07 March 2016

Award-winning art

The artist explains that she has created a "shelter" -
A sculpture made from sofas abandoned on the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, has won a £10,000 art prize. Edinburgh College of Art graduate Emily Binks won the award for a shelter she created from discarded furniture. She will be provided with a house and studio for three months and a monthly stipend as part of the Glenfiddich Residency Award.

Ms Binks, who is originally from West Yorkshire, will also be given a budget to create new works... "I have been re-homing discarded pieces of furniture from around Edinburgh, then combining that with my experiences of being a Scout leader and my knowledge of survival skills...

The piece was chosen from 61 artists on show at the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition which opened in Edinburgh on Saturday...
I'm wondering what the losers of the competition looked like.


  1. "re-homing" - i am stealing that word.


  2. "I am currently experimenting with construction of temporary shelters made from reclaimed materials which humans can interact with, encouraging them to develop a new understanding of objects both in art and day-to-day life."

    Doesn't look like it can keep out rain or keep in heat. Doesn't offer privacy. Doesn't even look safe. Yeah, that's art. Not shelter.

    And what the hell is with all the art speak? "Right now I'm making temporary shelters from discarded furniture you can touch (I don't mind). Maybe you'll think about this stuff differently after seeing this." Oh, I see. Said plainly it can be kind of simple. And simple can't be art.

  3. 10000 quid for a little paint and some sofas from the tip? Whaaaaa??????

  4. I'm not charging enough for my art.

  5. I've been studying illustration and graphic design. I don't mean to use foul language, but I am so sick and tired of bullshit being passed off as art. Give me a Velazquez, Bierstadt, Monet or a Rockwell any day. This garbage is not art. "Modern art is produced by the talent-less, promoted by the unscrupulous, and bought by the clueless."

    1. I have to agree. I can see no art in this conglomeration of cast-offs. They would do better to give the 10,000 pounds to the homeless.

    2. I have to also agree. I was in the Modern art museum in London once, seen an old wrecked mattress with a long fluorescent light stuck through it.. art? I don't think so

  6. Looks more like a fort that a strong five-year-old would have built.


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