Collective Matter x Panel is a collaboration between Panel and Collective to commission a series
of limited edition, saleable products for a new retail offer for the gallery as it moves to its new
building complex on Calton Hill, due to open to the public in 2018. The aim of Collective Matter x Panel is to invite visitors to the gallery to consider quality making and material value through ideas of location, memory and commemoration. The Collective Matter x Panel product range will be distributed exclusively by Collective, through their physical and online shop and promoted by Collective and Panel as part of a joint marketing and PR strategy. The products will be formally launched in late Spring 2018 to coincide with the opening of Collective’s new gallery building complex and will be promoted through an associated public programme.
Overall, the project celebrates collaboration between creative practice and local manufacture.
Though conceptually and formally diverse, and encompassing a range of disciplines, the
commissions are united by meaningful artistic research and a profound acknowledgement of the capacity objects hold to serve as traces of experience, knowledge and identity. Contradicting the common structures of mass production and consumption usually associated with the Gallery or Museum shop, this project invites audiences to consider quality making and material value. It tests, through making, innovative and ethical mixed-economy models that sustainably support practitioners, and the infrastructure of cultural institutions. Artists Rachel Adams (with jeweller Elizabeth Campbell, Edinburgh), Mick Peter (with master weavers Alex Begg and Co., Ayr), Katie Schwab (with Halley Stevens waxed cotton suppliers, Dundee), designer Katy West (with Brunswick ceramics, Stoke) and photographer Alan Dimmick (with Flensted Mobiles, Denmark) have been invited by Panel with Collective Gallery to create five design objects that speak to the history and context of the organisation, and its position as a new kind of city observatory for Edinburgh with contemporary art at its heart. In so doing, ‘Collective Matter x Panel’ proposes a series of uncommon products - each in form and production a new departure for their creators - that will invite visitors to the gallery to consider the site of Collective (Edinburgh’s Calton Hill) through the lens of astronomy, time-keeping,
trade, architecture and making.