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188th RSA Annual Exhibition: Focus on Film

23 Apr 20144 stars

An expansive and essential Scottish film art showcase, featuring Rachel Maclean and Peter Capaldi

Perhaps the biggest criticism that can be levelled at this year’s Royal Scottish Academy annual members’ exhibition is that there’s almost too much to soak up. Between the vast submission-based selection upstairs and the curated rooms downstairs, there…

Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2014

10 Jun 20144 stars

Charlotte Nash, Theo Shields, Tiina Lilja and Jack Wrigley among the stand-out ECA 2014 graduates

The Glasgow School of Art fire has cast a plume of black smoke over this year’s degree show season. But even as the Mack burned, at the other end of the M8, Edinburgh College of Art was unveiling the work of more than 500 students in disciplines from…

Interview: artist Nathan Coley discusses the revival of his Lamp of Sacrifice show for Generation

22 May 2014

'I don’t have faith in any religion. They’re all as bad as each other'

Faith, and the lack of it, is everywhere in Nathan Coley’s work. For his contribution to Generation, GoMA has chosen to restage The Lamp of Sacrifice, 286 Places of Worship, Edinburgh, for which Coley built miniature cardboard models of every church…

Summer Festivals 2014: the best fests in beautiful locations

16 May 2014

Featuring Orkney's St Magnus Festival, Eigg's Howlin' Fling and Tiree Music Festival

Spring Fling Forget the rugged mountains and lochs of the north: the lush coves and rolling rural countryside of Dumfries and Galloway in the south have their own unique beauty, and Spring Fling opens up the workshops and studios of artists and…

Douglas Gordon's video works form an essential part of the GENERATION project

19 Jun 2014

Gordon's career spans the 25 years of contemporary visual art the project wishes to celebrate

‘We have been keen for some time to work with Douglas again within the city,’ explains Sarah Munro, director of Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art. ‘The context of GENERATION presented us with the perfect opportunity to dedicate a major new exhibition of…

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Interview: Glasgow-born sculptor Katie Paterson on her work's place in the world

19 Jun 2014

‘My work as a whole considers our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change’

To hear Glasgow-born artist Katie Paterson discuss her works is to suspect that she may be on a different conceptual level from many of her contemporaries, or certainly that she creates art which strives to really say something, to make its mark as a…

Interview: LeithLate director Morvern Cunningham discusses the 2014 edition of the community art happening

17 Jun 2014

'The aim is to continue to transform Leith into a vibrant and exciting place to visit, live & work'

’The aim was to put on a party and hope that people turned up,’ says LeithLate director (although she doesn’t like the term) Morvern Cunningham of her art and music festival in Edinburgh’s port area. Starting out as a one-night celebration of the DIY…

Jim Lambie solo exhibition set for Generation retrospective

17 Jun 2014

Fruitmarket host Glasgow-born artist's show including his iconic 1999 work ZOBOP

The first time Fiona Bradley, director of Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery, was introduced to the work of Glasgow enfant terrible Jim Lambie was in the Transmission Gallery in 1999. She remembers, as many of us do, the iconic multi-coloured floor…

Lucy Skaer: Leonora

10 Jun 20143 stars

A mixed-media tribute to surrealist painter Leonora Carrington that resists easy definitions

In 2006, the Glasgow-based artist Lucy Skaer came across two small drawings in the Tate by the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington. More than the works themselves, she was struck by the fact that the artist, then in her nineties, was still alive and…

Interview: playwright and artist John Byrne on his portraiture exhibition

10 Jun 2014

'A lot of it is stuff I've not seen since I did it, drawings of my children, things like that'

It was a chance meeting with an Edinburgh councillor on Leith Walk that eventually led to Sitting Ducks, painter and playwright John Byrne's show of rarely seen work that opens at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery this month before touring to…

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Louise Hopkins & Carol Rhodes among artists contributing to Robert Louis Stevenson-inspired Below Another Sky

22 May 2014

The project incorporates themes of travel, art, poetry and the Commonwealth

When Robert Louis Stevenson declared in his poem Travel exactly how much he would ‘like to rise and go / Where the golden apples grow,’ his artistic antenna was most definitely heightened. The work was first published in 1865 and he had access to…

Interview: artist Rachel Barron on being part of the Commonwealth Games' Culture 2014 programme

22 May 2014

Tell us about your recent collaboration in Dundee. That was a collaboration with Nathan Clydesdale, who I’ve been working with since 2011. Normally we work together to make printing devices, but this time the whole exhibition was a collaboration. I…

The Turner Prize supports our young artists - what about the older ones?

