In August 2013 a group of seventeen scholars, artists and organisers made their way to Raasay, a small island off Skye, for a short residency, responding to the legacy of 6th Century Irish monk Colm Cille. Participants include curator Jenny Brownrigg, artist/researcher John Hartley, Prof Clare Lees, Prof Thomas Joshua Cooper, PhD candidate Kathryn Maud, CCA Director Francis McKee, PhD candidate Emma Balkind, lecturer/artist Susan Brind, artist Caroline Dear, artist Hardeep Pandhal, typographic artist Edwin Pickstone, artist Michail Mersinis, artist Jessica Ramm, writer Johnny Rodger, artist/singer Ceara Conway and artist Augustus Veinoglou.

Colm Cille Group

A month later the group then re-gathered in Glasgow, to give their creative responses over an afternoon event on 11 October at CCA, and in an exhibition at the Mackintosh Museum on show until 1 November. The work will then travel onto London Street Gallery, Derry~Londonderry, for an exhibition opening 30 November, showing all the presentations from the UK and Eire that make up Colm Cille’s Spiral.

Artist Ceara Conway developed and presented a voice performance and sound installation for the first stage in Colm Cille’s Spiral. Taking place in a curragh on the river Foyle, the work explored themes of exile and immigration, the lament and economic myths.

‘Convocation’ is part of the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture project ‘Colm Cille’s Spiral’, and is one of 6 projects across UK and EIRE that creates an artistic engagement with significant sites along once-vital perimeters and sea routes, including Lindisfarne, Derry~Londonderry and Bradwell-on-Sea.

Colm Cille’s Spiral is part of Creative Futures, a Creative Scotland talent development programme which aims to promote the professional development, capabilities, connectivity and ambitions of Scotland’s creative practitioners and organisations. See Head of Photography at GSA, Thomas Joshua Cooper’s project here and read more blogs by the participants on residency here.

Colm Cille’s Spiral is a Difference Exchange project in partnership with The Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, at Kings College London. ‘Convocation’ is supported by The Glasgow School of Art, CCA, ATLAS Arts and University of Glasgow.

The exhibition in the Mackintosh Museum at The Glasgow School of Art is on display until 1 November. The works will go on to be shown at London Street Gallery, Derry~Londonderry from 30 November – 15 December.

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