Edinburgh Printmakers member, Shelagh Atkinson receive archiving award from Art360 Foundation
Art360 Foundation recently announced the winners of its latest awards, aimed at supporting Scottish artists to build their archives and secure their place in art history. Edinburgh Printmakers member, Shelagh Atkinson, who is a member of our printmaking studio at Castle Mills, is one of them.
Winners of the latest round of awards in Scotland are:
Katy Dove Estate
Kevin Hutcheson Estate
Tim Stead Estate
Maud Sulter Estate
Art360 Foundation works to support and make visible a diverse range of artists work, with an emphasis on the underrepresented.
By supporting artists to develop their archives, Art360 Foundation empowers artists to tell the story of their art. Art360 Foundation’s unique approach to archiving and legacy management makes a broader range of artists’ works visible to the public, as well as galleries and public institutions.
Building on the success of the first round of UK-wide awards, Art360 Foundation has launched a dedicated programme in Scotland. The line-up of artists and estates reflects the rich and diverse tradition of contemporary art in Scotland. Art360 Foundation will explore and promote the multi-disciplinary landscape of art in the region, spanning performance, installation, digital art, poetry and music.
Why archiving matters
Winners of the first UK-wide round of awards have used their award money to inform the publications of monographs, and the curation of high-profile exhibitions.
Past participants include photographer Edward Woodman, whose iconic and unparalleled documentation of late twentieth century British contemporary art has been marked with the retrospective exhibition Edward Woodman: Space, Light and Time, which reached an audience of over 28,000 visitors, and the monograph, The Artist’s Eye (Art / Books, 2018).
The radical, feminist practice of artists Rose English and Alexis Hunter has been introduced to wider audiences and actively positioned within narratives of art history with the exhibitions Form, Feminisms and Femininities (Richard Saltoun Gallery, 2019) and Sexual Warfare (Goldsmiths CCA, 2018) respectively.
Selecting the winners
Art360 Foundation received high-quality applications from exceptional artists and estates across Scotland as soon as submissions opened in May 2019.
Art360 operates a peer-to-peer selection process, where each round of artists is selected by a panel of practicing artists offering their experience and unique perspective. The Art360 Scotland panel was made up of leading Scotland-based artists; Roddy Hunter, Rachel Maclean, Lucy Skaer and Alberta Whittle.
Alberta Whittle (who is currently exhibiting at Edinburgh Printmakers) commented; ‘The Art360 Scotland programme prioritises artists and their legacies. I was thrilled to work with the team and the other selectors to highlight artists whose contributions to contemporary art urgently need to be safeguarded.’
Image credit: TARGET, Actuation, York Street, Belfast 1977 © Alastair MacLennan Archive, DJCAD, University of Dundee