Scottish artists to take up residencies in New York and Amsterdam

Scottish Arts Council scheme

The Scottish Arts Council this morning (06.03.08) announced that two artists are to take up residencies in New York and Amsterdam.

Sculptor Rob Kennedy and new media artist Karen Cunningham will benefit from schemes to develop new work and their creative practices in the cities.

Kennedy arrived in New York last week and will be working closely with the organisation Location One.

He will be based at a studio in Soho and take part in workshops, openings and artistic discussions. The artist, whose work 'Video Installation' recently exhibited in Perth, said: 'I fully expect the experience of being resident in this metropolis to be, at the very least, hugely disorientating.

'However, anchored in the studios of Location One, I would hope that this disorientation will provide the impetus for my work to meander down some very strange, yet engaging avenues.'

Next month Cunningham will travel to Amsterdam to immerse herself in the literature of Vonnegut, Dick and Houellebecq that influences her work.

While based there she will have the opportunity to visit other European centres of art.

She said: 'I really welcome the opportunity to have a sustained amount of time to focus on thinking, researching, experimenting and making new work.'

The residencies form part of the Scottish Arts Council's continuing efforts to establish international links and encourage artists to think and create in new ways.

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