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Mary, Queen of Scots

29 Jul 20133 stars

Exhibition of mixed artefacts fleshes out the story of the enigmatic Queen

Mentioned most often in the same breath as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Stewart’s notoriety comes, of course, from the fixed eye she kept on the English throne – the obsession that got her head chopped off. Though it doesn’t ignore this…

Elizabeth Blackadder: Works On Paper

29 Jul 2013

Return to familiar ground with new body of watercolours

It would seem rather apt that Elizabeth Blackadder should choose to present a new exhibition of works on paper in 2013. Thirty years ago, in 1983, she was bestowed with the Royal Academy’s Pimms Award for Work On Paper; the influence of Chinese and…

Edinburgh Festival of Art 2013 exhibition Follow the Thread celebreates weaving and wool

29 Jul 2013

Victoria Crowe, John Byrne and Alasdair Gray among the artists whose works have a woven edge

Dovecot Studios presents some exceptional talent this summer in Follow the Thread: a collaborative triptych of fine art exhibitions celebrating weaving and wool. The collections showcase the versatile nature of yarn and textiles, and the skilful…

Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Photography

29 Jul 20134 stars

Stylish collection of work from publisher Condé Nast’s archive

Glamorous and stylish, this exhibition explores the early artworks of more than 80 fashion photographers whose work has graced the pages of Condé Nast’s publications since 1911. And art is what this show is about – powerful and graceful images that cast…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2013 to host Ângela Ferreira's debut UK solo show

29 Jul 2013

Political Cameras questions the colonial relationship between Europe and Africa

Two video monitors sit opposite one another on silver stands. Between them, three beige-coloured steps are supported by what resembles a pair of large, steel-inverted shuttlecocks. Behind them, a domineering piece of tinted glass dwarfs a small…

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Gallery: World Press Photo exhibition 2013 visits Edinburgh Festival

18 Jul 2013

Free exhibition of some of this years most important photographs

Founded in 1955, the annual World Press Photo contest has showcased some of the most striking, shocking and memorable pictures in photographic history. But as visitors will discover when the exhibition of winning entries returns to Edinburgh, the…

The best shows at the 2013 Edinburgh Festivals

16 Jul 2013

20 highlights from the 2013 festival programmes, covering Fringe, Books, International, Art and Jazz

We’ve scanned the thousands of shows, exhibitions and events across the festival in late July, August and early September, and highlight the ones that simply cannot be missed

Five talks at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival

15 Jul 2013

Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Patti Smith among those delivering talks at EIF

Philip Glass & Patti Smith These two US creative legends discuss another, Allen Ginsberg. Nam June Paik Resounds A gathering of curators muse upon the legacy of this counter-culture tech-artist.

Ian Hamilton Finlay: Poet, Artist, Revolutionary

11 Jul 20134 stars

Winningly fresh and intiguing approach to celebrated Scottish artist's work

In celebrating a towering artist who has already achieved plenty of retrospective appreciation, this modestly-sized exhibition in a smaller upstairs room at GoMA takes a winningly fresh and intriguing approach. Much of the late Ian Hamilton Finlay’s…

Martin Boyce - All over - Again - and Again

11 Jul 2013

New Glasgow show continues to showcase his Turner Prize-winning style

Pay attention to that title and the way it’s been formatted, says Glaswegian Turner Prize-winner Martin Boyce, because it tells a story. A linked companion to his recent New York show It’s over / and over, the words are meant to be separated on…

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Carla Scott Fullerton: Occupying Forms

11 Jul 2013

Glaswegian artist invites viewer to two-dimensional representation of our industrial environment

Coming from a rural environment, Carla Scott Fullerton’s creative process is inspired by her experience of the contrasting urban landscape. She creates her sculptural work by deconstructing architectural forms and using raw building materials based on…

Hugh Buchanan: The Esterhazy Archive Watercolours

11 Jul 2013

British watercolour painter explores Hungarian nobility's archives

The title of this new show of 16 watercolours hung all too appropriately in Summerhall’s wood-panelled Dean’s Room, sounds as though it’s been lifted from a 1960s Cold War spy caper. But its depictions of books and documents all bundled up with brown…

Pietro Testa: Master Draughtsman and Printmaker

11 Jul 20133 stars

Baroque tortured artist pulled out of obscurity by Scottish National Gallery

Located deep within the Scottish National Gallery, this show of 29 exhibits by Baroque etcher Pietro Testa doesn’t just rescue the little-known Italian printmaker from obscurity, it also exemplifies the tortured artist of the 17th century. Shy and…

Man Ray exhibition among highlights of 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Was Man Ray an innovative, mercurial photographer or a shallow, celebrity-obsessed snapper?

