This year's PVAF forum included two days of
inspirational artists talks on collaboration, science
and art, fire and ice sculpture, public art installation
and creativity using textiles, as well as a members'
open exhibition, the Travelling Gallery exhibition,
mentoring sessions, discussion and networking.
Paddy Hartley, a London based artist and curator
of Brahm Gallery Leeds, talked about his most
recent work, a collaboration with Biomaterials
scientists at Guy's Hospital in London as well as
his long established collaboration with The Gillies
Archives presenting personal stories of war injuries
using fabric and stitch.
New Zealand artists Dr Victoria Edwards and Ina
Johann, resident artists at Perth Museum as part of
the Perth 800 programme spoke about their
collaborative practice through performance and
Chris Biddlecombe, currently the president of the
Scottish Artists Union, talked about his art
projects which elicit interactive responses to
specific public sites and which have encouraged
collaborations between artists and other creative
professionals such as architects, planners, curators,
writers, musician and performers.
Di Gilpin showed how she derives her inspiration for
her textile work through geology, architecture and
landscape for a wide range of commissioned work.
Barrie Andrian Director of the Scottish Crannog
Centre at Loch Tay described a new project
'Fire & Ice' a collaboration between PVAF, The
Scottish Crannog Centre and Perth and Kinross
arts development team.
Lithuanian sculptor Kestutis
Musteikis will present his array of fire and ice
sculpture as an introduction to workshops which he
will be running as part of the project.
a professional storyteller and musician introduced
scottish myths and legends which will form the basis
of the theme for this event.
The PVAF member's exhibition 'Forms of Narrative'
opened in the Birnam Institute and runs till the 29th
June. It includes works created in response to a
specific form of narrative ranging from a book, film,
story,photo, song to poem.
Mentoring sessions were presented by Douglas
McBride on photography and Frances Law on
creative process through the use of sketch books
in addition to mentoring by all the forum speakers.