It is with great sadness that we have to start the new year with this message…
DOK Artist Space will no longer exist in its current form from the end of January 2019. Due to the land being developed by an independent Whisky Distillery the shed is having to be relocated before the work can commence. We are unsure who will take over usage of the shed but have been assured it won’t be demolished.
Sadly, we cannot compete with larger corporations and due to financial constraints, time and other life commitments we are unable to carry on in our current state without permanent premises. We do however still aim to be active in organising several pop-up events during the year, so please do keep an eye on our social media for details. We hope that you can give continued support by being involved or attending future exhibitions.
Every person that has walked through the doors of the shed was in awe of what is undoubtedly a unique one-off space. We have enjoyed every minute of it and could not be where we are today without your support.
Finally, we would like to thank all the amazingly talented artists that we have worked with since the idea became a reality in 2015 and wish every one of you a fantastic future. We will look forward to seeing you all at a farewell event on 25th January to which everyone will be invited. Details to follow.
Olivia and Karen
Michael Kay Terence's exhibition Heads Down THUMBS UP will be running in the Steel Shed from tonight until Monday. The artist has previously exhibited in a wide range of locations, from London to Glasgow, Dunbar to Irvine, and DOK are delighted to be added to this prestigious list.
Further information about the artist's fascinating work can be found on Michael's website.
Opening Night: Friday 10 November 7pm
Saturday 11 - Monday 13 November 11-5pm
Running from 3-5 November 2017, Huts and Cuts was the first solo exhibition by Edinburgh artist Karen Fleming. Like all the exhibitions hosted by DOK, it benefitted from the Steel Shed's unique backdrop.
Karen's current work is a representation of her own upbringing in the capital's housing schemes, where swing parks and other areas where children played became oases of games, laughter and adventure surrounded by the towering blocks of flats. Inspired by basic aspects of childhood wonder - glass jars enclosing wriggling tadpoles, a Tarzan swing, fishing in the Union Canal with sticks, adventure playgrounds, the simple joys of running around in circles - the paintings use bold colours, abstract shapes and textures to reflect the vibrancy and beauty to be found in even the most simplistic of activities and pleasures; particularly in areas of Edinburgh which have experienced social challenges.
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Huts and Cuts is a series of paintings influenced by memories and images of the playgrounds and outdoor spaces Karen played in while growing up in council estates in Edinburgh.
Friday 3rd November, 6.30-8.30pm / Saturday 4th-Sunday 5th November, 12-4pm.
POP UP EXHIBITION OPEN TODAY | SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2017 | 10-1pm
A solo exhibition 'Judgment' by Laully of the Hive3b, an Environmental Wood Artist.
All work for sale.
photo by @cottonlazarrus of www.mjdacreative.com | Piece featured ‘unarm to enable'
My Electric Love Affair, Rodney Relax, Andy Brown & SPG One
Saturday 28th October | Doors open at 7pm | Bands on 8pm - late
Basic donations bar on the night lager,wine, juice | BYOB (£2 corkage)
Suggested donation to gig £5 on the night | All money raised goes towards raising funds for DOK relocation costs
DOK Artist Space have been busy accumulating an impressive library of contemporary art-related reference books. We are collaborating with Edinburgh's Central Library in pooling resources so anyone wishing to access titles can be directed appropriately. This venture is in its early stages and although the process is gathering momentum we would welcome donations. We will post bulletins as our library develops but if you would like further information Contact Us.
As was featured in the most recent edition of The Leither Magazine, just over a year after launching, DOK Artist Space is going from strength to strength. Our Facebook followers are rising all the time, and as you read this our tally of followers is just short of 1,000. Onwards and upwards!
Opening tonight, Friday 29 September, at 7pm, Lewis's exhibition runs from Saturday 30 September until Monday 2 October, from 12-4pm in the Steel Shed at DOK.
The industrial backdrop of the shed and the docklands beyond is the perfect setting for this young artist's first solo exhibition. In many ways echoing aspects of last month's 'Locality', Lewis's work is a strong reflection of his own background in Central Scotland (specifically Falkirk/Fawkirk.) Typical with many artists from the nation's working class heartlands, he seeks to portray the complexities of communities that have been scarred by industrial decline and plagued by sectarianism, yet continue to emerge with positivity and a wider community spirit. He is also drawn to explore more ambiguous historical influences on Central Scottish culture, such as Masonic and Orange institutions.
Lewis's work is underpinned by a rich seam of colloquial humour that would be recognisable to readers of Irvine Welsh's acerbic fiction, not to mention the irreverence of underground comics Viz and Electric Soup. As well as painting and installations he has previously self-designed gloriously anarchic 'Zines.
This exhibition represents the latest in the continuing run of thought-provoking events being hosted at DOK. If you can make the opening, Lewis promises 'thur might be munchie boaxes.'