Three Scholars – discuss the impact of the John Kinross Scholarship

Three Scholars – discuss the impact of the John Kinross Scholarship

Online talk   Tuesday 28 September at 7pm on Zoom

The RSA John Kinross Scholarships  are awarded to final year and postgraduate artists and architects to spend a period of 6 to 12 weeks in Florence to research and develop their practice.

Chaired by Mary Bourne RSA this online discussion will hear from three diverse artists about the impact the John Kinross Scholarship has had on their work and careers and discuss the benefits of internationalism .

Celyn Bricker is a British visual artist exploring technology and our relationship to nature. He explores these themes across a range of media, working with AI technology as well as painting, printmaking and installation.  Celyn has shown his work widely in Europe, North America and Asia. He has had his work covered in Forbes and was recently invited as a speaker to the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai. Celyn is co-founder of CELU Studio, an interdisciplinary art studio that uses art to both communicate and address environmental issues. In his current work, Celyn is developing a kind of glass that can be used to prevent bird collisions with buildings; paintings that are able to remove pollution from the air, and interactive AI artworks that explore our connection with the natural world.

David Cass’ artistic approach is wide-ranging: each project anchored by sustainability and environmental campaign. While painting and construction are the artforms he uses most often, his recent projects also involve photography, writing, audience participation and curation. Bound by their use of gathered and recycled source materials, Cass’ artworks each investigate water in some way. Often, these works explore past examples of extreme weather events, drawing parallels with the climate-change driven weather patterns we’re seeing around the world today. His creative investigation of Florence’s 1966 ‘Great Flood’ is one such example.

Emma Finn is an Irish artist and filmmaker. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, funded by The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). Finn’s work begins with seeing the potential in the misfires of irrational knowledge. These misfires can occur when knowledge deviates from societal norms but in doing so, provide absurd but inspiring new ways of seeing the world around us. Using narrative devices, Finn aims to guide viewers to these ripples between reality and invention to open questions around how we communicate knowledge when faced with its surprisingly links to animism, chance and coincidence.

Donations are optional but all funds raised go towards supporting Scottish artists and architects, so we hope you give generously.

Register for the online discussion here

Celyn Bricker & Faye Lu, 2020 : YH, LED Screen, computer, custom software, depth sensor
Credit: Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing

David Cass: watercolour on found objects

Emma Finn: Before Colluquy (2018) still.