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Curatorial Practice Degree Show Leaflet

The proof arrived yesterday for the leaflet I have been designing for the MLitt Curatorial
Practice (Contemporary Art) Degree Show at the Glasgow School of Art. The leaflet is A3 with the exhibition, reading room and events details on one side and the individual curatorial projects by eight graduating students on the other. The image is a still from Holylands by Seamus Harahan, presented as part of Both Together, curated by Eilidh Ratcliffe, one of the students.

The leaflet is folded to A5 with half of the image appearing on one side and 'MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) Graduate Degree Show 3-8 September 2016' on the other. I think it should make quite an interesting and attractive package and I look forward to seeing the two sides of the leaflet displayed alongside each other.

The design builds on an identity that I have been developing for the course that previously appeared in print in an advertisement in Art Monthly and also on material generated from the course. The typeface used throughout is Univers, in various weights, styles and sizes to create a hierarchy of information.

Having considered various paper options, the leaflet will be printed on 140gsm Cocoon Offset 100% recycled paper; a tactile paper that feels substantial but without feeling too precious.

The MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) Degree Show runs from 3-8 September at Glasgow School of Art, The Tontine Building, 20 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5NA. Further information can be found here.

Proofs of Platform: 2016 Leaflet

This is a proof of the leaflet that I designed for Platform: 2016, an Edinburgh Art Festival initiative dedicated to providing greater opportunities for artists at the early stages of their career. The artists – The Brownlee Brothers, Dorian Jose Braun, Paloma Proudfoot & Aniela Piasecka, and Jack Saunders – were selected from an open call by artists Ross Sinclair and Rachel Maclean working with Edinburgh Art Festival Director Sorcha Carey and Mary Watson, Programme Assistant.

This is the second year that I have designed the leaflet, using the logo and identity that I developed in 2015. This iteration has a different arrangement of the cover elements and introduces a colour, selected from a range of similar colours, that may appear on future iterations of the leaflet.

Platform: 2016 runs from 28 July – 28 August and can be found at the Festival Kiosk, 9-11 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR.

More information can be found here.

Proof of 'More Lasting than Bronze' Book

It's been a busy six months since I last posted on this blog and I have a backlog of projects to share. Amongst other things, I've been working on a third publication for the Edinburgh Art Festival for their 2016 commissions programme, More Lasting than Bronze. ‘Featuring new work by 7 artists working in Scotland and internationally, More Lasting than Bronze explores what or how we choose to publicly commemorate, through a diverse series of interventions and propositions, whether exploring new forms of monument, or reflecting on those things which we choose to forget (or forget to remember).’

Here's the proof of the cover, featuring an ‘eraser drawing’ by Jonathan Owen, which, I think, perfectly encapsulates the themes running through the commissions programme. The book is currently at the printers; I am looking forward to seeing the finished result, which should be ready for the opening of the Art Festival on 28 July. Fingers crossed!

More information about the EAF commissions programme can be found here

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