generation
GENERATION will bring an ambitious and extensive programme of works of art by over 100 artists to over 60 galleries, exhibition spaces and venues the length and breadth of the nation between March – November 2014, with the majority of exhibitions taking place over the summer of 2014, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

 

GENERATION will feature work by artists who came to attention working in Scotland between 1989 and 2014 and include work by artists born in Scotland, as well artists of other nationalities who studied and live or lived in Scotland.

 

GENERATION has been in the making since 2011. The programme will continue to grow in the coming months, and featured artists include Charles Avery, Sara Barker, Karla Black, Christine Borland, Martin Boyce, Roddy Buchanan, Steven Campbell, Duncan Campbell, Katy Dove, Graham Fagen, Moyna Flannigan, Douglas Gordon, Ilana Halperin, Charlie Hammond, Iain Hetherington, Louise Hopkins, Callum Innes, Jim Lambie, Lorna Macintyre, Sophie Macpherson, Alan Michael, Rosalind Nashashibi, Toby Paterson, Ciara Phillips, Alex Pollard, Charlotte Prodger, Mary Redmond, John Shankie, David Shrigley, Ross Sinclair, Simon Starling, Clare Stephenson, Corin Sworn, Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, Cara Tolmie, Sue Tompkins, Hayley Tompkins, Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich, Alison Watt, Cathy Wilkes, Richard Wright and many more.
Participating venues include The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, which will present a major exhibition of work by Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich spanning more than 15 years of their practice. Caithness Horizons in Thurso will show the work of Douglas Gordon for the first time in the north of Scotland, whilst a specially curated exhibition of work by Toby Paterson will tour to venues in Kirkcaldy, Inverness, Peebles and Dumfries. Dalziel + Scullion’s installation Tumadh : Immersion will be staged in two parts in An Lanntair in Stornoway and Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, whilst venues East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway will present works by some of Scotland’s major contributors to the development of contemporary art in the last 25 years as part of the South By South West (SXSW) partnership.

 

 

 

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If you too have a thing for aprons you might like Gillian Kyle‘s  designs that would put anyone, faced with housework, in a cheery mood. Hailing from  Glasgow she takes inspiration from iconic Scottish food packaging including Tunnock’s Teacakes and Caramel Wafers (yum!), Scotts Porridge Oats and Creamola Foam (a 1950s soft drink that used to come in the form of soluble crystals – )!

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Topshop and Meadham Kirchhoff reliving their S/S 12 show in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at the Oxford Circus branch…..Meadham Kirchhoff’s Courtney Loves kicked off the spectacular with elongated satin pastel gowns and took on more of a Little Britain “I’m a Lady”

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how a picture tells a story…little red hood,matryochka

http://www.fubiz.net/2011/12/28/pistacchi-design/

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these guys know how to put on a window display…..Bergdorf Goodman’s Holiday Windows

 

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The List launches new cultural awards

The List Award 2011 shortlist includes David Greig, Karla Black, Aidan Moffat and David Mackenzie

The List has launched two end-of-year cultural awards to complement the annual creative talent list The Hot 100, the 2011 edition of which is published on 14 December.

The List Award is a prize honouring an exceptional contribution to Scottish arts. There is also a Best Newcomer Award. Artists from all creative fields (music, theatre, film, art, books, fashion etc), as well as groups, organisations and venues are eligible. There is no application process and the shortlist is picked from The List’s annual Hot 100 countdown of creative talent.

Winners of the 2011 Awards will be announced at the Hot 100 Party at the refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery on 15 Dec.

List editor Jonny Ensall says: ‘The List Award is for someone who has pushed the boundaries of their art-form in radical, but thoughtful, ways, has produced something that’s both unique to Scotland and unique within Scotland, and has shown exciting promise for the future. Above all, the winner must have fed into the country’s cultural lifeblood in a meaningful way.’

