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Twelve Months: The Opportunities Dice Game | Workshop led by Gordon Douglas

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31 March 2022
5–8pm

Collective
City Observatory, 38 Calton Hill, Edinburgh
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Gordon Douglas 'Rosettes for Twelve Months' (2019-22), image courtesy the artist

Shifting Tactics is a series of free workshops programmed by Collective and LUX Scotland in direct response to the last two years of lockdowns. These workshops aim to support artists to move on from this period of cancelled exhibitions, closed workshops and the reduction of the important in-person conversations between artists that would have been formative experiences for early career artists under different circumstances.

Led by artists and aimed at artists who are trying to develop their practices, the workshops aim to create a shared space of care and support. Participants will be encouraged to question and explore conditions that impact the practices of early-career artists in particular. What skills do artists need to navigate and challenge the practical, theoretical, organisational and economic concerns that they face?

Drawing on artists’ experiences, the workshops encourage participants to challenge their thinking around ideas of success; question existing art sector structures and​‘opportunities’; challenge their own systems; imagine what alternatives could exist and devise strategies to enact them.

Twelve Months: The Opportunities Dice Game | Workshop led by Gordon Douglas

Gordon Douglas is a performance artist in Glasgow. He uses play as a way to question organisational hierarchies and established structures. He will lead a workshop on (un)luckiness, seasonable fortune, meritocracy, and destiny.

The workshop will centre on a play-through of Twelve Months: The Opportunities Dice Game, a roleplaying game set during a parallel 2022. The game intends to provoke questions around the fine print of opportunities, the ethics of collaboration, and maintaining critical space against the odds.

Set over twelve rounds, players navigate a shared landscape of art open calls, promises of residencies, commissions, prizes and masterclasses. As fictional characters develop with their successes and hardships, the game unfolds as a rehearsal of how we might re-think opportunity and community. Are our practices shaped by the Ts and Cs of the opportunities presented to us? And can we distinguish good opportunities from the duds?”

This game will open a fun environment to reflect on the pressures of visibility and growth that we face when performing as artists. How might we might make space for ourselves on the treadmill; how can we start to imagine different kinds of artistic success?”

Access

A small access fund is available for applicants.

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 any of the events within our Shifting Tactics programme. This is a limited fund that we will try to spread across different sessions. We will pay you £15 per 1 hour session.

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.

For this workshop please be in touch by 28 March 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.

Fund for Travel

Support towards travel to the workshop for applicants based in Scotland is available on a first come first serve basis.

To access this fund please email email hidden; JavaScript is required and let us know where you are traveling to and from, and a quote for how much this would cost, then you will be sent an expenses form.

For this workshop please be in touch by 28 March 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.

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If you require any additional access support that is not listed above, please contact us as soon as possible at email hidden; JavaScript is required and we will work with you to support you in whatever ways we can.


About Gordon Douglas

Gordon Douglas is a performer from Edinburgh. He stages games, unannounced events, and lore in an attempt to deal with his belief in (and scepticism of) collaboration. Previously this has seen him take on roles that: celebrate birthdays amidst austerity (Black Box Take Stock, Travelling Gallery, 2018), hold it together then break down in offices (An Opposites Programme, CCA Glasgow, 2018 – 19), and nominate non-humans to positions on Boards (That’s Governance!, SSW, 2021). He is currently card bearer for Good on Paper (2021 – 22).

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