Adjust / Adapt
27 March 2021 - 24 April 2021
We are delighted to share our new digital exhibition Adjust / Adapt, featured as five individual “still life” compositions, captured by the exceptional Gabriela Silveira. Created by Scottish Furniture Makers Association in partnership with Visual Arts Scotland, this major new members exhibition, presented as part of the 2021 City Art Centre programme, celebrating the transformative power of creativity and craft to transcend challenging times.
Adjust / Adapt explores how domestic interiors are being modified and enhanced in light of the pandemic, with home-working and home-schooling becoming the norm. Domestic and neighbourhood settings are changing and our homes and outdoor spaces are now working harder for occupants; as multigenerational sanctuaries, nurseries, workspaces, classrooms, gymnasiums, cinemas, restaurants.
Adjust / Adapt showcases a diverse range of bespoke pieces and artworks, from an ‘isolation chair’ to a ‘love desk’ to assemblages of glassworks and ceramic sculptures. Each expertly crafted piece seeks to enhance the quality of life and provide a sense of uplift in the face of external pressures resulting from the ongoing pandemic. Many of the exhibits provide a focus on the use of sustainable materials - often locally sourced - in an effort to tackle the growing global climate crisis.
Please enjoy a reduced presentation of the exhibition outlined below. To explore the full digital exhibition visit the Scottish Furniture Makers Association website.
Composition I Spring
Juli Bolaños-Durman - Powerful Ordinary Bonds
Nicholas Denney - Agrell Stool
Lou Davis - Beyond
Simon Harlow - Scott’s Chair
Kirsty MacDonald - Lunar Horizon Desk
Ronnie Payne - Computer Desk
Jonathan Rose - Soft Kist
Composition II Summer
Felicity Bristow - Hand bound Journals
Stephen Finch - Warp & Weft
Daniel Lacey - Still Water Table
Max McCance - Diatom 2 Table
Isabelle Moore - Woven Oak Stool
Rowan Paton - Melting Rainbow
Mella Shaw - Rare Earth
Jack Sheahan - Trapezoidal Cabinet
Composition III Autumn
Duke Christie - Speyside Cabinet
Alice Holttum - Mog’s Place
Isabelle Moore - Folded Metal Chair
Julija Pustovrh - SANDSCAPE
Angus Richardson - Rush-seated Oak Kist
Angus Ross - The Sutherland Chair
Fiona Rutherford - Find the Ways
Simon Whatley - Skewed Writers Desk & Span Tripod Stool
Composition IV Winter
Amanda Baron Glass - Laig Bay
Roland Fraser - Marshalling
Molly Kent - Doubt Plagues Me
Adrian McCurdy - Twisted Chest
Eoghann Menzies - Mairidh Side Cabinet
Janie Morris - The Love Desk
Jonathan Rose & Jennie McCall - Aurora Light
Chris Scotland - Chainsaw Kiss X
Rhona Taylor - Vanishing Points
Mike Whittall - Tales from the East Desk
Composition V Spring
Tom Addy - Isolation Chair
Nicholas Denney - Polychromatic Concrete Table
Rob Elliot - Flow Desk & Chair
Katie Rose Johnston MANIFESTO - Elk Candelabra / Ikebana Pond / Raw Vase
Daniel Lacey - Sylvestris
Anna Liebmann - Nut Basket
Anna Nichols - Lonely Corner in the Room Table & Three Legged Stool
Gavin Robertson - The Phoenix Cabinet
Alasdair Wallace - Clawed Console Table
Yellow Broom - YB22 Series
Tom Addy, Duke Christie, Nicholas Denney, Rob Elliot, Stephen Finch, Simon Harlow, Alice Holttum, Daniel Lacey, Kirsty MacDonald, Max McCance, Adrian McCurdy, Eoghann Menzies, Isabelle Moore, Janie Morris, Anna Nichols, Ronnie Payne, Angus Richardson, Angus Ross, Jonathan Rose, Gavin Robertson, Chris Scotland, Jack Sheahan, Alasdair Wallace, Simon Whatley, Mike Whittall.
Scottish Furniture Makers Association is a membership body which promotes and supports independent furniture designers and makers across Scotland, celebrating their art, craft and creativity. The show also marks the 20th Anniversary of the SFMA's founding. scottishfurnituremakers.org.uk
Amanda Baron, Felicity Bristow, Lou Davis, Juli Bolaños-Durman, Roland Fraser, Molly Kent, Anna Liebmann, Katie Rose Johnston/ MANIFESTO, Rowan Paton, Julija Pustovrh, Fiona Rutherford, Mella Shaw, Rhona Taylor, Yellow Broom.