Shortlist: The List Award 2011

King Creosote – musician
David Greig – playwright
Found – band and arts collective
Karla Black – artist
Aidan Moffat – musician
SWG3 – Glasgow venue
David Mackenzie – film director
Tracer Trails – gig promoter

Shortlist: Best Newcomer Award 2011

Cargo Publishing – publishing house
Anthony Baxter – documentary filmmaker
Summerhall – Edinburgh venue
Detour Scotland – gig promoter
Conquering Animal Sound – band

Judges on the 2011 Awards panel

Pauline Law, BBC producer of the Culture Show
Katrina Brown, director of Glasgow International and The Common Guild
Milo McLaughlin, blogger behind clearmindedcreative.com
Mark Fisher, Scotland theatre critic for The Guardian
Steev Livingstone, member of the electronica band Errors
Jonny Ensall, editor of The List magazine

http://www.list.co.uk/article/39289-the-list-launches-new-cultural-awards/

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Emily Chappell’s prints will be at the Glue Factory Bazaar next Sunday 18th of December –> www.emilychappell.com

XMAS BAZAARHOMEWARES, ACCESSORIES, JEWELLERY, PRINTS, VINTAGE CLOTHES & BOOKS, CREPES & BARFEATURING:
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Repositioned will reach out to the community via the provision of inclusive exhibitions and educational projects. Repositioned will promote exciting and culturally relevant work by established and emerging photographers, designers, illustrators and artists, work that will seduce and entertain audiences whilst conveying a social and cultural critique. Repositioned shall endeavor to ensure that the work is accessible and engaging, across the board, and will be adhering to the notion that good quality photography, design and art is for everyone. Furthermore, Repositioned will enable and accelerate the integration of up and coming Scottish talent into the UK and international scene by creating a platform for promotion and development that has a presence in the wider creative environment. Through the development of workshops, designed and delivered by Repositioned we will provide high quality, engaging and relevant educational experiences to existing photographic and design practitioners, students and, crucially, to the wider public.

REPOSITIONED is awfully pleased to present **THE ONE HUNDRED POUND SHOP**
Amazing artworks at, yes, ONE HUNDRED POUNDS.
Do come by…….

……the shop really is starting to fill it’s festive shelves with some wonderful types contributing an assortment of delightful items….

Repositioned
1203 Argyle Street
Glasgow
G3 8TQ

michael@repositioned.co.uk
brian@repositioned.co.uk
christina@repositioned.co.uk
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Les Garçons de Glasgow exhibit in Paris at Jim Haynes’ Atelier

Check out , blogger Jonathan Pryce’s exhibition of photography……..Parallel People, Jonathan founder of Scotlands style blog LesGarçonsdeGlasgow.com.His first show in Paris marks the beginning of a  collaboration between Jonathan and gallery owner, Jim Haynes. Haynes has a long history of supporting the arts in Scotland, co-founding the Traverse Theatre and setting up the UK’s first paperback bookshop in Edinburgh. Haynes’ is an American living in Paris and is well known for hosting ‘Sunday Dinners’ every week for the last 30 years, welcoming hundreds of attendees from around the world. He was recently featured as the star of After Eight commercials and has welcomed guests such as Chloe Sevigny, Yoko Ono and David Bowie to his atelier.

Pryce has travelled extensively throughout Europe taking photographs of thousands of inspiring people for his street style blog. Over time a conversation has emerged through the lens, between people who’ve never event met. Parallel People is a showcase of 18 photographs paired by their apparent or hidden correlation.

The exhibition can be viewed privately or as part of Jim Haynes’ Sunday Diner. To book a place go to www.Jim-Haynes.com using the contact form. For more information, go to LesGarçonsdeGlasgow.com or email LGDGlasgow@gmail.com.

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Bfocus wants artwork

As always Browns is in search of the next generation of young talent. After 5 successful seasons of Browns’ Bfocus collections  are looking to unearth a new artist to collaborate with on their Autumn/Winter 12 collection. They continue to embrace the identity and ethos of Browns by supporting emerging young talent and are looking to find a current student or recent graduate to design a print or an idea that can be translated to a print for their capsule Bfocus collection.

