Many of our projects are about improving the visibility of an organisation or an art form - whether it is the demonstration of the production process (our new project for Edinburgh Printmakers), opening up to new audiences (our Theatre Royal project for Scottish Opera) or indeed the revealing of a rich architectural and narrative heritage (our recent submission for St Peters / Kilmahew).
The act of artistic production sits on an extremely wide sliding scale between intense introspection and broad engagement, between an essentially private act and then its public consumption. Like any thoughtful act there is a need to internalise the creative struggle and on the other hand publicise, share and polemicise the outcomes. And it is no different for organisations with their need to nurture the art forms they support and at the same time make them visible to the outside world.
Reflecting back across our artistic projects we have searched for new ways to open up artistic endeavour and in these three projects three ideas stand out, at the Printmakers new refurbishment project the idea of building a shop front, at the Theatre Royal making a bold new corner and in our thoughts for Kilmahew Estate, hollowing out the forest to make a big clearing. Each in their own way, the shopfront, the corner and the open landscape are about offering up to the hidden - creating a stage on which to be seen.
It is a two way dialogue. For every shopfront that reveals what is hidden, there is a view back from the hidden to the street outside, for every marker on the corner to flag a hidden setting there is an opportunity for the hidden to wave the flag, and in making a clearing in the wood the hidden becomes visible.