Creative Cultures and Cultural Enterprise Office Networking Nights

Creative Cultures and the Cultural Enterprise Office are working together on a short series of networking nights inviting speakers to introduce their creative practice and inspire discussion with the gathered creative community.

Creating Collaboration: A Process That Works

How do collaborative relationships come about and evolve? What sort of resources do they need? What are the opportunities and challenges faced when collaborating whether within the creative industries or across others? What do you achieve when you collaborate and importantly where does this take you professionally?

Visual artists Deirdre Nelson (Glasgow) and David Blyth (Huntly) will talk about why they choose to collaborate in their practice and explore the impact this has had on the development of their work and career. For Deirdre, collaboration has taken her from a textile dominated visual arts practice into the realms of animation and has also been fostered when working with communities in rural Scotland and Australia as an artist in residence. David will explore how broadly the term ‘collaborate’ can be interpreted when talking about recent projects including working with a local shepherd, the subject matter of his exhibition ‘David Blyth: The Book of Spring Lambs’ opening at Peacock Visual Arts on Friday 12 June 2009.

Deirdre Nelson

Deirdre graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1992 and since then has pursued a parallel career making work for exhibition and working with a variety of groups in the community. More recently she has been involved in artists residencies both in Scotland and abroad which has helped to develop many aspects of working with communities through art.

Collaboration has been part of her practice in working with filmmakers, traditional makers and digital artists. She has recently been selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers being one of seven applied artists in Britain to receive a share of the prize.

David Blyth

David is based in Aberdeenshire, where he completed his fine art education at Gray’s School of Art. Over the past decade he has profusely exhibited his sculptures and installations in group shows worldwide: Gray’s Box Folio No.8, Anchorgate Gallery (Chicago, 2008); RSA Annual Exhibition, The Mound (Edinburgh, 2006); Glasgow Arts Fair (2004); Zenomap, Scotland’s presentation at the Venice Biennale (2003). He has also frequently shown in a solo capacity in his native Scotland: Godspeed! The Human Plough, Woodend Barn, Banchory (2007); Knockturne, Aberdeen Art Gallery (2007); Mutton Heids, Scotsheep Festival (Huntly, 2006).

In tandem with his gallery-based practice Blyth undertakes many public commissions. This includes his current work for The Turra Coo Sculpture Commission (Turrif, Aberdeenshire) and A Book of Spring Lambs (Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen), which he completed in 2007. He has received many prestigious awards: The Henry Moore Foundation Award and The Dewar Arts Award (both 2006) and taken part in several residency programmes, e.g. Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Programme (2003). David also lectures at The Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen) and Moray School of Art (Elgin).

What to Expect

A 20 minute presentation from each artist followed by questions and answers, plus ample time to network with all attending.

What You’ll Get Out of It

An insight into the individual practices of two visual artists who choose to collaborate prompting discussion with fellow practitioners about the possibilities for collaborating in your own practice.

How to Book

You’ll be pleased to hear this event is free. To reserve a place, please email or call 0844 544 9990.