Pillow Talk

Emerging Years

‘Emerging Years’, the first in a series of discussion events hosted by artists invited by VAU, to engage with the public on a number of issues surrounding contemporary art. The first in the series was held in the Main Gallery at Southblock and focused on the emerging years of artists – their backgrounds, how they start out and the challenges they face in establishing their practice. We were delighted that our guest speakers were David Shrigley, Toby Paterson, Peter Chalmers and The Brownlee Brothers.

Inspiration

‘Inspiration’is the second in a series of discussion events hosted by artists invited by VAU, to engage with the public on a number of issues surrounding contemporary art. The event was held in the Event Space at Drygate Brewery in Glasgow and focused on the varied interests, expertise and inspiration of artists not necessarily a list of their favourite artists and influences – but more what interests them in general, be it music, fiction, travel, film, philosophy, politics, sport, food…anything! The guest speakers featured Catherine Ross, Ade Adesina, Rachel Maclean and Graham Fagen.

Sonica Series

Visual Artist Unit were proud to  facilitate a series of four artist/talk discussion events for Sonica Festival 2015 in association with Cryptic.

Sonica 2015 tookplace across Glasgow from 29 Oct – 8 Nov with a programme dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts, presenting emerging British talent alongside exceptional international artists from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, Netherlands and Québec.

The talks included:

Music, Technology & M.E.S.S. with Byron Scullin, Robin Fox, David McCluskey and Ewan Sinclair

Artist Residencies & Practice with Kathy Hynde, Mark Lyken, Corin Sworn and Rachel McBrinn

Establishing Artistic Practice with Henrique Roscoe, Robbie Thomson and TERRIBLEm86

Creating Sound In Context
with Morton Underwood, Lauren Hayes and Heather Ross

Working Space

‘Working Space’ is the third in a series of discussion events hosted by artists invited by VAU, to engage with the public on a number of issues surrounding contemporary art.

This Pillow Talk was held at the Blue Lamp jazz bar in Aberdeen as part of the Look Again Festival 2016, and focused on the varied types of spaces which artists work in. Not just the typical painter’s studio, we  heard about production facilities and workshop spaces, vast factory or warehouse spaces, makeshift studios in the likes of garage or sheds, and even where artists’ work when they have no access to a studio or have no need for one!

Our guest speakers for the event included internationally renowned painter Kate Downie, printmaker and Gray’s School of Art tutor Michael Agnew, Sara Gallie from Scottish Sculpture Workshop and recent graduate artist Alexander Champion.

Video Coming Soon.