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Creative Mackintosh Festival 2013 aims to shine new light on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s life and work

14 Oct 2013

Craft workshops, talks and exhibitions highlight the work of the artists behind the Glasgow Style

With his signature design and style so imprinted on the architectural and artistic heritage of Glasgow, it can sometimes feel difficult to avoid the legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the city. But some people must have managed it, because this…

Preview of 2014: Capital events

26 Nov 2013

The biggest events in Edinburgh in winter/spring 2014, including War Horse and Six Nations Rugby

War Horse The National Theatre production of Michael Morpurgo’s epic tale of a young man and his beloved horse arrives in Edinburgh with expectations as high as they can go. Life-sized puppets of galloping horses, stirring music and perfect…

Glasgow Art School venue The Vic re-opens

19 Nov 2013

A history of one of the most influential venues in Scotland

It was a once customary question of a good night out in Glasgow, usually posed after a few cheap pitchers at Sleazies: ‘We goin’ up the Arty?’ And after a keenly felt three-year absence, following a multi-million pound redevelopment, the Arty’s coming…

Viviane Sassen: In and Out of Fashion

6 Nov 20133 stars

First ever retrospective of Dutch photographer whose work hovers between fine art and fashion photog

Viviane Sassen’s work is located at the intersection of fine art and fashion photography. Primarily focused on the female form, the figures she captures are treated like a sculptural material, moulded and deformed by simple interruptions of light…

National Galleries of Scotland to celebrate Hallowe'en by Night

15 Oct 2013

The latest in the Galleries' By Night event series will feature the Eccentronic Research Council

In recent years, the term hauntology has emerged to describe the strand of music and art that recycles its own semi-recent history. Built on shared memories of a particularly British past, and the refusal of the present to resemble the future we were…

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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…

Five crossover projects by Glasgow School of Art alumni

19 Nov 2013

Projects from David Shrigley, Douglas Gordon, Martin Boyce, Richard Wright and Jim Lambie

Among the many GSA students to go on to rich and varied careers, five in particular – three of them Turner Prize winners – stand out for crossover projects highlighting the wonderful and sometimes weird things that can come out of artists mixing it up…

Interview: Lucy Skaer on returning to Glasgow from New York

18 Nov 2013

Turner nominated artist's new Tramway exhibition is more personal than political

Turner Prize-nominated Lucy Skaer's new work represents a homecoming. Having lived for the past four years in New York, she’s returning to the city she first moved to in 1993, having travelled at the time from her childhood home in Cambridge to study at…

Modern Institute hosts Chris Johanson exhibition Considering

7 Nov 2013

Colourful works from LA-based artist influenced by 1990s skateboarding scene

‘Life rhythms’ is the phrase that Los Angeles-based artist Chris Johanson uses to get at the heart of his new Modern Institute exhibition, a selection of pieces constituting one grand ‘meditation on living’, which at once invokes the natural and the…

Why you should attend Bring Your Own Beamer, by 85A's Craig Bayne

7 Nov 2013

The art event creates 'a mad mélange of sound and visuals that really deserves to be seen'

Since 2010, Bring Your Own Beamer has spawned a nigh-endless worldwide chain of one-night exhibitions – from Berlin to Tokyo, Caracas to Copenhagen, New York to Glasgow – making a mad mélange of sound and visuals that really deserves to be seen. The…

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Hiraki Sawa: Lenticular

6 Nov 20134 stars

Japanese artist's first solo exhibition in Scotland

There's something quietly starstruck about the subject of 'Lenticular' (2013), the new film work by Hiraki Sawa, which forms the centrepiece of the Japanese artist's first solo exhibition in Scotland. Robert Law is a self-taught astronomer who works at…

Beth Dynowski: New States

6 Nov 20134 stars

Artist's first solo show ia a three-part installation that prods and pokes at perception

The first solo show from Beth Dynowski comprises a curious set of objects, which extend across Market Gallery’s three exhibition spaces. The ceramic, metal and found items that litter the galleries’ floors hold their own aesthetic fascination…

Preview: Once Upon a Time and a Very Good Time It Was

6 Nov 2013

Ingleby's James Joyce-inspired group show makes connections across time and place

Borrowing its title from the first line of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, this group show incorporating most of the Ingleby’s represented or associated artists offers a new spin by pairing pieces by the likes of Peter Liversidge…

Kabuki: Japanese Theatre Prints

6 Nov 20134 stars

Vivid arrangement provides insight into Japanese theatre culture rarely put on display

The 19th century woodblock prints depicting Kabuki – a traditional form of Japanese theatre performed exclusively by men – could easily be compared to the celebrity magazines of today. Displayed here like comic-strip panels, the coloured ink is as…

Living with War: Artists on War and Conflict

6 Nov 20133 stars

Group show exploring human-made atrocity includes work by Goya and Jenny Holzer

Taking a turn from the conceptual exhibitions that often fill GOMA’s Gallery 1, Living with War: Artists on War and Conflict covers 200 years of artists’ responses to human-made atrocity, from Goya’s ‘The Disasters of War’ etchings (1810–20) to one of…

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Interview: New York-based artist Dan Colen, on debut Scottish show The Illusion of Life

22 Oct 2013

Colen's work sits at the intersection of postmodern ennui and darkly amusing pop art playfulness

‘The different bodies of my work end themselves when there’s no more discovery to be had,’ says Dan Colen, alumnus of the brash early-2000s downtown Manhattan art scene, whose penchant for using spray paint and chewing gum as materials, and…

Preview: joint exhibition exploring the work of Mounira al Solh and Sarah Forrest

21 Oct 2013

The artists use film to tackle topics from Margaret Tait to Syrian emmigration

Thinking locally and acting globally is increasingly becoming the CCA's raison d'etre. No more is this evident than in these twin solo shows by two very different artists working in film. Glasgow-based Sarah Forrest looks to Jean Paul Sartre's novel…

Artist Haegue Yang toys with venetian blinds and podcasts in latest exhibition

14 Oct 2013

Journal of Bouba / kiki will run in the Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Norway's Bergen Kunsthall

Born in Seoul and now based in the unofficial international artists' enclave of Berlin, Haegue Yang’s exhibition schedule finally brings her to Scotland, having exhibited extensively around the world. Significantly, this show will also present all-new…

Glasgow's cutting edge Sonica music festival set for 2013 edition

11 Oct 2013

Festival blurs boundaries of music, theatre, visual and electronic art

Even knowing that mosquitoes have sex lives is possibly too much information. But what they do is actually quite amazing. To be certain that they’re mating with the right sort of partner, both male and female mosquitoes need to be able to sing in tune…

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.