03 May 2011

ACES Artists in Residence Explore Conservation Conflicts

We are very pleased to announce that five creative practitioners will be working with the ACES team during the lead up to the ACES international conference in August.

The residencies will aim to foster communication between the artists and the social and natural scientists and to explore differing perceptions and approaches to research and practice.

The ACES Artists in Residence are: 

 • Dalziel and Scullion's (Dundee) work uses film, sculpture and photography to explores mankind’s relationship with nature and how we interact with the ecology of the earth. They have been selected for important national and international exhibitions including the British Art Show and the Venice Biennale and have been awarded numerous awards and prizes including being short-listed for the international Artes Mundi Prize 2008 (Dalziel and Scullion)

 • Helen Denerley (Strathdon) re-uses scrap metal to create sculptures inspired by the animal world. Notable public sculpture includes: Dreaming Spires (two giraffes) on Leith Walk, Edinburgh; Dragons at the Eniwa Garden Project, Hokkaido, Japan; various sculptures at the Horizon Enterprise Park, Forres; and a large fossil at the Hugh Miller Museum, Cromarty (Helen Denerley)

 • Huw Warren  (Wales) is a pianist and composer. Described by the Guardian as "one of the UK's truly independent spirits", he is recognised as one of Britain's most individual and versatile creative forces with work crossing the divides between jazz, contemporary music and world music (Huw Warren)

 • Esther Woolfson (Aberdeen) writes short stories about nature. Her critically acclaimed short stories have won prizes, appeared in many anthologies and been read on Radio 4. Her book on natural history, "Corvus - a life with birds", reflects on her experience living at close quarters with a number of wild birds in her family home, punctuated by digressions on topics such as birds in folklore, bird physiology, bird evolution, bird flight and bird song. (Esther Woolfson)

The artists will be at ACES and the University of Aberdeen for their first session from 26th April to 8th May 2011. 

The residencies have been funded by Creative Scotland and supported by ACES and the University of Aberdeen. ‘Creative Futures’ is an ambitious program of residencies and related activities designed to promote the professional development, vision, connectivity and ambitions of Scotland’s creative practitioners and organisations. It is the largest coordinated residency programme in Europe, and includes residencies that are single discipline, interdisciplinary, cross sectoral and international.

Work will be on display at the conference, where the artists will talk about the inspiration for their work, and unpack different aspects of conservation conflicts for discussion with delegates.

For further information please contact Sera James Irvine, Project manager at: leftbank.tarland@gmail.com

For more information about the conference, and to register, visit: www.aces-2011.org

Should you wish to meet with the artists, please come to the Coffee and Discussion meeting on Friday 6th May at 1030 hours at ACES offices or contact Lesley (Lesley.kirton@abdn.ac.uk).