Arcadeum was established by artists Hans K Clausen and Lindsay Perth during their artist residencies based in North Edinburgh. The residencies were 3 years in duration and in two stages. The first stage was 18 months of socially engaged art works as research towards the second stage, two public art commissions for the Pennywell All Care Centre, built by NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council, through the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership
The arts residencies were funded by Edinburgh Lothians Health Foundation, NHS Lothian, Creative Scotland and North Edinburgh Arts.
Lindsay Perth is an Edinburgh-based Artist and Photographer. Canadian born, Perth has lived in Scotland since 1986. She has exhibited and curated artwork nationally and internationally and worked with arts organisations across Scotland for 19 years.
A common thread in Perth’s work is a preoccupation with temporal ‘places’ and spaces characterised by ﬂux and ﬂuidity. She aims to sympathetically observe ideas related to states such as anxiety or the sublime.
Perth’s work has a strong socially-engaged element and is preoccupied with the role of art and creative processes within the contexts of social change and collaboration. Perth works across forms including installation, moving image, photography, interactivity, design and craft.
Recent creative works include a residency with NHS Forth Valley, producing the publication and touring exhibition of prints from ‘A Sense of Someplace’. A collaborative artwork with NHS Forth Valley service users, this was a powerful series, working with narratives through large collections of anonymous 35mm slides. Also produced during this residency was ‘One Hundred Blinks’
‘One Hundred Blinks’ is a collection of portraits. One hundred faces, aged 0 to 100, are shown in order of age, each face changing to the next during a blink. Filmed in close up with eyes in sharp focus each portrait is an individual with character, wisdom and vulnerability. ‘One Hundred Blinks’ presents a reflective and meditative narrative that is essentially the human experience.
Lindsay is also a member of artist collective Ethel Maude.
Hans K Clausen
Hans K Clausen is a visual artist who lives in Edinburgh where he has a studio at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Following careers in social work and therapeutic counselling he completed a diploma at Leith School of Art and BA (Hons) in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art graduating in 2012. In the same year he won London’s Signature Art Prize for Sculpture and was featured as an emerging artist of the year by the Catlin Art Guide. Hans was an invited artist at the Society of Scottish Artists Show at The Royal Scottish Academy in 2013 and in 2014 was selected for The Leith School of Art’s 25th anniversary alumni show at The Dovecot Gallery.
Alongside exhibiting his own work Hans has built interest and expertise in socially engaged practice. Since 2014 he has undertaken projects in Glasgow’s Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, Inverclyde Education Department, an art and science collaboration for Creative Scotland in the Outer Hebrides, an art and therapeutic design residency for NHS Lothian’s new Royal Hospital for Children and a community led public art commission for Spirit of Dumbiedykes.
‘I make art work about the relational dynamics between people and stuff. Through the poetry and the potency of ‘things’ my work is simultaneously an expression of my response to the aesthetics, function and provenance of objects and the associated subjective narratives that the viewer brings.’ Hans K Clausen