Recently we invited pop up proposals for the use of the space upstairs at HZ, hoping to provide some much needed space and opportunities to creative folk in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival. One such proposal came from the dynamic duo that is Peel Eezy!
Peel Eezy is the collaborative practice of Gemma Crook and Mina Heydari-Waite, two artists based in Edinburgh city. They are interested in access to art institutions, artist run spaces and arts education. Together they have created a brand of future imaginary art institutions consisting of a collection of installations, art objects, performances, videos and printed matter.
Enter The Art Classroom, an alternative future conception of art production in collage, crayon and clay.
The classroom consists of a Still Life and Life Drawing Class, hosted by Peel Eezy performing as technician characters. With a fixed looped script our classroom technicians guide matriculated students through the process of creating new art objects “tied to the speculative exchange of money”.
Armed with baskets of sweet mandarins, Peel Eezy approached unsuspecting visitors to HZ, inviting them upstairs to take part in a life drawing class, unlike any other. For one thing, the life model was slowly rotating!
My personal favourite material from the classroom was this peculiar clay that turned into a soft but solid foam.
Visitors were invited to hang their work on the walls afterwards, creating a temporary exhibition space.
There was also a small shop and book stand, with previous works by Peel Eezy and zines by other artists interested in artistic pedagogy.
It was a blast having Peel Eezy here last weekend and if you’d like to keep an eye out for their future events, check out their Instagram !