This issue of Art & Research represents a ‘gathering’ of issues and experiences in artistic research as manifest in papers and artworks presented on the ‘occasion’ of significant international conferences and symposia dedicated to artistic research held between May and December 2008:
There is much confusion over the formation of Creative Scotland and its remit, responsibilities and functions. What the proposed changes will mean for artists is being still further confused in what appears to be inter-agency horse trading. In the absence of transparency, the need for "confidence" in the "process" is much invoked. Here is what we think is actually going on...
Five centimetres of snow fell last night. Not much to the countries that are still used to heavy dustings of snow over high ground, but to coastal Scotland this has become very unusual over the past two decades. As you can see from the related link, the rural highland economy benefits from their five small ski centres, but in recent years the reliability of high snowfall has become less and less. However one hopes that this latest cold-snap, although bad for the domestic heating bill, may at least support livlihoods further North.
Selkies (or silkies) are part of the folklore of coastal North Scotland and Ireland. Selkies are seals that can shed their skin to reveal a human form which allows them to take lovers from from the land.
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