Since 2009 Martine has been part of the artist-run initiative Heartwood siting contemporary art in various locations around Scotland.
For her residency at Abbeyhill Primary School Martine initiated Smart APPs (Abbeyhill Primary Poets) – weekly visual poetry sessions for Primary 4 and Primary 5 pupils. The artist ran the sessions in the classrooms throughout November 2014 complete with APPs stationery, ‘dangerous raisins’ (courtesy of Michael Rosen), acrostic poems with pupils’ first names and French words, weather musings and concrete poetry. Martine’s residency also marked the Book Week Scotland at the school – a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.
Work-in-progress: See the ‘smart Abbeyhill primary poets’ from both Primary 4 and 5 hard at work during the November 2014 sessions and the artist stringing the poems as part of Smart APPs (2015) in her studio throughout the summer of 2015:
Art field trip: In February 2015, all of the ‘smart Abbeyhill primary poets’ and their friends and family were invited to see the artist-in-residence exhibiting an iteration of her ongoing Spinning Poetry (2014-on) project which inspired Smart APPs. Spinning Poetry was selected for the Visual Arts Scotland’s VAS:T 2015 exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. As a taster, ‘the poets’ were encouraged to read Hazel Terry’s art blog review of Martine’s work at VAS:T 2015 with a prime mention of Martine’s artist residency at Abbeyhill Primary School. Amelia Byrne, Primary 1/2 managed to catch up with Martine at the Royal Scottish Academy on the last day of the VAS:T 2015 exhibition. Here are some of the exhibition views:
A raisin has escaped
from the raisin jar.
It’s whooshing across the table
like a shooting star.
Now, it’s leaping in the air
like a kangaroo.
‘Look out Dad,
It’s coming for YOU!’