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The Two Roberts: Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde

18 Dec 20144 stars

Intriguing retrospective of two charismatic artists who died young

Reading the literature which accompanies this intriguing retrospective on the work of Ayrshiremen Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde – who were students together at Glasgow School of Art in the early 1930s, lovers from then on, hugely popular…

Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance

18 Dec 20143 stars

Serious-minded show investigates how history can illuminate contemporary fashion

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is surely a treasure trove of ideas for cross-disciplinary projects linking art and fashion. This serious-minded show, devised by fashion designer Mal Burkinshaw and art historian Jill Burke, both from Edinburgh…

Victoria Morton

18 Dec 20144 stars

Self-referential explosions of colour with personal vividness

‘OPTIMUM LIVING MADE EASY’ the quasi-ironic legend just about declaims, from the second of five large-scale paintings that make up a new cycle of work by Victoria Morton. Or at least that's what it appears to say, as the poster-size message which…

2015 Highlights: Visual Art

17 Dec 2014

Featuring: Glasgow Open House, Scotand + Venice, Hidden Door, Edinburgh Annuale, Turner Prize 2015

The first Glasgow Open House took place in 2014 and showed the works of more than 80 emerging and established artists in 32 venues, ranging from flats, gardens, sheds and community centres. The programme for 2015 is set to expand to include more music…

Private View: Good Press

12 Dec 2014

Rachael Cloughton speaks to Good Press founders, Matthew Walkerdine and Jessica Susan Higgins

Good Press was founded in 2011 to provide a platform for the most innovative and exciting independent art publishing. Alongside zines, prints, artists’ books and newspapers, the space also hosts ‘table-top’ exhibitions, showing the work of local and…

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Alasdair Gray: Spheres of Influence I and II

12 Dec 20145 stars

Lovingly curated explorations of the influences on, and the influence of, Glasgow's renaissance man

It's only too fitting that the programme image for the first of these two shows that form part of the Glasgow-wide Alasdair Gray season, lovingly and meticulously put together by Sorcha Dallas to mark Glasgow's original renaissance man's 80th year, is a…

Manuel Chavajay and Rebecca Wilcox: This Might Be A Place For Hummingbirds

12 Dec 20143 stars

Good work suffers from an overcrowded and badly considered exhibition

Following on from the CCA’s double solo show last year with Mounira al Solh and Sarah Forrest, This Might Be a Place for Hummingbirds presents work by Guatemalan artist Manuel Chavajay and Glasgow-based artist Rebecca Wilcox. The exhibition is…

The Hot 100 2014: 100-91

11 Dec 2014

Sophia George, Richard Youngs and Carina Contini among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

The Hot 100 2014: 70-61

11 Dec 2014

Counterflows, Glasgay and Daniel Sloss among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2014

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

The Hot 100 2014: 50-41

11 Dec 2014

Braw Gigs, Rally & Broad and John Byrne among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2014

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

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The Hot 100 2014: 20-11

11 Dec 2014

Summerhall, Ilan Volkov and Green Door Studios among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

The Hot 100 2014: 10-2

11 Dec 2014

Rachel Maclean, Young Fathers and National Collective among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

The Hot 100 2014: Glasgow School of Art

11 Dec 2014

Sam De Santis of GSA Students’ Association on the 2014 fire

Within months of the Mackintosh Building fire, the Phoenix Bursary was helping students make work again. Sam De Santis, head of GSA Students’ Association at the time of the blaze, tells us more

V&A Dundee hit the road in 2015

11 Dec 2014

All aboard the art bus! Museum of Design to embark on first national exhibition tour

The V&A Museum of Design Dundee kicks off 2015 in pimp-my-ride style, with the deployment a custom-built, mobile art bus thanks to its collaboration with the Travelling Gallery. Part of the new museum's national pre-opening campaign, the Design in…

Jim Campbell: Indirect Imaging

5 Dec 20144 stars

American artist's exhibition proves as immersive as it is luminous

The light and a whole lot more besides pours out of the seven pieces in Chicago-born LED auteur Jim Campbell's first ever UK solo show. The moment you set foot into the DCA's foyer, a digital clock behind the reception desk displays the night and day of…

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Christopher Orr: The Beguiled Eye

5 Dec 20144 stars

Orr’s paintings capture a mysterious and enigmatic other world

There is a deceptively simple quality to Christopher Orr’s paintings which only begins to unravel on close scrutiny. At first glance the gallery is smattered with a small number of postcard-sized paintings, all sharing a muted green or brown palette.

