Forthcoming PVAF Events
We're busy developing a range of exciting events for 2016, including workshops on mono printmaking and collagraphy, wheel throwing clay and artist's books and a return to the 'Folds'. For February we have asked one of the keynote speakers at our 2015 Forum to give us more on her innovative ideas on creating sustainable livelihoods.
Keep an eye out for updates on this page and through email. If you wish to book a place on any of these events please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|AGM 1- 4.30pm at Birnam Arts, Dunkeld|
You are warmly invited to join us for the PVAF AGM This is your opportunity to meet fellow artists and members and to be part of shaping the future of PVAF as an organisation created by and for its members. We will be discussing the future of PVAF and voting on the new proposal.
If you haven't had the chance to do the survey yet, there's still time! Go to http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZZK72C8
It will also be a chance to hear more about Perth’s City of Culture bid and to be part of the discussion on how PVAF could respond to this opportunity.
1.10pm Chair's report
1.30pm Re-visioning PVAF - online survey results and final proposal, discussion and
voting on final proposal
2.15pm Collaborative Working - a chance to hear from some PVAF artists about
their experience of collaboration on a project/artwork
2.45pm Break and networking
3.10pm Perth City of Culture bid - an interactive discussion on how PVAF wishes
to respond to this opportunity
3.50pm Finance Report
4.00pm Committee retention and election
|Following on from our meeting at Create at NEST last weekend, PVAF continues on the road next month, taking its next meeting to The Watermill, Aberfeldy on Saturday 29th October 2.30 - 4ish. |
Come along and meet us, join us for tea and cake and find out more about PVAF's activities and plans..
|Another Way of Seeing with George Logan|
Creative Photography: more than just pressing a button
Sunday 18th September 2016 Birnam Arts 10 - 4pm
This workshop/discussion led by George Logan looked at the range of image making through creative photography, aiming to broaden an understanding that people may have had about photography as an art form. (Review coming soon)
Another Way of Seeing Creative photography: more than just pressing a button with George Logan September 2016
What could be the best possible way to spend a beautiful autumn day in Birnam, Perthshire?
A group of PVAF members found out by spending a peaceful, relaxing and paced day ‘learning though looking ‘at the milestones of 20th & 21st century creative photography. To do this we were encouraged to handle and to evaluate our personal choices from a wide range of high quality photography books. Just a sample from George Logan’s personal collection, the best of photography from Adams to Szarkowski*
“It isn’t just what a picture is of, it is what it is about “*
The group of twelve were encouraged by George to pick out the one book that ‘spoke to them’ to experience and evaluate the tactile nature of their choice of book; the content and artistic quality of the mainly black & white imagery; paper & typography - ending with the impact that the cover had in conveying the photographer’s message.
George gently guided us through both the philosophical and technical processes that underpinned these creative results. Proving that photography had a deserved place, as a medium in its own right, within contemporary artistic practice. That really was as the workshops subtitle suggested
“more than just pressing button”
The unexpected highlight of the day was the unfolding of a concertina book that we opened up fully, for the very first time, to fill the large room. This ‘unfolding ‘provoked a response in everyone as the book was an exquisite example of black and white photography and 21st century book production 'Unnamed Road' by Jungjin Lee. It was a veritable’ work of art ‘.
Informed and enthused by the morning session, after lunch reinvigorated, everyone dispersed around Birnam to experiment with their own cameras and tablets by ‘looking with fresh eyes’ at the familiar. Returning back to the institute, after an hour, to evaluate the results under the mentoring and guidance of George. This process, as it evolved, stimulated both individual and group conversation and discussions, connections were made.
There was definite sense, at the end of the workshop, that each artist would now be considering the renewed potential that creative photography could have for incorporation into their personal practice.
Folds and Porticos - Back to Glen Beanie 2016
Overall a great day and a thankfully dry one. Everyone producing interesting and varied work. Glen Beanie is a small unassuming glen but offers an incredible amount on so many levels, you just have to look. Go to news page for links to images of participants postcards made on the day.
Aileen Stackhouse who was on the walk (below foreground) has an entry on her Blog that can be found Here
Cyan Clay Workshop June 2106
Pvaf members attended a one day workshop at the bright, inspiring and well equipped ceramic studio of Cyan Clay in Edinburgh. Fiona and Chris, partners in clay crime, demonstrated the techniques of hand building through the technique of coil construction and wheel throwing. They were highly knowledgeable and very supportive of us experimenting, exploring the possibilities, playing and just having good fun with the clay. It was a little daunting when tackling the potters wheel with our initial attempts at throwing, but with Chris's guidance there wasn't a wobbly pot in sight. It was a satisfying process and very zen. Fiona let us loose on a wide variety of mark making tools, slips and ceramic inks to decorate our various coil built constructions. We painted, mono printed, texturised, dribbled and sculpted our creations. There was a wonderful freedom in considering the 3D surface. It was a full on busy day and we were all surprised as to the level of creativity and cannot wait to see the magical alchemy of our works being fired in the kiln.
