The Old Mechanics: Oliver Braid

The Old Mechanics
Oliver Braid
Plymouth School of Creative Arts

The Old Mechanics is a new research project by Oliver Braid investigating the uses of art and the value of utility. For his contribution to Plymouth Art Weekender Oliver will hold a series of informal studio visits around the city with people who ‘became artists’ after retiring from employment ; aiming to discover more about art made by people who have spent their lives being useful for others.

The Old Mechanics premiered at Edinburgh Art Festival, before travelling to Liverpool Biennial Fringe and Plymouth Art Weekender.

Presented with support from Creative Scotland.

Oliver Braid is an acquired taste living and working on Phew, an island off the coast of Glasgow. Solo exhibitions include ‘The Nude Ignity’ , Vane, Newcastle (2016), ‘The one where we wonder what Friends did’, WASPS, Glasgow (2015), ‘Snorlax Beanbag’, Intermedia Gallery, CCA Glasgow, ‘Communal Dolphin Snouting’, Transmission, Glasgow (2013), ‘My Five New Friends’, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2012), and ‘I’ll Look Forward To It’, Collective, Edinburgh, (2011). In 2013, he undertook a residency at Triangle France, and in 2014 was awarded a Creative Scotland Artist Bursary. In 2015 he was in residence at Cooper Gallery, Dundee, and launched his seasonal event venue, Phew.