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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…

Interview: Glasgow artist Conor Kelly asks 'Do You Feel Like We Do?'

16 Sep 2014

Show at CCA's Intermedia Gallery considers social aspect of painting in relation to perception

Conor Kelly’s show at CCA’s Intermedia Gallery marks something of a departure from his previous work. Rather than looking at history and historical characters, here Kelly takes apes and monkeys as his subject, using images from the internet and…

Claude Closky: 10, 20, 30 & 40%

16 Sep 20143 stars

French avant-savant artist exhibits new series of minatures at Summerhall

They could be pages torn from an art-zine, an architect's portfolio or a sketchpad given to pre-schools on a rainy day, such is the playful but matter-of-fact show-and-don't-tellness of French avant-savant Claude Clocky’s new series of miniatures.

GENERATION By Night - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Sep 2014

16 Sep 2014

Golden Teacher and Optimo enhance a celebration of contemporary Scottish art

We’ve already awarded a well-deserved five stars to Modern Art One’s strand of the GENERATION project, which celebrates the past 25 years of contemporary Scottish art. Our reviewer on that occasion was especially impressed by Douglas Gordon’s ‘24 Hour…

Five Reasons to go to FRESH 14

15 Sep 2014

Glasgow University's freshers' fair promises free food, drink, dance and more

Drink up Far be it for us to perpetuate the broke student stereotype, but who says no to free food and drinks? There’ll be Keglevich vodka shots and Rekorderlig cider doing the rounds, plus Chicken Cottage and Crolla’s ice-cream. You know, all the…

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A guide to Scotland's grassroots visual art groups in 2014

11 Sep 2014

Featuring David Dale Gallery, Glasgow Open House, 2|1|4|1 and the Black Cube Collective

‘Quite often, as a graduating student, it's hard to see what lies past graduation,’ explains Max Slaven, discussing the beginnings of the David Dale Gallery and Studios. In 2009, alongside Ellie Royle and Ralph Mackenzie, Slaven founded the gallery: ‘We…

Creative Mackintosh Festival: an opportunity to celebrate the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

11 Sep 2014

The Glasgow artist and designer will be the subject of a month of films, exhibitions and live events

Now in its third year and bigger than ever thanks to Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Creative Mackintosh Festival has been given an extra layer of poignancy due to the extensive damage to one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most iconic buildings by fire in…

A guide to seven of Scotland's must-see artworks

10 Sep 2014

Featuring masterpieces by Titian, Dali, Jencks, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Glasgow Boys

The Glasgow Boys Gallery Many credit the Glasgow Boys for putting Glasgow on the art world’s map, not that their work captures much of the city itself. The pioneering nineteenth century painters set up their easels in the countryside, capturing rural…

FAILE & Båst: Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

1 Sep 20144 stars

Brooklyn based artists create luminous video games arcade for the Edinburgh Art Festival

Hidden deep in the bowels of Summerhall, the building’s clinically austere atmosphere gives way to a riot of colour and sound as Faile and Bast’s Deluxx Fluxx Arcade explodes against the senses. Those of a certain generation might remember the ambience…

Richard Wheater: the glass artist leading the neon revival

1 Sep 2014

‘I want to give people an idea about what neon can do beyond the world of advertising'

Glass artist Richard Wheater is illuminating the world about neon, taking an intensive one-day version of his courses – normally based at his workshop in Wakefield – to locations around Europe. For this year’s Edinburgh Festival, he returned to the…

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Interview: artist and GSA graduate Emma Ewan discusses working in Glasgow

27 Aug 2014

'People in Glasgow are making and showing art because that’s what they want to do'

Emma Ewan graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2012, since then she has participated in Glasgow Open House, Bristol Art Weekender and a graduate residency at Hospitalfield Arts. Ewan is currently exhibiting at Art Rooms in Cockenzie House and in…

Urban / Suburban

27 Aug 20143 stars

Exhibition featuring Martin Boyce, Graham Fagen and Christine Borland as part of GENERATION

A part of the landmark Scottish contemporary art retrospective GENERATION, Urban / Suburban explores in a group context the response of a variety of the nation’s artists to the built environment. The relevance of some of the works showing here suggest…

Multimedia exhibition SEEP II: Mirrors & Mires explores identity and intersectionality

27 Aug 2014

Liz Cronin, Sad Little Man, Greygory Vass and Felix Lane are among the contributing artists