The Bfocus collections has seen Browns collaborate with fashion illustrator Beatrice Boyle fresh out of London College of Fashion, fashion print designer Marie Hill who was discovered at Central St Matins AW09 BA show and Illustrator Ramzi Musa who was studying Fine Art at Leeds at the time of his collaboration on the SS11 collection. This AW11 sees Browns collaborate with Manchester Metropolitan University textile student Abby Watkins and SS12 will see the launch of the collection designed by third year Fashion Design student from the University of Leeds, Laura Denninson.

To be considered for the AW12 collection  submit 4-6 images of your work that could be translated to a print for the collection taking into consideration the edgy ethos of Browns Focus via email to marketingassistant@brownsfashion.com .

The successful candidate’s work will be printed on a capsule collection of T-shirts and dresses (designed in house by Browns). Their name will be featured on the swing tag of all the pieces in the collection and will be included in all press and promotion on the collaboration

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in the company of wolves

This intriguingly named and stunningly seductive show, is coming to Glasgow Sub-Club Wednesday 26th October. In the Company of Wolves is an award winning multi-media fashion show providing a platform for Scottish independent designers and artists to showcase their talent.

With scottish designers recently ruling the catwalks at London Fashion Week, this show aims to celebrate all that’s cool within Caledonia. Whether you’re into art, film, music or independent fashion design from local talent, this is the event for you. The list of featured designers is exhaustive and enticing, and includes Bonnie Bling, Isla Scott, Eleanor’s Riot, Fair Feathered Friend and Isolated Heroes.

Multi-platform events company In the Company of Wolves don’t do subtle. In spring of 2010, entertainment and events students Ally Turnbull and Claire Stuart leapt onto the scene, launching a showcase of independent design in a multi-faceted event complete with catwalk show, art and music, celebrating local designers. The event is not your average fashion showcase; there is a deep theme that runs concurrent with the event that makes this evening a true experience.

venue…Sub Club…22 Jamaica Street.Glasgow

date…..Wed 26th October

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PRINTING AND BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP from the Print Assembly
Saturday 15th October 10AM-4.30PM
£40.00
Offshore Coffee Shop
3/5 Gibson Street
Glasgow

The workshop is relaxed and ideal for all levels.   Using low-tech printing techniques on paper to achieve colourful patterns, images and type.  The printed pieces of art will then be used to create your own, unique A5 sketchbook or notebook.  You will be shown simple binding techniques to achieve this, and you will also complete the workshop with an armful of your own paper prints and confident printing knowledge!

Places are limited so don’t wait too long to book.
THE
PRINT
ASSEMBLY

WWW.THEPRINTASSEMBLY.COM
@PRINT_ASSEMBLY
(+44) 7530 305

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the List presents…….

The top 30 websites made for and by Scots

What’s been interesting is that most of these sites, from fashion blogs to online magazines, new music hubs to foodie havens, aren’t professional concerns. The most passionate, well-written and original content seems increasingly to come from interested amateurs, or at least people who started out that way.

30 View from the Stalls

Scottish theatre reviews
Independent reviews of theatre across central Scotland. Unique because the reviewers are paying punters (who go by the names Statler and Waldorf), with no affiliations to the industry. (KI)
viewfromthestalls.co.uk

29 Is This Music?

Elder statesblog
Stu McHugh’s long-running indie magazine was online way before music and blogging had met properly. Content-rich, regularly updated and suffused with a genuine passion for Scotland’s music. (KI)
isthismusic.com

28 Hi-Arts

Highland arts hub
Huge, comprehensive and well-designed portal to arts in the Highlands and Islands: development, interactive content, listings and opportunities. We particularly like their high-quality online journal Northings. (KI)
hi-arts.co.uk

27 Gerry Hassan

Political animal
Scotland’s foremost public intellectual has a very attractive online home stuffed full of his articles and opinions, as well as links to other interesting sites. Well worth immersing yourself in. (KI)
gerryhassan.com

