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JRA Craft Study Trip to Scotland
Monday, October 14, 2019 to Sunday, October 20, 2019


October 14 - 20, 2019
$3,500 | Maximum 25 guests

Craft Scotland hosts the James Renwick Alliance this October. Learn about the historic influences and contemporary craft in Scotland. This unforgettable trip will include a dozen artist visits, an artist demonstration, curator-led tours at some of Scotland's most important museums and stops at the most unique craft and design cooperatives in the country.  See the recently opened V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first Design Museum and the first V&A outside of London.

Price includes: Most meals, ground transportation, one dozen studio/artist tours, four curator-lead museum tours, all gratuities, admissions, and a $500 non-refundable contribution to the James Renwick Alliance.
Not included: Lodging, airfare, and optional activities


Subject to change

Monday, October 14: Edinburgh
Travel Day
Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, October 15: Edinburgh
Morning: Tour of National Museum of Scotland with Sarah Rothwell (Curator Modern & Contemporary Design) and visit to ceramic and glass collections where the museum has rare glass and ceramic works by Pablo Picasso and others. We may also have the rare opportunity to view the craft objects in storage. 
Afternoon: Artist Studio visits seeing ceramics, glass, and jewelry. Artists include ceramic artist and designer Frances Priest, glass and metal artist Andrea Walsh (recently short-listed for the Loewe Prize) and established jewellery artist Susan Cross who teaches at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Evening: Dinner with short talk by contemporary Scottish jewellery collector and art history scholar, Elizabeth Moignard 


Wednesday, October 16: Borders (Historic Scottish Countryside)
Morning: Tour of Marchmont House and presentation by CHALK plasters. The Marchmont House is a 1750 Palladian mansion open to the public for a limited number of days each year for guided tours and special events, including exhibitions showcasing the work of cutting-edge makers. While there, we will hear from Steven Blench of CHALK plasters who is part of a husband-and-wife team creating unique contemporary artwork in plaster and restoring historic plasterwork.
Afternoon: Lunch, then spend time with glass artists: Jeff Zimmer (former DC native & glass artist), Harry Morgan (artist working in glass, metal and concrete) , Juli Bolanos-Durman (whimsical glass sculpture artist), and Carrie Fertig (Conceptual glass artist and US native). Jeff Zimmer is a DC native and friend of DC Glass School.  Well-known for his ethereal “glass paintings”, his works will be featured in a two person display organized especially for the James Renwick Alliance.
Evening: Dinner


Thursday, October 17: Dundee
Morning: Curator-led tour of the recently opened V&A Dundee followed by lunch with Phil Long, the Director who oversaw the entire Museum development. The museum opened one year prior as Scotland’s first museum dedicated to design and the first V&A outside London.
Afternoon: Tour of Verdant Works in the historic Jute Factory on the Dundee docks to learn about Dundee’s industrial textile heritage.
Evening: View a private exhibition at the country’s premier gallery, The Scottish Gallery, with pre-dinner drinks. Founded in 1842, this is the oldest privately owned gallery in the country, exhibiting traditional and contemporary works. Dinner on your own


Friday, October 18: Edinburgh
Morning: Visit Castle Mills studios with the Edinburgh Printmakers followed by a silversmithing demonstration by maker/educator Bryony Knox.
Afternoon: Studio visit with the internationally viral ceramic artist Jessica Harrison and a tour of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
Then, follow a curator-led tour of Dovecot Studios tapestry center. This unique organization is a world-renowned producer of hand-woven tapestry and gun-tufted rugs. Continuing a century-long heritage of making and collaboration with leading international contemporary artists, the Studio is dedicated to producing extraordinary and engaging works of art by commission from private and public collectors from across the globe. A recent exhibition includes woven works by Grayson Perry.
Evening: Dinner


Saturday, October 19: Glasgow
Morning: Visit House for an Art Lover and see an exhibition of emerging and established Scottish artists. Inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (one of Scotland’s most famous artists and designers), this unique venue combines art gallery and exhibition space, events venue, café, multipurpose artist studios.
Afternoon: Tour of Glasgow School of Art of Jewelry Department led by Anna Gordon, one of Scotland’s leading contemporary jewelry makers
Evening: Farewell Dinner


Sunday, October 20: Edinburgh
Travel Day


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