Summer School with Grace Ndiritu

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26 — 28 August 2022
6pm start (Friday) and 1.30pm finish (Sunday)

Westway, Arbroath, DD11 2NH
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Grace Ndiritu, Black Beauty, 2021. Image courtesy the artist and LUX

This year’s summer school, led by Grace Ndiritu is organised in partnership with Hospitalfield in Arbroath. The summer school is open to artists, curators, programmers and writers who are based in Scotland.

A group of seven participants will spend time together at Hospitalfield, with Grace and members of the LUX Scotland team, to explore some key questions in Grace’s practice through a programme of film screenings, group discussions, meditation sessions and meals. Grace will introduce participants to some of her recent moving image works that will include her debut short film Black Beauty (2021).

Grace Ndiritu is a British-Kenyan artist whose artworks are concerned with the transformation of our contemporary world. Works including The Ark: Center for Interdisciplinary Experimentation; COVERSLUT© fashion and economic project; and performance art series, Healing The Museum, have been shown around the world since 2012. Recently, her debut short film Black Beauty has been selected for prestigious film festivals including 72nd Berlinale in the Forum Expanded section (2022) and 32nd FIDMarseille (2021).

Ndiritu has been featured in TIME magazine, Phaidon’s The 21st Century Art Book, BOMB magazine, Art Monthly and Elephant magazine. Her work is housed in museum collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The British Council and The Modern Art Museum (Warsaw). Her writing has been published in her critical theory book Dissent Without Modification (Bergen Kunsthall) in 2021; The Whitechapel Gallery in the Documents of Contemporary Art anthology series; Animal Shelter Journal, Semiotext(e) The MIT Press; Metropolis M; and The Oxford University Press.

Cost: £156 per person (this covers the cost of all meals and single-occupancy accommodation at Hospitalfield. Vegetarian/​vegan group meals will be provided by Hospitalfield kitchen).

Bursary places: LUX Scotland is pleased to offer two bursary places for artists, curators, programmers and writers who are based in Scotland to take part in the summer school. We welcome applications from people based anywhere in Scotland.

These bursaries will cover the costs of travel to and from Hospitalfield, two nights accommodation in Hospitalfield House and all meals provided by Hospitalfield kitchen.

To apply, please answer the questions below in no more than 200 words (in total) and email email hidden; JavaScript is required with your answers:

1. How would participating in the summer school benefit your practice?

2. Why would taking part in this event be relevant for your practice at this time?

3. What experience/​perspective would you bring to this learning event?

4. In which region of Scotland are you based?

Please note that we trust that if you are applying for a bursary place this in itself demonstrates that it would be helpful for you. There is no need at all to disclose personal information about your background or financial circumstances to show eligibility. We will select bursary recipients based on who we feel would benefit from the experience the most at this moment in their development, as well as having a balance of recipients from different parts of Scotland.

We welcome applications in other formats such as voice notes and video recordings (up to 5 minutes). Applications must be received by 10am on 2 August. The selected bursary holders and all applicants will be notified by 5pm on 2 August.

Access: A small access fund is available for participants.

Fund for Childcare, Carers & Support Workers

Support towards the cost of childcare, carers or support workers is available on a first come first served basis to support you to attend the summer school. We will pay you £15 per hour and the money will be paid directly into your bank account (alternative arrangements can be made if required). Please make your own arrangements as we are unable to book childcare, carers or support workers on your behalf.

To access this fund please email email hidden; JavaScript is required to let us know how much you would like to be paid and you will be sent an expenses form. We welcome applications in other formats such as voice notes and video recordings (up to 2 minutes).

Please be in touch by 2 August 2022. We may need to close the fund earlier if it runs out before this date, so please get in touch as soon as you can.

Schedule: Activities will take place from 6pm on Friday 26 August and finish by 1.30pm on Sunday 28 August 2022. Breaks will be scheduled every two hours, with the option of taking a break if needed in-between group break times. Refreshments will be available in between meal times.

Venue access: Hospitalfield is located in Arbroath. Information about how to get there can be found here. Hospitalfield House is a Victorian house over several floors with wide staircases and banisters in most cases. Some areas of the house, including the Music Room on the ground floor, are accessible by wheelchair. Hospitalfield Gardens and Café is wheelchair accessible via a ramp into the Gardens and there are wide pathways throughout the Walled Gardens​. It is possible to access the ground floor level of the restored Fernery. There is disabled parking available on site by the entrance to the Garden.

Fund for Childcare, Carers & Support Workers

Two bursary places to support travel and accommodation costs


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