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The King's Peace: Realism and War

24 Oct 20144 stars

Eclectic exhibition of photography, essays and films as part of GENERATION

The one hundred year anniversary of the First World War is the starting point of this dense compendium of war in pieces curated by artist Owen Logan and Kirsten Lloyd of Stills. Here, Logan's satirical photo-essay, ‘Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in…

The best visual art exhibitions – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Featuring Nana Shiomi, Jonathan Meese, Tessa Lynch, Thomas Joshua Cooper and Vanessa Billy

Nana Shiomi: Reverse: Universe For her first solo show in Scotland, Japanese artist Nana Shiomi exhibits woodcut prints that reflect on the duality of the east and west. Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, until Sat 1 Nov. Jonathan Meese: Pump Up…

Preview: Vanessa Billy – Sustain, Sustain

21 Oct 2014

First solo exhibition in Scotland from Swiss artist aims to reconsider preconceptions about everyday

Swiss artist Vanessa Billy creates unlikely conversation pieces, bringing together found objects such as lightbulbs, vitamin pills and rocks with her own elements made in traditional art materials including paper, bronze, concrete, glass and resin. In…

Preview: Jonathan Meese – Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Smell!

21 Oct 2014

'Art is the most natural enemy of all ideologies'

‘Meese was invited by (curator) Linsey Young to play the total game of Art in the Glue Factory. Meese will collect most of the work / toys for the „Artevolution“ in Glasgow.’ You’ve never really interviewed someone, even via e-mail, until you’ve…

Nana Shiomi – Reverse Universe

21 Oct 20143 stars

Nature of duality explored in Japanese artist's woodcut prints

The nature of duality, says Japanese artist Nana Shiomi in her self-penned programme notes for this exhibition, is at the heart of her work. Merging the traditional style of her home country with everything she has learned since moving to the UK, these…

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Otolith Group: I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another

21 Oct 2014

Film installation of Lebanese-American writer and artist Etel Adnan reading poetry in Aberdeen

To coincide with their Middle Eastern and North African film season, Peacock Visual Arts have scheduled the installation of the Otolith Group’s film ‘I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another’. The film captures renowned Lebanese-American…

Preview: Night in the Garden 2014

20 Oct 2014

Edinburgh's Royal Botanical Gardens will be lit up at night throughout November

Throughout most of November, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is hosting its inaugural outdoor lighting festival. Visitors will be able to see the city’s celebrated gardens – which have been at their current Inverleith site since 1820 – illuminated…

Interview: 2014 Anna Lobner Exchange winner Lauren Gault

14 Oct 2014

Artist discusses the ideas behind her new work as she prepares for Düsseldorf residency

Lauren Gault graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2008 and currently lives and works in Glasgow. She was recently awarded the prestigious Anna Lobner Exchange, which will allow Gault to spend a period of time in Düsseldorf to create a…

Preview of Thomas Joshua Cooper: Scattered Waters – Sources, Streams, Rivers

14 Oct 2014

American photographer has turned the lens on his adopted homeland with photos of Scottish rivers

Thomas Joshua Cooper’s photography has taken him all over the world. He has spent 24 years, for example, capturing in meticulous black and white prints the edges of the Atlantic Ocean. It has taken him to both poles, and five continents. But, at the…

Sculptor Tessa Lynch discusses her new exhibition Café Concrete

14 Oct 2014

‘The premise of the show is the portrait of a city-living artist'

Tessa Lynch’s solo exhibition, Café Concrete, presents work made throughout her year-long graduate fellowship at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Lynch will present a series of new sculptures constructed in an industrial manner and she intends the…

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Auld Alliance Contemporary Exhibitions

13 Oct 20143 stars

Five French and four Scottish artists are exhibiting including Jacob Kerray and Paella

French fancies abound in this group show of work from nine artists – five French, four from Scotland – mixed and matched across two galleries that bridge the gaps between Edinburgh's New Town and the city's West End. This is made explicit in Samantha…

Highlights of Glasgow's LGBT celebration Glasgay 2014

9 Oct 2014

Including Cardinal Sinne, Ron Athey, Vikki Stone, Mouse & Reservoir Ducks and Sara Pascoe

Cardinal Sinne A cardinal has to prove his heterosexuality in this religious comedy. Writer Raymond Burke and director Grant Smeaton have created an awkward situation for those most esteemed of men. Tron Theatre, Wed 22 Oct--Sat 1 Nov. Ron…

Lighthouse Late lineup includes James Yorkston, Ella the Bird and Jonathan Barnbrook – Fri 24 Oct

