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A guide to independent galleries in Edinburgh and Glasgow

5 Sep 2013

Embassy, Superclub and the Common Guild among some of Scotland's most exciting arts spaces

Edinburgh and Glasgow both have thriving visual arts scenes with some great museums and galleries. But explore a little further past the established names and you’ll find small galleries, pop-up spaces and collectives that are home to some of Britain’s…

Interview: Ning Wang, one of the fashion designers at GSA's Graduate Degree Show

18 Sep 2013

The Masters graduate specialises in oversized, hip hop, surrealist silks

Can you describe your collection in five words? Surrealist silks, oversized, hip hop. What do you draw inspiration from? My vivid dreams and imagination, and my kitsch collection of toys, including My Little Pony, Hello Kitty and fashion dolls…

Domicele Tarabildiene - A Challenge to Time

23 Aug 2013

Long-overdue UK show of work by an award-winning interwar artist

As part of Scotland’s Lithuanian Season of Photography, The Hidden Lane Gallery presents this stunning collection of 34 prints in Domicele Tarabildiene – A Challenge to Time. Born in 1912, Tarabildiene was an established, award-winning interwar artist…

Ana Maria Pacheco: Memória Roubada

23 Aug 20134 stars

Intense and intimate meditation on purging and healing

In a small, dimly lit room, in two ornate cabinets, two sets of disembodied heads sit opposite each other. In one, all eyes face downwards, as if in silent homage to the seven daggers laid out on the floor beneath them. In the other, the heads face out…

Roman Ondak's Some Thing demonstrates the artist's curiosity about human behaviour

11 Oct 2013

In addition to the exhibition, Ondak will also perform his 1999 performance piece 'This Way, Please'

If things go in cycles, Slovakian artist Roman Ondak isn't shy about encouraging and manipulating such dizzying turns of events. Where previously he has had museum-goers mark their height on gallery walls and broken down national barriers at the Venice…

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Late French-American artist Louise Bourgeois the subject of two retrospective exhibitions

10 Oct 2013

The sculptor's many themes will be explored in twin shows at the Fruitmarket and SNGoMA

With a career which spanned much of the 20th century, the late French-American artist Louise Bourgeois is such a decisive and significant figure in the contemporary landscape that her retrospective in Edinburgh will require two major shows to support…

Major Scottish National Gallery exhibition pays tribute to Allan Ramsay at 300

10 Oct 2013

The show will provide an insight into the portrait artist's drawing and modelling intelligence

If Allan Ramsay were alive today, he’d probably be a celebrity. Good-looking, cultured and a regular visitor to Italy, he painted more than 50 royal portraits and studied under some of the greatest artists of the Baroque period. His full-length portrait…

Artists from a variety of disciplines collaborate on Convocation: Colm Cille's Spiral

10 Oct 2013

The project features input from Thomas Joshua Cooper, Sue Brind and Hardeep Pandhal

Scotland's spiral knot forms the basis of this group exhibition, not just as its subject matter but its entire format as the work develops, evolves and expands from a single starting point: a residency in the Western Isles. For nine days in August…

The Nation // Live to explore Work, Union, Faith, Civil War and Roots

23 Sep 2013

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery exhibition features works from Wounded Knee and Daniel Warren

When a bust of the late trade union activist Jimmy Reid was removed from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and taken around cross-general communities in Clydebank, where Reid co-led the famous shipbuilders’ work-in of 1971 and 1972, it led to a…

Scottish Parliament to host Andy Warhol exhibition, including many works on display for the first time

23 Sep 2013

Pop, Power and Politics features portraits of Lenin, Mao, the Queen and Andrew Carnegie

Among the Scottish Parliament building’s functions is its regular staging of high-profile exhibitions. Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics is the latest project to be shown and it promises to be a genuinely big deal on Edinburgh’s gallery programme.

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The best visual art exhibitions in Scotland for autumn 2013

19 Sep 2013

Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol and Roman Ondák among highlights

Two Edinburgh institutions join forces this autumn to present exhibitions by the hugely influential artist Louise Bourgeois. Modern One and the Fruitmarket Gallery offer two very different takes on Bourgeois, who died in 2010 and is probably best known…

Interview: Iraqi-born, Glasgow-based artist Sukaina Kubba discusses her Pavor Nocturnus show

18 Sep 2013

The show, whose title translates as 'night terrors' in Latin, explores femininity and sexuality

The proper Latin translation of the show title is ‘night terrors’, and one might express a level of disquiet when noting the accompanying stills of the work to be found online, which contain glistening pink, phallus-like objects. She doesn’t make the…

