dispersed centres

Visual arts access, practice, and engagement in rural and remote Newfoundland and Scotland

Jane Vivian Walker

Submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of
Master of Research in Creative Practices

The Glasgow School of Art
Supervisor: Dr. Laura Bissell
August 2016


This project investigates access to the role and practice of being an artist within rural Scotland and Newfoundland. Paired with rug hooking practice as both a research tool and metaphor, my research applies the experiences of seven artists from and/or working in rural places in order to critique rural-urban power dynamics in terms of access to arts education, professional opportunity, and the value of an art practice outside of a city. The study describes two common challenges experienced within both research sites and suggests means for improvement on both local and institutional levels.

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