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Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: experience music and poetry in arty environments with Festival Detours

28 Jul 2014

Luke Wright, Meursault, Eilidh MacAskill and John Osborne prepare to perform in gallery settings

Detours is a series of live shows by music, poetry and theatre artists taking place in galleries across the city. As part of Edinburgh Art Festival, it aims to bring a new audience to visual art by transforming the traditional gallery space. This…

Counterpoint at Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: hoping to add to contemporary art in Scotland, not just repeat it

24 Jul 2014

Alec Finlay, Ellie Harrison, Michelle Hannah, Andrew Miller & more contribute to GENERATION showcase

Talbot Rice Gallery is doing GENERATION with a twist. It is one of 60 venues taking part in Scotland’s biggest ever showcase of art – a huge national event celebrating the work of the country’s artists over the past 25 years – but when the project was…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Tessa Lynch wants your help in building a house in an afternoon

24 Jul 2014

Lynch's show, Raising, simultaneously explores themes of community and property ownership

’I think we’ll just press on,’ says Tessa Lynch, eyeing the steel-grey skies warily. It’s just after lunchtime on a Saturday in July and the drizzle hasn’t stopped all morning, with signs suggesting it’s only going to get worse. The group of 12…

Longlist announced for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2014

23 Jul 2014

The award recognises Fringe shows that encourage audiences to consider their environmental impact

The shortlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, which celebrates the greenest and most sustainable shows of the fringe that encourage audiences to take responsibility for their own environmental impact, has been announced, with 22…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: 10 must-see exhibitions

22 Jul 2014

Featuring Augusto Corrieri & Vincent Gambini, Dalziel + Scullion and Isa Genzken

Augusto Corrieri and Vincent Gambini Could Augusto Corrieri be a fan of the Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup, with its famous mirror scene? After all, his video work, ‘Diorama’, features a human and a sheep copying each other’s actions over the course of…

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to the Scottish Parliament for 2014 Edinburgh Festival

15 Jul 2014

Scotland's history presented in an unparalleled work of collaborative art

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is more than just an unparalleled work of collaborative craft. At 143 metres in length, with 160 panels depicting the history of Scotland from the formation of the rocks to the creation of Scotland’s parliament, it’s an…

Interview: John Byrne set to bring two shows to 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

15 Jul 2014

The polymath artist on what inspires him and why he'll never retire

It’s sometimes easy to forget that John Byrne was a painter before he became a playwright. While he has earned a living as an artist since 1967, only latterly, it seems, has the Paisley-born author of The Slab Boys Trilogy and TV comedy drama Tutti…

Behind the scenes at the Edinburgh festivals

15 Jul 2014

Insiders reveal the preparation put into one of the world's largest cultural events

Jamie Mitchell. Fruitmarket Gallery manager on getting art into the space. The process of an exhibition coming together can spread over a long time frame. Early on it’s about broad strokes, but the closer it gets, it’s more about specifics and we’ll be…

A test run of Alice Finbow's An Attempt at Exhausting a Place at 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

15 Jul 2014

Our columnist Alice White tries her hand at contemplating life in a cafe

In 1974, Georges Perec wrote the book An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, an observation collection of nothing much in particular. Filmmaker and photographer Alice Finbow is going to spend a week doing a ‘contemporary reconfiguring’ during the…

Tamsyn Challenger to bring new show Monoculture to the 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

15 Jul 2014

British artist explains the influence of the selfie on her latest work

Since it was named the Oxford Dictionaries word of 2013, we’ve been witnessing the death of the selfie. Or, more accurately, that kind of cultural limbo where an idea flashes brightly in the collective consciousness for a while before its ubiquity makes…

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Interview: Max Slaven on International Artist Initiated project at 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

Organisations from Commonwealth territories present series of exhibitions and public art in Glasgow

‘International Artist Initiated’ (IAI) is a collaborative art project organised by David Dale Gallery in Glasgow with contributions from six other artist-led organisations from Commonwealth territories. Together they will transform the east end of…

Festival 2014 to host a series of cultural events to celebrate the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

Live music, film, comedy, film and fashion events to coincide with the Games

Glasgow Green Live Zone One of Glasgow’s most iconic city parks will be transformed into a huge home for the duration of the Games. The Living Room hosts the main stage, with themed days celebrating the music of Commonwealth Cultures (Thu 24 Jul)…

Cabbages in an Orchard: The formers and forms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Graham Fagen

15 Jul 20144 stars

Highlights of Fagen's responsive GENERATION show include tense, confrontational teeth portraits

Graham Fagen says he fell out with Mackintosh at the Glasgow School of Art. However, when invited back more than 20 years later to spend time in the Mackintosh archive, he discovered he had more in common with the man than he expected. The body of work…

Music highlights from Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games programme

15 Jul 2014

City prepares for sonic summer with scheduled performances from artists including Aidan Moffat

East End Social. Chemikal Underground’s spotlight on the East End’s charms continues, with Mogwai and Hudson Mohawke playing the Last Big Weekend in Richmond Park (Sat 30 & Sun 31 Aug)

5 things to expect at Glasgow's 2014 film and music event Cargo, Camera… Action!

