LOOP discussion day organised by Scotland + Venice Learning Team

22 March 2016

The LOOP Discussion Day

Devised by the 28 students and graduates of the 2015 Learning Team, the LOOP Discussion Day programme provided an access point for the wider Scottish student cohort to engage with their experience and to understand the contemporary art world through unpicking the phenomenon of the Venice Biennale.

The Scotland + Venice Learning Team

The Scotland + Venice Learning Programme was an intensive year long experience for 21 students and 7 recent graduate artists from seven further and higher education colleges across Scotland. It was selected through a collaborative process with the colleges which gave the applicants experience of professional processes like writing applications, meeting deadlines and doing interviews. They also underwent training about talking to the public, the Scotland + Venice objectives and Graham Fagen’s work. During the show run each Learning Team member was part of a group of four looking after the exhibition and the audiences at Palazzo Fontana for a month and exploring the Biennale, building networks and talking about their own art practice.

The rationale for the LOOP

Following requests from the colleges to open the previously staff-focused feedback events in Scotland to the student body, the Learning Team were tasked with finding a strategy for this with the seven colleges. They met with targeted student groups to invite them to the LOOP Discussion Day, organised the booking process and hosted their groups of fellow students during the event. It was an opportunity for those students to meet others from the different colleges taking part. The aim is that this event and other conversations triggered by the core Learning Team act as a catalyst; a spreading ink blot of discussions and critical engagement which will be useful for the students to use both in their communities in Scotland and also when they interface with the art scene internationally.

The Event

The Learning Team worked with staff of the seven participating institutions to approach targeted groups of students, doing talks in lecture halls and studios. These groups came together at Hospitalfield House on Tuesday 22 March for a full day programme of talks, roundtable discussions, workshops and exhibition tours which involved participants in open and critical debate about issues posed by the 2015 Biennale. It also offered students the opportunity to see Graham Fagen’s exhibition, presented at Hospitalfield following its return from Venice.

Hospitalfield stretched its capacity for the event to open up for the largest possible numbers to attend and up to 20 were invited from each college.This strategy worked well in the main with 85 participants taking part in the event. A coach was organised to collect students from Glasgow and Dundee; another from Elgin. We are grateful for the cooperation of the staff at Edinburgh College of Art, Dundee & Angus College and Gray’s School of Art who brought students in minibuses.

The seven colleges involved are:

City of Glasgow College
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Dundee & Angus College
Edinburgh College of Art
Glasgow School of Art
Gray’s School of Art
Moray School of Art at University of the Highlands and Islands

Read more about the Learning Team…

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DOCUMENTATION OF THE DAY

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GSA graduate artist Ewan Murray and Anna Danielewicz from Edinburgh College of Art introduce the day.

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Writer and researcher Moira Jeffrey spoke about hearing the Learning Team discuss their experience and the lessons learned in Venice during the development period in December and presented a paper based on a series of artists comments on Venice and the Biennale over its history.

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Moira Jeffrey presentation: Cities / Stones / Loops.

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Learning Team members Kinga Elliott from Dundee & Angus College and Amanda Lightbody from Moray School of Art, University of Highlands and Islands leading a tour of Graham Fagen’s exhibition.

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Kinga Elliott from Dundee & Angus College and Amanda Lightbody from Moray School of Art, University of Highlands and Islands leading a tour of Graham Fagen’s exhibition.

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Graduate artist Learning Team members Lydia Brownlee (Visual Communication GSA) and Jamie Kane (Sculpture and Environmental Art GSA) leading a tour of Graham Fagen’s exhibition.

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Graduate artist Learning Team members Lydia Brownlee and Jamie Kane leading a tour of Graham Fagen’s exhibition.

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Learning Team members including Sarah Scanlan from City of Glasgow College leading an exhibition tour.

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Some of the 85 attendees of the LOOP Discussion Day watching and listening to Graham Fagen’s The Slave’s Lament.

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Some of the 85 attendees of the LOOP Discussion Day watching and listening to Graham Fagen’s The Slave’s Lament.

 

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Kinga Elliott from Dundee & Angus College and Amanda Lightbody from Moray School of Art, University of Highlands and Islands leading a tour of Graham Fagen’s exhibition.

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Kinga Elliott from Dundee & Angus College and Amanda Lightbody from Moray School of Art, University of Highlands and Islands leading a tour of Graham Fagen’s exhibition.

TRANSPORT

Below are notes about the transport arrangements for those who have signed up over the last few weeks.

In addition there will be some free spaces for students from Glasgow as not all the GSA spaces have been filled. If you want to come please email laura@hospitalfield.org.uk and turn up to the collection point in time.

For GSA students, City of Glasgow Students, Dundee based students:

Collection 8am Sauchiehall Street (junction with Dalhousie Street).

Collection 10am Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design on Perth Road. Arrival 11am at Hospitalfield.

For Moray College of Art students:

Collection 8am from Moray College, Elgin. Arrival 11.15am at Hospitalfield.

For Dundee & Angus College, Arbroath Students:

As per arrangements with Dermot, if you are making your own way come for 10.30am.

For Edinburgh College of Art Students:

Collection at 9am from ECA – as per minibus arrangements.

SCHEDULE

LOOP Discussion Day at Hospitalfield – Tuesday 22 March 2016

Schedule:

10.30 – 11.00  Arrive

11.15  Snack – Flapjacks & Tea – Sign up for afternoon activities

11.45  Talk from Moira Jeffrey (40 mins + 20 min questions)

13.00  Lunch (1 hour)

14.00  Exhibition Tours / Free time (1.5 hours)

(Led by Sarah, Jo, Amanda and others)

15.30  Activities 1 – 6 (1 hour). Details below.

16.30  Activities change over

16.45  Activities 1 – 5 repeated (1 hour). Activity 6 is longer so just one chance for that.

17.45  Snack – Tea and Fruit Bread (30-45 min)

18.30  Buses home

 

 

Activities:

  1. In Conversation with Graham Fagen

An inclusive talk discussing ideas of nationhood within the context of the Biennale

1 hour, max capacity 20

(Led by Kieran)

 

  1. The Previews: A Role-play

A live role-playing game exploring the different roles that people play at the Biennale, and what motivated their interests politically.

1 hour, max capacity 10

(Led by Anna)

 

  1. this way, that way

A garden walk with poetry and readings reflecting on walking in Venice

20 minutes, max capacity 20 people

Location: Hospitalfield grounds

(Led by Georgia/Lise and Tamara)

 

  1. Venice: A Public and Private Mediation of Stuff!

It has been said that the role of the curator extends far beyond art institutions.
Once the curator took care of our infrastructure, until recently the term infiltrated popular culture and has become synonymous with cultivation of taste. Who shapes the art and culture we consume?
Round table discussion with provocations by Skaiste and Jamie.

1hr, max capacity 12 people

(Led by Jamie and Skaiste)

 

  1. Beach Walk (1 hour)

Walk from Hospitalfield down onto Arbroath beach.

 

  1. The Curators

A game where students create their own ideal exhibitions for Venice and become ‘The Curators’.
‘The Curators’ will involve a number of challenges, plot twists and team work; four groups will each create very different shows that deal with very real Venice issues such as location, budget, marketing, visitors and hierarchies. The game will conclude with each team delivering a small pitch of why their show is the best in the Biennale, for the chance to win the Golden Lion.

1.5 hours, max capacity 20 people

(Led by Jenni, Holly and Craig)

 

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