Artist's Books Workshop May 2016
The recent workshop with Susie Wilson, artist-bookmaker, bookbinder and printmaker was an exhilarating weekend. Beginning with a selection of construction techniques that let us all begin to grow in confidence, we swiftly moved on to markmaking with line, colour, pattern all being explored as each of us chose from an enticing and very generous variety of materials. This is surely art as it should be taught! It allowed us to be productive, selective, creative...and immersed and happy. We stormed through the first day with several little booklets and folds to ponder on and develop, and it was a thrill. The next day just pushed us that one step further- we could choose from an entire box of beautiful examples of bookmakers' work, and most of us chose to work on a very elaborate, complex book format: a concertina pocket-book, with hidden pull-out pockets. No dumbing-down for us...and we laughed and sighed as we strove to encompass the intricacies of this book. What a super packed weekend and, like small children, we went home with our treasures in our hand, pleased as punch (with improvements on our prototypes in mind!).
Thank you Susie for such a fulfilling workshop.
10+ Exhibition Opening - Birnam Arts 3rd October 2015
A steady stream of visitors came along to the opening of the 10+ pvaf members exhibition at Birnam Institute on Saturday 3rd October. As well as the specifically made artwork for the exhibition in its 10"x 10" format, sketchbooks and information about the Folds and Porticos artists collaboration are also on display. Positive feedback has already been received for this visually exciting show which is on until after the Forum on November 7th.
Folds and Porticos an artists collaboration - Glen Beanie 23 July 2015
A group of like minded people spent a wonderful day walking, sketching, talking and reflecting in beautiful Glen Beanie. Led by George Logan we set out informed and mindful of past lives where pastoral subsistence farmers moved livestock to the shielings or summer grazing grounds. They had a connection and knowledge of the land that can be barely imagined by us now and the remains of shielings leave little evidence of their existence, their hardships or joys.
As we walked we were also reminded that parallel lives and alternative journey's were being made across Europe through the ‘Grand Tour’ where quality of Inns, food, music, art and making connections was the order of the day. Stops throughout our walk for sketching, recording and appreciating the landscape were interspersed with readings from an early 19th century guide to the ‘Grand Tour’, emphasising the luxuries and hardships of these parallel ways of living.
Conversations on route to the shielings reflected on terrain, boulder shelters, landmarks, streams and crossings with all senses engaged with weather, smells, sound and minuscule detail. We thought of the men, women, children and animals that had covered this terrain for survival reasons and how all of these details would have been invested with attention and meaning. Impromptu snippets of songs and poems from our group probably also took place amongst the farmers and children adding some light and optimism to their journey.
A shared lunch sitting in the middle of a shieling was thankfully rain free and we appreciated that whatever hardships the dwellers endured their choice of residence had blessed them with the most wonderful view of the glen. Meanwhile 18th century Italian music was played and acted as a rather surreal counterpoint to the landscape.
Thanks to George’s knowledge of this landscape and methodical research we were offered understanding and insight to a way of life that’s almost forgotten and to the detail of folds and shielings which entailed such great labour and precision that they might outlast us all.
A soaking on the way out of the glen was not grudged knowing we were returning to warm houses, good food and (topic of conversation at later stages) wine! (Italian of course).
The sketch books handmade by Chris and George, recordings, photographs and video will be collated to form a future PVAF exhibition or instillation.
Gallery of images from the day (to be completed): HERE
Artists' Film and Video May 10th
‘In the past I thought all the important things were far from me. . .but my beautiful things are already here’ Lee Kang Hyo
Su Grierson invited PVAF members to her own home for an informal screening of film and video she had selected to mark the tenth anniversary of PVAF’s existence. The works are from her eclectic personal collection built up over the years from different places throughout her travels as a practising artist. It is characteristic of Su’s generosity and commitment to contemporary art that she is willing to continue backing PVAF as well as being involved in many other related activities.
