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Doctor Who - Space Oddity

19 Mar 2009

In four years time Doctor Who will be 50 years old, but still it remains one of the most popular and imagination-grabbing shows on television. While the best of British actors and television writers are lining up to work on it, the series’ first…

Place Project

19 Mar 2009

The biggest difference between Edinburgh and Glasgow’s cultural scenes can be located right down at the grassroots. While Glasgow has a plethora of places like Mono, The Arches, CCA and the Art School – centralised hubs where emergent artists, musicians…

James Houston - Cryptic Nights

5 Feb 2009

What happens to your average art school student in the six months after they graduate? A spell travelling? A job waiting tables to finance their next project? Probably not a flurry of media attention, more job offers than they know what to do with…

Jonathan Owen

5 Feb 2009

Beyond their image of well-ordered conformity the great British suburbs have long been hotbeds of creativity, spawning restless youngsters who flee the semi-detached des-res leafiness to find the throbbing heart of the city. The London punk scene’s…

Jac Scott - Excess all areas

14 May 2009

Jac Scott’s new exhibition at the Collins Gallery couldn’t be more perfectly pitched to capture the credit crunch zeitgeist. At a point when many of us are reassessing our expenditure and desire for all types of goods, Excess: Experiments in Living…

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Julian House: The New Spirit Happening

30 Apr 2009

The future as we imagined it floated into view somewhere between 1950 and 1975. This was when a peculiarly English strain of science-fiction emerged, fuelled by postwar possibilities and Cold War paranoia. Quatermass and The Pit and Village of the…

20 Years On: Remembering the Anti-Poll Tax Demonstrations

16 Apr 2009

Margaret Thatcher liked to call it the community charge. To the rest of us it was the poll tax – one of the most universally loathed tax reforms ever to pass through the House of Commons. To commemorate 20 years since the introduction of the poll tax…

Neil Clements: Built. Lacking.

2 Apr 2009

While primarily known as a painter, whose shaped canvases based on the designs of classic rock guitars were shown at DCA last year, Neil Clements’ new series of works for Edinburgh’s doggerfisher has required him to adapt his usual working methods. ‘I…

sh[OUT]: Contemporary Art and Human Rights

2 Apr 2009

PREVIEW EXHIBITION Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex life is placed centre stage this summer as part of GoMA’s biennial social justice programme, which explores human rights through the lens of contemporary art. While there are few…

Secret Wars

2 Apr 2009

The first rule of Art Club is: you don’t talk about Art Club. Unless you’re writing a piece in a magazine. We’re not really sure what an event describing itself as ‘like Fight Club, with artists’ entails, but this live art battle has been running at…

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Darwin and Evolution

2 Apr 2009

As part of Darwin 200 (a dual celebration of the 200th anniversary of the naturalist's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his groundbreaking and controversial On the Origin of Species), Kelvingrove have a new exhibition opening this…

Turner & Italy

19 Mar 2009

An exhibition of paintings by JMW Turner may seem a time-worn prospect, but the National Galleries are offering a new take on the man and his work. ‘Turner came to Scotland six times, but he visited Italy on seven occasions,’ says Christopher Baker…

LGBT Arts Festival Weekend

19 Mar 2009

CREATIVE FESTIVAL LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Edinburgh, Fri 20–Sun 22 Mar Scotland’s capital can lay proud boast to being the only city in the UK to have its own dedicated health and wellbeing centre for LGBT folks, which runs…

Mr Lautner Builds His Dream House

5 Mar 2009

With a new film and major exhibition celebrating his life and work, maverick architect John Lautner’s time may finally have come. Paul Dale looks back at the life of the man who shaped the look of US moviemaking’s hometown.

Artist Rooms: d’Offay Collection

5 Mar 2009

Outside of major retrospectives, the opportunity to see bodies of work by international artists doesn’t come along too often. This is what struck collector and dealer Anthony d’Offay when he first mooted the Artist Rooms project, which bears its first…

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Visual Arts News - Picture perfect

5 Mar 2009

The List are pleased to report that Washington Garcia has launched a new contemporary art gallery space in Glasgow. The already successful gallery will base itself beside the Glasgow Sculpture Studios and SWG3/Studio Warehouse in the Eastvale district…

Hitlist - Visual Art

5 Mar 2009

● Graham Fagen: Somebodyelse The Changing Room relocates to the Tolbooth and inaugurates the space with this compelling exhibition of portrait works by acclaimed Scottish artist Fagen. The Changing Room, Stirling, until Sat 11 Apr. ● Alex Pollard…

Sebastian Buerkner: Glove

5 Mar 2009

Having originally trained as a painter, Sebastian Buerkner became interested in animation while studying for his MA at Chelsea College and never looked back. This, his first exhibition in Scotland, provides a showcase for the artist’s bizarre visual…

Jimmy Robert: Grey Flannel Suits Any Man

19 Feb 2009

In an adaptation of Yoko Ono’s ‘Cut Piece’ for his show Figure de Style at London’s Cubitt Gallery last year, Jimmy Robert bound his torso in strips of tape, which were then ripped off by members of the audience. The performance didn’t stray too far…

Hitlist - Visual Art

19 Feb 2009

● Claire Barclay: Openwide Acclaimed sculptor Barclay uses a range of familiar materials, including leather, wood and metal to create beautifully balanced and crafted installations whose meaning is intentionally ambiguous. Fruitmarket Gallery…

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Poppycock

19 Feb 2009

An exhibition aimed at art lovers who like to keep their fingers pressed firmly to the pulse of up-and-coming talent, Poppycock showcases work by third year Drawing and Painting and Intermedia students at Edinburgh College of Art. The exhibition, which…

Georgina Porteous: 10.32am Airgold Place

19 Feb 2009

Georgina Porteous creates art from familiar objects which, when removed from their usual context, are rendered unrecognisable, causing the viewer to question their purpose. This exhibition of seven works includes a vaginal speculum chandelier…

Richard Demarco's countdown to 80

6 Feb 2009

The Edinburgh institution that is Ricky Demarco continues to blow like a hurricane through Auld Reekie. Marking the 40th anniversary of Telford College, Demarco has put on an exhibition, which opened last night, of items from his Demarco European Art…

Claire Barclay: Pastures new

5 Feb 2009

Claire Barclay is safe inside the glass-fronted confines of Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery putting the final touches to her new show, Openwide, on the day we speak. Given the gallery’s smooth interiors, it’s a knowingly apposite title for two…

Scotland The Great - Homecoming

22 Jan 2009

Four skinny boys stare up at a mountain. The mountain stares back at them. The hairiest one throws his arms out and roars: ‘Does it not make you proud to be Scottish?’; the prettiest one looks up from his vodka bottle, and hurls back bile. It’s been…