We are hosting our first special ‘Critique day’ at Off the Rails. It is open to anyone who has participated on a Fraser Taylor workshop (not necessarily at Off the Rails Arthouse – anywhere as long as Fraser was teaching the course)
This one day vibrant critique will allow you to share your work with a supportive enthusiastic group of fellow artists/designers. You will receive constructive criticism, which will help you to identify strengths and establish methods and approaches on how to develop and advance your practice. Every voice will be valued and relevant in building a community and platform for discussion. Fraser will lead the day.
The intention of this 5 day course will be to strike the right tone between structured demonstration and free experimentation, guiding the participants towards something that feels equal parts committed play and enlivened inquiry. Above all there will be a commitment to the deep practice of looking and responding visually. The class with allow each participant to develop strategies in advancing their own studio practice. Work will be developed individually through discussion. There will be emphasis in building a community invested in sharing and challenging ideas.
Course objectives; making, group critiques, visual research, developing conceptual enquiry, understanding material interests and appropriateness to practice, presentation and installation ideas, influences, addressing goals and ambitions, professional practice, current thinking in art and design, and what makes a practice relevant and contemporary.
Fraser Taylor is an interdisciplinary visual artist who lives and works in Glasgow. After receiving his BA in printed textiles from Glasgow School of Art, Taylor continued his studies at the Royal College of Art in London where he earned a MA. In 1983, upon completion of his studies, Taylor co- founded The Cloth, a creative studio focused on exploring fine art and design practices with particular application to contemporary textile design and production. Works from The Cloth are part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Art Institute of Chicago. The Cloth disbanded in 1988.
Taylor’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, New York, Chicago, San Franciso, London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Sydney.
Since 1983, Taylor has lectured at leading fine art and design institutions of higher learning, including Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths University of London, and the Royal College of Art. In 2001 he was appointed the Visiting Artist in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he continues to serve as Adjunct Professor.
He has been an integral part of our summer school programme since 2016.