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Toby Paterson: Soft Boundary

20 Jan 2014

Work by Glasgow-based artist exploring city landmarks including Red Road flats

Originally intended to be a simple series of paintings, albeit created on aluminium sheeting, Soft Boundary has taken on a new life for Glasgow-based artist Toby Paterson. ‘From gathering experiences and photographic documentation of the latest series…

Bertille Bak: Faire le mur

20 Jan 2014

Artist's film explores town of Barlin in northern France as part of Factish Field project

When it was announced that French artist Bertille Bak’s home town of Barlin, in the Pas-de-Calais region in northern France, was to be renovated as part of a programme of urban regeneration, the authorities promised much for the former mining parish.

Alan Reid: An Absent Monument

20 Jan 2014

Second show of paintings by Texan-born artist at Mary Mary

There's something missing from Alan Reid’s second show of paintings at Mary Mary. Anyone familiar with the already hazy façades of the Texan-born artist’s work will recall how much it has been dominated by the figure of a woman: aloof, enigmatic and as…

Sarah Lucas exhibition at Glasgow Tramway

20 Jan 2014

Powerful retrospective targets the male dominated media world

When asked why the time is right for Scotland to host its first retrospective of the work of YBA Sarah Lucas, the Tramway’s director Sarah Munro is frank. ‘Her work is provocative, challenging and subverts attitudes towards the body, gender and…

Ellsworth Kelly: Twelve Colour Prints From the Artist’s Collection

20 Jan 20144 stars

Series of 12 prints covering 40 years of output by artist

Ingleby Gallery’s current exhibition showcases a series of 12 prints by Ellsworth Kelly, selected by the artist and taken from his own collection. The works span a period of 40 years; the earliest, a rectangular block filled with horizontal lines of…

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Mary Modeen: the Absolutely Other

20 Jan 2014

Series of printed landscapes veering into abstraction at times

The complex relationship between identity and place propels Mary Modeen’s practice. The artist says her work begins with a consideration of place as ‘a point of contemplation – a locus of intersection between philosophic metaphysical, historic and…

Thomson & Craighead: Maps, DNA and Spam

20 Jan 2014

Largest Scottish solo show to date from artist duo explores social media

Dundee Contemporary Arts, until Sun 16 Mar *2Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead return to the city in which they met and trained in the early 1990s for what will be their largest solo show held in Scotland to date. 'Maps, DNA and Spam' looks at global…

The best visual art shows of 2013, featuring Lucy Skaer, Louise Bourgeois and Nam June Paik

18 Dec 2013

Peter Doig and the Scotland + Venice exhibition also among the year's art highlights

Three Glasgow School of Art graduates – Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell and Hayley Tompkins – made an impressive mark on the international art scene in Scotland’s presentation at the 55th Venice Biennale. Their acclaimed range of work at the Palazzo Pisani…

Interview: artist Alex Dordoy on new show persistencebeatsresistance

18 Dec 2013

'You're playing with the idea that these objects are trying to create an environment'

There's a sense of delving into the past in Alex Dordoy's upcoming show at Inverleith House. Instead of the intense, photorealistic paintings he has exhibited recently, for this show the GSA graduate has returned to painting on objects. He has been…

Preview of 2014: 10 cultural events you won't want to miss

17 Dec 2013

Featuring the Commonwealth Games, Drake, Dark Behaviour and Only Lovers Left Alive

The big hitters Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Even if you were the ‘forget your PE kit’ sort when you were at school, there’s little chance you’ll be able to avoid getting swept up by Commonwealth fever when it hits Glasgow at the height of…

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Best Hogmanay events in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2013

12 Dec 2013

How to spend the Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Scotland

The best events in Glasgow and Edinburgh for Hogmanay 2013/2014. Plus, all the places open on New Year's Day. 1 Watch some pop lords. The former assistant editor of Smash Hits (that’s Neil Tennant, fact fans) and Chris Lowe bring their deadpan, yet…

Hot 100 2013: 100-90

11 Dec 2013

Kieran Hurley, Fern Brady and Peter Doig among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 59-50

11 Dec 2013

Young Fathers, LuckyMe and Rally & Broad among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 39-30

11 Dec 2013

Blythe Duff, Mark Millar and Numbers among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 29-20

11 Dec 2013

Electric Frog, Peter Capaldi and Summerhall among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Hot 100 2013: 19-11

11 Dec 2013

Armando Iannucci and Boards of Canada among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 10-2

11 Dec 2013

Andy Murray, Chvrches and James McAvoy among Scotland's top 10 cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: TYCI's top 5 women of the year

11 Dec 2013

The female-led collective TYCI choose their heroes of 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

AniMotion fuses Evelyn Glennie percussion with live painting from Russian artist Maria Rud

5 Dec 2013

Event features large-scale projections and music from Debussy and Gavin Bryars

Doyenne of percussionists Evelyn Glennie beats out a panoply of driving rhythms on side drum while Russian artist Maria Rud paints a vivid golden cockerel in real time beside her. It’s projected on to a large screen, and everyone in the audience is…

Henry Coombes and Carles Congost: Man of the Year

5 Dec 20133 stars

A successful collaboration is disrupted in order to explore competitive, masculine notions

‘Man of the Year’ takes its title from Time magazine’s popular series (now re-named ‘Person of the Year’), which selects influential and illustrious figures for the iconic magazine’s annual award. The CCA’s exhibition seeks to tackle the notions of…

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John Byrne, Elizabeth Blackadder and Alasdair Gray contribute to Living Proof exhibition

5 Dec 2013

The Darwin-inspired mixed media show uses animal subjects to reflect upon humanity

The title of this new group show is a direct reference to Charles Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle in search of living specimens to support his theory of evolution. And there may also be a sense of evolution through the works on display, with a…

Group show The Dark Would focuses on artists of the written word

5 Dec 2013

The shows features a mix of poets and artists, including Joseph Beuys and Stéphane Mallarmé

‘Everything needs to die in order to change, and that goes for poetry too,’ says Philip Davenport, the curator of this exhibition exploring language and art. ‘In the UK, poetry has been politely withering away, stuck in the early 20th century. Maybe an…

Interview: artist Jerry Gretzinger discusses his Jerry’s Map project

5 Dec 2013

Gretzinger's ever-expanding map of a fictional world numbers 3011 sheets of A4, and counting

When Keith Waterhouse’s fictional fantasist Billy Liar wanted to escape from the horrors of the real world, he would retreat to a place inside his head called Ambrosia. The Situationists, meanwhile, charted psychogeographic maps of European cities…

Jill Todd Photographic Award 2013

5 Dec 20133 stars

The selected works carefully and imaginatively handle the theme of home

The Jill Todd Photographic Award was set up in memory of the talented young photographer Jill Todd, who trained at Edinburgh Napier University and was at the start of a promising career when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and died…

The Scottish National Gallery's Colourists series wraps up with JD Fergusson

5 Dec 2013

The largely self-taught painter was inspired by Parisian life and dance pioneer Margaret Morris

Sometimes, if you want to learn about life, you have to get out of the classroom. So proved John Duncan Fergusson, the largely self-taught colourist, who rejected a classical training in Edinburgh for a life less ordinary on the continent. A proud…