Visual Arts Scotland is a leading platform for national and international contemporary fine and applied artists. They have a vibrant, active and participatory membership of over 800 practising artists, for whom they provide a platform to support, showcase and celebrate. visualartsscotland.org
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A public digital events programme featuring a great lineup of industry experts and creators, hosted by City Art Centre throughout April. Free to attend. For full details and to register in advance click here.
About the Collaboration
‘The last twelve months have been challenging for all artists and makers in Scotland so we are delighted to be staging this exhibition both to showcase the excellent pieces our members produce and also to celebrate our 20th anniversary as an Association. One big positive born from the pandemic is the building of new and strong alliances, such as our partnership with Visual Arts Scotland. It’s been a really tough year for us all, so it’s heartening that we will be collaborating to present such a positive response to the lockdown.’ - Mike Whittall, Chair, Scottish Furniture Makers Association
‘In a year like no other, Visual Arts Scotland is delighted to be working in partnership with SFMA and City Art Centre to produce a digital exhibition that explores how living spaces have adapted and altered to meet our changing needs in these tumultuous times. We are energised by the prospect of inviting the public to view our collaborative digital showcase, whilst also creating an opportunity for artists and makers to exhibit and sell work after a period where this was challenging, and in many cases, impossible due to Covid-19.’ - Sarah Calmus, President, Visual Arts Scotland President
'Scotland is home to many world class artists, designers and makers. SFMA is a members-led organisation of 70+ stretching from the Scottish Borders to Orkney & Shetland that has worked to promote and represent the interests of those in the sector for two decades. The quality and diversity of work that will be showcased digitally speaks volumes about the immense creativity within the contemporary Applied Arts scene in Scotland. The show demonstrates the profound benefits to be gained by choosing to commission a local designer-maker to create a unique piece of furniture for one’s home and/or place-of-work.” - Simon Whatley, Exhibition Curator, Scottish Furniture Makers Association
‘The City Art Centre is delighted to be partnering with SFMA and VAS for this exhibition, for by celebrating the work of contemporary Scottish artists and makers it promises to bring a little light into the current gloom. We would have loved to showcase the work in the gallery itself, but by the turn of the year it became evident to us all that a physical exhibition just wasn’t going to be possible. So we appreciate all the work that has gone on behind the scenes to create this digital exhibition, proof if it were needed that great work can still be produced in testing times’ - David Patterson, Curatorial and Conservation Manager, City Art Centre
Scottish Furniture Makers Association is a membership body which promotes and supports independent furniture designers and makers across Scotland, celebrating their art, craft and creativity. The show also marks the 20th Anniversary of the SFMA's founding.
Visual Arts Scotland is a leading platform for national and international contemporary fine and applied artists. They have a vibrant, active and participatory membership of over 800 practising artists, for whom they provide a platform to support, showcase and celebrate.
Adjust Adapt was created by Scottish Furniture Makers Association in partnership with Visual Arts Scotland presented by the City Art Centre.
Curatorial team: Sarah Calmus (VAS), Simon Whatley (SFMA).
Creative Producer: Janine Matheson
Documentation: Tina Sorensen
Editorial Photographer: Gabriela Silveira
Filming: Easy Days Creative
Graphic Design: Harry Martin
PR: The Corner Shop PR
Sets: Edinburgh Open Workshop
Soundtrack Music: Kim Moore
Venue: The Leith Theatre
Web development: Designers on the Run
SFMA Install Team: Nicholas Denney, Bazz Granger, Kirsty MacDonald, Janine Matheson, Janie Morris, Isabelle Moore, Anna Nichols, Angus Richardson, Simon Whatley.
SFMA Committee members: Mike Whittall (Chair), Tom Addy, Stephen Finch, Chris Scotland.
SFMA Administrator: Philip Long
VAS Install Team: Sarah Calmus (President), Julie Barnes, Eve Hynd, Beth Legg, Susie Lieper
VAS Council: Amanda Airey, Julie Barnes, Lucilla Sim, Lynsey Mackenzie, Harry Martin, Karen Maxtead, Mella Shaw, Julie-Ann Simpson, Eve Hynd, Beth Lamont, Kam Chan, Toni Harrower, Lyndsey Gilmour, Esther McIntosh.
VAS Administrator: Rowan Paton