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

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.

“A Collaborative Future” Recap

Second-year MFA student Stephanie Ghetta filled Tent Gallery this past week with photos, text and ideas surrounding her research for “A Collaborative Future.”

A timeline illustrated the history and transformation of the Val di Fassa in the Italian Dolomites. In the past, agriculture was one of the main industries of the region. But with the introduction of mass-tourism, the behaviour and the landscape changed.

Ghetta’s proposal suggests collaboration within the community, and the development of an agricultural tourism that aims to promote sustainability.

“Element” Exhibition at Pier Arts Centre: Photo Recap

The Art, Space and Nature group exhibition “Element” opened this past Thursday, 13 February, at the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney. Featuring 13 artists, the exhibition includes the following works-


Javier Vidal Aguilera

An ephemeral installation, sited in the landscape of the Mainland of Orkney. Part of a series where I explore the cube as the way humans inhabit and relate to the natural landscape as a commentary on urban spread.


Sonia Ali

The archival preserve of the landscape is also a reserve for exploration and resource extraction. Thus, a spatial void is created which is once again compressed to become new repositories of time.


Nadia Dermatopoulou

A film made on Hoy which both captures and is a collaboration between the film and weather.


Jonathan Hemelberg

This work is an expandable, adaptable, puzzle drawing. Using quotations, derived from the writings of John Muir, to compose a poem that can be read in different arrangements.


Patrick Lydon

These hand-mixed colour swatches represent the mathematically calculated dominant colour of landscape photographs taken in locations: Flotta Oil Terminal; Grainshore Wind Turbine; Skara Brae Prehistoric Village.


Akshaya Lakshmi Narsimhan

This two-part work (soundscape and textual map) is an incessant rant of what I heard, what I listened to, what I saw, what I watched, what I felt and what I experienced – in the islands of Orkney.


Sara Ocklind

This kinetic piece links between an image the sea of Orkney and the immediate environment surrounding us.


Allison Palenske

An exploration of the tension between historical preservation and political denial; confronting issues of the past and present, at global and local scales.


Christina Gråberg Røsholt

Capturing qualities of light and shade in the Orkney landscape in an exploratory way, using a pinhole camera as my tool.


Diandra Saginatari

These proposed pavilions sit in the landscape of Orkney as spatial tools to perceive sensory experience from the surrounding elements.


Yanli Shen

This process raises questions about what things are. Having broken a shell into pieces, is it still a shell? If not, then at what point did the change occur and what has it become?


Elin Webb

A journey undertaken, from Loch of Stenness to Loch of Harray via the Bridge of Brodgar.


Zhao Xie

A proposed landscape structure designed to provide nesting and roosting sites for Orkney birds, principally starlings.


The exhibition will run through 28 February 2014. Special thanks to curator Andrew Parkinson and the Pier Arts Centre.

ASN Students Prepare Exhibition at Pier Arts Centre

ASN students are in Orkney this week, for the upcoming Element exhibition. Working alongside curator Andrew Parkinson and other staff members of the Pier Arts Centre, the students are installing a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces. The show includes photography, three-dimensional models, digital compositions, video art, paintings, and sculpture pieces, all inspired by their fieldwork on the islands in October 2013.

The exhibition will open tonight (Thursday, 13 February) at 7:30pm, and will run through 28 February 2014.


ASN Students visit the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

This year’s ASN students made a trip to Perth this past week to present design proposals to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. The students designed a small garden space, with the intent of commemorating Scottish scientist James Croll. The proposals will be reviewed by the RSGS and the public, with the chance to implement one of the designs in the near future.

Thank you to Mike Robinson, Fraser Shand, and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for hosting ASN and presenting this opportunity!

More information about the Royal Scottish Geographical Society can be found here.

ASN student collaboration: Perceptual Disconnection exhibition

Current ASN students Javier Vidal Aguilera, Jonathan Hemelberg, and Sara Ocklind collaborated with Claire Holmes (a graduate from the University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences’ Environment, Culture and Society programme) to produce an exhibition titled ‘Perceptual Disconnection’. The exhibition took place at Inspace this past Tuesday, and featured a variety of media. 

The exhibition was based on a research project about the affects of digitalism and internet connectivity on human experience of natural spaces. The artists spent four days, without internet or electricity, in a cabin in Skiary. Printed photos from this trip were included in the exhibition, along with text and projections.

If you didn’t get the chance to attend, be sure to check out the photos below from the event!

Topoi Exhibition Series: Topology

Join the students of Art, Space and Nature for this week’s exhibition-

Topology: An exploration of space, geometry and visual representation.

The opening reception will be the evening of Thursday 21 November, and the exhibition will also run on ECA’s postgraduate open day Friday 22 November until 5pm.

Hope to see you there!