For New Work Scotland Programme, Katie Orton's exhibition took as its starting point an experimental text. Set in Edinburgh, the writing follows the characters through "faux cool" bars, the city's ornate streets and venerable museums and libraries. The the glamour of the descriptions is punctuated by allusions to a darker side to the city, mentioning "bin-top ashtrays" and sinister librarians "archiving individual freedoms". The works reinterpret the text across sculpture, collage and painting, referencing objects and aspects of the narrative including card games, cigarette packets, and marble street furniture, reflecting the lyrical and dream-like descriptions.
New Work Scotland Programme was an initiative launched by Collective in 2000. Through an open call, New Work Scotland Programme identified and supported some of the most promising new artists working in Scotland - providing them with the opportunity to create new work and bring it to the attention of a wider public. The 2006 participants were Katie Orton, Stephen Murray, Sara Barker and Jan Pottinger-Glass, and Jim Colquhoun was commissioned to make a new publication.
New Writing Scotland grew out of New Work Scotland Programme and was initiated in 2004 in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art's Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies to promote creative writing about the visual arts coupled with targeted support to the exhibiting artists - providing them with them with their first artists text.
This is an archived programme entry.