Making Art and Making a Living: Examining the contemporary art career

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Edinburgh College of Art

West Court, ECA Main Building

74 Lauriston Place

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This discussion event brings together three contemporary artists - Rachel Adams, Conor Baird, and Rae-Yen Song - to reflect on the nature and narrative of the 'contemporary art career', facilitated by curator and ECA PhD candidate Nikki Kane. Each practitioner will present a short account of their own practice and career, followed by a group discussion on these experiences and arising issues of working conditions, developing a practice, producing and exhibiting artworks, precarity, payment, networks, and support structures.




Rachel Adams lives and work in Glasgow. Using sculpture, printmaking and textiles, Adams’ work uses the collapsing boundaries between natural and synthetic, hand-produced and machine-made, to consider the entangled relations of technology, labour and nature. Recent exhibitions include, Hothouse, Hospitalfield, Arbroath (2019); Noon, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow; Lowlight, Bloc Projects, Sheffield; Right Twice a Day, Jerwood Visual Arts Project Space, London (all 2018). Adams was the Sainsbury’s Scholar at the British School at Rome 2015-16 and is a current AHRC Doctoral Researcher at the University of Edinburgh and Dundee Contemporary Arts. Stoop, Stoop Stooping is Stoopid, a collaborative project with Tessa Lynch, opens in July at the Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow.

rachel-adams.com


Conor Baird is an artist based in Glasgow working predominantly in performance, film and installation. Having studied Sculpture at Gray’s School of Art and AKI ArtEZ, they have exhibited in galleries and prominent performance festivals such as SQIFF, GENERATOR projects, Glasgow Project Room, //BUZZCUT, Tempting Failure, RSA and The Pipe Factory. Baird was previously a Committee Member at Market Gallery; a participant in Syllabus III, a national, alternative peer led learning programme; and has also undertaken residencies at Hospitalfield, AADK Spain and Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Their personal practice focuses on notions of the self, the body, intimacy, sex and gender. They are particularly interested in embedding duration and authentic processes within a daily life to question risk, freedom, failure and consequential aesthetics. Baird is currently studying MLitt Theatre & Performance Practices at University of Glasgow.
conorbaird.com

Rae-Yen Song lives and works in Glasgow, having graduated from Sculpture and Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art in 2014. To date, Rae-Yen’s work has involved the use of drawing, sculpture, costume, props, video, family collaboration and performative actions in public. She has shown work recently at BALTIC in Gateshead; Bluecoat in Liverpool; G39 in Cardiff; Jerwood Space in London;Edinburgh Art Festival 2018; DOC in Paris; and JDA Perera Gallery in Colombo.
rae-yen-song.com


Nikki Kane is a curator and current Doctoral Researcher in History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art, where she is recipient of an AHRC Creative Economy Studentship. Her research focuses on the role of festivals in contemporary art careers, examining issues of cultural labour, festival and biennial cultures, and curatorial practices, and is undertaken in partnership with Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and Edinburgh Art Festival. In her curatorial practice, she has presented projects across the UK and internationally with particular attention to public art, performance and participation.
nikkikane.co.uk


This event is kindly supported by Edinburgh College of Art.

Image: Noon by Rachel Adams (photo credit: Max Slaven)

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