One of our founding aims is to support thinking through ideas of contemporary art within ‘remote rural’ contexts. As part of this effort we have developed Remote Host – an experimental field-trip + studio workshop which provides a supported opportunity for artists and students living in Urban centres to encounter Shetland through their existing practice.
january 2019 (GRAY’S SCHOOL OF ART)
15 students from the Contemporary Art Practice programme at Gray’s School of Art (Aberdeen) spent 5 days exploring the wilds of Shetland, their trip culminating in an intensive risograph printmaking workshop and public exhibition. The brief to retrieve data from field-research was expanded into a print-based artwork, which was shared later during an evening open studio event.
expanded risography workshop
Expanded risography is a speculative term under which to explore dynamic and sculptural uses of ‘flat’ print processes. It is the focal point of an intensive experimental workshop using the studios digital stencil duplicator. We challenge participants of this workshop to push beyond the limitations of two dimensional making, and utilise the multiplicity inherent to the printed image to create paper-based works that engulf the studio walls, tables, and floor space.
The outcomes of each Remote Host project is shared during public open studio events, where our immediate local community is invited to engage with visiting artists and the studio. These events are an informal point of cultural exchange between visiting artists, and the isles residents. The above photo shows an impromptu folding-lesson between Gray’s student Shae Myles and our studio neighbour Zoe (who shared this technique with her school classmates the following day).