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Q&A with artist Carla Scott Fullerton

We are delighted to have been hosting Stretch/Pulled/Inked – a new exhibition by internationally-exhibited sculptor and printmaker Carla Scott Fullerton, which is part of the 2018 Glasgow International visual arts festival.

Carla is one of our long serving artist tutors and a graduate of our Artists’ Mentoring Programme. Things have come full circle, with her having held her first solo show in our space.

Here’s a short Q&A about the exhibition and Carla’s work. You can see the show until Monday 7th May 2018 at The Factory (319 Craigpark Drive, Glasgow G31 2TB). It is open Monday – Wednesday & Friday – Sunday 10am – 6pm, and 10am – 8pm on Thursday.

What can people expect from the Stretch/Pulled/Inked exhibition?

Within this show I’m exploring printmaking within sculpture, through various printmaking techniques and exploring apparatus used within these processes - such as screen-printing and etching. Several large silkscreen sculptures dominate the space, showing imagery exposed on to the screens and pulled ink left behind from the printing processes running through the sculpture.


How would you describe your artistic practice?

I experiment and research with different materials and processes. I look at materials within architecture and the urban environment and begin to experiment. Some materials lead me to new processes and some processes lead me to new materials.


Where do you draw inspiration from?

The city, buildings, materials and the urban environment - how different spaces, materials and forms work together and fit together. I'm also interested in the relationship between elements in this environment, how they work together and how they clash


How long have you worked at Impact Arts?

Since I joined the pilot Artists' Mentoring Programme in either 2003 or 2004. They have always been supportive of my art practice - I held my first solo show in The Factory in Dennistoun, and things have come full circle as this show is taking place in the same space.


What was your experience of the Artists’ Mentoring Programme?

The Artists' Mentoring Programme was a great starting point for me in community arts. At that point, I didn’t have any experience within arts education. But it helped me identify the transferable skills I had, taught me how to design and deliver a workshop, and how to work with different groups - whether children, young people or older people.

It was also helpful having the opportunity to go on placement - in my case within primary schools - while having the support of an artist mentor who would come out, shadow you and make sure everything was okay. It taught me a lot about how to think about schedules and helped me to develop my artistic skills for a community arts setting.


Having worked with Impact Arts on various projects since then, what do you feel about community arts?

I enjoy working with different groups - particularly young people. I enjoy using art as a way to connect with them - whether it's just to give a group a pure hour of enjoyment and get them away from things, or whether it's to teach something else. I feel that it's important that art is for everybody.


Carla's exhibition is on until Monday 7th May 2018 at The Factory (319 Craigpark Drive, Glasgow G31 2TB). It is open Monday – Wednesday & Friday – Sunday 10am – 6pm, and 10am – 8pm on Thursday.

Carla will also be a visual arts tutor on this summer's CashBack to the Future programme in Glasgow, starting on July 3rd. Impact Arts are currently looking for referrals and sign-ups from 12-19 year olds - find more information here.


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