The City Art Centre in Edinburgh is currently hosting the exhibition, Robert Callender: Plastic Beach, which runs until 8th July – https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/robert-callender-plastic-beach
Scottish artist Robert Callender ( 1932 – 2011 ) was driven by his interest in the craft of making and in the coastal environment.
Current ASN Programme Director, Donald Urquhart has fond memories of Callender:
“I knew Bob, first as a tutor when I was a student in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. I had enormous respect for him as a man and teacher.
He dispended advice with succinct honesty and filled the studio with a sense of wisdom, he was always supportive. I treasure the memories of meeting up with him and Liz Ogilvie in Kyoto, Japan and spending time with him.
It’s an astonishing tribute to Bob’s environmental practice to see how prescient these works are in terms of current environmental news.”
Robert Callender was a force of encouragement for a new generation of environmental artists, so it is fitting he is remembered by the Robert Callender International Residency for Young Artists (RCIRYA).
A component of Robert Callender: Plastic Beach is a room showing works by twelve artist who have undertaken the residency, which is organised by Lateral Lab.
We are delighted that three of these artists are past graduates of ASN:
Yulia Kovanova presents her sculptural piece Life Span and a video installation and screening of her BAFTA Scotland nominated film Plastic Man.
Patrick Lydon presents the documentary film, made with Suhee Kang, Final Straw
Joseph Calleja continues his sculptural practice, to great effect in Imcaqlaq Series where found frames are reconfigured into complex wall works.