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Tatham, Joanne and O'Sullivan, Tom, 2014, Show, Exhibition or Event, Are you LOCATIONALIZED

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Are you LOCATIONALIZED was commissioned by ATLAS Arts, Skye for GENERATION: 25 years of Contemporary Art, a nationwide survey convened by the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh and Glasgow Life. GENERATION was a thorough engagement with the recent history of contemporary Scottish art, identifying key works and artists from 1989 onwards. A two volume catalogue provided wider historical context and individual essays on the selected artists. Are you LOCATIONALIZED was awarded £70K by Creative Scotland, the largest amount of any GENERATION project, with a further award from Outset, Scotland.

The work developed in response to the ideas of location and audience that can come into play when contemporary art is commissioned in places that are perceived as geographically remote. The work was located across the two Hebridean islands of North Uist and Skye, and included two externally sited constructions, a desk in the offices of the commissioning organisation and an exhibition of photographs at Taigh Chearsabagh Museum and Art Gallery.

The work uncovered preconceptions around public art, its function and its audiences, creating a discussion around engagement with and ownership of place and identity. This manifest itself through the local press, with the work also receiving wider media coverage on the BBC News and Guardian sites. A programme of events and talks curated by ATLAS arts further articulated and disseminated the research. The work has been the focus of study days for postgraduate curatorial students at Glasgow University/ Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh University. In 2016 the work won the inaugural Saltire Temporary Art in Public Places award.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Fine Art
Funders: Creative Scotland, Outset Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life, GENERATION: 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 13:35
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2018 13:35
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3137

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