Anna Tanner

10 October – 22 November 2009

Exhibitions New Work Scotland Programme

Through painting, Anna Tanner works to create a schism between cultivated landscapes such as the domestic and urban and that of the allusive and phenomenal, often focusing on mythological imagery alongside that of the everyday. Biologist David Bohm suggested that memory could be considered to be a holographic process. Just as a single photographic plate can contain the whole three-dimensional image needed to create a hologram, so too the human brain can make a three dimensional record of lived experience. For New Work Scotland Programme, Anna’s new paintings investigated Bohm’s ideas. Drawn to schisms between real time experience and projected memory and the ways they conjoin, the works focused on conflating imagery of mythological wild men with settings and objects taken from contemporary mundane urban, domestic and cultivated environments.

Download the exhibition information here

Read the New Work Scotland Programme 2009 publication, which includes New Writing Scotland essays by Louise Briggs and Nicola Wright here

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 2009 participants were Anna Tanner, Michael White, Rachel Adams, Jennifer Grant, Katharina Kiebacher and PLACE Projects.

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.

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Thomas Abercromby


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Liza Sylvestre, asweetsea, video still, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.

Liza Sylvestre


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