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Featured Artist: Marcin Krupa

Marcin is a visual artist from Poland specialising in figurative sculpture, painting and drawing. He started his art education at the age of 15 when he entered the Kenar Artistic High School, Zakopane. There he developed and mastered the techniques of woodcarving, casting, bronze and ceramics. In that period, the young artist took part in various residencies and workshops in Poland and abroad including France and Germany.

After completing his Diploma, Marcin went on to study Art and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. He graduated in 2009 with a MA degree in Sculpture. In Gdansk, Marcin acquired the skills and the expertise needed to master human anatomy and drawing. He worked with a wide range of materials: stone, resins, faux stones, plaster and concrete. During the course of his studies the artist created multiple large-scale figures many of which were commissioned to be showcased internationally. Since moving to Scotland in 2012 Marcin has continued to expand his artistic repertoire. In Edinburgh he underwent a 6 months long course of drawing at The Academy of Realist Art.

From 2014 to the present day Marcin has run untutored life drawing classes at Leith School of Art where he also works as a tutor support on many courses including LSA Figure Course. He runs Figure Drawing workshops for various art organisations. Marcin is a co funder of a “Naked Aye Art Collective” and “NakEd Art Collective”. Both collectives gather figurative artists.

In his artwork Marcin shows great admiration to the human body, its shapes, colours and variety of forms.

Marcin said the following about his future plans: “My plans for this year is to do a photography course and learn new language, Spanish/Italian or both. I would also like to learn about growing organic food, practicing mindfulness and wellbeing. In the field of art I took up an online course in art history which I’ll be continuing through out the year. By the late spring I should finish a sculpture, self-portrait in plaster, for Scottish Portrait Award. Meanwhile I’m working on a big project for Edinburgh Palette to create a Sculpture Garden in Stanley Street. Moreover with our amazing EP team we are creating an outdoor space for theatres, performers and art exhibitions, which I am very excited about. Relatively soon  physical exhibition will be allowed. I would like to create a program for the EP galleries with a focus on art exploring themes of mental health, natural environment, social justice, local communities.

Regardless the horrifying and traumatic year in lockdowns and pandemic I look with an optimism and hope for rebirth of health and culture. Good things are coming.”

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Featured Artist: James McKenzie

James’ work encompasses painting, verse, collage, sculpture, installation, found objects, prose, collaboration and performance. Taoist and Buddhist influence is at the core of his work and spontaneity is essential to his methodology. He playfully explores themes which are often philosophically motivated and draws from personal experience. James graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2017. He has exhibited, performed publicly and lead workshops widely in Scotland at galleries including the Royal Scottish Academy, the Scottish National Gallery, Embassy Gallery, generatorPROJECTS, Summerhall and Orkney’s Pier Arts Centre. In 2021, James looks forward to being the first artist to exhibit with Dundee’s Volk Gallery and to participating in Hidden Door Festival.

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Handmade Interact | The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair 23-28 March 2021

We are now accepting applications to exhibit at the second edition of Handmade Interact | The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair. Be a part of a carefully curated event of diverse UK-based contemporary makers. The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair will provide fresh, on-demand content, where visitors will experience the fair through a series of interactive “Live Sessions”, “Workshops”, “Demonstrations” and more with our exhibitors.

See what we got up to during our first edition in November 2020 here.

Whilst open to all, this new edition will focus on Women in Craft. During the month of March we will be celebrating International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day. Take advantage of this unmissable E-commerce event that offers you the ideal selling environment over a key week in the run up to Easter on Sunday 4 April. As an E-commerce website, “Handmade Interact” encourages our visitors to buy directly from your online
shop page during our fair dates. This means that we offer you a service in which we run the website, marketing, and handle online transactions and operations for you. This is all included as a part of your exhibitor package as well as website training.

Visit Handmade Interact | The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair 23-28 March 2021 here.

How to Apply
We are now accepting applications to exhibit from UK-based craftspeople and we encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities.
Deadline to Apply: Friday 12 February 2021
For quick information see our quick FAQs here
Craftspeople can find full details and how to apply interact.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/exhibitor-apply/ or
contact Alis Clement, alis.clement@handmadeinbritain.co.uk

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Online Gallery Bookings

We have NO online gallery bookings available this year. Thank you for the support, it has been incredible!

Here is a reminder of our pop-up exhibition calendar too:

  • Sculptures/ceramics/glass: 25th September – 9th October
  • City/Land/Seascapes: 16th October – 30th October

To register your interest in the pop-up events, please email Carly.

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Untold Postcard Art Exhibition and Auction 2020

Rock Trust are warmly inviting artists to donate (A6) postcard-sized artworks to Rock Trust;s eighth biennial Postcard Art Exhibition and Auction!

100% of the proceeds of this exhibition and auction will go directly to support Rock Trust;s work helping young people to avoid and move on from homelessness in Scotland.

Alongside professional artists, this year we will also be asking young people (16-25) from the local community to submit entries to the exhibition, with the top 50 entries by young people (as decided by our professional judge) being selected for the exhibition and auction!

Previous exhibitions have included works by Norman Ackroyd, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Alison Watt and Stephen Mangan, among others. These events draw significant attention on social media (10,000 people reached via Facebook posts, 60,000 people reached via Twitter) and in the press, with coverage in both The Times and The Scotsman.

If you would like to support this event, then please kindly email andrew.marks@rocktrust.org  for more information and to receive your artist’s pack. 

From all of us at Rock Trust, thank you for your support!

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