Schop – derived from a 17th century Scots word for shop or workshop – is an initiative of Oliver Chapman Architects, Edinburgh to provide a place for creative thinking, learning and the exploration of architecture and art. It is dedicated to bringing the work of artists engaged in the built environment to a wider audience. The summer exhibition by Nick Sargent will feature as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival programme for 2011. His work interrogates the often mutually exclusive relationship between fine art and craft and this new exhibition also explores the nature of the ‘picturesque’. Entitled A Scottish Land: the exhibition principally comprises a large site specific painted embroidered canvas both titled and depicting ‘An unknown view of a Scottish landscape by two unknown artists’. This site specific piece was inspired by a sepia print generically catalogued as ‘General Scottish View‘ and a faded watercolour entitled ‘A Scottish Landscape, Artist Unknown’’. 4th August – 7th October 2011.
- Oliver Chapman Architects and Schop are organising a two-week workshop titled ‘Growing Capital’ aimed at international architecture students keen to participate in a design workshop, which explores contemporary issues that affect the historic city of Edinburgh. The project will interrogate the city’s fragility, not just its vulnerable built fabric and its economic dependency on tourism and financial services, but also its sense of confidence and identity on the fringes of Europe. Winter Course: 9th – 20th January 2012