Leave the Capitol by the Masters Programme at the Edinburgh College of Art

In early 2013, following a seminar at Edinburgh College of Art by the Director of the Fleming Collection, Selina Skipwith on ideas of ‘identity’, staff and students from the MFA Programme were invited to submit works on the theme.

The artists in Leave The Capitol will explore identity through a variety of mediums with a wide range of response. Works dealing directly with ideas of ‘Scottishness’ will sit alongside those focusing more specifically on the artists’ personal identity in order to reflect the diversity of contemporary Scotland.

Stuart Bennett, Head of the School of Art, made a selection from the submitted works alongside artist and lecturer for Postgraduate Taught Programmes, Kenny Hunter and Director of the Fleming Collection, Selina Skipwith, with the resulting works to be shown in Leave The Capitol (the title is a song by The Fall, an English post-punk band) at the Fleming Collection this autumn.

Louise Thody, PhD student at ECA:Within visual culture, ‘Scottishness’ has become shorthand for tartan, thistles and highland landscapes while another mythologised image of Scotland is one of a predominantly white, male, working class and industrialised culture. These recurring clichés and exaggerated products of our collective imagination conflict with the reality of Scotland as a modern, de-industrialised, multicultural and culturally vibrant nation.

The Edinburgh College of Art exhibition is displayed alongside an exciting new re-hang of the collection comprising works which have never been on public display.

Leave the Capitol: An Exploration of Contemporary Identity by the Masters Programme, Edinburgh College of Art

15 October 2013 – 16 November 2013

Free Admission, Gallery Two


15 October 6:30 – 8:30pm

Permanent collection rehang

3 September – 16 November 2013

Free Admission, Gallery One

About the Fleming Collection and the Fleming-Wyfold Foundation

The Fleming Collection, which is widely regarded as one of the finest collections of Scottish Art in private hands, began in 1968 when Flemings, the former merchant bank, moved into new offices in London. As a commemoration of the Scottish origins of Flemings, founded by Robert Fleming in Dundee, the Board began to acquire works by Scottish artists or of Scottish scenes depicted by any artist. Today the collection comprises works dating from 1770 to the present day, including the two iconic images of The Highland Clearances, Thomas Faed’s ‘The Last of The Clan’ and John Watson Nicol’s ‘Lochaber No More.’ A group of paintings by the Glasgow Boys include work by Lavery, Guthrie, Walton, Nairn and Kennedy. Additionally, the collection holds major paintings by all four Scottish Colourists, a large number of works by Anne Redpath alongside her contemporaries John Maxwell and William Gillies, and many other important works. The Collection plays a pivotal ambassadorial role in promoting Scottish Art to London and beyond.

In conjunction with the sale of the bank in 2000, the Collection was sold to the Fleming-Wyfold Foundation, who currently manage the gallery space on Berkeley Street that houses the Collection. The Wyfold name was adjoined to commemorate the life of the last Lord Wyfold, a grandson of Robert Fleming. In addition to an active loaning programme, the gallery has brought the work of Scottish artists and several Scottish public collections to a London audience, with exhibitions taking place in Fergusson Gallery, Perth and Kinross Council; City Art Centre, Edinburgh; McManus Galleries and Museum, Dundee; The National Galleries of Scotland; Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow among others. Exhibitions surveying the work of artists such as DY Cameron, William McTaggart, Edward Baird and James Pryde have taken place and new research on these artists has been published by the Foundation.

Duration 15 October 2013 - 16 November 2013
Cost Free
Venue The Fleming Collection
Address 13 Berkeley Street London W1J 8DU, ,
Contact / flemingwyfold@brunswickgroup.com / www.flemingcollection.co.uk

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