Media release: Dundee University receives funding for new exhibition


DUNDEE University has received support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, to stage The Pleasure of Expense exhibition at Cooper Gallery Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

This exhibition marks the first major solo exhibition of new works in Scotland by award-winning Slovenian artist Jasmina Cibic, critically-acclaimed since representing Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013.

Visually evocative, the exhibition at Cooper Gallery choreographs film, sculpture, photography, textile, performance and archives into a provocative mediation on the aesthetics and gestures underscoring contemporary politics and international relations.

Composed of a newly-commissioned, gallery-specific filmic installation, a live performance, existing works and archival material, the exhibition and its event programme provide a nuanced and subtle play on the recurring politicisation of culture.

The exhibition will open on Thursday 17 October with a new performance featuring an all-female operatic ensemble singing excerpts of political speeches made during key moments of social crisis in the 20th century. Expanded by an extensive Event Series of theatre workshops, artist’s salon, feminist workshop and reading/screening groups, with the exhibition culminating in an international symposium on Saturday 30 November.

Sophie Hao, principal curator, Cooper Gallery, said: “We are thrilled to receive the funding support from Creative Scotland that enables Cooper Gallery to bring new works by Jasmina Cibic to Scotland.

The Pleasure of Experience will not only engage the audience with an immersive and stimulating exhibition, but also construct a creative and critical think tank. Commissioned performances by Scottish based artists. An Event Series and the 12 Hour Non-State Parade International Symposium will reflect the histories and conditions of political discourse in the UK and Europe and explore art’s critical and generative potential in times of political and cultural crisis.”

Iain Munro, acting CEO at Creative Scotland, said: “With funding from the National Lottery, we are pleased to be able to support Dundee University and the first major solo exhibition of new works by Jasmina Cibic.

“This is set to be a timely and important exhibition, and we are delighted to be playing a role in bringing this exciting work to Scottish audiences.”


Notes for editors:

A full breakdown of July’s awards, can be found here.

Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries. It supports a broad spectrum of activity including creative and professional development, research and development, production, small capital requirements, touring and collaborations, festivals, arts programming, audience development, etc. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at two years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception). Application guidance and forms can be found here

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