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【week 3】research about AIRs

The changes and challenges of the cultural devolution of the late

1960s in Scotland’s contemporary art and the impact of the political devolution that followed in 1999.


similarities and differences you can perceive between these organisations?

The 57 Gallery was an artist-run gallery. The gallery was founded by a group of painters, with artist Daphne Dyce Sharp turning her studio at 53 George Street into an exhibition space. In 1984, the Gallery merged with the Fruitmarket Gallery. Dissenters to this merger went on to form Collective.

“Dissenting New 57 members… formed Collective on the basis of the original ’57 constitution”, as academic Neil Mulholland has written

Collective: a contemporary art centre in Edinburgh, named “Artist’s Collective Gallery” in 1984. Collective opened the new site in November 2018 as a centre for contemporary art. It includes the renovated City Observatory and City Dome and two new buildings: the Hillside, an exhibition space, and the Lookout, a restaurant run by Gardener’s Cottage. Since it was founded, Collective has supported the work of emerging artists and curators, which it continues through its Satellites Programme.

It hosted feminist academic, The City Dome at Collective has also hosted new work by artists showing in Scotland for the first time.


Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA): with two contemporary art galleries, a two-screen cinema, a print studio, a learning and public engagement programme, a shop, and a café bar.

A partnership between the Council, the University of Dundee, and a newly formed company, Dundee Contemporary Arts, has been established.

The centre currently receives approximately 380,000 visitors per year


Do artist-run projects do anything better than large institutions? What does a large institution offer that artist-run projects lack?

Large institution offer more founding and resource resources for states.

AIRs Insufficiently large funds may lead to a focus on fundraising rather than improving the arts; they rely on SAC for relief.

Location, Insecurity of the building in which AIR is located,

Relative cultural autonomy relinquished

enthusiastic amateurs, blurring the strict boundaries between professional fields

AIRs are better in some aspects and more democratic

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