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War and peace announced as themes for Edinburgh International Festival 2014

18 Mar 2014

Programme highlights includes works involving The Kronos Quartet and Handspring Puppet Company

War and peace, conflict and conciliation are the grand themes being tackled in Jonathan Mills’ final year as director of the Edinburgh International Festival. The 2014 programme, announced today, explores music, dance, theatre and other arts not just…

Artist Thomas Anderson on why you should attend All Night Horror Madness

25 Feb 2014

Brain Damage, Basket Case and more will be screening as part of the 500-minute extravaganza

On Saturday 8 March, old Edinburgh favourite the Cameo will once again be rounding up the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) horror films it can find for the eighth in its ongoing series of ever popular All Night Horror Madness events. Set…

The Hidden Door festival aims to instil Edinburgh with a new DIY events ethos

21 Mar 2014

'We can do things like this if we want; we don’t have to wait for permission'

‘Edinburgh suffers from what you might call institutional repetition,’ says David Martin, creative director of the Hidden Door Festival, a defiantly DIY agent of change on the capital’s cultural landscape. ‘What we wanted to do was something a bit…

Interview: video artist Kathryn Elkin on new project Mutatis Mutandis

21 Mar 2014

'The film is trying to “unbinarise” things we normally think of as binary. I like awkward things'

Kathryn Elkin doesn’t want to say too much about Mutatis Mutandis, her new video installation that forms part of the Collective Gallery’s Satellites programme. As well as keeping cards close to her chest, the Belfast-born purveyor of performance, video…

Dutch/Iranian auteur Navid Nuur explores 'permanent transience' with Renderender

21 Mar 2014

'The art world is the only place where people listen to someone's personal and private language'

Permanent transience is a way of being for Navid Nuur, the Dutch/Iranian auteur. Here, he takes over DCA with an epic array of work that co-opts the temporary detritus of everyday life into a series of constructions that provoke as much as they play…

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End-of-year fashion shows display fresh talent from Glasgow and Edinburgh's Art Schools

18 Mar 2014

Names to look out for include Joanna Dixon, Natasha Samasuwo, Salwa McGill and Colleen Leitch

Syrian techno from the ultimate wedding-party DJ, Omar Souleyman, and squelchy Nigerian funk from the mysterious William Onyeabor boomed from the no-nonsense Art School’s speakers on the opening night of the GSA’s Third Year Fashion Show. There was a…

Interview: visual artists Calum and Fraser Brownlee

18 Mar 2014

The Duncan of Jordanstone graduates are set to exhibit in London later this month

Whats been going on since you left DJCAD? We were awarded a residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, which has allowed us to take our work down a different path, using more traditional techniques such as cast iron, bronze and forged steel. Through…

U Always Know the Right Thing to Say

18 Mar 20143 stars

Group show for emerging talent, including Jenna Bliss, Ash Reid, Bernie Reid and Darren Rhymes

This latest group show from long-established home to Edinburgh’s finest emerging art talent the Embassy promises that it’s ‘about friendship in relationship to networks, in real time and virtual spaces.’ How that translates in real terms is often…

Programme announced for the Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

13 Mar 2014

The festival will feature works by the likes of John Byrne, Susan Hiller and Isa Genzken

Works and exhibitions by Isa Genzken, Susan Hiller and John Byrne are among the highlights of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 programme. The festival, which runs from Thu 31 Jul–Sun 31 Aug this year, celebrates visual art at a time when the…

Tania Kovats exhibition Oceans features water samples from every sea

27 Feb 2014

Edinburgh Fruitmarket hosts show featuring bottled water samples collected by others

In 2012 Tania Kovats collected and collated water from 100 rivers around Britain. The resulting work, Rivers, was installed at Jupiter Artland as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. 'I knew I wanted to make a kind of big sister for this work, to expand…

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Interview: Edinburgh-based photographer Jannica Honey

25 Feb 2014

Photographer exhibits work ranging from residency in Kahnawake Mohawk reservation to music portraits

Jannica Honey tells The List about her residency in Kahnawake Mohawk reservation. What led you to work in Kahnawake? I was heading to Canadian music week in Toronto, and my boyfriend and I planned on staying a few days in Montreal. Kahnawake is on the…

Events round-up: International Women’s Day 2014

25 Feb 2014

Marking IWD with everything from parkour to breakfast

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh will be honouring International Women’s Day with some excellent events on and around the big day of Saturday 8 March. In the west, explore the lives of ladyfolk from thousands of years ago with a talk about ‘Women in Ancient…

