The Common Guild presents ‘A Place for the Work and the Human Being’
Panel discussion led by Tom Jeffreys with Katrina Brown, Ruth Ewan, Colm Guo-Lin Peare and Ed Hollis
with a dinner served by Civic House Kitchen.
‘A Place for the Work and the Human Being’ concludes with the tenth and final event in the series, reflecting on a year of talks and discussions with artists, architects, curators and academics throughout 2019.
Writer Tom Jeffreys will lead conversation between artist Ruth Ewan; writer and Transmission Committee member, Colm Guo-Lin Peare; Ed Hollis, Professor of Interior Design at Edinburgh College of Art; and Director of The Common Guild, Katrina Brown. The discussion will reflect on the histories, themes and ideas presented by earlier speakers and draw upon propositions from Rémy Zaugg’s seminal 1986 text, ‘The Art Museum of My Dreams’, which was the central catalyst for this series.
After the discussion Civic House Kitchen will serve a delicious, plant-based meal, and refreshments will be available.
Tom Jeffreys is an Edinburgh-based writer, who is especially interested in art that engages with environmental questions. His writing has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and websites, and he frequently writes essays for exhibition publications. Jeffreys is editor of the online arts magazine, ‘The Learned Pig’, and he runs the Edinburgh branch of ‘The Political Animal’ monthly reading group. He is the author of ‘Signal Failure: London to Birmingham, HS2 on Foot’ (Influx Press, 2017) and is now working on a new book about the birch tree in Russian art, landscape and identity.
Jeffreys has been commissioned to write a reflection on the ‘A Place for the Work and the Human Being’ series, which will be published in spring 2020.
Ruth Ewan is an artist based her Glasgow. Her work stems from context-specific research resulting in a wide variety of forms including events, performance, writing, installation and print. For some time, Ewan’s practice has extended beyond making artworks and exhibitions. She has worked with collaborators to create music projects, guided walks, radio programmes, design projects, education workshops and books. These build on Ewan’s long-term interests in creativity and social justice, alternative systems and radical histories.
She has previously exhibited at venues including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, CAPC Bordeaux, Victoria and Albert Museum, Camden Arts Centre, Tate Britain, Collective Gallery Edinburgh, Kunsthal Charlottenborg Copenhagen, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Dundee Contemporary Arts, CAAC Seville, the ICA London and Studio Voltaire. Her work was included in the São Paulo Biennial (2016); Glasgow International (2012); Folkestone Triennial (2011); New Museum Triennial, New York and Tate Triennial, London (2009). She has created public commissions for High Line, New York (2019), Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh (2018) and Artangel, London (2013 and 2007). Her work is included in the collections of Tate, The Scottish Parliament, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne and CAAC Seville.
Colm Guo-Lin Peare currently sits on the committee of Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. Peare recently contributed to the Reorganising Cultural Institutions conference at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and is the Writer-in-Residence at the 2019 Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. Peare’s paper, ‘Recapturing Difference: The Assimilative Desire of Late Liberalism and the Errantry of Joy’, was awarded the Honour for Excellence in the Field of Critical Theory by the Fine Art Critical Studies selection panel at the Glasgow School of Art in 2019.
Ed Hollis is a recovering architect. He started his career practicing in Sri Lanka, and then in Edinburgh. In 1999, he began lecturing in Interior Architecture at Napier University, moving to Edinburgh College of Art in 2004, where he is now Professor of Interior Design and Deputy Dean of Research, College of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh.
Hollis has published three books including, a collection of folk tales and stories about mythical buildings, ‘The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories’ (2009); ‘The Memory Palace: A Book of Lost Interiors’ (2013); and most recently ‘How to Make a Home’ (2016), published for the School of Life.
He has been involved in diverse projects using storytelling to help develop new uses for old buildings from St Peter’s Seminary at Cardross to Riddles Court, the oldest house in Edinburgh, and Asansol, an Indian city built by Scots engineers in the nineteenth century.