Gemma Coyle, has been chosen by the UK Young Artists organisation to represent the UK at the next International Young Artists Biennale in Morocco next year.
This follows a selection procedure which saw over 450 artists whittled down to the best 48. These artists then exhibited their works at the UK Young Artists festival in Derby at the end of October and the top 13 were chosen to represent the best of UK young art at the Morocco Arts Festival.
The artwork Gemma creates always highlights issues that are relevant to us all. Foresight Future Flooding report asks "How will climate change affect us in 30 to 100 years time? How much will flooding increase? And how should we prepare?" Now you can rest easy as Gemma has the answers with her Mobile Abode's.
Using high waste material, Ballpoint pens, she proposes to recreate all of the unique architecture that are in the potential flood danger zones on wheels so that whole towns, cities etc. can flee the floods but keep their identity. The buildings will be horse drawn to help future environmental problems. Chrysler Horse Drawn is a small scale model of the potential structure.
Although currently working on a commission, funded by Hope Scott Trust, for an exhibition in London early in 2010, Gemma's thoughts are also on how to transport her Chrysler building safely to the Morocco festival; "any damage while being transported would be devastating" said Gemma, 28; "I am trying to work out the safest way to get my piece to the festival.".
As well as a professional artist, Gemma - with her colleague and fellow artist Aimee Bogacz, set up a Community Interest Company called Fizzy Milk* which runs an alternative art class at Inverkeithing Community Use every Thursday evening. She also organises art workshops in East Lothian schools, for The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and is the education co-ordinator for the Royal Scottish Academy.