26 Square Go

Straight-talkin’ gamin’
Set up in 2008 to deliver ‘succinct, readable, intelligent and jargon-free videogames journalism to the masses’. Has been doing just that ever since. Added points for a great name. (KI)
square-go.com

25 Scottish Food Guide

Properly good food
Wendy Barry continues her campaign for good food on this award-winning and utterly comprehensive treasure trove highlighting the best of Scotland’s independent producers, shops and restaurants. (KI)
scottishfoodguide.com

24 Unst Bus Shelter Site

Tourist attraction. Really.
It may not be the most advanced use of technology, but the official site of Shetland’s – nay, the world’s – most famous bus stop is a thing of beauty anyway, as is its decor. (KI)
unstbusshelter.shetland.co.uk

23 Daily Mash

Satirical news site
Doesn’t quite hit the heights of its model The Onion (one magnificent Liz Jones take-off aside), but still reliably brings the snark, despite coming over a bit right-wing recently. (KI)
thedailymash.co.uk

22 Scottish Screen Archive

HistoryTube
Utterly gobsmacking selection of archive film from the last century of Scottish history, streaming clips and full length films. History nerds beware: you could lose a month in here. (KI)
ssa.nls.uk

21 STV

Reliable news source
Making genuine strides in online journalism (not just broadcast) at a time when other Scottish institutions are floundering. Their local sections are great too. (KI)
stv.tv

20 Scots Whay Hae!

Even-handed arts coverage
Created ‘to celebrate, debate and enjoy art in its widest sense’, Alistair Braidwood’s erudite trove of ruminations on Scottish culture embraces our literature, music, cinema, theatre, visual art and more. Exploring our creative landscape and history through interviews, critiques and re-appraisals, Braidwood celebrates contemporary artists (Sons & Daughters; Doug Johnstone; Alan Bissett) and revisits vintage works (Tutti Frutti; Comfort and Joy; early Simple Minds). The result is a compelling blog and an ace, enduring cultural resource. Braidwood nailed its significance in his first-ever post, in 2009: ‘art in all its forms can give us a reason for living better lives.’ (NM)
scotswhayhae.blogspot.com

19 Joyce McMillan Online

Arts grande dame
The reigning queen of Scottish theatre criticism’s online home is a repository not only for her arts reviews, but also her Scotsman comment pieces on everything from the Scottish elections to the Murdoch empire. It’s increasingly common for journalists to repost all their articles on blogs, but the breadth of McMillan’s subject matter sets her site apart. Housed together, these articles constitute an ongoing, evolving theory on artistic and civic ‘Scottishness’ by a vital and often overlooked commentator. (KI)
joycemcmillan.wordpress.com

18 Caledonian Mercury

Paper-free newspaper
Thanks to contacts gained and respect earned during a lengthy career at the forefront of Scottish journalism, the team behind the CalMerc can count some of the country’s best cultural and political commentators among their contributors. With a focus on intelligent analysis and investigative journalism (remember that?) this paper-free newspaper is also exploring new revenue models based on engaging with an audience prepared to donate directly, rather than relying solely on advertising. A welcome addition to Scottish journalism at a time of continued concern and uncertainty over the viability of old models. (HB)
caledonianmercury.com

17 Scottish Book Trust

Writing and reading hub
The Scottish Book Trust provides a hugely valuable service to readers and writers across Scotland, as well as to the literary identity of the country; it feels appropriate that their online wing should be an equally outstanding resource. Offering everything from practical advice, to databases of publishers, agents and writers, mini video writing tutorials and guides on getting published, the mindblowingly large volume of content puts other arts organisations to shame. We especially like the audio interviews with writers, and the debate-inspiring blogs. (KI)
scottishbooktrust.com

