Touch is Esbat Collective’s fifth exhibition. It features the work of Tessa Berring, Fee Scroggie, Fiona Michie, Komachi Goto, Olivia Irvine, Mel Roy, Rachael Forbes, Caroline Fulton, Penny Forbes, Angela Wingate-Burdon, Rosaly Johnston, Julie Bemment, Rebecca Green, Antonia Dickson, Heather Craig, Carolann Alexander, Sarah Wilson and Mary Trodden.
The exhibition is an exploration of how contemporary art practice is affected by a cultural environment increasingly dominated by digital technology and online networks. Is art becoming lost in the virtual clouds, losing touch with the hands on spaces of studio and art gallery?Touch is about these interfaces - between making and networking, between real and online community, between what is touched and what is caught behind a screen.
Esbat Collective is a group of women artists who came together for a group show in 2016. Many of them first met at Edinburgh College of Art and wanted to continue being part of a creative community based around studio practice and a shared artistic sensibility.
Encompassing film, objects, printing, painting and costume, the show takes the form of a list of symptoms of some self diagnosable contemporary condition.