Nicola Gear – Biography
Nicola Gear has been a practicing visual artist since leaving Goldsmiths College, London University in 1990. During this time she has worked in diverse places, exhibiting widely, taken part in collaborations and had projects supported by the British Council, Scottish Arts Council, Hi-Arts, Glasgow City Council, University of Strathclyde, University of Texas and Triangle Arts Trust (London and South Africa).
Nicola Gear’s work is in both traditional and digital media, producing work for public places such as a public transport system in Johannesburg, as well as exhibitions. Her work questions how objects and landscape contain memory, gathering information mapping time, and examining the boundaries between public and private space. People are involved actively in the process of creating the work, as well as in the presentation. She works with drawing, sculpture, storytelling and oral history alongside digital and web-based technology.
Nicola Gear moved to Inverness and started life aboard Loch Ness Barge in June 2010.
Fabiano Marques is a Brazilian visual artist, graduated in social communication at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP), São Paulo, Brazil. In 2007 through the Artist Links/British Council grant, he took part on a series of art residencies and workshops in the UK, having returned in 2008 with another British Council grant to continue with his researches. In 2010, he once again returns for an art residency in Wysing Arts Centre, in Cambridge, England. Marques has participated in many exhibitions in Brazil and on the exterior such as 26th Bienal de Artes de São Paulo, in 2004; “Programme Tropico-Vegetal” (Lost in Paradise), Palais de Tókio, Paris, in 2006; Landscapes in Perspective, na Gallery 32, in London, in 2008; Observatori 06, in Valencia, MAM na OCA, in Sao Paulo; Geração da Virada: 10 +1, no Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo; Le Bord du monde, na FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier; Au de la Copan/Beyond Copan, at Espace Paul Ricard, Paris.
Fabiano Marques approaches his work is as if it were a game, building structures, which have their own rules of interaction. His playfulness often responds to specific settings, as in Mar Pequeno (2003), a work that takes the name of a tropical setting some 150 kilometers away from Sao Paulo, Brazil where many rivers join the South Atlantic. The work documents a 7-hour interaction between the artist and a series of floating wooden structures, which, at times, function as a raft. More recently, Marques has developed a sculptural airplane using the design of the plan for the city of Brasilia, and in testing its ability to fly he will also seek to test the concept of Brazilian modernism and identity.
Mary Somerville – Biography
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2010 with a first class BA(Hons) in Fine Art, after completing a BSc in Architecture at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. Working predominantly in stop motion animation and sculpture, she has exhibited her work widely across the UK, including Re-animate’ at Oriel Davis Gallery in Powyss, Wales, the Mutual Artists Film Showcase at Glasgow Short Film Festival, ‘When the Moon Hits Your Eye’, in London, and the RSA New Contemporaries Show in Edinburgh. A recipient of the John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, she has work in the Royal Scottish Academy’s permanent collection and was recently awarded a RSA Residencies
of Scotland 2011 bursary at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, in association with the Royal Scottish Academy and Creative Scotland.