Aqsa Arif, SaltSpace Co-operative,

Aqsa Arif is a multi-media artist with a First-Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art. In her personal practice, she specialises in the use of film, photography, print, poetry and architecture to create installations and immersive spaces which explore themes around re-inventing the cinema as a physical phenomenon.

She is one of the founding members of SaltSpace Co-operative, a platform for recent graduates and emerging artists to make, sell and exhibit their work as a steppingstone into their creative career. After noticing a lack of transitional support for new and emerging artists based in Glasgow, she along with 10 other graduates set up SaltSpace to provide meaningful opportunities for creative graduates. Founded in July 2019, SaltSpace has three dedicated spaces (Salt Gallery, Makerspace/Shop and Community space) which are situated in the historically rich High Street and Saltmarket area of Glasgow. Through these focused spaces, SaltSpace highlights its commitment to providing inclusive spaces for artists to develop work as well as the chance to engage with the local community and collaborate with the local businesses.

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