It’s been a long time in coming, but finally I’ve gotten round to recording my first ‘real’ interview podcast, and accompanying video, this week with Fraser Gray – Dundee-born visual artist and arts educator.

As a blog that aims to help promote Edinburgh’s growing public art scene, it felt appropriate to begin with Fraser as one of an increasing number of artists transforming select walls and shutters around the city and its suburbs.

At his new studio at Edinburgh Palette we touched on his roots in graffiti, which led to a Fine Arts education at Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College. These days his work can be found painted onto prominent city centre spots in Leith and Abbeyhill.

We also spoke at length about the creeping marketing influence on murals by larger multinational companies, and the resulting subversion of current advertising laws that are beginning to make some quarters increasingly suspicious of ‘street art’.

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I guess you could say we covered a lot of ground, some specific to Fraser’s work, others less so, but it was all very interesting – a good time and beer was had!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this first episode. Any feedback and suggestions for future podcasts, as ever, gratefully received.

Thanks once again to Fraser and his studio-mate Kyle for allowing me to be generally annoying with my camera and equipment for a good few hours!

Steven
UKB

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