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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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Window Images Enlighten Castle Mills

Edinburgh Printmakers has received a Heritage Lottery Enterprise Fund round 1 pass for an award of close to £5 million for the redevelopment of Castle Mill Works. The site is the former HQ of the North British Rubber Company in Fountainbridge, a 2000m2 ‘at risk’ building of significant industrial heritage value. The ambition to save Castle Mill Works, a building of huge industrial heritage significance in Edinburgh stemmed from Edinburgh Printmakers’ search for the ideal home in which to build a world class contemporary arts centre specialising in printmaking, a vision that is now well on the way to becoming a reality.

Over the next 3 years of capital development, Edinburgh Printmakers’ artistic programme will deliver ambitious projects featuring art work by accomplished international artists, who will each in their own unique way respond to the distinctive and exceptional cultural heritage and legacy of Castle Mill Works whilst also reflecting on the proposed contemporary use as centre for artistic productivity.

Through ambitious and responsive commissioning of temporary artist interventions, permanent site-specific installations, and integrated community projects, Edinburgh Printmakers hopes to draw attention to the features of this historic building, addressing perceptions around the value of the building to the built environment and develop widespread support for retaining and preserving the industrial heritage of the city for re-use as a centre for cultural production.

Edinburgh Printmakers want local people to be at the heart of the project, sharing their knowledge and memories of the history of the area as a rubber manufacturing plant and getting familiar with the new role the building will have as a home for contemporary art practice.

During the programme the temporary installations on and around the building will have a thematic link to works on show at Edinburgh Printmakers gallery in Union Street.

To launch the temporary installations programme, Scottish artist Calum Colvin has created a stunning and unique intervention using the boarded up window recesses of Castle Mill Works. This installation comprises 120 posters consisting of 60 different images that have been selected to create an installation that further extends the conceptual and physical boundaries of  Colvin’s exhibition ‘The Magic Box’ on-site at Edinburgh Printmakers.

These posters are drawn from  Colvin’s archive of artworks that are presented in the Gallery as 10 x 8” transparencies on specially constructed light boxes. The exhibition forms an archaeology of  Colvin’s creative practice from the last 28 years.

The exhibition also includes new print editions commissioned and published by Edinburgh Printmakers, stereoscopes, anaglyphs and a live installation created especially for the gallery.

The large scale versions of the images presented at Castle Mill Works are in marked contrast to the intimate viewing experience presented in the Gallery, and provide a direct link between current activities at Edinburgh Printmakers and the future function of this building as a new centre for printmaking and creative production in Edinburgh. These works explore the links between photography and printmaking and reflect on the creative processes employed by artists at Edinburgh Printmakers.

A practitioner of painting, sculpture and photography, Colvin brings these disciplines together, utilizing the unique fixed-point perspective of the camera in his unique style of ‘constructed photography’: assembled tableaux of objects, which are then painted and photographed. These elaborately constructed scenarios present a complex narrative tableau, rich in association and spatial ambiguities, which are exhibited as large-scale photographic prints.

Born in Glasgow in 1961, Calum Colvin was a winner of one of the first SAC/Creative Scotland Awards and is a holder of a Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 and is Professor of Fine Art Photography and Programme Director for Art + Media at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.. Colvin’s artworks are internationally renowned and widely exhibited. A practitioner of painting, sculpture and photography, Colvin brings these disciplines together, utilizing the unique fixed-point perspective of the camera, in his unique style of ‘constructed photography’: assembled tableaux of objects, which are then painted and photographed.

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