Rough Cut Nation, 17th Jun 2009

Rough Cut Nation

I'll be making my festival debut this summer, showing work alongside some pretty nifty company. Rough Cut Nation is a group of young artists from around Scotland, coming together to create a unique, remixed version of Scotland's history. Inspired by street art, graffiti culture, painting, pasting and projecting, we'll be constructing a radically alternative visual story directly onto the walls of the renowned Portrait Gallery.

This is not for the faint hearted.

The gallery, which is currently empty as it awaits a wee bit of a face-lift, provides a blank canvas for Rough Cut Nation to create their reinterpretation of William Hole's original mural painted from 1889-1898. Mirroring his work, our contemporised version will highlight important dates from Scotland's past, the ultimate modern twist to a traditional tale.

Rough Cut Nation is comprised of Elph, Fraser Gray, Kirsty Whiten, Mike Inglis, Peter Martin, Jason Nelson, DUFI, Machism, Paco, Janie Nicoll, Skint and myself. The show will also include the work by young people involved with the artists on off-site projects.

The show will run from 7th - 30th August, so a wee while away yet - but as everyone knows, festival time in Edinburgh is mayhem, so make a note in your diary to see this truly unique installation. It's kind of a once in a lifetime piece.

As part of the show the artists involved will be customising tables, chairs and coat stands from the gallery café. These bespoke furniture pieces will be auctioned on Sunday 30th August - this is your chance to own a little piece of contemporary Scottish art! I've got some pretty cool ideas for my table and chair set, so I'll be sure to keep you posted of my painting progress on Twitter and here on my blog... I'm thinking rambling foliage and delicate hand painted in blossoms in gold, with perhaps the odd flash of Swarovski crystal inlaid into the pattern... perhaps not practical for the Sunday roast, but it'll be dam pretty!