Rupture, Rapture: Womxn in Collage is a residency, group show and series of workshops featuring retrospective and newly commissioned work by womxn artists working in collage (including post-internet expanded practice). Discussions in the residency and curatorial development for the exhibition will be around hybridism, memory, appropriation of found materials, activism, feminism and invisible labour. The final exhibition will invite womxn artists working in the medium of collage to loan a collage work to represent their practice and intervention in this medium in such a way that creates a dialogue between their work and the work of the emerging artists.
Womxn in Collage provides three emerging womxn artists (Hannan Jones, Gabrielle Lockwood Estrin and Edie Baker) with the opportunity to:
- Attend a series of mentoring workshops, curatorial and art critique sessions for their work with established collage artists
- facilitate public-facing workshops
- Have an exhibition with the gallery that shows their work with established collage artists
Using the gallery as a studio space for the duration of the residency, this part of the project is designed to expand the skillsets of these artists in learning through the expertise of mentor artists including Sam Ainsley and Janie Nicholl, and to provide them with the opportunity to teach others about their own practice and artistic strategies in accessible, educational, and creative ways. This mutually didactic skillshare approach – with the artists acting as student and mentor – not only provides the artists with a significant opportunity for their own creative development, but also gives them space to share their practice in community-driven and tangible ways.
Alongside this there will be a publication that expands discussions held in the residency and exhibition, inviting reflection and creative responses to collage.
The project will be archived and documented as an anthology of collage as a contemporary practice in Scotland.