Exhibition events announced for Clare Woods: Victim of Geography in DCA Galleries

8 June 2017

We've programmed a series of events to run alongside our forthcoming exhibition, Clare Woods: Victim of Geography. Taking place from Sat 24 June - Sun 10 September, this major show of new work by British artist Clare Woods is the first solo exhibition for the artist in Scotland.

Our programme of events begins on Fri 23 June with Meet the Artist at 18:30, where there will be an opportunity to hear about the work on show from Clare Woods in conversation with Beth Bate, Director of DCA. Following this, an Exhibition Preview from 19:00-21:00 gives visitors the chance to see the work on show before the exhibition officially opens on Sat 24 June.

For this exhibition we’re introducing a series of free, one-hour talks taking place in the galleries surrounded by Woods’ vast paintings. Selected for their individual expertise, each speaker will explore topics relating to the work on show in the exhibition. This series of talks begins on Thu 20 July with Clare Woods in conversation with Rebecca Morrill. Rebecca Morrill is Senior Editor for art titles at Phaidon Press who has recently worked on several books including Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting, Body of Art and Painting Beyond Pollock. For this event she will talk to the artist about her practice and works in the exhibition.

The second talk takes place on Thu 24 August with The Loneliest Place on Earth - Antartica and Human Isolation with Brian Kelly. This talk by Brian Kelly, Development Officer for Dundee Heritage Trust, explores how people respond to life in remote geographic locations, considering the psychological effects experienced by Antarctic explorers - a subject that provided inspiration for one of the paintings in the exhibition.

Rhona W Paterson has been commissioned to write a text on the occasion of Clare Woods’ exhibition which appears in the accompanying publication, and on Sat 9 September some of the ideas contained within that text will be discussed in Fear is here, death is close: A talk by Rhona W Paterson.

Our Echo event will return for this exhibition on Thu 10 August. As part of this event we have invited musicians from Red Note Ensemble to bring to life some of the unusual instruments from St Cecilia’s Hall, the home of the University of Edinburgh’s musical instrument museum, to play within the galleries. The performance, titled Blowing Their Own Horns, will be followed by local artists, writers and performers presenting their own creative responses to the work on show in the exhibition.

For every exhibition in our galleries, we offer the artist the chance to choose a film or films to screen alongside it. Clare Woods has chosen three films to coincide with the exhibition. The Great White Silence will be shown on Sun 23 July, Whistle and I'll Come to You on Sat 29 July, and The Wicker Man on Sun 13 August.

Clare says: “All the films I have chosen have a sense of isolation whether that be geographical, mental or social. This feeling of being detached from other people physically or perceptually creates an overwhelming awareness of being with yourself and having to deal with your own reality and reading of a situation.”

For younger visitors we’ve got Talking Art for Teens on Thu 24 August: this evening workshop encourages young people aged 11-16 to spend quality time looking at and talking about artworks in the exhibition, as well as some sketching in the galleries.

Our Family Art Lab for this exhibition will take place on Sat 26 August. Suitable for ages 5+, this event encourages families to explore the exhibition and chat about what they see before creating art together inspired by what’s on show in the galleries.

Art Cart, a fun and active way of connecting themes in the exhibition and creating responses to what’s on show in the galleries, will be out on Level 4 on Sat 1 July, Sat 22 July, Sat 12 August and Sat 9 September.

Storyteller Sylvia Troon will return to our galleries on Sat 2 September, to take our younger visitors and families on a trail around various works in the exhibition, inspiring them to explore the paintings with puppets, musical sounds and imaginative tales.

On Tue 11 July there will be a Senior Citizen Kane Gallery Tour and Workshop for the over 60s. At this free event there will be the chance to explore the exhibition with one of our friendly Gallery Assistants before getting the chance to take part in a creative workshop inspired by the exhibition.

Our Exhibition Tours will be returning for this exhibition, taking place daily at 11:00 and 14:00 (unless another activity is taking place). These are a 30-minute introduction to the work on show in the galleries by a Gallery Assistant, with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the artwork.

Our Activity Room, a comfortable and imaginative space designed for younger visitors and family groups, is open daily throughout the exhibition (unless being used for a workshop - please phone in advance if you're making a special trip to check it's open). In the Activity Room you can have a go at DIY art activities and browse our excellent children's art library.

Clare Woods: Victim of Geography runs from Sat 24 June – Sun 10 September in DCA Galleries and is free to attend.

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