Lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.
20 Primrose Terrace
Edinburgh, EH11 1PE
Contact: Mob - 07806480494, Tel - 0131 623 1870
Through my work I touch on the subtle and intuitive part of life. Those things we all feel, go through and see all around us, often without giving them much notice, attention or importance.
I am interested in exploring the connection and relationship between culture and nature and the human inner and outer experience within it. I use many different materials and means of creative expression (performance, film, sculpture and installation) and it is this concept that unites my whole body of work.
Myths, folklore, fairytales as well as my life experiences and everyday observations all inform my practice. The materials and their combinations I use in my work often say more than one can see at the first sight. I carry out an extensive research into their symbolic meanings, connections and uses in culture.
Symbolism is very important in my work as I believe that primal imagery and symbols hold a great power of communication which is understood by all people regardless of their language, nationality, age or education. I try to reach out to people on a subconscious and emotional level.
Creative and innovative
Enthusiastic and motivated with the ability to motivate others
Effective client relationship management.
Research and analytical skills, technical report writing.
Design, Delivery and evaluation of creative workshops and activities for variety of audiences including children of different age groups and learning styles(age 5-16), adults, clients with spectrum of learning disabilities and the elderly(including those affected by various stages of dementia).
Proven leadership and creative project management skills
Extensive budget management experience, managed budgets of up to £1500.
Effective planning and organisation skills
Coaching and mentoring skills
Team player with ability to work on own initiative
Trustworthy and reliable
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
Track record in designing and delivering and evaluating creative projects, workshops and activities for broad spectrum of people of all ages
Research findings publicised in a journal
Results presented and discussed in a conference for a selected audience of up to 60.
Won a funded training gallery education scholarship through Engage.
Led and managed a learning science project using creative methodologies for young children.
Selected to participate in international collaboration involving 30 artists of different disciplines to produce a series of public performances and workshops within a three week project timescale.
Successfully mentored and coached students with learning disabilities to gain entry into Higher Education.
EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES
2010 The Pilgrimage, performance, Šumava Mountains, Czech Republic
2010 Between Heaven and Earth, Čajovna ‘U naší milé Paní, Klatovy, Czech Republic
2010 Wild Horses, performance, Lake District, Cumbria, UK
2009 Devatero, performance, Hlavňovice, Czech Republic
2008 Into the light, St Gregory’s Centre for the Arts, Norwich, Norfolk
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 A Night At The Opera, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2015 Curious Call, Coburg House Art Studio Gallery, Edinburgh
2015 Coast to Coast, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2014 Art in Shoeboxes, North Edinburgh Art Centre, Edinburgh
2013 Christmas Exhibition, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2013 In the Company of Birds, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 Plight of the Bumblebee, Union Gallery
2011 Rituals, Köysirata Gallery, Turku, Finland
2011 Converge, Out of Blue Gallery, Dalmeny Street, Leith, Edinburgh
2011 Making Waves, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 Time and Duration, performance, Mundesley, Norfolk
2009 Salt of the Earth, Salthouse, Norfolk
2008 Inaugural Exhibition, Tintype Gallery, London
2008 An Invisible Sun Within Us, Warehouse, Norwich, Norfolk
2007 Norwich Fringe Festival Art Trail, Norwich, Norfolk
2006 The Factory Show, The Old Bally Shoe Factory, Norwich, Norfolk
2006 Beyond Sentimentality, NUCA Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk
Work in private collections
GALLERY EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PROJECS
The Open Door
The Open Door, 420 Morningside Road, EH10 5HY, Edinburgh
Activities Coordinator– 3/09/2016 - ongoing
Designing, delivering and evaluating a broad variety of creative activities (visual arts, crafts, storytelling ect) activities for a group of elderly people affected by various stages of dementia
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Fruitmarket Gallery brings to Scotland the work of some of the world’s most important contemporary artists
Sensing the Landscape Youth Art workshop - 07/04/2014
Designing and delivering one-day art workshop for 14–17 year olds. Inspired by Tania Kovats: Oceans at The Fruitmarket Gallery, this workshop drew on the idea of understanding, observing and exploring the local landscape through a range of media to create installation and performance
Outreach Community Workshop – 28/04/2014 - 08/05/2014
Designing a creative workshop inspired by the exhibition by Tania Kovats for elderly people in residential care. It was delivered in two phases one in the gallery followed up a visit in care home
Phase 1 - Sea Memories
The aim of the workshop was to engage with the exhibition by the artist Tania Kovats, Oceans trough reminiscence and one’s personal experience of the sea. This could be cultural, visual or sensory. Inspired by the exhibition the participants were encouraged to make simple drawings and marks or collages that capture personal memories of the sea and coastline.
Phase 2 - Water Art
Building on the initial experience of the exhibition and further developing and exploring the themes of oceans, water and the landscape formed by them the second workshop focused on the sensory and material experience of the element of water exploring its potential as a creative material.
Eagle Lodge Residential Care Home, 488 Ferry Road, Edinburgh
Activities Coordinator – 07/11/2012 -17/08/2016
Organising, planning and delivering variety of activities for elderly residents. Ranging from hands on art and craft sessions, singing, poetry reading, storytelling, reminiscence sessions, gardening, baking and many others. Planning and overseeing social events and outings. Supporting the clients to achieve their full potential on one to one basis as well as in a group environment. Also recruiting, interviewing and supervising volunteers whose help is invaluable to the success of the activities. Creating, updating and reviewing database of person centred individual activity plans and life histories. Risk assessing and evaluating all activities.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, Norfolk
SCVA is a public art gallery and museum at the University of East Anglia (UEA) Norwich.
