For Heaven’, Perth Museum, Scotland, 2007, ‘The Lux Residency, Lux Art Institute, San Diego, California 2009, and ‘Sense Is Hard’, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney 1997.
Ciara Dunne has lived and worked in Edinburgh since 2010. The detailed, mysterious work of the artist Ciara deals with cinematic memory, magic in culture and uncanny humour. She works across a spectrum of media, using a monochromatic palette on board, paper and walls to bring her figurative and poetic world alive. Her drawing and mural work has been exhibited/commissioned in Dublin, Edinburgh, Cork, Belfast, Liverpool, London, Chicago and Rome. She was an invited artist at the Crack On! Festival of Graphic Artists, Rome 2012 and has received Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP Award for Individual Art Practice 2009.
Ross Fleming is a Glasgow-based artist. He studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, graduating in 2011. Fleming divides his time between his own practice and creating bespoke garments for performance artists such as Walker and Bromwich. Previous exhibitions include ‘Supernovia’, Glasgow Project Room, Trongate 103, 2016 and ‘Bring Your Own Beamer’, ECA, 2014. Fleming is a former committee member of The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow.
Robert Powell is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and he has exhibited widely at home as well as throughout Europe, North America and the Far East. In his career thus far he has been the recipient of several awards including the 2008 John Watson Award, the 2011 Benno Schotz Award from the RSA and the 2013 SSA Engramme Printmaking Exchange prize.
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.
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:
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 Biography: Greg Moodie is
Artist Brigid Collins and novelist Kirsty Gunn 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.
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.
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.
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.