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Tamsyn Challenger to bring new show Monoculture to the 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

15 Jul 2014

British artist explains the influence of the selfie on her latest work

Since it was named the Oxford Dictionaries word of 2013, we’ve been witnessing the death of the selfie. Or, more accurately, that kind of cultural limbo where an idea flashes brightly in the collective consciousness for a while before its ubiquity makes…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 interview: The Honourable Kevin Harman

29 Jul 2014

'I didn’t like the name Kevin, so I had to come up with something that distracted from it'

Where did the ‘Honourable’ title come from? I didn’t like the name Kevin, so I had to come up with something that distracted from it. ‘Honourable’ comes from speaking to a lawyer friend of mine and having a laugh about some of his clients – one guy…

RSA: Open Dialogues

29 Jul 20144 stars

Group show from six New Contemporaries artists, including Jonny Lyons, Stuart McAdam and Eva Ullrich

It’s six years since the annual RSA Student Exhibition morphed into New Contemporaries, a selected show for new graduates chosen from all Scotland’s art schools. As part of GENERATION, the RSA is showing new work by six of those artists, one for each…

Interview: John Byrne set to bring two shows to 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

15 Jul 2014

The polymath artist on what inspires him and why he'll never retire

It’s sometimes easy to forget that John Byrne was a painter before he became a playwright. While he has earned a living as an artist since 1967, only latterly, it seems, has the Paisley-born author of The Slab Boys Trilogy and TV comedy drama Tutti…

Interview: Max Slaven on International Artist Initiated project at 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

Organisations from Commonwealth territories present series of exhibitions and public art in Glasgow

‘International Artist Initiated’ (IAI) is a collaborative art project organised by David Dale Gallery in Glasgow with contributions from six other artist-led organisations from Commonwealth territories. Together they will transform the east end of…

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5 things to expect at Glasgow's 2014 film and music event Cargo, Camera… Action!

15 Jul 2014

A day of live screenings, circus performers, DJs and more on the River Cyde Embankment

1. A ghost ship filled with cannibal rats Inspired by the viral story of an abandoned Russian ship heading for Britain’s shores earlier this year, Glasgow’s mighty exponents of the all-in-one film screening / art installation / large-scale outdoor…

Generation - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

15 Jul 20145 stars

Douglas Gordon, Kate Davis and Richard Wright among SNGoMA1's 25 year contemporary art retrospective

Where to start with a definitive, large-scale exhibition boasting of a nation's ongoing achievements in contemporary art without opening yourself up to claims of self-aggrandisement? Isn’t it for others to sing the praises while we keep our trumpets…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 interview: Susan Hiller on cosmic storytelling project Re-sounding

29 Jul 2014

‘I’m interested in cultural phenomena, no matter how crazy or weird they seem’

Re-sounding combines audio effects from the Big Bang and other cosmic phenomena with stories told by people who think they have seen visitors from outer space, and also explores references to dreaming. ‘I’m interested in cultural phenomena, no matter…

Ross Sinclair: 20 Years of Real Life

29 Jul 20144 stars

Inspiring mixed-media exhibition on Calton Hill, part of GENERATION and Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

Twenty years ago, Ross Sinclair had the words ‘Real Life’ tattooed on his back, and ever since then his work has been an overt process of trying to figure out what these words mean. In this GENERATION show there appear to be no conclusions, but…

Isa Genzken: Botanical Garden

29 Jul 20144 stars

Eccentric sculptural and collage works as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

The frenetic energy that resonates in Isa Genzken’s playful assemblages and eccentric collages has been harnessed by Inverleith House in Botanical Garden, Geznken’s first UK solo show outside of London. The exhibition is both an exhilarating celebration…

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American Impressionism: A New Vision

29 Jul 20144 stars

The influence of European impressionism on 19th-century American art

It lacks something of the blockbuster appeal of the GENERATION shows going on at the rest of the city’s National Gallery venues, but in looking back at the American art scene of the late 19th century’s engagement with European impressionism, festival…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Art Late, offering contemporary art after dark at venues across the city

29 Jul 2014

The evening gallery parties will feature live music from Woven Tents and The Little Kicks

Bringing together a unique conglomerate of specially programmed exhibitions, artists talks, live music and performance, Art Late is back to guide and indulge audiences after opening hours. Sorcha Carey, director of the Edinburgh Art Festival remarks…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Augusto Corrieri and Vincent Gambini combine art and magic

29 Jul 2014

Gambini's deconstructed magic show 'was still mystifying while it was being demystified'

