Enjoy Contemporary Art at Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall

December 12, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Open to all, the Threshold artspace at Perth Concert Hall is free to explore during opening hours and is one of Scotland’s leading non-conventional galleries for contemporary art.   The curated exhibitions often feature exclusive public commissions and limited editions of acclaimed international and local artists, the exhibitions are often initiated by Horsecross Arts who also acquire works for their unique collection of contemporary art.

‘Collect + Support’ is an initiative which provides anyone with an interest in contemporary art to get involved, it also provides an ideal gift solution for someone you know, or even an addition for your own collection. Iliyana Nedkova is the Creative Director of Contemporary Art explains how it works:

What is COLLECT + SUPPORT? 

COLLECT + SUPPORT is Horsecross Arts initiative which I established 10 years ago with the aim of encouraging you to invest in exclusive limited edition artworks by Scottish and international artists and support Horsecross Arts commitment to contemporary art.

How did you come up with the COLLECT + SUPPORT initiative? 

We launched our first limited edition, exclusive to Horsecross Arts, at our first birthday bash in September 2006. This was Glenlandia (2006) – a Pitlochry-inspired quartet by London-based Susan Collins. Ever since, when we commission a major new multi-channel video art installation or a new artist’s film we often work closely with the artists to produce a limited edition print on paper or aluminium exclusive to Horsecross Arts. We proudly acquire one of these rare editions for our museum collection while enabling the patronage of contemporary art, the direct support of artistic practice and the sustainable re-investment in the exhibitions at Threshold artspace.

What is the unique selling point of the COLLECT + SUPPORT limited editions?

We initiated COLLECT + SUPPORT to help you kick-start or nurture your collection of contemporary art. You may even choose to help a friend start or grow their collection by giving them an exclusive gift of an artwork. With all the earned income from the limited editions re-invested in the contemporary art programme at Threshold artspace, you can feel good about + while supporting the professional practice of homegrown and international artists. Be assured that we are very selective and precious about this opportunity. Suffice to say that over the last 10 years we have only commissioned and acquired 8 limited editions by both established and emerging artists including works by Alex Boyd, Susan Collins, Su Grierson, Agnieszka Kozlowska, Katrina McPherson & Simon Fildes, Theresa Pickles and Marek Styczen (sold out).

How affordable is contemporary art? How much are the COLLECT + SUPPORT editions?

All works in the series, signed and numbered by the artists on reverse or the margin, are £50 each excluding VAT, postage and framing and often include up to 30% discount for a triptych or a quartet of works. What is more, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of COLLECT + SUPPORT we have introduced a 10% off offer for any of our limited editions of exclusive artists’ prints on paper or aluminium at any of our curator’s tours in 2016! For sales enquiries please contact Horsecross Arts Box Office or drop me a line at inedkova@horsecross.co.uk.

Can you tell us a bit more about the popular curator’s tours which are known as Coffee, Croissant and Art and happen on selected Wednesdays at lunchtime?

I have been doing curator’s tours since we launched the Threshold artspace in 2005 but for the last two years we have thrown in some coffee and croissant into the art mix. In fact, no prior knowledge of contemporary art is required for you to join the tour but an acquired taste for coffee and croissant or scones and teas is desirable. Invariably, you would come out of the tour well refreshed not least by the stories of the artworks from any of our current exhibitions or the permanent collection, including the limited editions which are all on display. You could even emerge tempted to take an advantage of our 10th anniversary COLLECT + SUPPORT 10% off offer for any of our editions of exclusive artists’ prints on paper or aluminium at any of my curator’s tours!

Which is the latest edition in the COLLECT + SUPPORT series?

During our hugely successful Movement weekend of dance, drama, music, artists’ films and photography celebrating the cultural legacy of the artistc diva and dance pioneer Margaret Morris, (1891-1980) – we launched signs of direction (2016) by Glasgow-based artist Brian Hartley This is a limited edition of ten artist’s photographic prints on museum quality paper (315gsm, acid-free Innova IFA11 smooth cotton matt paper) which features a portrait of the dance artist Solène Weinachter. Struck by the vitality and modernity of Margaret Morris as a visual artist which is reflected even in her own notation for dance, Brian Hatrley approached his passion for dance through drawing, painting and staged photography. I am very pleased that this limited edition has proven so popular (please, hurry up before the edition of 10 runs out) but most of all that it is related to the major new artist’s film commission by Brian Hartley under the same title – one of the four artists’ films inspired by Margaret Morris which we have commissioned and now showing across the ‘wave’ of 22 screens as silent installations and as single-channel works with sound at our ‘cinema lounge’ until 15 January 2017 and thereafter as part of our permanent museum collection.

Movement continues until 15 January 2017  www.horsecross.co.uk.