RSA Residencies for Scotland 2015 – Uist Corrigan

Since its inception in 2009, RSA Residencies for Scotland has supported a wide range of artists at 26 venues across Scotland. The Royal Scottish Academy has a proud tradition of promoting excellence in contemporary art in Scotland. Led by eminent artists and architects the RSA support the creation, understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts through exhibitions, artist opportunities and related educational talks and events. Re-establishing themselves as a leading organisation for the visual arts in Scotland, the RSA have successfully garnered a reputation for the strength of their engaging and diverse exhibitions and the fantastic opportunities they offer both established and emerging artists.

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Uist Corrigan:

‘My work is mainly sculptural and focuses specifically on the use of wood and metal. Through my work I seek to new learn skills and techniques that otherwise might slip into disuse. This is approached in different ways, for example, I have recently completed a series of hand tools, learning along the way processes such as how to use a forge how to turn and shape wood and mould cow horn into spoons.  I have then used these tools in a performative walk across Scotland.’

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‘During my upcoming residency at Sweeney’s Bothy I plan to further develop a research project that I began on a trip to Florence in 2014. During my trip I was struck by the grandeur of the representation of religion in the city. Florence was once ruled by the incredibly wealthy and powerful Medici family who commissioned the greatest sculptors of the time to create great works showcasing their influence and power to the world.  I am interested in looking at links between historical representations of religion in Florence and the way the subject matter has been tackled in a small west-coast island community where attitude and budget are far more modest.’