As part of the Audacious Women Festival, DOK participated in an event with Deirdre Brock, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith. This took place in the Living Memory Association in Ocean Terminal on Saturday 25 February. This was a lively discussion about the history of women in art, covering everything from the Guerrilla Girls of the 1980s to artists struggling against sexism and gender inequality today.
"It’s not just with politics and placards that audacious women break down conventional boundaries but with pencils, print and paint. In Edinburgh’s creative heart, Deidre Brock MP will lead a panel discussion with contemporary working artists about how art can defy prevailing attitudes and prejudices and help reshape society".
As part of the Death or Glory exhibition DOK ran a workshop as part of the Audacious Women Festival for women that had never made art since school. It was a really successful day and on Sunday 26 February we are hanging the work that they created alongside the work that is currently up in the container.
If you are about 12-4 please pop in for a plastic cup of wine . Friends, children, men and dogs are welcome too!
DOK Artist Space are racing through Spring with an ambitious programme of events.
DOK are fully committed to the second Audacious Women Festival (AWF), a series of workshops, conversations, entertainment, participation and more, running from 18-26 February. DOK has curated an exhibition of works by female artists that have previously shown work in The Steel Shed under the banner Death or Glory (from the 18-24 February). This is to be followed by Death or Glory II which will show work produced by women who may not have made any artwork since school in a workshop at DOK itself. This will run in collaboration with the exhibition.
As part of the AWF, the DOK Directors Karen Fleming and Olivia Turner have been invited to join Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deirdre Brock for a discussion about contemporary art in Scotland. "It’s not just with politics and placards that audacious women break down conventional boundaries but with pencils, print and paint. In Edinburgh’s creative heart, Deidre Brock MP will lead a panel discussion with contemporary working artists about how art can defy prevailing attitudes and prejudices and help reshape society."
Interview with Karen and Olivia featured on the Audacious Women website.
DOK will host the Edinburgh Students Art Festival from 23-26 February, an exhibition entitled The New Laboratory. There is a special preview on Wednesday 22, from 7-9pm. Refreshments will be available.
DOK Artist Space, a venture founded by artists Karen Fleming and Olivia Turner, graduates of Edinburgh College of Art, were searching for studios (the irony being that Edinburgh, despite its world-renowned art college and thriving Arts Festival, lacks affordable studio space.) Ocean Terminal introduced the DOK directors to a mysterious building behind Ocean Terminal, known to the relatively few people aware of its existence as ‘the steel shed’.
Tucked between the multi-storey car park and the tranquil waters of Western Harbour, the shed was built when the area where people now shop, dine, view movies or use the 24-hour gym was the location of the Henry Robb shipyards. Constructed like a ship, complete with riveted seams and portholes, and painted battleship grey, it is a building of immense historic significance, a time capsule reflecting the era when Leith was a bustling port. Built by Robb's apprentices honing their skills, the steel building was originally a bomb-proof store for shipping blueprints, as well as a first-aid station.
Industrial decline in the 1980s, exacerbated by the Thatcher Government's switch in emphasis from manufacturing to financial markets, saw the Henry Robb yards close. Their gates creaked shut for the last time in June 1984, bringing 500 years of Leith shipbuilding to an end. As the Robb buildings were systematically scrapped, the steel shed survived, protected by Historic Scotland's granting of listed status. The former paint store first brushed with more contemporary artwork when the derelict jetty beside it was chosen to host Figure VI, a life-size figure created by Angel of the North sculptor Antony Gormley for his project 6 Times.
After DOK moved into the shed, Ocean Terminal, in conjunction with Forth Ports Authority, arranged for shipping containers to be placed alongside. DOK now offer studios for working artists and workshops for artists of all ages and abilities, as well as space for exhibitions by local and international artists working in a diverse range of mediums. DOK was a venue for the Edinburgh Arts Festival in 2016.
DOK’s aim is being steadily realised - to nurture a unique and vibrant artistic community beating at the very heart of what were once Leith’s prosperous docklands.