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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…

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man set for 2013 Edinburgh International Festival

1 Aug 2013

Extraordinary fusion of art and science at The Queen's Gallery

The fusion of art and medical science is presented in an extraordinary collection of work in Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man, part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Thirty sheets of multi-layered anatomical drawings, on loan from the…

Video artist Rachel Maclean discusses her Edinburgh Art Festival 2013 show I HEART SCOTLAND

30 Jul 2013

Maclean talks zip-sliding thistles, wind farm crucifixions and Scotland’s national identity crisis

Rachel Maclean is playing her cards close to her chest. Her festival show at Edinburgh Printmakers, a series of screenprints alongside The Lion and the Unicorn, a video which explores Scottish national identity, gives nothing away about her politics.

The Edinburgh Art Festival's Gabriel Orozco show explores the artist’s fascination with the circle

29 Jul 2013

Curator Briony Fer discusses Orozco’s radically diverse range of work

There’s something very Zen at the heart of Gabriel Orozco’s work. This is clear from even the title of the Mexican-born artist’s new show at the Fruitmarket Gallery, forming part of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival. Comprising a mix of works old and…

Media Skins

11 Aug 2013

Open-air intervention transforms public spaces

As technology makes the global village ever more accessible, so cross-cultural international collaborations proliferate at an ever increasing speed. So it is with Korean artist Hyung Su Kim's large-scale open-air interventions, which take two major…

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Fiona Banner: The Vanity Press

11 Aug 2013

Three new videos explore publishing and performance

When Fiona Banner began putting her work out under the name The Vanity Press in 1997, it was an ironic statement on how self-publishing was disparaged while Banner simultaneously seized the means of production for what was then a largely text-based…

Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands

9 Aug 20134 stars

Extraordinary exhibition that flies the flag for painting

There are many powerful and challenging works at this year's Edinburgh Art Festival. So it is to the credit of the programmers that this extraordinary exhibition of work by Peter Doig sits comfortably at the centre of the line-up, flying the flag for…

Detours series of live events a 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

1 Aug 2013

Series of intimate live performances blurring the lines between different artforms

Detours is a series of intimate live performances, running as part of Edinburgh Art Festival and offering events which dip in and out of different genres, blurring the lines between different art forms for both artist and audience. 'I think the…

Sara Barker show Patterns set for Jupiter Artland as part of 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

1 Aug 2013

Ambitious sculpture enclosed in a glass pavilion

Sara Barker combines theoretical complexity with her Glasgow School of Art training to produce delicate sculptural forms and linear structures. Central to her work is the concept of space: the way in which her work relates to its exhibition site, and…

Peter Liversidge show doppelgänger at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

1 Aug 2013

Exhibition based on the etchings of 19th century Austrian artistMax Klinger

Fetishism, symbolism and ideal wish-fulfilment all come to the fore in Peter Liversidge’s Edinburgh Art Festival exhibition concerning the etchings of late-19th century Austrian artist, Max Klinger. Klinger was adept at demonstrating how you could take…

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Michael Nyman: Man With a Movie Camera at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

1 Aug 2013

Installation of remakes by filmmaker and composer

Michael Nyman is best known for his work as a contemporary composer who has soundtracked myriad films, including several directed by the painterly Peter Greenaway, as well as scoring mainstream success for his work on Jane Campion's The Piano. Such…

Paul Rooney and arts collective Leeds United pair up for show at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

1 Aug 2013

Video and text works blur the boundaries of authorship

If ever there was a match made in northern English heaven, it's this one between Liverpool-born polymath Paul Rooney and arts collective Leeds United. While Rooney has plundered pop culture to create a series of fantastical parallel universes featuring…

5 highlights from the Fringe-specific Hunt and Darton Cafe

31 Jul 2013

The venue/eatery puts an emphasis on making the audience part of the show

Hunting for the Perfect Show Hunt & Darton changes its mood in the evenings, becoming a venue for the sort of work that the long runs and the tight turnarounds of the Fringe doesn’t usually include. Their performance selection is a handy guide to…

Ecstatic Arc showcases Robbie Thomson's fusion sound, performance and visual art

30 Jul 2013

Installation inspired by Tesla coil set for 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Although currently nursing a broken leg, Robbie Thomson is one of Scotland’s most dynamic artists working in the overlapping areas of sound, performance and visual art. Ecstatic Arc debuted at Cryptic’s Sonica festival of Sound Art in 2012, and was…

Interview: Dutch artist Krijn de Koning discusses his Edinburgh Art Festival project, 'Land'

29 Jul 2013

de Koning's installation is set to transform the Edinburgh College of Art's sculpture court

In this new work by the Dutch artist Krijn de Koning, his first exhibited piece in the UK, the intention is dramatic. ‘I wanted to make an artwork as a place,’ he says, reflecting on a project in which the interior of Edinburgh College of Art’s…

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Gregor Schneider's Sweet Scent Edinburgh 2013 to continue the artist's line of powerful installations

29 Jul 2013

The controversial German artist appears in the capital as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2013

The words ‘major coup’ might be flung at all sorts of interesting shows this August, but take it from us, this one is bona fide. The German artist Gregor Schneider is someone whose works might conservatively be described as challenging, but also one…

Interview: Sarah Kenchington, creator of Wind Pipes For Edinburgh

29 Jul 2013

The hand-built, interactive musical installation will feature music from eagleowl and Daniel Padden

Sarah Kenchington has no desire to be a one-woman band. This is clear in her latest hand-built musical instrument/installation for the EAF, an interactive construction made from 100 decommissioned church organ pipes, which, with no keyboards involved…

Artist Emma Bowen discusses her contribution to the Edinburgh Art Festival 2013, GARAGE

29 Jul 2013

Project space and micro gallery hosting temporary installations and exhibitions

‘Artists have been making work in different spaces for years,’ muses Emma Bowen of her own contribution to this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, GARAGE. ‘It’s exciting. Things come alive. Interesting accidents can happen.’ The sometime Edinburgh College…

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…

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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…

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.