Man Ray was the perfect chronicler in a new age of cinema images, magazine scoops and celebrity culture. But was he a great artist himself, or a three-hit wonder? The Man Ray images most people know best are the 1929 solarised profile of his colleague…

Fiona Banner show The Vanity Press at 2013 Edinburgh Festival

9 Jul 2013

Turner nominee's latest show explores ideas of publication

Although this exhibition by Fiona Banner is subtitled The Vanity Press, its content will be a departure from the most familiar work she’s made through this self-published imprint. Among other artefacts, Banner has produced The Nam (a 1000-page plot…

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The Complaints Choir set for performance at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

The campaigning singing group idea that went global

I want my money back My job’s like a cul-de-sac And the bus is too infrequent at 6.30 Why don’t they pay me more? Life was good before And I am thirsty... So goes the chorus of ‘I Want My Money Back’, the debut song from the Complaints Choir of…

The International acts appearing at the 2013 Edinburgh Festivals

9 Jul 2013

Just 36 of the countries represented by acts appearing at the world's biggest arts festival

1 Argentina. Rodrigo Abd is a World Press Photo prizewinner (Politics). 2 Australia. David Quirk is a deadpan leftfield comic (Fringe)

The David Bowie connection: shows at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

9 Jul 2013

Musicians, artists, comedians and choreographers with a connection to David Bowie

He may not be here in the flesh at this year’s festival, but there are plenty musicians, artists, comedians and choreographers in town with a connection to the Thin White Duke. Douglas Gordon painted Self Portrait of You + Me (David Bowie)

Five film and performance shows at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Shows from Rachel Maclean, Katri Walker, Robert Montgomery and Sarah Kenchington

Rachel Maclean This solo exhibition creates a surreal vision of nationality and identity, showing a new film and series of screenprints. Katri Walker Walker’s five-minute film draws on themes of hill running to explore our connection to the land.

Five sculpture and installation shows at the 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Work by Krijn de Koning, Sam Durant, Franz West and Gregor Schneider

Krijn de Koning For his first UK exhibition, de Koning will make some of the college’s familiar casts disappear from view through a series of platforms. Sam Durant This powerful installation invites visitors to clamber up and explore a vast wooden…

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Five shows by painters at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Work by Gabriel Orozco, Peter Doig, Alberto Morrocco, John Bellany and Moyna Flannigan

Gabriel Orozco. Taking The Eye of Go as a starting point, this show focuses on the circular motif right across Orozco’s work. Dressed to Kill. A showcase of fashion, costume and dress including work by John Bellany and Moyna Flannigan.

LeithLate - various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 13 Jun 2013

17 Jun 20134 stars

Sterling art and music evening based on and around Leith Walk

If there’s one criticism of LeithLate, it’s that there’s not enough time to take it all in. With performances and exhibitions taking place in 17 venues on and around Leith Walk, three hours is nowhere near enough time to get a taste of everything. You…

ECA and GSA Degree Shows

17 Jun 20134 stars

The degree shows at Edinburgh College of Art and Glasgow School of Art provide two distinct flavours

Edinburgh College of Art ●●●● In Edinburgh, the sculpture is particularly strong. In one studio, you are greeted with Abigail McPaul’s row of bright blue trees. They are beautifully delicate, and the corresponding prints, showing close-ups of the…

Leith Late - many-venued, multi-arts night out returns for third year

11 Jun 2013

Highlights include Wounded Knee, LAW and Sparrow and the Workshop

Back for a third year, Leith’s sprawling, many-venued, multi-arts night out returns, showcasing over 30 artists and performers across 17 venues. There will be art exhibitions, live music, spoken word and film showings, between 6-9pm. The venues span the…

Jerry Dowds & Redjade Yuan: Circadian Symphony

7 Jun 20134 stars

Glasgow School of Art graduate prize show presents two up-and-coming artists

For the RGI’s Glasgow School of Art graduate prize show, it’s enriching to see a none-more-Glasgow piece of art displayed in the window. Two sheets of bubble wrap hang floor-to-ceiling, certain of their small spherical compartments filled with coloured…