Rhubaba Gallery and Studios have invited artist Augusto Corrieri and magician Vincent Gambini to participate in their programme for the Edinburgh Art Festival this year. Both artist and magician critically explore performance and the structures of…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: experience music and poetry in arty environments with Festival Detours

28 Jul 2014

Luke Wright, Meursault, Eilidh MacAskill and John Osborne prepare to perform in gallery settings

Detours is a series of live shows by music, poetry and theatre artists taking place in galleries across the city. As part of Edinburgh Art Festival, it aims to bring a new audience to visual art by transforming the traditional gallery space. This…

Counterpoint at Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: hoping to add to contemporary art in Scotland, not just repeat it

24 Jul 2014

Alec Finlay, Ellie Harrison, Michelle Hannah, Andrew Miller & more contribute to GENERATION showcase

Talbot Rice Gallery is doing GENERATION with a twist. It is one of 60 venues taking part in Scotland’s biggest ever showcase of art – a huge national event celebrating the work of the country’s artists over the past 25 years – but when the project was…

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Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Tessa Lynch wants your help in building a house in an afternoon

24 Jul 2014

Lynch's show, Raising, simultaneously explores themes of community and property ownership

’I think we’ll just press on,’ says Tessa Lynch, eyeing the steel-grey skies warily. It’s just after lunchtime on a Saturday in July and the drizzle hasn’t stopped all morning, with signs suggesting it’s only going to get worse. The group of 12…

Longlist announced for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2014

23 Jul 2014

The award recognises Fringe shows that encourage audiences to consider their environmental impact

The shortlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, which celebrates the greenest and most sustainable shows of the fringe that encourage audiences to take responsibility for their own environmental impact, has been announced, with 22…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: 10 must-see exhibitions

22 Jul 2014

Featuring Augusto Corrieri & Vincent Gambini, Dalziel + Scullion and Isa Genzken

Augusto Corrieri and Vincent Gambini Could Augusto Corrieri be a fan of the Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup, with its famous mirror scene? After all, his video work, ‘Diorama’, features a human and a sheep copying each other’s actions over the course of…

The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to the Scottish Parliament for 2014 Edinburgh Festival

15 Jul 2014

Scotland's history presented in an unparalleled work of collaborative art

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is more than just an unparalleled work of collaborative craft. At 143 metres in length, with 160 panels depicting the history of Scotland from the formation of the rocks to the creation of Scotland’s parliament, it’s an…

Behind the scenes at the Edinburgh festivals

15 Jul 2014

Insiders reveal the preparation put into one of the world's largest cultural events

Jamie Mitchell. Fruitmarket Gallery manager on getting art into the space. The process of an exhibition coming together can spread over a long time frame. Early on it’s about broad strokes, but the closer it gets, it’s more about specifics and we’ll be…

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A test run of Alice Finbow's An Attempt at Exhausting a Place at 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

15 Jul 2014

Our columnist Alice White tries her hand at contemplating life in a cafe

In 1974, Georges Perec wrote the book An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, an observation collection of nothing much in particular. Filmmaker and photographer Alice Finbow is going to spend a week doing a ‘contemporary reconfiguring’ during the…

Festival 2014 to host a series of cultural events to celebrate the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

Live music, film, comedy, film and fashion events to coincide with the Games

Glasgow Green Live Zone One of Glasgow’s most iconic city parks will be transformed into a huge home for the duration of the Games. The Living Room hosts the main stage, with themed days celebrating the music of Commonwealth Cultures (Thu 24 Jul)…

Cabbages in an Orchard: The formers and forms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Graham Fagen

15 Jul 20144 stars

Highlights of Fagen's responsive GENERATION show include tense, confrontational teeth portraits

Graham Fagen says he fell out with Mackintosh at the Glasgow School of Art. However, when invited back more than 20 years later to spend time in the Mackintosh archive, he discovered he had more in common with the man than he expected. The body of work…

Music highlights from Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games programme

15 Jul 2014

City prepares for sonic summer with scheduled performances from artists including Aidan Moffat

East End Social. Chemikal Underground’s spotlight on the East End’s charms continues, with Mogwai and Hudson Mohawke playing the Last Big Weekend in Richmond Park (Sat 30 & Sun 31 Aug)

Interview: artist Michelle Hannah, one half of the band Picana Electrica

15 Jul 2014

The performance artist curates Nightflights & pitches herself as 'the Lidl version of Tilda Swinton'

Michelle Hannah is a Glasgow-based performance artist and one half of the band Picana Electrica. She was recently commissioned to produce the new work ‘Statue’ by the Talbot Rice Gallery as part of Counterpoint at the Edinburgh Art Festival. What’s…