Tamsin Ghislaine Cunningham is an architect, artist and founder of Open Close, based in Edinburgh. She is a Senior Associate at WT Architecture; ; an award-winning practice based in South Queensferry and working across Scotland, where the architectural approach is focussed on delivering high-quality, innovative and intensely human places and spaces.
Alongside Eileen Hall, Tamsin developed Open Close as a way of examining how a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving not just architects but artists, musicians, designers, social geographers, sociologists and digital agencies might inform an alternative way of re-imagining such public spaces.
EILEEN HALL was born in Quito-Ecuador and has lived in Scotland for 17 years. She is currently working as a Part II Architect for Icosis Architects and founded Open Close with Tamsin Cunningham in 2015. Some of her previous experience includes working for WT Architecture, Konishi Gaffney Architects in Edinburgh, Reiach & Hall Architects, as well as for Aurica Architects in Quito.
Eileen's approach to architecture, art and design is informed by her research into embodied design, place awareness, installation art, sensory experience, neuroscience, the psychology and philosophy of wellbeing, meditation and storytelling, with a special interest in how texture, colour and light affect our perceptions of space and our reactions to various environments. Eileen's artistic practice through drawing & painting explores allegory and abstract symbolism as a medium to understand our subjective experience of place and space.
Toby Paterson is a visual artist born in Glasgow in 1974. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating from the former in 1995. Paterson won the 2002 Beck’s Futures Prize and received a Creative Scotland Award in 2006.
The forms and ideas inherent in architecture inspire Toby's work. He has a particular interest in the post-war reinvention of cities under the influence of Modernism and is intrigued by what the cultural outcome of that influence has been.
Living and working in Glasgow, a city at the heart of the British experience of this phenomenon, Toby's continuing engagement with such a perpetually changing context has informed his consideration of the spaces we inhabit. Paterson’s installations of painting and sculpture in galleries, museums and public space allude to existing sites, aestheticised approaches to the construction of architectural space and the social and political motivations responsible for creating the built environment.
David Lemm is a visual artist based in Edinburgh. His multidisciplinary approach spans various techniques and processes, including printmaking and moving image. David’s work often examines ideas surrounding place, narrative, and perception, whilst playfully exploring symbolism, abstraction and visual communication. He works across a range of projects including research, animation and illustration commissions.
His work has been screened at various international film festivals and he exhibits regularly - including recent solo exhibitions in Edinburgh and London.
Born in 1980, Edinburgh, Scotland, Tommy is an artist, designer and musician who works in a variety of media including visual art, performance, sound and music. Tommy has a particular interest in combining new digital technologies with traditional techniques and materials. His work has been shown at a number of major art institutions and festivals including the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, the CCA, Glasgow, Glasgow International Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival.
Tommy's solo work follows an analytical documentary style and much of it has taken the urban environment as inspiration, dealing with the city’s growth and decay, its temporary quirks and more enduring features. Between 2002 – 2013 Tommy was a member of the artist collective / pop band FOUND. As part of FOUND, he released numerous records and co-created a collection of weird and wonderful interactive sound installations including Cybraphon and #UNRAVEL.
Rob is a writer, artist and academic based between Northern England and Scotland.
His work often involves landscape writing, art-science collaboration, sound recording and film-making and has been collected in numerous publications, exhibitions, installations and releases.
Rob is a PhD researcher in cultural geography at the University of Glasgow, working on art-geography exchanges, Anthropocene landscapes, and György Kepes' interdisciplinary practices and publications at MIT in the 1960s.
Euan trained at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and undertook a postgraduate year in sculpture & painting at Cyprus College of Art, before completing a Conservation Diploma at Edinburgh College of Art in 1996. He worked with practices in Singapore and Edinburgh, including Simpson & Brown Architects for 5 years, before establishing Icosis Architects. Euan has an RIAS Accreditation in Sustainable Building Design.
Michael Davidson joined Icosis Architects in 2005 having previously worked with Richard Shorter and John Renshaw Architects, and Simpson & Brown Architects. He trained at Edinburgh College of Art and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture and Architectural Conservation in 2007. Michael became an Associate with the practice in 2009.
Niall is an artist based in Edinburgh who works across a variety of mediums such as video, sound and performance. His work explores our relationships with place and evolves out of a series of ongoing processes as a result of journeys undertaken, both physical and metaphorical. Niall completed a practice led MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013
Dr Juliette Summers
Juliette is a sociologist and lecturer in Management at the University of St Andrews whose research centres on the intersection of work, identity and democracy, and in particular on employee ownership and participation, worker and community identity development, and political consultation and participation strategies.
Juliette's work on workplace democracy and identity has led to a developing interest in organisations whose value is primarily in their positive externalities: their social worth, not their monetary value. She is currently investigating organisational structures designed around notions of leadership as deliberative spaces; where the deliberative space is occupied not by leaders or leadership, but by commonly identified values and worth, i.e. the public good.
Michael Morrison has worked in the online space for over 10 years, and is currently a Senior Account Manager at Storm ID; an Edinburgh-based agency that uses user-centred design and agile practises to digitally transform a range of public, private, and 3rd sector organisations. Michael is also a musician and writer, and has released and contributed to a number of records and publications since 2007.