15 Jul 2014

A day of live screenings, circus performers, DJs and more on the River Cyde Embankment

1. A ghost ship filled with cannibal rats Inspired by the viral story of an abandoned Russian ship heading for Britain’s shores earlier this year, Glasgow’s mighty exponents of the all-in-one film screening / art installation / large-scale outdoor…

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Generation - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

15 Jul 20145 stars

Douglas Gordon, Kate Davis and Richard Wright among SNGoMA1's 25 year contemporary art retrospective

Where to start with a definitive, large-scale exhibition boasting of a nation's ongoing achievements in contemporary art without opening yourself up to claims of self-aggrandisement? Isn’t it for others to sing the praises while we keep our trumpets…

Interview: artist Michelle Hannah, one half of the band Picana Electrica

15 Jul 2014

The performance artist curates Nightflights & pitches herself as 'the Lidl version of Tilda Swinton'

Michelle Hannah is a Glasgow-based performance artist and one half of the band Picana Electrica. She was recently commissioned to produce the new work ‘Statue’ by the Talbot Rice Gallery as part of Counterpoint at the Edinburgh Art Festival. What’s…

Three Scottish art shows inspired by the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

Featuring In Common, Below Another Sky and All Sided Games at a host of local venues

In Common. Glaswegian design studio Recoat have invited artists from Commonwealth countries to paint large-scale murals on five sites in Glasgow. ‘We selected artists that we had followed for some time and had seen their work at other mural festivals,…

Art exhibition The King’s Peace examines the role of photography in peace and warfare

15 Jul 2014

The show is built around the fictional travelogue ‘Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria'

‘Apart from the referendum, war is the big theme of 2014,’ says Kirsten Lloyd, curator of this group show with a difference at Stills. ‘We wanted to stand this theme on its head to instead explore the idea of peace, or what is now often called…

Luke Fowler: The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott

15 Jul 20144 stars

The film artist turns his attention to Marxist historian and CND activist EP Thompson

Luke Fowler’s ongoing fascination with icons of radical thought has extended from film works on punk band The Homosexuals and composer Cornelius Cardew to his Turner-nominated dissection of anti-psychiatrist RD Laing. Each of these has cut-and-pasted…

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Sara Barker: For Myself and Strangers

15 Jul 20143 stars

Barker's delicate, three-dimensional structures invite a greater sense of engagement with the viewer

One of the strengths of GENERATION (the Scotland-wide visual art event currently taking place) is that it showcases not only the work of well-known Scottish contemporary artists but also of those who have quietly built up careers here without become…

Artist Joey Villemont turns to fashion for installation inspiration

14 Jul 2014

'I am interested in the way an idea, a piece or a pattern can evolve successively from a logo'

Artist Joey Villemont has a lifelong and fanatical enthusiasm for the history and techniques of fashion, from catwalk shows and drawings to online presentation and high-street retail. Since making his own clothes from the age of 14, he has continued to…

20 unmissable events during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

With so much going on during the Commonwealth Games, we round up the highlights to sprint along to

Queen’s Baton Relay Various locations across Scotland, until Tue 22 Jul Look out for additional cultural and sporting events taking place along the route to ensure everyone is part of the build-up to the Games. The Marathon Storytelling Cycling…

Hayley Tompkins: Digital Light Pools

8 Jul 20144 stars

Playful painted objects transform our ideas of ordinary items in this solo show

It's the brightest and airiest of environments that have housed Hayley Tompkins’ floor-based bird’s-eye picture-postcard views of holy-hued rainbows, high-rise cityscapes, earth-bound stone formations, tranquil blue seas and fog-bound multi-lane traffic…

Jeanette Lennartsson 'will be sadly missed by all who were lucky enough to work with her'

20 Jun 2014

List publisher Robin Hodge remembers the noted Scottish designer, who died recently

It is with great sadness that we note the death after a long illness of Jeanette who was the designer of The List from 1994 until 1997. Jeanette started work at The List when she and her husband, Marc Lambert (now Director of the Scottish Book Trust…