Blue MacAskill

Artist, Project manager, Consultant, Gallery educator

Blue has been given access to the National Library of Wales' (NLW) varied collections which consist of many of the Nation's treasures, including a broad range of materials such as manuscripts, maps, photographs, paintings and archives - not to mention the films, sound tapes and off-air recordings that are also housed there. The project was initiated in order to let people know all across Wales, what goes on at the Library and what fabulous collections are housed there. MacAskill graduated from Wimbledon School of Art with a Masters in Fine Art in 2005 and since then Blue has shown films and exhibited throughout the UK as well as in South Africa, Sweden and Portugal. She was voted the most promising young filmmaker at The Swansea Bay Film Festival and recently exhibited as Artist-in-Residence at The National Waterfront Museum. The resulting work from this project, titled: 'Duwiesau Diwydiant' was shown at the 2006 National Eisteddfod in Felindre, near Swansea. The work was on show at the Museum until April 2008. This residency involved a commission for a sound piece with the Welsh Swansea-based folk band SILD. MacAskill said, 'I enjoy working with other artists and groups to make work. It can make a project reach a wider audience and you find so much out about how you produce art and contribute to the cultural community as a whole. For the past two years I have also worked on social projects at schools and with young people, exploring ideas of art and art practise. I am really looking forward to putting all my experience into practise and learning about a new collection.' Blue has been working with the photography collection, especially the wonderful magic lantern slides she hopes to exhibit with the group work in late 2008, with film, print and maybe a publication. Until recently access to the library and building was limited, and restricted to academics. NLW now houses the National Screen and Sound archive of Wales, and is in the process of digitising its archive to make it more accessible. The library is able to provide access to a specialist suite incorporating a workshop and seminar space, and as an outcome for the project the artist will be offered an exhibition at the end of the residency. MacAskill has researched, explored and experienced all collections at the National Library of Wales. This exhibition tells the story of her discoveries and shows artworks that form a personal portrait of the library, reflected back by her response to the residency undertaken during the period January - October 2008. read full statement

Location Powys, Wales
Activities Early years education, Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Adult education, Special needs education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Learning programmes, Arts in health, Disability arts, Community arts, Community consultation, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Curating, Gallery education, Events management, Visual arts consultancy, Project management, Technical installation, Film-making, Photographic documentation