Look Again, which is part of Gray’s School of Art at RGU, is helping to create a new narrative in the city of Aberdeen, reappraising the value of its significant cultural and creative assets.
Importantly, it also provides creative practitioners with opportunities to develop their professional practice in the city, retaining and supporting talent.
In 2019 the theme is ‘New Narratives’, reflecting both on changes in the city and in the wider world during this year.
Look Again is now inviting creative practitioners to propose new work which reflects this theme, for presentation to the public during the Art Weekender in June 2019.
There are four spaces available, each with a budget of £2,500, covering fee, materials, production and installation costs.
Look Again Director, Sally Reaper, commented: “The Seed Fund is a call out to artists for ideas that require new skills, explore new materials, or use methods or scales that are unfamiliar to them.
“We want to encourage this creativity and help to support artists and designers to realise something which they may not have thought possible.
“Since launching the Seed Fund in 2017, we have supported eight creative practitioners, which has resulted in a series of engaging, reflective and resonant art works which animate the city in new ways.
One of the recent Seed Fund artists was Ellie Tunrer, a Scottish artist and designer who graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2016 and exhibited her Wonder Chamber at the 2018 Festival.
The Wonder Chamber was an array of material explorations that celebrate play and stimulation.
Ellie’s work looked to highlight the importance of sensory stimulation, particularly for those with Autism, through engagement with innovative material explorations.
In 2017, Janet McEwan worked on a project with local musicians and the only carilloneur in Aberdeen, Ronald Leith, to develop a series of contemporary songs which were played on the carillon of bells in The Kirk of St Nicholas, or The Mither Kirk, on Aberdeen’s Union Street, throughout the festival.