Idris Murphy and Paul Martin: Edgelands

5 Dec 20144 stars

Artists from Scotland and Australia respond to landscape

With a grand dome and ornate balconies, the Warburton Gallery is a treasure in the centre of Edinburgh with interiors that command the audience’s initial attention. Within the gallery, *3Edgelands*2, an exhibition by Scottish-based artist Paul Martin…

Turner Prize 2014: Duncan Campbell wins

2 Dec 2014

Artist's challenging video tackling African masks and consumerism culture earns highest acclaim

Duncan Campbell has won the 2014 Turner Prize. The Glasgow-based conceptual artist has earned the prestigious contemporary art honour, worth £25,000, with his video exploring history through dance and African art...

Tales of home this winter with Homecoming Scotland 2014 events

27 Nov 2014

Featuring Station Stories by Sven Warner, Ae Spark o’ Nature’s Fire and The Home Straits

Pop-up theatre, fire sculptures, music and poetry are on offer during November and December as part of finale events celebrating Homecoming Scotland 2014. Taking place across the country in a variety of exiting and unusual place, check out these brand…

Final details for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations revealed

17 Nov 2014

Including a Torchligh Procession through city centre, mini-festival Scot:Lands and the Loony Dook

The final programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations were announced today. Opening proceedings is the much-loved Torchlight Procession (Tue 30 Dec), in which 8 000 torchbearers will take to the streets to walk from George IV Bridge through the…

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Anna Oppermann: Cotoneaster Horizontalis

13 Nov 20144 stars

Stunning installation in Dundee is first ever UK retrospective of the late German artist

An ‘ensemble’ is the name given by the late German artist Anna Oppermann to, in her words, ‘the documentation of a particular method during perception and / or awareness exercises’. What this means in practice is a large…

Interview: Dominic Samsworth explains new exhibition Salting the Mirage

13 Nov 2014

Four tonnes of salt rock covers SWG3 Gallery floor where series of paintings are exhibited

Can you describe the work you will be including in SWG3? I will be showing a new series of paintings. They are shaped canvases based on plan views of swimming pools, painted with pool paint. Here, the status of painting and pool combined, executed with…

Glasgow Women’s Library: 21 Revolutions

13 Nov 2014

21st anniversary of GWL marked by female Scottish writers and artists

21 Revolutions extended an invitation to emerging and established female, Scottish writers and artists to respond to Glasgow Women’s Library’s collections. The project marks the organisation’s 21st anniversary. GWL hosts an eclectic collection of…

Interview: Chloe Dewe Mathews discusses new exhibition Shot At Dawn

12 Nov 2014

Series of photographs marking precise locations WW1 deserters were executed at comes to Edinburgh

In the autumn of 2012, Chloe Dewe Mathews was commissioned by Oxford University to make a new series of work to mark the 100 year anniversary of WWI. ‘At first I was hesitant about taking on such an enormous subject,’ explains Mathews. ‘So I decided to…

Exhibition of Canadian artist Stan Douglas' major works at Fruitmarket Gallery

12 Nov 2014

Featuring videos and images such as 'Video', 'Corrupt Files' and 'Der Sandmann'

When Stan Douglas' play, Helen Lawrence, played as part of this year's Edinburgh International Festival, its live depiction of a post-WW2 film noir beamed against a 3D photographic backdrop. The work looked at the class and racial divides of Vancouver's…