Culture and Countryside Project -03/2009-10/2010
Outreach project - schools and community centres around Norfolk and Suffolk
Designed and delivered creative workshops whose objective was to encourage pupils, their families and communities to reflect in new ways on their own cultural heritage, local environment and regional traditions. By studying and engaging directly with ritual and ceremonial objects from other cultures, they were at the same time gaining greater global awareness.
Mundesley Encounters – 04/2010 – 09/2010
Outreach project - Mundesley village, North Norfolk coast
Designed, choreographed, directed and also took part in a performance (Time and Duration, 2009) that involved the local community. It explored issues affecting local countryside such as coastal erosion which is changing and transforming the way people live. It was designed for people to reflect on dealing with time and memory, unstoppable change, continuous movement and repetition.
Creative Partnerships Norfolk
Norfolk and Norwich festival, in collaboration with Norfolk County Council Children Services
Creative Partnerships Project – Sundial and Wind Vane – 10/2009-04/2010
Diss Infant and Nursery School with Children's Centre, Norfolk
Creative project based on employing children in using variety of natural materials and exploring and combining them through various scientific and natural processes. The results of the experiments were used in final permanent outdoor installation in the grounds of the school.
Norfolk County Council
County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2DH
Additional Learning Support Assistant - 09/2009 – 06/2010
Wensum lodge, Norwich, Norfolk
Level 3 / 4 Diploma: Foundation Studies in Art and Design and Media
Supporting a number of students on BTEC Art Foundation course. This included students with dyslexia and dyspraxia as well as a student with cerebral palsy and hard of hearing. The duties included note taking during lectures, photocopying, one to one individual support with critical studies assignments and text based work. Supporting students on a practical basis and also assisting them in studio work.
RESIDENCIES AND FUNDED RESEARCH
InCrops Project – 04/2010-02/2011
University of East Anglia in partnership with SCVA and local businesses, Norwich, Norfolk
Undertaking a site visit to a business partner that produces natural non food products. Viewing and learning about new materials, their properties and their production. Exploring the potential for these new materials, both in terms of the possible impact on own creative work as well as developing some ideas for how these materials and technologies might present possibilities for other artists and associated businesses.
Rapid Arts Residency - July - August 2009
Sea Change Arts, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in collaboration with Turku Arts Centre, Finland
Multinational collaborative artist residency at Turku in Finland (artists from Finland, Portugal, and England). This was an intense period (1 month) of collaboration work between musicians, sound artists, dancers, performance artists as well as visual artists. Part of the residency was also running creative and interactive workshops for local community groups such as Unemployment support centre, Community centre for the elderly as well as general public.
Butley Mills Art Studios, Butley, Suffolk - August 2006
2 week long residency focusing on developing new ideas and work by responding to local landscape.
2004 - 2007 - BA(Hons) Fine Art, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, Norfolk
2002 - 2004 - HNC in Fine Art, Richmond Adult Community College, Richmond, Surrey
2001 - 2002 - Access to Art&Design and Photography, Spelthorne College, Ashford, Middlesex
03/2017 –TimeSlips creative storytelling workshop, (TimeSlips offers an elegantly simple revolution
in elder care by infusing creativity into care relationships and systems
10/2013 - First Aid at work - First Aid Scotland
11/2013 - Promoting Excellence:Meaningful Activities Through Four Stages of Dementia, FCT Edinburgh
- Meaningful Life Histories &Documentation of these plus Reminiscence Skills, FCT Edinburgh
10/2013 - Health and safety, hazard identification and Risk assessment, The National Skills Academy
07/2013 - Fire Prevention, The National Skills Academy
07/2013 - Team-Teach Training – Promoting the least intrusive positive handling strategy, with an emphasis
and preference for the use of verbal, non-verbal de-escalation strategies being used and exhausted
before positive handling strategies are utilised, Team- Teach Ltd
02/2012 - Adult Support and Protection Awareness- Midlothian Council
Enquire Project - 09/2008 – 03/2009
Eastern Cluster partners for Engage
Training and delivering gallery based and outreach workshops with a cross section of school groups and young offenders and nurture groups. Regional projects were organized collaboratively with Fruitful Arts, Outpost Gallery, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Kings Lynn Art Centre and Norfolk Schools. The partnership developed capacity amongst galleries, schools and artists to address the government’s Cultural Offer ‘Find Your Talent’ needs.
'I have always believed that art should take a greater part in society as it is a great tool for reaching out to all people, regadless on their age, background or language.
My creative practice is closely connected with the community art projects I carry out and at the forefront of both practices is my love both for people and nature and the need to share it with others.
I have found that the interaction with people informs and conceptually feeds back into my creative work. It has given me a deeper understanding of how people perceive and understand art and how beneficial it can be to one’s wellbeing.'
Marcela Tršová was born in Czech Republic. Since 2000 she has been working, living and studying in the UK. She has completed BA(Hons) in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art in 2007. Since completing her degree she has exhibited nationally and internationally and taken part in residencies and research projects. She has also worked as a gallery educator designing and leading a number of creative gallery and community projects. Currently she lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.