Inside Out! - The Victorian Market's Commission

As the Victorian Market public art project gathers momentum a strong shortlist of artists has emerged.  From Thursday 24th July until Thursday 7th August an exhibition of artists’ submissions will be on public display from 9am to 5pm in what was formally Stitch & Style in the Victorian Market Hall.  The public are invited to come along and look at the ideas and place their comments in the box provided.

Following interviews in May, three groups of artists where selected to develop a more detailed proposal.  The variety of working methods is impressive; each artist adds their own unique style that combines a high degree of creative thinking, talent and expertise.

The female trio Nicola Atkinson, Hanna Tuulikki and Karen Vaughan view the market as a place of riches where you can find small and rare joys that tell stories of childhood and where wise advice comes from a joke shop and where whisky surprises are in little chocolate treats.

Highland based artists Sam Barlow and Gordon Robin Brown add a humorous element playing with the theme of birds borrowing and pilfering from shops and passers by.  The birds are not only interested in what is valuable, but could just as easily be seen clutching a cotton ear bud as the latest ipod or pretty locket.

Ekkehard Altenburger’s design uses themes from the Academy Street entrance, a triple arch in basilica form, with curved Corinthian and figurative centre stones; an Angus calf for Queensgate, a ram for Church Street and a wolf for Union Street.  A gilded figurative centrepiece is illuminated showing the sign MARKET.

The exhibition will be manned on Thursday 24th July from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm and again on Tuesday 29th July.  During these hours Louise Mor, Arts Project Manager artist will be available for discussion and an animated projection proposal by Sam Barlow and Gordon Robin Brown will be on display.  At other times this can be viewed by arrangement in the Market Superintendent’s Office.



24 Jul 2008