16 May 2014

These days it’s mature artists who are being undervalued, writes Penny Anderson

Like most artists, I read opportunity bulletins more in hope than expectation. Some offers are aimed at female artists. Or black artists, LGBT artists, tall artists, short artists. But nothing, it seems, for older artists. I completed my Masters…

Interview: visual artist Rachel Maclean on new show Happy & Glorious

15 May 2014

The video artist, famous for her DayGlo grotesqueries, focuses on the duality of characters

Rachel Maclean turns her attention to social class and status for Happy & Glorious, an exhibition of three films that includes ‘Please Sir’, a new split-screen work made for CCA. ‘It’s slightly moving away from a specific look at patriotism or…

Gareth Moore: Blocked Arch, Deferred Ceremony, Dawn Chorus, Tra-diddle da. Like a fly in slow suspense

14 May 20144 stars

Strong, thoughtful and well-made works somewhat ill-served by needless wrong-footing

Vancouver-based sculptor Gareth Moore seems to have spent his three-month residency at Glasgow Sculpture Studios making the most of the local discarded materials, and given the building’s location next to the Forth & Clyde Canal, he’s had plenty to…

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Richard Forster: Modern

14 May 20144 stars

Photo-realist drawings that examine the act of recreating the real

At first glance these are photographs, innocent documentary works in a sharp, cobalt monochrome that suggests a fascination with 20th-century modernism as viewed through the prism of the realist photo-essayist. There are buildings everywhere, high-rises…

Scottish art school degree shows: six graduates exhibiting this year

13 May 2014

We talk to some of the country's up and coming artists, including Alice Tod and Lucas Battich

Alice Maselnikova is graduating from the art, philosophy and contemporary practices course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. Her central piece, The Womb, is a large sculptural installation that creates an inhabitable space, a…

Norman Kirkham RGI

13 May 20143 stars

Kirkham’s paintings may be products of long experience, but they have no shortage of flair

A painter can find fascination in all manner of things: pigeons taking flight from a tenement roof; the sleek skin of an aubergine; the peculiar qualities of winter light in Glasgow. All these and more are investigated by RGI veteran Norman…

Edinburgh Art Festival announced three new commissions for 2014

7 May 2014

Craig Coulthard, Yann Seznec and Jacqueline Donachie are devising original works for the festival

A film about military drones, chalk lines on the city’s streets, and breezes produced by discarded computer fans are the unusual products of the Edinburgh Art Festival’s three 2014 commissions, announced today. On display in unexpected locations around…

Nominees for Turner Prize 2014 announced

7 May 2014

James Richards, Tris Vonna-Michell, Duncan Campbell & Ciara Phillips are up for the visual art prize

The shortlist for this year’s Turner Prize has been unveiled, with four artists nominated to be in with a chance of claiming the prestigious award. James Richards, Tris Vonna-Michell, Duncan Campbell and Ciara Phillips have been selected by the…

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Dennis J Reinmüller exhibits in group show Hydrapangaea at Glasgow International 2014

29 Apr 2014

ECA graduate working in sculpture, drawing, performance and video also showing at Catlin Prize 2014

Dennis J Reinmüller graduated from ECA last year. He is exhibiting at Glasgow International, and has been shortlisted for the Catlin Prize. What’s been happening since you left ECA? I did a group show at the Whisky Bond in Glasgow, then a solo show at…

Leith School of Art alumni show 2014

29 Apr 2014

Work by Toby Paterson, Tommy Grace, Owen Normand, Pernille Spence, Morwenna Darwell and Jamie Stone

Leith School of Art works outside the traditional ‘big four’ art colleges in Scotland, meaning that its influence tends to slip off the radar, but the institution has made its own contributions to the Scottish scene over the past 25 years. With such a…

Rebecca Gouldson: Industrial Shift

24 Apr 20144 stars

A printmaking exhibition that finds beauty and intrigue in redundant tools and relics

Rebecca Gouldson’s first solo show concentrates on the images and objects of historic industry, with beauty and intrigue found in its redundant tools and relics. Scratches, scribbles and signs of wear and tear guide Gouldson’s mark-making on rich…

Gabriel Kuri: All probability resolves into form

23 Apr 20143 stars

Kuri's Glasgow International survivalist sculpture show puts a political twist on hard theory

In case of emergency, natural disaster, nuclear fallout or biblical engulfment, Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri is probably a very good man to have on your side. By stocking up on blankets, fire extinguishers, boxes of matches, bottles of water and assorted…

Bigert and Bergström: The Weather War

23 Apr 20143 stars

The Swedish duo explore man's attempts to control the weather

Man’s attempt to control the weather is the focus of this exhibition by the Swedish artists Bigert and Bergström. The installation’s focus is a film, which serves as both a walk through the history of the weather and contemporary methods of weather…