My placement at Collective started in the City Dome building, which opened to the public for the first time in its history in January. This unique building was never used for astronomical purposes but finally opened its doors this year to exhibit art. The first show Faire le mur was a video work by a French artist Bertille Bak.
As a recent arts graduate volunteering for an organisation that supports new and emergent artists, it is a great opportunity to develop my own art practice and gain confidence. I contribute creative and practical support for the gallery, using skills that I already have, developing them further and working on projects that I am personally interested in. Collective offers me support, training and professional development with a budget for a preferred course. I’ve chosen to do a Video Compositing with Adobe After Effects - course at Stills, tutored by artist Rachel Maclean. In this course I’m aiming to improve my technical skills for my own moving image and animation work.
The void after graduating is frightening and finding the right direction is a great challenge. It’s not necessarily clear yet what I want to learn and achieve in the future, not to mention having to pay my way through life. A this point, being part of the contemporary art world, meeting new people and just taking interest in what’s going on is essential for me. Seeing behind the scenes in an arts organisation and learning the enormous amount of time and effort running it requires, is a very enlightening experience. Learning and experiencing the process Collective goes through when inviting artists to exhibit is important since I am hoping to make art a profession. During my time in art school I’ve learnt part of what it takes to be an artist but how to make it work longer term is a different story. A lot depends on how good I am at networking, at business, marketing myself and contextualizing my work.
Up until now, I’ve been part of several exciting projects and exhibitions at Collective, such as One to One Hundred Race, two Satellites Programme exhibitions, an installation by David Osbaldeston presenting 3D printed objects, a series of photographs, sculptural works and stop-frame animations. Still fresh in my mind is One to One Hundred Race, filming a new work by Cristina Lucas. What a day! 100 people of all ages – the youngest participants accompanied by their parents – took part in a 100-metre race in the Holyrood Park, where 100 lanes were painted on the grass. The starter gun fired and each participant representing their own age started running in competition with themselves. The weather was amazing, people enthusiastic and amazed by the drone camera flying above us. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the spirit of competition. The film crew, director, assistants and stewards were all working their best to stay on track despite the limited time schedule. All in all, the day was lot of fun!
Still, there are lot of things to look forward to – the forthcoming project Play Summit by Nils Norman that is part of the Glasgow International festival, the After Effects course, new exhibitions and discussing gallery visitors experiences and interpretations of the works. And most of all, Collective’s exciting transformation and moving into the entire City Observatory Complex, which will be open to the public in the next few years. Can’t wait!
Voluntary Projects Assistant