Curatorial development in Scotland

Claire Walsh

Claire Walsh is curatorial assistant at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and guest co-editor of MAP throughout 2016. Having studied painting at Limerick School of Art and Design, Walsh went on to do an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2013. Between 2012-2014 she co-edited Occupy Paper, an online contemporary art and writing journal which began life as the tandem publishing leg of Limerick artist-run gallery Occupy Space.

Walsh is interested in editing as practice and the archive as a site for artistic intervention. In 2014 she curated The Artist Writing, Room at ECA, as part of Edinburgh Art Festival, which presented various artists’ publishing projects and explored the relationships between artists, artworks and the written word. As part of this exhibition, she established the on-going project Edits-While-U-Wait: a free editing service for artists’ writings which focuses on the responsibilities and performative aspects of editing.

The idea that archives have the potential to reveal multiple and alternative versions to an established history is central Walsh’s collaborative editorial project for MAP, co-developed with the artist and writer Suzanne van der Lingen. Beginning in 2016, Walsh and van der Lingen will undertake the year-long project Footnoting the Archive which presents the newly digitised MAP archive as an active site for artistic production and intervention. Recent projects at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art have included assisting with the Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965 exhibition and the Pig Rock Bothy programme.

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