A multimedia exhibition highlighting the work of artists fighting discrimination on multiple fronts is opening in Edinburgh’s Patriothall Gallery in September. ‘The show is vital because what's often highlighted as important to the gay community doesn't…

Tony Cruz, Remy Jungerman and Adele Todd - Spirit Levels

27 Aug 20144 stars

International art show exploring differing questions on social realities and spirituality

Integrity and sincerity link all of the artist’s intentions within Spirit Levels an exhibition of work by international artists Tony Cruz, Remy Jungerman and Adele Todd. Each artist explores line, form and abstraction, while raising differing questions…

Corin Sworn

27 Aug 20144 stars

Compelling installations exploring history and storytelling originally shown at 2013 Venice Biennale

One year on from its appearance in the Scottish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Corin Sworn’s project has come home. Returning – with some edits – to the partner institution that presented it in Venice, the Common Guild, this display is succinct and…

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Charlie Hammond, Iain Hetherington and Alex Pollard - Internet Curtains

27 Aug 20144 stars

A humorous, enigmatic response to the banality of life ‘post-internet’ as part of GENERATION 2014

Tramway’s latest contribution to GENERATION is Internet Curtains, a group show with work by Charlie Hammond, Iain Hetherington and Alex Pollard. Internet Curtains references both the controversial term ‘post-internet’ coined by Maria Olson to describe…

India Street

27 Aug 20144 stars

Stunning contemporary textiles by Scottish and Indian artists at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Another of the numerous art events happening this summer which tie into the theme of the Commonwealth and its history, this contemporary textiles exhibition at Edinburgh’s Gayfield Creative Spaces offers an insight into the shared industrial history of…

Interview: film artist Nick Thomas on new project Who Built the Access Road?

27 Aug 2014

Filmic portrait of Uist looks at impact of missile testing range on island through installation

The missile testing range on South Uist built by the RAF in 1957 may have been privatised in 2001, but the fascination with what is regarded as the largest air and sea range in the UK goes on. Nick Thomas' filmic portrait of Uist that makes up his show…

Charlotte Prodger explores speech and self-representation with new GENERATION project

27 Aug 2014

microsphaeric howard hughes heaven movie is the new performance piece from the artist and DJ

Artist and DJ Charlotte Prodger uses elements of her previous video installations and writing work for this one-off live performance produced in partnership with LUX Scotland and forming part of GENERATION. Taking information from different sources…

The HandleBards announced as winner of 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

22 Aug 2014

My Luxurious 50 Square Feet Life, India Street and The Worm also competed for eco-conscious award

The HandleBards have won the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, it was announced at a special ceremony today at Fringe Central. After cycling to the Fringe from London, carrying all the required sets, props, costumes and camping…

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Edinburgh studios and gallery space The Number Shop hosts four exhibitions over Edinburgh Festival

18 Aug 2014

Founder Alistair Grant on the background behind artist-led exhibitions

Soon after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, Alistair Grant founded The Number Shop, a complex of studios and gallery space in a previously empty property on the Pleasance. Throughout the festival The Number Shop will host four informal…

Jacqueline Donachie: Mary and Elizabeth

18 Aug 20143 stars

Subtle installation across Princes Street Gardens commissioned for the Edinburgh Art Festival

For those visiting Edinburgh during the Festival, Jacqueline Donachie’s red chalk lines, running from Cockenzie to the city centre, could easily be lost among the ubiquitous red of the Fringe stands. Seeking it out and starting at Elizabeth instead of…

Interview: artist Alessandro Massimo on new show I’ll Be Your Mirror

18 Aug 2014

Artworks exploring the ideas of borders, boundaries and citizenship at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Alessandro Massimo’s interest in geographical borders started when he was researching the Biala river in Poland: ‘observing how the history and geographical configuration of some regions of Poland have changed around this river began my interest in how…

Edinburgh Art Festival group show Garage is a way of ‘getting people together and having some fun’

18 Aug 2014

Artist Emma Bowen discusses the show, which also features work from Denis Uster and David MacDiarmid

Each weekend during the Edinburgh Art Festival, Garage, a mini art festival located inside and outside of 51a Northumberland Street, will open to the public. The project has ben organised by artist Emma Bowen, who has invited guest curators and sundry…

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer

17 Aug 20142 stars

An all too comprehensive overview of the painter's practice shows him to be less than outstanding

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer at first appears to be an unassuming display of watercolours, sketches and photos, appealing only to enthusiasts for either the media or the natural or architectural subjects that form its visual content. Yet by the time…