Jason Nelson’s work explores ideas of identity. Through drawing and performance he re-examines how his own art practice has been influenced by his upbringing. Jason grew up in the ex-mining town of Kelty in Fife. It is here that his work resides, documenting the grey roads and rain drenched council flats whilst narrating the lives of the characters that live there. He is a natural storyteller, uncovering day–to-day episodes of life in a simple truthful Scottish patter. His amusing tales however are often smattered with tragedy. The locating of his work within this harsh reality allows Jason to investigate the role of storytelling, believing in its ability to reveal a sense of the self in both narrator and audience. For New Work Scotland, Jason exhibited nine new etchings, a large scale screen-print as well as screening a selection of short video works.
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 2007 participants were Holly McCulloch, Oliver Herbert, Andy Wake, Jason Nelson and Tessa Lynch.
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.