As part of the Edinburgh Park arts strategy aimed at engaging a new generation of artists in Scotland, Parabola, the owners of the 43 acres of undeveloped land to south of the existing Edinburgh Park has announced that it has appointed photographer Andy Mather to undertake a year-long photography residency inspired by Edinburgh Park.
The residency will culminate in an exhibition at Mach 1, the iconic marketing suite designed by award-winning artist David Mach. The photography residency follows the recent announcement to commission Rachel Plummer to produce a poem in celebration of Mach1.
The focus of Parabola’s creative plan for Edinburgh Park is to create partnerships with leading cultural institutions in Edinburgh and to develop opportunities for emerging artists to make new work at Edinburgh Park. The photography residency is in partnership with Stills Gallery and the poetry commission was arranged in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library. The commissions and residencies will be managed for Parabola by curator Matthew Jarratt.
Peter Millican OBE, founder and Chairman of Parabola said:
“As part of our arts strategy, Parabola is delighted to confirm that our first residency in photography will be undertaken by Andy Mather. Andy truly understood the brief and brings depth and understanding to portraying the unique space and our ambition for Edinburgh Park to be an inspirational place in the city.”
Commenting on the decision to appoint Andy Mather, Parabola’s Arts Consultant for Edinburgh Park, Matthew Jarratt commented:
“We are thrilled to be working with Andy Mather as part of Parabola’s arts strategy. The commitment of Parabola to work with emerging artists is being realised with the commissioning of Rachel Plummer and now the award of the residency to Andy Mather. Parabola’s commitment to the arts and creating new work is ensuring that Edinburgh Park remains an exemplar of design and artistic output.”
Andy Mather, added:
“I am keen to capture the relationship of Edinburgh Park to the city centre, to use my inquisitive nature to explore and experiment how best to document not only how Edinburgh Park will become a cultural destination and creative campus but also the logistics and mechanisms that will support the mission to redefine living and working in Edinburgh. “