16 Southside Happenings

Local soul
Run with dedication and laudable amounts of energy by locals Ann Nisbet and Allistair Burt, Southside Happenings is a window on the independent shops and cafés, arts events, and non-corporate culture that still, happily, holds strong in Glasgow’s biggest district. The couple started the site because they were tired of missing out on events (and of defending the Southside against the sneers of their West End-dwelling friends), and it’s grown into an excellent source of local information on everything from weekend guides to best brunches. Particularly unique: their occasional feature focusing on creative Southsiders. (KI)
southsidehappenings.blogspot.com

15 Song, By Toad

Local-loving blog and label
Matthew Young’s Edinburgh-based blog made the move from cultural filter to cultural facilitator in 2008 with the launch of the Song, By Toad record label. However, that hasn’t limited Young’s enterprises to just self-promotion. The site regularly streams quality music from artists worldwide, as well as showcasing Song, By Toad sessions that are filmed and recorded closer to home (a recent installment featured folk heavy hitters Mumford & Sons). Added to which, there’s a lot of entertaining rambling and ranting on non-musical subjects. A lynchpin of one of Scotland’s most fervent scenes. (HB)
songbytoad.com

14 Clear-Minded Creative

Good advice for artsy types
The most recent start-up in our list, Milo McLaughlin’s fascinating blog does exactly what it says on the tin: it helps creative people stay focused and, er, clear-minded. It’s essentially a magazine blog, with book recommendations and personal posts sitting alongside interviews with Scottish artists, designers, bloggers and other imaginative souls, and interactive workshopping posts. McLaughlin is no catchphrase-spouting self-help guru, though. The blog is equal parts personal journey and guide, and was set up as much to help him trace his own clear-minded path as to assist others with theirs. (KI)
clearmindedcreative.com

13 My Monkfish

Foodie fanatic
Recently named Magazine Blog of the Month by BBC Olive mag, My Monkfish is a delightful site run by Edinburgh blogger Hilster – a self-acclaimed ‘number-cruncher’ by day and gastronome by night who posts her own baking triumphs and reviews of restaurants. Her love of food shines off the pages, whether she’s waxing lyrical about baking a Victoria Sponge for her partner, ‘Mr Predictable’ or spraffing off – rather eloquently, we might add – about the latest openings on Edinburgh’s dining scene. Yes, there are other Scottish food blogs, but you’d be hard pressed to find one more stylish and lovable. (AM)
mymonkfish.com

12 Kingdom of Style

Fearless fashion blog
Whether taking on the misguiding claims of hair products or whipping up a Vogue-worthy photoshoot from a charity shop run, soi distant ‘style mavens’ Queen Michelle and Queen Marie make high fashion accessible. They started in 2006 with a post paying homage to Isabella Blow. Despite having become so influential that they’re now regulars at London Fashion Week, the site is essentially still just an (excellently designed) assortment of things they like: be that a new Scottish jewellery designer, Issay Miyake’s latest collection, or some leopard-print jeans from the high street. Great for tips on independent shopping, especially in Scotland. (KI)
kingdomofstyle.typepad.co.uk

11 Radio Magnetic

Alternative music platform
More than just an internet radio station (though, they are the UK’s longest running one of those), the Radio Magnetic team keep the website well-stocked with free downloads, fresh podcasts, guest list competitions and audio interviews with local artists. Ten years after starting it up, it’s still their mission to provide a platform for alternative music, and they achieve a very enviable balance of championing the local, little guy who is starting out his dubstep/electronica/Italo DJ-ing career, as well as covering the big, world-touring names, likes Battles or the Beastie Boys. (CS)
radiomagnetic.com

10 Reel Scotland

Valuable film resource
Run by Edinburgh Evening News film columnist and freelance digital editor Jonathan Melville, ReelScotland gives the kind of dedicated independent view on Scotland’s film and TV industry that was surprisingly lacking when the site launched last year. Multimedia content ranges from reviews to previews, interviews, news and analysis of various rumblings on the Scottish screen scene, from upcoming productions to the uncertain future of the EIFF. ReelScotland’s commitment to looking beyond the country’s two main film festivals meant it was the only site covering last year’s Inverness Film Festival and the recent Bo’ness Festival of Silent Cinema with video content. There’s an interesting focus too on Scotland’s cinematic past, particularly its many old picture houses. (MJ)
reelscotland.com

