The Ark Camps: Travelling Gallery - gallery commission and travelling work

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The Travelling Gallery was established by the Scottish Arts Council (SAC) in 1978. In 2006 the Travelling Gallery was granted lottery funding of £173,500 through the Scottish Arts Council, plus £100,000 from the City of Edinburgh Council and additional funding from the ADAPT trust and Friends of the City Art Centre, in order to research, develop and build a new vehicle to replace the gallery built in 1983, now 25 years old. The current vehicle was launched in April 2007.

The Travelling Gallery is based at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Corporate Services Department. It continues to run a national service throughout Scotland.

The exhibition programme imaginatively includes both established and up and coming artists from home and abroad showing work in a variety of media which is challenging, of high quality, communicative and engaging to a diverse audience.

The programme gives audiences throughout Scotland the opportunity to experience exhibitions by internationally reknowned Scottish artists as well as artists from around the world.

Exploring concepts and technologies which are representative of current trends in international, contemporary art, the exhibitions range from specially commissioned one and two-person installations to themed group shows and visionary collaborations.

This year will be the first year the prestigious Turner Prize, award by the Tate Gallery will take place in Scotland when it will be hosted by the Tramway art space in Glasgow from October to January. To complement this event the Travelling Gallery is delighted to bring to you this exhibition which includes art from a selection of the Scottish artists who have been past Turner Prize winners and nominees.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Christine Borland with Brody Condon, Martin Boyce, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Douglas Gordon, Callum Innes, Jim Lambie, Ciara Phillips, David Shrigley, and Lucy Skaer. Many of the artists in this exhibition have exhibited previously in the Travelling Gallery, albeit some time ago and before their Turner nominations, so it has been a great pleasure to work with them again and exhibit new or recent work.

The Travelling Gallery have now commissioned artist Mike Inglis to design a stunning new look for the mobile gallery - The Ark Camps.This year the Travelling Gallery commissioned artist/ designer Mike Inglis to create a new vinyl wrap for the Travelling Gallery. The Ark Camps imagine and illustrate new Scottish rural (feral) communities who are engaged in the building of giant Ark structures constructed from the debris of old boat hulls and allotment sheds which are drawn from images collected all over Scotland; from the outer Hebrides and Orkney to the central belt. These structures are to be seen as cypher for positive rebuilding and it might be imagined that the Travelling Gallery itself in some ways is a cultural ark which travels the byways of Scotland.

Mike Inglis will be giving a talk about his new design when the Travelling Gallery visits Custom House in Leith on Thursday 27th August as part of LeithLate 2015.
Original languageEnglish
Publisher Edinburgh City Arts Centre
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2015

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