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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…

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…

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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…

Preview: Mike Nelson – Eighty Circles Through Canada

12 Nov 2014

Twice Turner-nominated artist's installation made in reaction to death of Erlend Williamson

Subtitled ‘The last possessions of an Orcadian mountain man’, this show by the twice Turner-nominated British artist Mike Nelson comes from a deeply personal place, serving as it does as a reaction to the death of his friend and sometime collaborator…

Interview: artist Elizabeth Corkery discusses new exhibition Small Decors

12 Nov 2014

Explores garden environment and surrounding spatial and representative experience at Telfer Gallery

Having spent a month-long residency at the Telfer Gallery, Boston-based Australian artist Elizabeth Corkery has chosen to explore the garden environment and the spatial and representational experience surrounding it for Small Decors. ‘A lot of my…

Game Masters exhibition celebrating the art of the gaming world comes to Edinburgh

11 Nov 2014

Capital hosts first European stopover for interactive display inviting audiences to play 100 games

We'll start with an easy one: how many film directors can you name? Probably loads. How many record producers? Trickier but still a decent handful. How about game designers? Even with pop culture icons like Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog or global…

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Opinion: Game Masters exhibition and the art of the gaming world

11 Nov 2014

'This exhibition is an opportunity to end the argument over whether or not games can be art'

Most of us play video games in some form. Even if you don't consider yourself to be a gamer, chances are you've picked up a microphone to belt out some Beyoncé on Singstar, tried your hand at tennis on a friend's Wii or played Angry Birds on your…

A guide to the Edinburgh Art Fair 2014

10 Nov 2014

Including where to buy art on a budget and the best galleries for homegrown talent

Artwork by up and coming artists While a number of the exhibitors profess an interest in emerging artists, only few have made the promotion of new artists a priority. is a primarily online gallery focusing on UK student and graduate…

Tony Conrad: Invented Acoustical Tools 1966–2012

10 Nov 20143 stars

Deconstruction has its limits at exhibition of handmade ‘acoustical tools’

An exhibition of Tony Conrad’s work shouldn’t be silent: and this one isn’t. As soon as you enter the first room, the howling, whistling and scraping of a new composition, made with his collection of homespun instruments, draws its fingernails down your…

Preview: No Fixed Abode

10 Nov 2014

Collaboration between Edinburgh Printmakers and The Big Issue explores issues of the 'home'

This November, Edinburgh Printmakers and The Big Issue come together to consider issues of ‘home’ and ‘homelessness’. No Fixed Abode is the outcome of collaboration between artists based at the studio and Big Issue vendors, and which has provided the…

The Lighthouse Late – Fri 24 Oct

27 Oct 20144 stars

Line-up included Ella The Bird, James Yorkston, art collective METASITU and Stuart Murdoch

Glasgow boasts many glorious buildings. Yet hidden down a lane off Buchanan Street sits one of its best kept architectural secrets. Now the secret is out as on Friday 24 October The Lighthouse, together with The List, presented a celebration of…

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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…