9 Last Year’s Girl

Girl about town
Lisa Marie Ferla started blogging as a teenager in 1999, and has grown-up online through various blogging sites. Last Year’s Girl, her current home, is all the things a great blog should be: well-written and passionate, with personal accounts sitting alongside wide-appeal journalism. Her collection of interviews with musicians famous and not-famous-at-all is worth clicking through for in itself, but her daily updates also include everything from well-reasoned arguments on current affairs, subjective pieces of personal writing, downloadable monthly mix-tapes and book reviews (she’s also trying to review every cake shop in Glasgow). Essentially, she’s a great pair of eyes on the world. (KI)
lastyearsgirl.pixlet.net

8 Limmy

A very dark place
There’s something very, very wrong with Limmy. His site is a miasma of creepy, looping videos, bizarre sketches and ungodly Photoshop experiments (‘Werewolf’, ‘The Birthday Card’ and ‘Homo Orgy’ being disturbing highlights). The Glasgow comedian first started getting noticed in 2006 thanks to his ‘World of Glasgow’ podcasts, which led onto two successful TV series for BBC Scotland. His website is still the perfect portal for his dark humour however – presenting an internet world that’s as twisted as the Glasgow underbelly he parodies. It’s the ‘Playthings’ section that really showcases his unique take on digital comedy, cleverly using interactive technology to set up his offbeat punchlines. ‘Heavy duty’. (HN)
limmy.com

7 Glasgow Podcart

Music-and-artcasters
This burgeoning music site was started by a bunch of very passionate amateurs. Halina Rifal and co have been hosting weekly podcasts, which now have hundreds of regular downloaders, for the past two years. Their remit is to highlight grassroots and unsigned artists from all over the world, but also to tap into the rich seams of visual art happening in Scotland right now: not just through the podcasts, but also regular blogs and live events. They’ve touted a lot of great newcomers, they’re very funny, and mainstream media sources dream of having their influence with audiences. (KI)
glasgowpodcart.com

6 Greener Leith

Lovely local eco blog
Greener Leith is admirable in its aim to promote the area’s growth, both ecologically and economically speaking. All ads are for local businesses, and the forum is geared towards the swapping and sharing of ideas, skills and even locally grown produce. GL also has a cultural remit: a recent blog entry, sandwiched between progress reports on damaged streets and refuse collection updates, contained a group-orchestrated photo-and-soundscape montage dedicated to Victorian naturalist John Muir. None of this would amount to much if the site wasn’t so uncluttered and easy-to-use. (NB)
greenerleith.org

5 The Pop Cop

Scottish music’s Big Brother
No one can accuse The Pop Cop of shirking his job description. The anonymous blogger is a defender and inspector of Scotland’s music scene – from backing new talent and breaking news to beating a global retreat for local bands (TPC pioneered the Music Alliance Pact) – and his investigations are of note (see ‘The Collateral Damage of SXSW’ or ‘Rockness v Doune the Rabbit Hole’). Internet love can be hard to quantify, but the blogosphere spoke volumes when Google shut The Pop Cop down last year: supporters including Franz Ferdinand and The National campaigned for its return (it soon bounced back). Irrefutable proof that, while he may be Scottish, the long arm of The Pop Cop is felt round the world. (NM)
thepopcop.co.uk

4 Les Garcons de Glasgow

Style street smarts
Les Garçons are actually photographer Jonathan Pryce and digital media man Daniel Stern, dedicated people-watchers who realised Glasgow’s ascent to a capital of cool was only missing a street style blog. What sets the Garcons apart from mere interested observers with cameras is their eye for style: these days they generally receive over 2000 hits daily, are frequently invited to collaborate with the likes of Topshop, Cruise and Folli Follie, as well as leading visual artists. They’re not so much recording street fashions as setting trends, and have grown into something more like a style bible, covering London Fashion Week shows and killingly-hip Berlin openings, as well as running styling events and fashion shows back home. Glasgow never looked so good. (KI)
lesgarconsdeglasgow.com