David Peat: An Eye on the World examines the photographer and filmmaker's legacy

18 Sep 2013

The exhibition will also serve to launch a book of Peat's work

When documentary filmmaker David Peat, who followed Billy Connolly's 1976 tour of Northern Ireland in Big Banana Feet, discovered he had cancer, he decided to unearth his extensive archive of still photographs taken over a 40-year period. These included…

Alasdair Gray and Elizabeth Blackadder among the luminaries at Glasgow Print Studio's 40/40 show

16 Sep 2013

The studio celebrates 40 years with prints by 40 artists, including Toby Paterson and John Byrne

This is more than just a group show, it’s a history lesson to accompany a seminal strand of Glasgow’s rich art heritage. Opened in 1973 by original director Calum Mackenzie in a disused factory unit on Ingram Street just as businesses were leaving the…

Kim Seong Jae and Andrew Welsby among the ones to watch at GSA's 2013 Degree Show

16 Sep 2013

A showcase of the brightest new talents at the Turner and BAFTA-rich Glasgow School of Art

It may be a bit of a cliché – see the stars of tomorrow, today – but in regard to the Glasgow School of Art graduate degree show, it’s actually true. And given that GSA regularly turns out Turner and BAFTA prizewinners as well as other artists of…

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Sue Tompkins: Expressions

16 Sep 20133 stars

Bold, rebellious large-scale paintings and smaller works that challenge the boundaries of the canvas

Expressions, the latest exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins, is presented to us in the bright, neutral expanse of the former glass factory on Aird’s Lane, now part of The Modern Institute. This space is the perfect venue for Tompkins…

Fuck Buttons and Gabriel Orozco - Laurie Corlett-Donald of Discopolis shares his recommendations

29 Aug 2013

The Edinburgh-based electro-pop musician picks out some key highlights in the coming months

Fuck Buttons On the Tue 10 Sep Glasgow will see the triumphant return of Bristol based Fuck Buttons. Having not graced Scotland in over three years the duo return playing songs from their third album Slow Focus. The album has already become their first…

Preview of Scottish artists at Venice Biennale 2013 from The Common Guild

25 Aug 2013

Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell and Hayley Tompkins present work at Venice Biennale

Working across a broad range of media, Glasgow artists Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell and Hayley Tompkins present their work in Venice as part of the city’s 55th International Art Exhibition, curated by The Common Guild, where each of the three…

An Equilibrium Not of This World

23 Aug 20134 stars

Katri Walker’s heart-pounding exploration of the experience of running

Commissioned as part of NVA’s Speed of Light project for last year’s Edinburgh Festival, Katri Walker’s series of filmed diptychs builds up into a heart-pounding evocation of both the experience of running and the runner’s particular communion with…

James Lumsden: Chromatic Visions

23 Aug 2013

Emotionally charged, process-based colour paintings

Edinburgh-based James Lumsden creates paintings and literal landscapes on the canvas, placing 40 or more thin glazes of acrylic paint on top of one another until a mass of what he calls ‘varying chromatic strata’ has been built. The process came to…

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Game Changer

23 Aug 20134 stars

Installations subverting ideas of the body beautiful

On your marks, get set, and go, go, go for this first off-site group show, which forms part of the newly relocated and currently nomadic Collective Gallery’s All Sided games project. In a studio space normally occupied by weight-watchers, four artists…

The Vodnjan Collective: Croatia Scotia

23 Aug 20133 stars

Exchange exploring identity, reminiscence and romanticism

Scotland and Croatia have a few things in common: new parliaments, similar-sized populations, and landscapes that draw people from all over the world. Both countries also look beyond their borders to the wider world, which is apt considering the…

Glasgow-based artist Rachel Barron presents public art project Grammar of Ornament

22 Aug 2013

Barron's first solo show, the project welcomes collaboration with the people of Glasgow

Bringing fresh meaning to the term public artwork, Rachel Barron’s first solo exhibition is an evolving process created in conjunction with the people of Glasgow. Holding stamp-making workshops and open-access creative sessions throughout its three-week…

Filmmaker and conservationist Ceri Levy to appear at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

22 Aug 2013

Levy will be discussing Extinct Boids, her project with Hunter S Thompson illustrator Ralph Steadman

In 2010, Ceri Levy – filmmaker for Blur and Gorillaz, and latterly a conservationist – approached Ralph Steadman about the prospect of creating a piece for Levy’s Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibition in London. Steadman, whose Indian ink flourishes have…

Gabriel Orozco: thinking in circles

16 Aug 20134 stars

Not a show of results but rather a show of exercise

Unlike that of the equally dot-obsessed Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama, this career-encompassing display of Orozco's circle-based fascination veers far away from pop art and firmly into the pedantic, discursive and other unattractive terms. Not a display…