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Artists & Writers In Residence

CURRENT | 不合时宜 : Contemporary Art from Scotland | Phase One

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Start date

June 2015

Completion date

July 2015

Artists & Writers in Residence

Poster Club

Anne-Marie Copestake

Frances Davis (Cooper Gallery Group Critical Writing)

28 June – 31 July 2015

In addition to the CURRENT | 不合时宜 Phase One exhibitions, three residencies will take place during the exhibition period in June/July 2015 at Shanghai Himalayas Museum’s Residency Venue Zhujiajiao Art Museum located at Zhujiajiao town, a picturesque watertown in the southeast of Shanghai.

Immersed in the historical, social and cultural context of China, the residencies will enable the artists and writer to interact with contemporary art communities in the region. This unique experience will open up new positions, ideas and creative approaches for the artists and the writer, which will be shared with artists, writers and audiences in Scotland through a special programme at Cooper Gallery on their return. 

From 28 June – 5 July, Poster Club members Ciara Phillips, Michael Stumpf, Nicolas Party and Anne-Marie Copestake will undertake a week-long residency to recalibrate the group’s ideals “to make posters and to collaborate”, throughout July Glasgow-based artist Anne-Marie Copestake will be in residence and developing her work with local musicians in Shanghai, then from 15 – 31 July, art writer and member of Cooper Gallery’s Group Critical Writing initiative, Frances Davis will be the Art Writer in Residence, reflecting and annotating upon CURRENT |???? in Shanghai. 


CURRENT | 不合时宜 : Contemporary Art from Scotland

2015 – 2016

Organised by: Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee, Shanghai Himalayas MuseumIn partnership with the British Council

CURRENT | 不合时宜 : Contemporary Art from Scotland is a four-phase eighteen-month contemporary art exhibition and forum programme at Shanghai Himalayas Museum that showcases for the first time in China the distinctiveness of contemporary art made in Scotland, its grass-roots spirit and its keen debates with the social and political dimensions of art and culture. CURRENT |???? is co-curated by Sophia Hao and Wang Nanming.  


Poster Club

Poster Club is a group of artists who collaborate on designing and printing posters.  Using the poster format as an open-ended starting point for their projects, Poster Club's primary interest is in using the medium of print as a site for experimental collaborative practice. Poster Club members participating in the week-long residency are Anne-Marie Copestake, Nicolas Party, Ciara Phillips and Michael Stumpf. 

Poster Club's ideals are succinct yet open.

  1. Make posters
  2. Collaborate

They approach the idea of what a 'poster' is, and can be, by creating works that announce their own presence without informing us as to what they might mean.  Instead of 'objective' information, their posters offer elusive statements, open-ended questions and humorous conjunctions. 

Poster Club are Anne-Marie Copestake, Charlie Hammond, Tom O'Sullivan, Nicolas Party, Ciara Phillips and Michael Stumpf.  Poster Club have exhibited at: Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg (2014), Dundee Contemporary Arts (2013), Platform, Glasgow (2013), The Duchy, Glasgow (2013), Glasgow Print Studio (2011) and Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2011).


Anne-Marie Copestake

Anne-Marie Copestake is an artist that works with moving images, sound, performance, text, print, and sculpture. Fundamental to her practice is the exploration of language, in the form of printed artworks, texts, explorations of construction through lyric forms and scripts. Copestake often works collaboratively and has been a founding member of two long-term collective projects in Glasgow: Poster Club and Muscles of Joy. Poster Club is a group of six artists using the medium of print as a site for experimental collaborative practice. In Muscles of Joy, a band formed in 2008, Copestake has focused on sound and textual ideas, as well as building sculptural objects and instruments for performance.

Copestake’s exhibitions and screenings include: The Trigger Tonic Compendium, Tramway (2014), Studio Jamming (with Full Eye), Cooper Gallery, Dundee (2014), And Under That, Cafe Oto, London, Glasgow Film Theatre and CCA Glasgow (2012); Bronze: Fred Pedersen and Anne-Marie Copestake, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2010); Victoria Morton and Films by Anne-Marie Copestake, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (2010). 


Frances Davis

Frances Davis is an art writer that works with time(s) and place(s), and with voice(s), across performance, writing, and moving image.

Recent projects include Zombie, Zombie, Zombie, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Do, Do, Do, Do, a solo exhibition in a Glasgow flat and the development of a new performance piece and parallel text work, These Walls Between Us, for ?!, a festival of work that uses the written or spoken word at the Pipe Factory, Glasgow.

Since Summer 2014, she has participated in the Cooper Gallery’s Group Critical Writing, performing texts on collaboration, multiplicity, and the Kairotic moment. 

Group Critical Writing is an initiative in the Cooper Gallery programme advocating for art and critical writing in Scotland and beyond.



CURRENT | 不合时宜 : Contemporary Art from Scotland is a collaboration between Shanghai Himalayas Museum and Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and organised in partnership with the British Council. 

CURRENT | 不合时宜 : Contemporary Art from Scotland is kindly supported by the British CouncilBritish Council ChinaChina-UK Connections through CultureThe National Lottery through Creative ScotlandScottish Government and Goldsmiths College, University of London. CURRENT | 不合时宜 is a direct result of the Research and Development Trip (January 2014) funded by Creative Scotland.

CURRENT | 不合时宜 : Contemporary Art from Scotland is an Official 2015 UK-China Year of Culture Exchange Event. 


Lead image is of the Residency Venue Zhujiajiao Art Museum, courtesy of Shanghai Himalayas Museum. 

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