3 Central Station

Creative social network
Launched in November 2009, Central Station is described by its (web) masters as a ‘hub of virtual studios’, allowing people involved in art, film and design to collaborate, make connections and share ideas. Funded by Channel 4’s 4ip fund and a grant from the old Scottish Arts Council, the site encourages users to embrace online technology to enhance their work and share it with new audiences. But this isn’t Bebo with a penchant for letterpress printing; it’s an easy-to-use one-stop-shop for the cream of the creative crop, with collections of arty resources, lists of events and opportunities and portfolio spaces for artists to showcase their skills to the wider creative world. Though it perhaps isn’t (yet) the constantly-used hub its creators wish it to become, it is a beautiful piece of webcraft that deserves to grow and grow. (LM)
thisiscentralstation.com

2 Bella Caledonia

Caledonian brainstorming
Do the name – and the header picture – seem familiar to you? You’re right: Kevin Williamson (the man behind Rebel Inc) and Mike Small (the man behind Product magazine) named their 2007-launched online magazine in honour of the charismatic revolutionary from Alasdair Gray’s novel Poor Things. It’s perhaps a measure of their influence that Gray himself gave them a new version of his illustration for the site. What Williamson and Small have created is a forward-thinking, distinctly Scottish place for ideas. Although they’re pro-independence, the site has no party allegiance and toes no single line. Excellent articles by contributors including Gerry Hassan (see number 27), novelist Ewan Morrison and journalist-turned-MSP Joan McAlpine, on everything from Greece to Iain Banks, make a great forum for intelligent debate. (KI)
bellacaledonia.org.uk

1 Blipfoto

Daily photo magic
On a rainy Sunday in 2006, Edinburgh photographer and designer Joe Tree decided it might be fun to set up a website posting a single photo every day. He started out with what he calls a ‘blurry, unspectacular shot’: just some leaves he’d seen on the way to work.

‘I expected to get bored of it quickly, but found out after a couple of weeks that not only was it quite an addictive thing to do, but it made me look at the world in a different way.’

He began to let friends know what he was up to, and almost accidentally built up a following: fans of his pictures would check in to the site everyday, nag him if he was late uploading the day’s photo, and, increasingly, ask if they too could join in. By June that year, the first version of Blipfoto was released onto the net. Five years on, it can boast of users in 160 countries worldwide, and is currently averaging 13 million page views a week. The millionth picture was uploaded this April, and Tree expects to have reached two million by the end of the year. So what exactly is it about this little site that’s engaged so many people?

‘Well, I think at first, it’s that it’s a very simple idea – you can understand it in a couple of seconds. You post one photo a day. Beyond that, what keeps people active on the site is the reaction they get. Most Blips will receive on average six comments – they’re the lifeblood of what has become a real community.’

On signing up, Blipfoto users agree to abide by the two rules underpinning the site: you only get to share one picture a day, and the picture has to be taken on that day. It’s partly this, Tree explains, that sets the site apart from Flickr or Facebook.

‘Flickr is a great site, but it’s designed to let you dump a lot of images at once. Because our users are constrained they consider their output far more carefully. If you’re only allowed to put one piece of yourself out there at a time, you spend much more time thinking about what exactly you’re saying with it. And the vast majority of people on Facebook don’t contribute anything or update their pages: they just absorb other people’s lives. Rather than just being another screen to consume passively, what Blip does is give people a shared purpose, something constructive to do which leaves a history.’

Blipfoto now collaborate with, among others, Channel 4 and The Guardian, and receive enough funding to support a small full-time staff, so the future could be even bigger. But don’t expect them to start collecting your data or hosting advertising any time soon.

