To the shore : Exhibition 1 December



From the realm of the sea
To the shore.
A recent exhibition by continuing Art Space and Nature MFA students investigated the sea’s vibrant materiality and chaotic order, following fieldwork in the Outer Hebrides.  A further exhibition building on this work will follow at ‘An Lanntair’ gallery, Stornoway in March next year.

‘ORIGINS’ Russell Beard


‘ORIGINS’ Russell Beard

Filmed on Tulsa Beach on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, Russell Beard’s video installation ‘ORIGINS’ consists of a mirrored moving image of the complex patterns created in water, sand and sunlight where a river meets the sea.*

*Alternatively it could be read as a time piece, concerning the origins of our own vital materiality…. and how certain properties emerge from complex chaotic systems amid the ongoing oscillations between the creative generative forces of life’s perpetual becoming and the dissipative cosmic processes of entropy and decay.


Alex Hackett’s work goes within the sea to experience the shoreline.  Adopting sculptural forms and materials from the Isle of Lewis alongside sympathetic found materials, she creates objects reflecting the mystical nature of the shore. Texts document the material qualities of the water as affected by weather, the elements and light, whilst bearing the mark of the personal.




‘swell’ Will Urmston

Will Urmston’s piece came to light during a stay in a cliff-side bothy on the west coast of Lewis. Looking through to the sea below, we enter ‘the cave’ and look outward with clarity as we face the peace of our own elemental existence.

Solo Shows in Tent Gallery

Art Space and Nature MAFA students recently organised a series of One Day Solo Shows in Tent Gallery, showing current work.

The first of the solo shows featured work from three artists; with Olivia Tutton’s work delicately exploring themes of memory and language. Russell Beard examined entropy and transitioning physical materials, and Alex Hackett’s installation of sculptural objects presented an absurd and Anthropocenic sea.

Photographs : Russell Beard and Alex Hackett

Development : An Exhibition by Robert Davies

This Friday 29 January at Tent Gallery, Robert Davies exhibits photographs from his photo essay on Edinburgh’s coastal communities.

‘I set out to record the changing coastline of a city, and found a landscape in limbo, of stalled developments that had little connection to history and community – a landscape of unfinished visions of its future’.

From Robert Davies photo essay of Edinburgh’s coastal communities, Granton, Newhaven and Leith  in Volume 2 of The Evergreen: A New Season in the North.

From Robert Davies photo essay of Edinburgh’s coastal communities, Granton, Newhaven and Leith  in Volume 2 of The Evergreen: A New Season in the North.

The photo essay is included in the second volume of The Evergreen, amongst fiction, poetry, art and essays, recently relaunched for the first time in 120 years.

The exhibition is open 5-7pm Friday 29 January 2016, at Tent Gallery, Evolution House.

‘A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow’, Marlene Creates at Tent Gallery

Canadian artist Marlene Creates has been an invited academic visitor for the Art Space and Nature programme from September – November this year. In her exhibition ‘A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow’, at the Tent Gallery from 5-13 November, two video projections capture the varied ice and snow drenched landscape of unfamiliar Newfoundland.

In two videos, seasonal phenomena are observed and recorded by means of over 80 named varieties of ice, snow, and winter weather in the Newfoundland dialect. These terms are precise, practical, evocative, sonic, and lyrical. Some examples are: ballicattered (covered with a layer of ice from the action of spray or waves), devil’s blanket (a snowfall that hinders your usual work), sish (fine, granulated ice floating on the surface of the sea), and way ice (loose ice that is easy to navigate).

One of the videos is a 26-minute-long documentary video-poem based on the Blast Hole Pond River that flows through the patch of boreal forest where the artist lives in Newfoundland; the other video is a real-time, single take of sea ice in Conception Bay shot from the Bell Island ferry in March 2014 when it was so cold that the bay itself froze for the first time in decades.

The exhibition closes on 13 November.

This week in Tent: ‘Dwelling in the Moorlands’

Dwelling in the Moorlands is a week long exhibition by Javier Vidal Aguilera, MFA candidate and architect from Spain, that features a design for a hypothetical dwelling inspired by the context of the moorland of Lewis and Harris, Scotland.

Opening reception will be held tomorrow, Tuesday 22 April from 5:00-8:00 PM.

‘C’ exhibition at ECCI: Photo Recap

The students of Art, Space and Nature opened a well-received exhibition at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation last week, amid the many wonderful events for the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The following works were included in the exhibition, which is set to run until 25 April 2014.

24 x NO2

Christina Gråberg Røsholt

Giving a size and shape to the hourly average air pollution in Edinburgh measured at St. John’s Road. Monthly timeline for the past two years, 2012-2013, showing the change in air quality.


Sonia Ali and Allison Palenske

A set of works exploring the ‘macro’ role of ‘micro’ algae within the carbon cycle, through its power of carbon absorption. The combination of wall installation, projection and carbon-mitigation themed cocktails explores algae’s versatility and potential for impact.


Elin Webb

All the shoes I have ever owned from birth until now- 31 years. I have no particular interest in shoes but when trying to remember them all, I realise that my own environmental impact regarding their manufacture is (necessarily?) considerable.


Yanli Shen

A painting made with great anger against the production of carbon.

Viral Space

Javier Vidal Aguilera

Digital photographs of three ephemeral installations in Orkney, Glen Nevis and Edinburgh.


Let’s Talk Carbon!

Zhao Xie, Diandra Saginatari, Akshaya Lakshmi Narsimhan

The string installation is designed as a 3 dimensional graphic tool that maps out people’s emotional response towards carbon and climate change.

Carbon Symphony

Patrick Lydon, Stephanie Ghetta, Nadia Dermatopoulou, Flavia Salvador

Using sound and visual illumination, this installation takes per-capita carbon emissions statistics for 200 of the world’s countries, and maps them to our most personal form of carbon emission, the human breath.


Surrounded by mist

Sara Ocklind

This is a mixed media piece. Where I relate the landscape with the carbon itself.


Photo Recap from Topoi Exhibition Series: Utopia?


The Topoi exhibition series continued this past Thursday with the opening of “Utopia?”, a reaction to the meaning of utopia in today’s world. The exhibition included video, photography, sculpture, cupcakes (!!!) and performance (subtle hints of cynicism included).

Join us this coming Thursday (November 21) for the next exhibition in the Topoi series- “Topology.”