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PUBLIC SCHOOL

A programme of workshops supported and facilitated by Edinburgh College of Art

with: Sovay Berriman, Stephen Hurrell, Chris Evans & Natasha Soobramanien

Join us in active workshops that take the Portobello townscape as their point of departure to explore what makes art public and what public art might become.

For more information: http://tiny.cc/publicschoolprospectus

To reserve a place: http://tiny.cc/publicschool

Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Public-School/195908147137590

Venue: Public Art Fest, Big Things of the Beach, Portobello Indoor Bowls & Leisure Centre, 20 Westbank Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1DR.

Contact Us: publicart[at]groups.facebook.com

PUBLIC SCHOOL | Prospectus

A programme of workshops supported and facilitated by Edinburgh College of Art

For more information: http://tiny.cc/publicschoolprospectus

To reserve a place: http://tiny.cc/publicschool

Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Public-School/195908147137590

Venue: Public Art Fest, Big Things of the Beach, Portobello Indoor Bowls & Leisure Centre, 20 Westbank Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1DR.

Contact Us: publicart[at]groups.facebook.com

 

“Authentic education is not carried out by ‘A’ for ‘B’, or by ‘A’ about ‘B’, but rather by ‘A’ with ‘B’, mediated by the world – a world which impresses and challenges both parties […]” Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Penguin, 1970, p.74

As a contribution to Big Things on the Beach’s Public Art Fest, the School of Art at Edinburgh College of Art are supporting PUBLIC SCHOOL, three workshops designed to creatively engage with the festival’s key question ‘what makes art public’? The workshops are predicated on the understanding that art practice can be a powerful means to enable the public realm. Rather than assume public art to be something done to, or on behalf of, the public (monuments, memorials, public places and spaces, events, etc.), we might consider it as actions carried out by the public as part of a commons of cultural practice. To gain a more rounded understanding of what public art might become, it’s essential to be involved in its production, working closely with artists to gain an insight into how we might collectively answer the thorny question ‘what makes art public’?

The workshops are facilitated by Talia Moscovitz, Catronia Black, Kate Grenyer (eca Master of Contemporary Art Theory students), Mike McCallum (eca Master of Fine Art graduate) and Neil Mulholland, Head of the Masters in Contemporary Art at eca (masterscontemporaryart.eca.ac.uk).

The three artists we have invited to lead the workshops have made considerable contributions to public art and all engage with education as part of their artistic practice. Since the workshops are part of the invited artists’ practices, we ask that you look at the artists’ websites to gain a sense of what they do before signing up for their workshop.

The three workshops are open to 20 participants and all will last no more than four hours. No previous experience of art practice or knowledge of public art is required. You are required to play a full part in the workshop, it will not be a spectator sport! All of the workshops make use of the Portobello townscape and will require you to move around the local area to complete the projects.

The artists and their facilitators will provide you with all the information and instructions you need on arrival at the Portobello Indoor Bowls & Leisure Centre.

No preparation will be required for any of the workshops, but we ask that you provide an email and phone contact in case we need to contact you prior to the workshops.

– The workshops are free of charge.
– Participants may attend as few or as many of the workshops as they wish.
– There will be an hour’s lunch break in the middle of each workshop.

Lunch will NOT be provided.

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Workshop 1

1-6pm

Monday 29th August 2011
Sovay Berriman

Sovay is an artist based in Bristol and will lead the first workshop. You can find out more about her work from her website: www.sovayberriman.co.uk

Sign up for a place on Sovay’s workshop now.

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Workshop 2
1-6pm
Wednesday 31st August 2011

Stephen Hurrell

Stephen is an artist based in Glasgow and will lead the second workshop. You can find out more about his work from his website: www.hurrelvisualarts.com

Sign up for a place on Stephen’s workshop now.

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Workshop 3

1-6pm

Friday 2nd September 2011

Chris Evans and Natasha Soobramanien ‘TRANSLATIONAL σπαστικός’

Chris has devised a proxy workshop in collaboration with Natasha. The workshop will be lead by Mike McCallum on his behalf.

Chris is an artist based in Brussels. You can find out more about his work from his website: www.chrisevans.info

Sign up for a place on Chris and Natasha’s workshop now.

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