Students draw upon Gordon’s experience

Gordon Douglas, the new artist in residence at Edinburgh College.
Gordon Douglas, the new artist in residence at Edinburgh College.
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Up-and-coming Scottish artist Gordon Douglas has become the new artist in residence at Edinburgh College, where he will support the development of the art stars of the future.

Gordon, who graduated from Edinburgh College in Contemporary Art Practice in 2010, will be the artist in residence from September-January 2017, based at the Granton campus.

The artist-in-residence programme provides artists and designers who studied at Edinburgh College with an opportunity to develop their practice in a further education environment, whilst assisting the students to develop their art. The programme was launched six years ago and offers a dedicated studio space as well as access to specialist resources and facilities. Staff and students benefit from the experience and creative expertise brought by the resident artist.

Gordon, who went on to study Sculpture and Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art, said: “I am looking forward to working with the students and I will use the time and resources of the residency to reflect on the nature of alumni.”

“The lecturers at Edinburgh College, all of whom are still practising artists, have developed an amazing space in the Granton Campus in which students learn, trust, critique, exchange and produce exciting bodies of work. I am really happy to have the opportunity to be part of it again.”

Alan Holligan, fine art lecturer and artist in residence co-ordinator at Edinburgh College, said: “We’ve seen the benefits of having professional artists like Gordon working with the students as it provides them with someone they can aspire to and follow in the footsteps of, especially someone who is just starting out in their career. It will be exciting to see how the students working with Gordon develop their skills over the coming months.”

Gordon works between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and his art uses performance, collaboration towards the production of events, publications and conversation. His themes include labour relations, art world sociology and peer succession. He has collaborated with a diverse range of partners including designers, fan-fiction writers, jewellery designers, journalists, post-punk musicians and philosophers.

Gordon served on the committee for Transmission from 2013-15, an artist-run organisation in Glasgow offering a programme of international and locally-focused arts activity. Since then, he has been developing self-initiated collaborative projects including: The Rookery, with Albatross Artists’ Studios; Nieces, Nephews, with Georgia Horgan and Celine, Glasgow; Field Recording, with Tom Graham; and The Garden is Our Wall with Stefanie Cheong, James Harding, Jake Watts and Tess Vaughan.