Taking inspiration from contemporary cultural sources from Big Brother to Harry Potter, Oliver offers a new lens with which to read contemporary art practice and its theories.
A recent area of research focused on happiness in an attempt to evaluate and analyse the effect of positivity on the production and motivation of creative inspiration and the consequential impact on the development of artworks. This, in dialogue with an approach to examining modes of production within his own practice, formed a new project for New Work Scotland 2011 entitled I’ll look forward to it: A visual essay on expectation. You can view the interactive publication to the left.
For the project, an invitation extended to all unsuccessful applicants to New Work Scotland 2011 to still get involved through a system of re-application. All re-applications were reviewed by a panel of experts in Art Therapy, Positive Psychology and Contemporary Art during Oliver’s residency at Studio Voltaire. Each of the five final artists were then invited to produce a new work in response to an essay written by Oliver and exhibited at Collective.
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 2011/12 participants were Gordon Schmidt,
Rhianna Turnbull, Amelia Bywater & Christian Newby, Florrie James, Oliver Braid, Joey Villemont, Ash Reid and Jack McConville
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.