Creative Dundee

Art meets Forensic Science in groundbreaking new residency opportunity


As part of the inaugural Print Festival Scotland, the Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University’s exhibition space and cultural hub, and Yuck ‘n Yum are teaming up. Together they are offering an artist-in-residency opportunity within the university’s ground-breaking forensic science department.

Working in collaboration with forensic scientist Dr Kevin Farrugia, the selected artist will get to spend up to four days in Abertay’s forensics labs, exploring the ways print visualisation techniques can be manipulated to recover finger and shoeprints from crime scenes. Describing the techniques involved, including chemical enhancement alongside specialised photography and lighting methods, Dr Farrugia expects there to be “a lot for the artist who comes over in June to learn about and experiment with.” The artist will then have the opportunity to work in the Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) Print Studio to develop ideas inspired by their time in the forensics lab.

The selection panel for the residency will consist of Clare Brennan and Dr Kevin Farrugia from Abertay University, Morgan Cahn and Alex Tobin from Yuck ‘n Yum, and the renowned print artist Paul Harrison.

Speaking about what they’re looking for and what this artist-in-residency opportunity has to offer those who submit a proposal, Clare Brennan, Curator of Abertay’s Hannah Maclure Centre, said:

“We’re looking for everyone and anyone with an artist’s practice to apply, and we’d like people to think as broadly as they can about this opportunity – they could propose anything from a series of prints or paintings, to something more immersive like a performance or sound installation.

“The artwork created during this residency – whatever it turns out to be – will be displayed and distributed within the context of the inaugural Print Festival Scotland, as well as shared with over 300 delegates who are coming to the Impact 8 conference, so it’ll be a great platform for an artist to showcase the work they do to a wide and varied audience.”

An artist fee, travel and accommodation are available as well as a network of support to help realise the resulting artwork.

Submissions are now open, the deadline is Friday April 19th 2013.

Further details, including submission guidelines, can be found here: Impact Residency


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