I always enjoy events where genuine discussion is welcomed and people feel able to join in with other artists and I think the setting of such an event within someone’s personal space lends extra meaning. Lively conversations followed each screening and were primarily concerned with the why and how of the artists’ approach and methods. Works included examples of 16mm film as well as video and digital, collaborative and solo, works dealing with social, cultural and political issues, abstract and representational, relationships between image and sound, landscape, the domestic and the passage of time. The day ended with an extended meditation about artistic practice by the South Korean potter Lee Kang-Hyo produced by Goldmark films. We watched as he created the Ongii pots that he is famous for worldwide in his studio and home. Although this was important because it showed us the intense physicality required in his work, what was more striking was how honest he was about the ups and downs experienced by any artist, how being an artist is a life-long work in progress which involves everyone that they know personally. Lee Hang-Hyo did not shy away from talking about the self-questioning and depression experienced by him as well as the positives. We were taken into his home and introduced to his wife and daughter who are artists as well and are deeply involved in his creativity. The film finished with a joyous sequence of him glazing one of his Ongii pots that was as big as him, the freedom of his movement as he threw the colours using brushes, ladles and his hands was revelatory and provided an absolute contrast to the self-discipline necessary in the initial stages of their production. Accompanied by his choice of music in the studio we were witness to the intimacy existing between an artist’s hand, eye and body and the relationship with the object being made and the space it occupies. WATCH THIS FILM!!!
Out of the other films standouts for me were, in no particular order; Temple Garden, by Modulate – a vibrant and expanding geometric patterning of vivid colours interwoven with glimpses of foliage sound tracked by a complex composition including bells and droning which was overwhelming and beautiful; Fingering, by Samantha Clarke- a fixed shot of a washing line with two vinyl semi-transparent gloves pegged to it that were blowing in the wind. The fixed shot meant that they were not always totally visible, and the varying speed of the wind meant their movements were sometimes languid and occasionally frenetic. The soundtrack was someone playing a piano piece by Bach???? The playing was tentative and intermittently halting and for me added a sense of pathos rooted in the place between the domestic and the time to practice art; Endless Column by Sophie Eagles- again a fixed shot, this time of a deserted road in the middle of nowhere with a reproduction of Brancusi’s Endless Column. As we watched the column disintegrated down onto the road and was then reconstructed repeatedly. The surprise was that the column was not a simple animation pasted onto a photograph but an actual sculpture. Sophie Eagles used a cherry picker lorry to rebuild the column and then waited to film its demise- which was different each time according to which way the wind was blowing. When Su told us this I was filled with respect for the artist’s thinking, first the idea and then the mechanics of its manifestation followed by its transfer into the virtual – the animation. What is she saying about art, art history, artists and the things that they do? And finally I am going- by Josef Robachowski.
Artists Film and Video at Balgowan Farm
(All videos and films shown were from Su Grierson's personal collection)
Photography Workshop with George Logan, North Inch Campus, Perth
Huge thanks to George for a very informative and engaging photography workshop held on Saturday. Exposure settings, lighting, photo editing software, image file management and some great tips and still loads to learn .. part 2? Highlights for me were the use of a mid grey square for exposure balance, learning about 'raw' and 'tiff' files, tips on how to take pictures of glass-framed work and the idea of placing hard to photograph pieces in a natural setting. There will be another chance to take advantage of this excellent opportunity as George will be delivering
another workshop on 23rd May in Voluntary Arts Week. More details nearer the time.
PVAF Exhibition Endings at Strathearn Artspace, Crieff
The opening of PVAF member’s art exhibition on Saturday evening 6th December was a warm, colourful, inviting event with artists, families and friends in attendance.
David Campbell, Artspace manager, worked hard with a selection committee, to ensure there was a wide range of art media on display which encompassed the subject of Endings and was representative of the quality of PVAF artists.
Although turn around for organisation of the exhibition and opening was short, due to our search for a suitable venue, David worked hard alongside PVAF committee members in setting up the space, hanging and labelling works right up to the last minute. We are extremely grateful for his curating skills in bringing the show together, his welcoming speech and for being an excellent host at the opening.
PVAF Chairperson Chris Partridge also welcomed everyone to the opening extending grateful thanks to David and TomBarron, Strathearn Art Space Trustee, for offering PVAF this opportunity and bringing the show together so quickly.
Chris offered an overview of PVAF for the exhibition visitors and thanked artists for submitting a diverse display of work, in response to the word ‘Endings’. PVAF committee members were thanked for assistance with hanging, labelling and organisation of the opening event.
Importantly Chris gave mention to those attending who were not exhibiting artists stressing that art requires an audience and hoped they would enjoy the show.
Endings will be on show at Strathearn Art Space, Crieff until 23rd January 2015.
Gallery of Images (© George Logan & Ian Hardie) - HERE
Master Class with Eleanor White - 4th & 5th October 2014
Expressive mark making observation to abstraction
“A day without drawing is a day wasted”, Antony Gormley
This fully booked master class provided a stimulating and inspirational weekend with opportunities for review, reflection, risk taking and experimentation.