7 Oct 2014

Evening of live music and DJ sets, film screenings, talks, demonstrations and workshops

On Friday 24 October, The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture in Glasgow, will be transformed into a hub of creative activity for the first ever Lighthouse Late. The event celebrates design, music and cinema with a programme of…

ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

6 Oct 20144 stars

Highlights include Queen of Krump, Kia Labeija and M Lamar's stunning musical evocation of slavery

Arika's dynamic reconstruction of the festival format makes the discussions as important as the artistic presentations: with academics brushing shoulders with the Queen of Krump and opera singer M Lamar, Episode 6 places music and dance in the context…

Prehistoric Friends, Two Wings and Ubre Blanca at The Pleasance Sessions

3 Oct 2014

Glasgow's hottest emerging bands take to the stage, plus special guests TYCI DJs

The Pleasance Sessions – Edinburgh’s very own cultural Oktoberfest – returns for its second year. And on Thu 16 Oct, three of Glasgow’s hottest emerging bands hotfoot it east for The List presents … night at the award-nominated music festival. Here’s…

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Rachel Maclean – The Weepers

24 Sep 20144 stars

Superb darkly comic retelling of Celtic Bean Nighe myth from Glasgow film-maker

The Scotch mist that wafts around Duart Castle at the opening of Rachel Maclean's new film speaks volumes about where she's coming from; this major commission for the Mull-based Comar organisation looks like a big leap towards something even more…

Head to the Highlands this Autumn!

19 Sep 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014 has already enjoyed many brilliant moments over the past few months… but there are plenty more to come! Be part of it and check out the jam-packed Highland Homecoming programme; a two-month celebration of the very best of…

Interview: Michael White on his latest exhibition You’re studying that reality… We’ll act again

19 Sep 2014

Glasgow-based artist discusses construction of portrait series challenging societal ideology

Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2009, Michael White has had solo exhibitions at the Glue Factory, the Collective and the Duchy. His latest show, You’re studying that reality… We’ll act again opens at Queens Park Railway Club in…

Things to look forward to at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

19 Sep 2014

Highlights include Augusto Baol film screenings and Drew Taylor's re-imagining of Ginsberg's 'Howl'

Now in its eighth year, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, has always had a commitment to theatre that goes beyond simple issue-based drama into personal reflections on mental health. This year it includes the work of Augusto Boal – a…

Illuminations: The Enchanted Forest and Night in the Garden

17 Sep 2014

Two festivals set to light up the autumn nights in Faskally Wood and Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens

For over a decade now, Faskally Wood has been drawing visitors from far and wide to see it spectacularly lit up and transformed into The Enchanted Forest. Even after Forestry Commission Scotland decided to stop putting on the event, a group of locals…

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Interview: artist Gregor Wright on taking over an office complex for his latest project

16 Sep 2014

'Offices are funny in the first place but when human presence has gone, they become really eerie'

For his solo show at CCA, Gregor Wright has been making work in an empty Victorian office complex on Buchanan Street, using a corridor of rooms to create a body of life-sized foam figures, sculptures, wall drawings and paintings. ‘I had the whole floor…

Turner Prize-nominated artist Duncan Campbell returns to home soil as part of GENERATION

16 Sep 2014

Campbell's Venice Biennale film is ambitious mediation on objects, meaning, economic value and art

Following the Common Guild-curated Scottish show at last year’s Venice Biennale, all three artists have solo shows back home in Glasgow as part of Generation. Duncan Campbell is the last to show to his home crowd, and this work is the most demanding…

Fred Moten, Miss Prissy and M Lamar lined up for ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

16 Sep 2014

The experimental performance fest explores racial and sexual nonconformity in its sixth outing

When the Arika organisation took a side-step from curating experimental music festivals in a now booming scene, they laid the groundwork for their Instal and Kill Your Timid Notion events. The more holistically inclined series of themed Episodes they…

Heather Phillipson – sub-fusc love-feast

16 Sep 20144 stars

Playful and ambitious collection of works that remix and reimagine the natural world

Playing God appears to come natural to Heather Phillipson as the London-born poet, performer, sculptor and video artist gets back to nature by way of a jungle full of photographic cut-out dioramas and big-screen video cut-ups that suggests that the…

Brian Cheeswright: 'It’s a guts and all cross-section of my output, good and bad’

16 Sep 2014

The self-described expressionist painter gears up for 36 Years of Brain Feed exhibition

‘I am searching for a certain crudeness or awkwardness in my work,’ says Edinburgh-based figurative painter Brian Cheeswright’s artist statement on his website. ‘I like to organise problems into my painting and to leave a sense that they are slightly…