Spencer Sweeney exhibition at Glasgow's Modern Institute

25 Feb 2014

Artist whose work explores feverish late-night New York lifestyle

'Artist, musician, DJ, club owner and playboy mystic of the land below 14th Street’ is the phrase Interview magazine used to introduce Spencer Sweeney when he met up with his friend and business partner, the rock star Andrew WK, to chat about Sweeney’s…

Major retrospective of German photographer Helga Paris set for Glasgow

25 Feb 2014

Fotografie provides intimate portrayal of postwar East Germany

This major retrospective of the German photographer Helga Paris gets its only British showing in this exhibition at Street Level Photoworks. A resident of the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin since 1966, her intimate portrayal of postwar East Germany…

Edinburgh-based Jonathan Owen exhibits at Ingleby Gallery

25 Feb 2014

'Eraser drawings' created by rubbing out characters from film stills in books

‘Acts of careful vandalism,’ is the attractive phrase Jonathan Owen uses to describe the works of art he creates. His ‘eraser drawings’, says the Edinburgh College of Art graduate, who hails from the north of England, are created by rubbing out…

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibits in Edinburgh in 2014

25 Feb 2014

Scottish National Portrait Gallery hosts worldwide photography award

After almost three months on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize moves north for its first exhibition in Scotland. ‘Since its inception in 1993, when the prize was first sponsored by the John…

Adele Patrick (ed.) - 21 Revolutions

25 Feb 20144 stars

An eye-opening collection of art and writing from a who’s who of Scottish women creatives

21 Revolutions is the culmination of celebrations marking 21 years of the Glasgow Women’s Library. This ambitious coffee-table book is a success both in terms of the quality of its content and, perhaps more significantly, in the way it shines such a…

Sonia Boyce, Pavel Büchler and Susan Hiller: Speaking in Tongues

18 Feb 20144 stars

Three artists demonstrate how memory can be moulded, shaped and customised to order

It's the sound of clacking typewriter keys that strikes you first, stepping into this show, which, in different ways, reflects on the colour of memory. In the case of all three artists, who have a long history with the CCA building, it reveals how that…

Visual art review: Summerhall's spring shows

18 Feb 20144 stars

Featuring the work of Stefan Roloff, Ian Hughes, Colin Jarvie, Harry Papadopoulos & Kevin Williamson

Loss, migration, the Holocaust and a strange form of post-apocalyptic euphoria filter in various ways through the nine new exhibitions at Summerhall. The former is seen most explicitly in Kindness of Strangers, the first UK show by German-American…

Toby Paterson: Soft Boundary

20 Jan 2014

Work by Glasgow-based artist exploring city landmarks including Red Road flats

Originally intended to be a simple series of paintings, albeit created on aluminium sheeting, Soft Boundary has taken on a new life for Glasgow-based artist Toby Paterson. ‘From gathering experiences and photographic documentation of the latest series…

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Bertille Bak: Faire le mur

20 Jan 2014

Artist's film explores town of Barlin in northern France as part of Factish Field project

When it was announced that French artist Bertille Bak’s home town of Barlin, in the Pas-de-Calais region in northern France, was to be renovated as part of a programme of urban regeneration, the authorities promised much for the former mining parish.

Alan Reid: An Absent Monument

20 Jan 2014

Second show of paintings by Texan-born artist at Mary Mary

There's something missing from Alan Reid’s second show of paintings at Mary Mary. Anyone familiar with the already hazy façades of the Texan-born artist’s work will recall how much it has been dominated by the figure of a woman: aloof, enigmatic and as…

Sarah Lucas exhibition at Glasgow Tramway

20 Jan 2014

Powerful retrospective targets the male dominated media world

When asked why the time is right for Scotland to host its first retrospective of the work of YBA Sarah Lucas, the Tramway’s director Sarah Munro is frank. ‘Her work is provocative, challenging and subverts attitudes towards the body, gender and…

Ellsworth Kelly: Twelve Colour Prints From the Artist’s Collection

20 Jan 20144 stars

Series of 12 prints covering 40 years of output by artist

Ingleby Gallery’s current exhibition showcases a series of 12 prints by Ellsworth Kelly, selected by the artist and taken from his own collection. The works span a period of 40 years; the earliest, a rectangular block filled with horizontal lines of…

Mary Modeen: the Absolutely Other

20 Jan 2014

Series of printed landscapes veering into abstraction at times

The complex relationship between identity and place propels Mary Modeen’s practice. The artist says her work begins with a consideration of place as ‘a point of contemplation – a locus of intersection between philosophic metaphysical, historic and…