First Fridays happen on the first Friday of every month, a gathering place for artists or anyone interested in the arts, an opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and art. We’re still meeting virtually (on Zoom). Perhaps we’ll start to nudge back towards some in-person meetings soon although we don’t really this this feels right just yet despite our government having announced that the pandemic is over.

Adriana Minu

Adriana Minu: Balancing Act

Adriana Minu is an experimental sound/music maker that has set camp in the world of the senses. Her artistic research investigates how elements of our lived experience that precede language can be collected and used in creative ways.

In her vocal improvisation practice she listens to and resonates with what is already there, be it sound, emotion, space, social dynamic or the feeling of a pandemic or political event. She likes collaborating with human and non-human entities by attuning to their sensory potential with her body and voice. Her process driven works take many forms, from a (pandemic inspired) 45 minute participatory guided vocal exploration of one’s private living room to durational performances in which she exists within a sculpture and the effects of time, space and audiences become materialised through her vocal utterances. 

Adriana is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at University of Glasgow and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, funded by AHRC through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. At University of Glasgow she has been teaching two classes: Listening in Culture and Sonic Arts: Interacting with Sound. She has a Masters degree from Glasgow School of Art and spent her formative years at Birmingham Conservatoire doing an undergraduate degree in music technology. Originally from Romania, she now lives in Glasgow in a tenement flat with her husband.

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Giulia Mattera

Giulia Mattera: Emotional Labour 2019

Giulia Mattera is a performance artist whose research-led practice questions ecology; non-human and human interconnectedness; daily life and social structures as ritualised behaviours.

With a strong visual focus her practice explores natural elements via the body, through which she sets herself tasks that deal with failure and challenge the preconceptions of body-mind limitations.


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Samantha Clark

Samantha Clark is a visual artist and writer based in Orkney. Her recent work is a kind of ‘thinking with water’. It’s an attempt to understand our deep entanglement with water, how it invites us to consider the nature of time, of boundaries, of the limits of representation, and our own human limits. Sam will talk about, show and read from some of this work in her presentation.

Sam received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers award in 2018, a Scottish Emerging Writers Residency at Cove Park in 2020 and the William Littlejohn Award from the Royal Scottish Academy in 2021. Her first book “The Clearing” was published by Little, Brown in March 2020.
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