The University’s Talbot Rice Gallery will this summer launch its first Patrons Programme, offering supporters the unique opportunity to contribute to new artistic talent and community outreach, to take contemporary art into classrooms and prisons, and invite groups dealing with homelessness into the Gallery for every exhibition.
Philanthropic support has helped the Talbot Rice Gallery bring the work of world-renowned artists like Jenny Holzer, John Akomfrah, Alice Neel and David Claerbout to Edinburgh, and commission new work by the likes of Lucy Skaer, Jesse Jones and Samson Young.
With a 19th century former natural history museum and a contemporary white cube to fuel its engine, Talbot Rice Gallery is committed to exploring what the University of Edinburgh can contribute to contemporary art practice today and into the future. The Patrons Programme will enable artists to make their most ambitious work and enable the Gallery to bring that work to new audiences.
Samson Young’s first solo exhibition in the UK, 'Real Music' will be on view at Talbot Rice Gallery through until 5 October. Critically acclaimed and a highlight of the Edinburgh Art Festival programme, it has been created through close collaboration with the University's Next Generation Sound Synthesis research group - an exploratory project group concerned entirely with synthetic sound, and made up of of twelve engineers and numerical methods specialists. This exhibition of work by the Hong Kong artist and composer Samson Young focuses on the creation of entirely synthetic sounds, and challenges fixed notions of authenticity in music, sculpture and society by looking at how virtual instruments might sound in imagined environments.
We are very excited to be expanding our supporter opportunities through the launch of the Patrons Programme, which will help us to further develop our exhibition programme and ground-breaking commissions. We’re looking forward to building a vibrant community as we endeavour to bring ever-more ambitious exhibitions to the city. Samson Young’s work is exemplary of our mission - we’re trying to discover what this wonderful 16th century University can contribute to contemporary art production today that simply wouldn’t otherwise exist.
The following images give a taste of the innovative nature of the exhibition.