PVAF 2007

Held on 19th & 20th May this was again a two day event held at Birnam Arts Centre. The speakers discussed work produced outside of the conventional gallery.

On Day 1 the keynote speakers were David Prior from Devon who talked about the integration of sound and architecture and his collaboration with architect Frances Crow. Kerry Morrison presented 'Natural Succession' and her art and ecology projects created in collaboration with scientist Dr Alicia Prowse. Jan van Boeckel a Dutch anthropologist discussed 'The Snow Project' an educational art project in Finland that used snow as a medium. Shauna McMullan from Glasgow presented her social sculptural work commissioned for the Scottish Parliament called 'Travelling the Distance'.

The Scottish Premier of the artists own project REMIX was opened by local MSP Pete Wishart, formerly a musician with the band Runrig he has a particular interest in local artists. Local artist and DJ Mike Scott provided music for the occasion.

Fifteen standholders presented a range of information. Go to Contacts for their details. International artists from Lithuania and Latvia presented a display about art and artists in their own countries. Once again Portfolio networking was a chance for Peer group discussion about artists own work.

Threshold Artspace at Perth Concert Hall kindly provided transport to take artists to attend a reception for the opening of a work by PVAF Chair Su Grierson, on the Wave, a bank of 22 screens.

The Birnam Hotel hosted an evening dinner and reception with music once again provided by DJ Mike Scott. The second day began with Professional development and a well named 'Sanity Check' from Fiona Pilgrim of Cultural Enterprise Office. This was followed by two artists talking about their own working methods. Will Levi Marshall talked about commissions for interior work utilising ceramics and Brigid Collins spoke about her illustrations and book constructions.

The afternoon concluded with breakout discussions on Making Applications, Residencies and a general 'Open Art Surgery'. The concluding general discussion was called 'On the Ground' The local Perspective. How can the ideas and inspiration generated at this event be translated into action.

Thanks to speaker Kerry Morrison's idea the usual evaluation forms were made redundant as the artists turned their brown paper lunch bags into the most creative evaluation forms ever. The ideas generated here are being acted upon for the next PVAF in 2008.

© 2008 Perthshire Visual Arts Forum