Talbot Rice Gallery launches TRG3
Steven Anderson, the first artist selected for TRG3, explains his plans
This article is from 2015.
The Talbot Rice Gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary in May and to celebrate it has launched TRG3, a new project designed to showcase innovative, experimental projects from emerging artists, hosted in the gallery’s iconic ‘Round Room’. Scottish painter and performance artist Steven Anderson has been selected as the first artist to participate on the project.
What interested you about TRG3?
SA: TRG3 has a fluid format allowing artists to have time and resources to develop their work in ways particular to their own methods of working. For me, the project will involve developing my current performance and painting work, based on subjects including mortality and healing. In particular I’m interested in the transformation of bodies and materials and how they can be loaded with meaning as they move from one state to another.
Participants will have access to the University's Collections and academics across departments – how will you make the most of this?
Having access to the University Collections and academic departments is an excellent resource within the project. I am beginning with three lines of research; firstly, I’ve made contact with Dr Graeme Wilson who is leading research on the links between music and health through the Scottish Music and Health Network; I’ve booked a place on two anatomy workshops, which are rarely open to non-medics; and I’m going to spend some time with the 1st century Gandharan figure sculptures in the University Art Collection. They seem quite disparate areas of enquiry but come together as extensions of my interest in the performativity surrounding perceptions of fragmented bodies.
Can you tell us about the type of work you intend to make as a result of this research?
During the research period I am planning to lead a performance workshop on the 15th May that will open up methods of working and themes from my practice that will culminate in a group performance in the evening after the workshop. I am aiming to create new performance material and a series of paintings, and will be showing an installation of work from the process at the end of May in TRG3. Throughout June I’ll be working on developing a new performance to be shown at the Talbot Rice Gallery during the Edinburgh Art Festival.
Programme dates and details to come.