9 June 2016


Wisely arriving the day after the Kave of Karaoke we welcome our sixth artist in residence to Glenfiddich, Emily Binks. Emily who recently graduated from the Edinburgh School of art was the recipient of our 2016 Glenfiddich New Contemporaries Residency Prize. She was selected in March by our judging panel which this year comprised of Scottish arts writer Susan Mansfield, Exhibitions Curator at Dundee Contemporary Arts Graham Domke and one of our very first artists in residence Kenny Hunter.


A native of Yorkshire, Emily, her dog Aika and friend Lisa, drove up from her home in Wakefield in her camper van via a few days stop off in Edinburgh. While she was undertaking her studies in Edinburgh Emily found a rich source of materials for her work by scouring the streets for old furniture, beds, chairs etc that had been placed out for uplifting by the council. These are then adapted dismantled or brought together to take the form of large scale sculptural installations.Iinformed by her life interests of Survival skills and bush craft her works invoke a sense of rudimentary shelter. The skills she has developed through her life outside art as a venture scout leader, not only proving to be useful in her artistic practice but cleary will come into their own for dealing with the weather of a typical Scottish summer  as displayed with her umbrella chair