The Travelling Gallery Scottish Arts Council Edinburgh Council Scottish Arts Council Lottery Funded

Alt-W Shortcuts

Artworks inspired by digital culture begin tour of Scotland

Alt-w Shortcuts is a group exhibition of eleven selected artists who have received an award from the Alt-w Fund. The exhibition will tour throughout Scotland in the Travelling Gallery, a custom-built mobile art space. The Alt-w Fund supports experimental and interactive practice which makes use of technology as both platform and medium, and recognises the changing role that digital culture has in our society.

While there is a digital element to each of the artworks, this is encompassed within a range of other media including sculpture, drawing, film, animation, sound, photography, tapestry, installation and song.

David McAllister, Donna Leishman, Mandy McIntosh and Kirsty Stansfield have all been commissioned to make new works specifically for the unique Travelling Gallery space. Funding to commission these works, and to develop all the works in the exhibition, has come from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Alt-w Fund. Other exhibiting artists are ~in-the-fields, Simon Yuill, Thomson and Craighead, Wendy McMurdo and Yann Seznec.

Unusually, during this tour the Travelling Gallery team will be praying for rain as one of the exhibits by Yann Seznec will use rainfall to create a constantly changing sound installation inside the Travelling Gallery. The roof of the bus will be fitted with a series of hand-built water sensors connected to individual glockenspiel notes inside the gallery, resulting in a delicate palette of sounds generated whenever it rains, or is extremely foggy.

The Travelling Gallery is a purpose-built mobile art gallery, supported by Creative Scotland to give schools and communities throughout Scotland access to quality contemporary art. The Travelling Gallery is part of the Museums and Arts Division of the City of Edinburgh Council.

The Alt-w Fund is managed by New Media Scotland and supported by Creative Scotland and the Centre for Design Informatics.
See www.alt-w.org for further information.

The gallery will visit the following areas:

5th - 9th March - Midlothian ~ 19th - 23rd March ~ Aberdeen,
26th - 30th March ~ Angus, 2nd - 5th April ~ Edinburgh, 16th - 20th April ~ Argyll & Bute
23rd - 27th April and 30th April - 4th May ~ Highland, 8th - 11th May ~ Falkirk,
14th - 18th May ~ Stirling, 21st - 25th May ~ Scottish Borders,
29th May - 2nd June ~ Dumfries & Galloway, 4th - 8th June ~ Edinburgh