‘Because we don’t have the noise of advertising our users have described Blipfoto as a calm, contemplative space. I want to keep it that way.’ (KI)
blipfoto.com

Princess & Queens Fabulous Fashion:Parade at Perruche

As part of the Merchant City Festival  A fabulous fashion show is being held on Sat. 23rd July. The show will show case bridal wear, fascinators, jewellery and fashion from new Fashion Designer, including Isla Scott.

It promises to be an event like no other… An exotic mix of Drag Queens, Princess Brides, Burlesque & New Designers all in one place, watch in awe at the spectacular parade of unique fashion, beautiful gowns, head pieces & amazing wigs, and watch an Alter Ego Makeover!

This fabulous fashion show is being held in the newly established Virginia Court, Merchant City,  from 2pm to raise money for the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and Cancer Research UK. Tickets are being entered into a raffle to win amazing prizes.

The show is hosted by Parrucche Wig & Hair Boutique, featuring Luke & Jack Corsetry, gowns from Perfection Bridal & Menswear, Berekt!Ah headwear, Beauty Feet Fish Spa offers, Venture Photography, live DJs, food & drink and much more!

Find your Alter Ego! Donate, win & watch at this fantastic event! Entry £3!

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UPMARKET with Welcome Home, Aye-Aye Books and friends starts on 4th June – 31July.. It will be an intimate, friendly and fun affair with djs and a BBQ, 12-5pm every Saturday and Sunday throughout June and July at the Terrace Bar at CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts).
Currently looking for more stallholders to add to their selection of craft, art, design, books, vintage, fashion, illustration, jewellery and more. The stalls cost just £10 per day. They would like stallholders for full weekends so you need to be available to do both Saturdays and Sundays. .

Submission instructions
If you fit the bill please email upmarketcca@gmail.com with a link to your work and/or images, a description of what you would like to sell and the dates you would like to book a stall for.

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Panel,the organisation behind this year’s hugely successful project and exhibition The Inventors of Tradition, have announced their newest project, Scotland Can Make It!, with a nation-wide call out for proposals.

Initiated by Creative Scotland and inspired by London 2012 and Glasgow 2014, Scotland Can Make It! aims to celebrate Scottish creativity and stimulate the relationship between the country’s creative and manufacturing sectors. Against the backdrop of these two major sporting events, Scotland Can Make It! will present six new, limited edition souvenirs, designed and manufactured entirely in Scotland and leaving a lasting material legacy from Scotland’s dynamic and imaginative cultural landscape.

The project has been designed to enable relationships and collaborations between Scotland’s creative practitioners and our manufacturing industries. As the name suggests, all the souvenirs will be produced in Scotland and applicants are asked to suggest a manufacturing company they could work with. The six winning entrants will each work closely with Panel on the research and development of their designs. Each successful commission will receive a £1000 fee and a maximum budget of around £2000 will be allocated to the development and production of each souvenir prototype.

Scotland Can Make It! is not just open to designers and makers: music, textiles, accessories, books, stationery, clothing, prints and homewares are amongst the types of work the organisers would be interested in seeing submissions for, and proposals for inter-disciplinary collaborations involving writers, musicians, visual artists and designers are particularly welcome. Application packs can be downloaded at www.scotlandcanmakeit.com from Monday 6 June 2011, when the project will formally launch. Submissions are invited from established and emerging creative practitioners and will be judged by a panel of creative practitioners and industry experts, including current Turner Prize nominee Martin Boyce, leading design retailer Sheridan Coakley, Rob Young (Editor-at-large, The Wire), Christina Jansen (Curator, The Scottish Gallery), and Creative Scotland’s Leonie Bell (Creative Programmer: London 2012 and Glasgow 2014). All submissions must be received by 5pm on Monday 25 July.

In 2012, an exhibition featuring the souvenir prototypes and a behind-the-scenes look at all the design and manufacturing processes involved to date will tour Scotland.

Submission instructions
Download application packs from www.scotlandcanmakeit.com

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