Eleanor provided a table full of wonderful natural and handmade objects with a huge variety of colour, texture, shape and form to work from. A short slide talk introduced images from a range of artists which challenged any fixed ideas about drawing and how we look at and investigate objects.
Sheets of blank white paper were then torn, shredded and reformed to provide us with an irregular, textured and unfamiliar shape to work on and a variety of drawing materials encouraged us to cover surfaces with marks which layered, revealed, scratched, roughened and smoothed the paper.
We worked for the whole of the first day on one image changing angles of the paper and views of our chosen object which produced fantastic surface textures and offered the luxury of truly getting to know, see and sense an object in its entirety.
Eleanor spent individual time with all of us, offering encouragement and suggestions for change and risk taking which enabled us to break away from fixed ways of working or set notions of what we should be doing.
It was amazing to see how much everyone’s work changed and abstracted form as the day progressed and energy and vitality in the room was such a great part of the whole experience.
On day two we started a new art work with another object to focus on. We worked with colour and scale and really got into detail of surface texture, noting the process of change and physicality of materials.
We had time at the end of both days to display a mini exhibition and have group feedback on the work and importantly share what we had individually learned from the process. The only down side that two days passed far too quickly but participants are now looking forward to the next master class and taking their inspiration, motivation and ideas further.
It was brilliant to meet and spend time with a great bunch of enthusiastic artists and thanks are extended from us all to Eleanor White for this two day event. - Pauline
Gallery of Images - HERE
Drawing outdoors together.
Crieff 28 June 2014.
Four of us met at the Strathearn Artspace in Crieff for Saturday's drawing day.
We had a very interesting meeting with project leader David Campbell who told us all about
the centre's history and development, events held there and plans for the future of the venue.
We also discussed the possibility of holding a PVAF exhibition there. There was time to view the
excellent Sally Gatie exhibition on at the time before heading to the loft for lunch.
Admittedly not masses of drawing got done but the day was very interesting and informative.
For more info go to Strathearn Artspace here or on our contact/link page. - Chris
Drawing outdoors together.
Blairgowrie 17 May 2014.
The meeting place was Bradberry's Café in Blairgowrie at 11am, however only a small group consisting of Kay Hood, George Logan and Aileen Stackhouse arrived to sample the delicious cakes/bacon rolls/coffee. Kay and Aileen then headed off towards the river armed with sketchbooks and paints, and George, as usual armed with his camera, headed in the direction of Kirk Wynd and the old Hill Church. Later when all our paths crossed briefly George took some "action shots " of Kay and Aileen drawing and we arranged to meet up at 3 at Kay's house for more coffee and to compare work. Some interesting pieces had been produced, despite the slightly chilly weather, and we all look forward with anticipation to the next Drawing Outdoors day. - Kay
Drawing outdoors together.
Birnam 12 April 2014.
The sun shone for us as we met together at Birnam Arts Centre and after a coffee and quick snack the group headed in various directions armed with great little hand drawn maps provided by Mary’s husband.
Birnam is a beautiful area with visual stimulation in abundance from new tiny patches of woodland flowers lining the fast flowing river to the ancient grandeur of the Birnam Oak and its neighbouring Sycamore.
Meeting other artists, having time to chat and share ideas is an important aspect of the sketching days and as we work with a variety of medium it’s an opportunity to appreciate others perspective, ways of looking and recording what’s in front of us.
With ipad, sketch books and cameras, June, George and myself headed along the river path into Dunkeld where a visit to the gallery, Cathedral and lunch became part of our agenda.
Meeting back at the Art Centre the sun was still shining, everyone was buzzing with ideas sharing sketches, photographs, samples of found objects and enthusiastic about progressing ideas.Thanks to everyone who shared an inspiring and lovely day and I’m looking forward to meeting you all and others on a forthcoming sketching day. - Pauline
Drawing outdoors together.
Perth 22 March 2014.
Our first Drawing Outdoors Day met in Perth on 22nd March. It wasn’t raining and despite the cold we went over the old bridge and found various sites for working, some in the old graveyard, under the railway bridge and in the Hat in the Cat textile studio (not strictly outside but we let her off…).
Meeting back in the café we had the chance to share experiences and get a bowl of hot soup. It was a great opportunity to get to know other artists living locally and get some drawing done at the same time. - Mary
A day spent wandering through the beauty that is Birnam and Dunkeld. Armed with sketch pad and pencil's trying to capture on paper the surrounding amphitheatre of wildlife and ancient oaks. I was inspired to witness a group of like minded artists sharing what the day of drawing in the countryside had brought to fruition. - June