Creativity at Work - Artist in Residency Programme
Edinburgh based artist Natasha Russell has been selected as the final artist in residence as part of Arts & Business Scotland’s Creativity at Work Programme part funded by Creative Scotland.
Natasha will be working with Foundation Scotland an Edinburgh based organisation whose work facilitates philanthropy and strategic grant making to achieve lasting impact in communities and charitable organisations across Scotland. Natasha will be in residence at Foundation Scotland’s Edinburgh office from June – September 2017. The residency will culminate in the production of a final piece of permanent artwork that will be installed and sited within the organisation’s main conference room in their new offices.
“I’m interested in the opportunity to work with an organisation like Foundation Scotland partly because it incorporates such a wide range of groups and individuals. I think it will be interesting to develop a project that involves elements from each facet of the organisation into an artwork and to try to visualise the way that the business works as a whole.
In addition, the challenge to develop participatory elements to the residency, to engage with the wide variety of individuals and groups involved in Foundation Scotland and to enable them to gain an insight into my practice and to influence the outcomes of the project is interesting.”
To follow Natasha’s journey and progress throughout the residency you can visit her blog at https://foundationscotland-air.tumblr.com/
This scheme has been delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland enabling businesses to work with an artist to devise a creative programme that meets corporate responsibility aspirations. The programme aimed to support the development of talent and quality artistic production through the opportunity for artists to explore their work in a different setting and to establish and manage relationships with businesses, as well as encourage businesses to engage with individual artists and the arts in general, by practically demonstrating the benefits to be gained from participation in cultural activities.
Residencies delivered as part of this programme have included a writer in residence with a haggis and black pudding manufacturer, an engineering firm and funeral directors; a photographer with a creative industries hub and a visual artist with a paint manufacturing company.
The Creativity at Work programme is currently under re-development as our funding support from Creative Scotland comes to an end. This programme is currently being reviewed and will be relaunched with revised guidelines in the Autumn.