New ‘Artist in Residence’ Programme Launched at Edinburgh’s Telford College
Edinburgh’s Telford College’s Art and Design Team were delighted last week to welcome Lauren Rigby, Curator from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Lauren was making a studio visit to Stephanie Cairns, Telford’s first Artist In Residence ('AIRetc..,').
Stephanie is a former learner at Telford, graduating from the Art and Design Foundation and HND courses before gaining 1st Class Honours from Edinburgh College of Art from where she graduated last summer.
The Artist in Residence programme (‘AIRetc…’) is an innovative scheme which provides recently graduated, professional artists with a dedicated studio space within the Art and Design department, as well as access to specialist support, resources and facilities. As well as giving Stephanie the opportunity to interact with learners in the studios she has also been developing a new body of work for an upcoming show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art next month.
Talking about the opportunity Stephanie said:
“I am delighted to have been invited to be Telford’s first ever Artist In Residence and I am looking forward to the opportunity to develop and share my work and practice in a creative and supportive environment. The motivational and inspirational tutoring I received at Telford while studying instilled a strong work ethic, which allowed me to achieve my goals, and I hope that my time here will help do the same for others.”
This is the first of its kind in the Scottish Further Education sector and will allow learners and lecturers alike to observe and interact with current practitioners.
Art & Design Curriculum Manager, Colette Woods, said:
“This is a very exciting development for the team and our learners. It will provide an opportunity for learners to have direct access to and contact with professional contemporary practitioners who are developing new bodies of work, as well as offering recent graduates the chance to gain valuable experience of working in a dynamic, professional learning and teaching environment. I would also like to thank the Art and Design staff and learners for their support, including fundraising, for this initiative.”
The ‘AIRetc…’ programme is open to practicing artists who have previously studied Art and Design at Edinburgh’s Telford College. The selection and support of the artists in residence will be undertaken by the ‘AIRetc...’ Committee, which is made up of a cross section of staff from the Art and Design Team.
Speaking during her visit to the ‘AIRetc…’ studio, Lauren said:
“We - the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and The Trustees of the John Watson Prize - are delighted to be presenting Stephanie Cairns’ new work. We are sure that it has been invaluable for Stephanie to have access to the studio space and facilities available to her at the College while she is working as Artist in Residence and preparing for her display.”
If anyone is interested in meeting Stephanie and seeing what she gets up to in the studio please contact Alan Holligan, Curriculum Leader for Art and Design HND’s and Chair of the ‘AIRetc…’ Committee or you can follow the AIRetc blog @ www.airetc.wordpress.com