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Art exhibition The King’s Peace examines the role of photography in peace and warfare

15 Jul 2014

The show is built around the fictional travelogue ‘Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria'

‘Apart from the referendum, war is the big theme of 2014,’ says Kirsten Lloyd, curator of this group show with a difference at Stills. ‘We wanted to stand this theme on its head to instead explore the idea of peace, or what is now often called…

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…

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…

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…

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)…

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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)

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…

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…

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Three Scottish art shows inspired by the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

Featuring In Common, Below Another Sky and All Sided Games at a host of local venues

In Common. Glaswegian design studio Recoat have invited artists from Commonwealth countries to paint large-scale murals on five sites in Glasgow. ‘We selected artists that we had followed for some time and had seen their work at other mural festivals,…

Luke Fowler: The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott

15 Jul 20144 stars

The film artist turns his attention to Marxist historian and CND activist EP Thompson

Luke Fowler’s ongoing fascination with icons of radical thought has extended from film works on punk band The Homosexuals and composer Cornelius Cardew to his Turner-nominated dissection of anti-psychiatrist RD Laing. Each of these has cut-and-pasted…

Sara Barker: For Myself and Strangers

15 Jul 20143 stars

Barker's delicate, three-dimensional structures invite a greater sense of engagement with the viewer

One of the strengths of GENERATION (the Scotland-wide visual art event currently taking place) is that it showcases not only the work of well-known Scottish contemporary artists but also of those who have quietly built up careers here without become…

Artist Joey Villemont turns to fashion for installation inspiration

14 Jul 2014

'I am interested in the way an idea, a piece or a pattern can evolve successively from a logo'

Artist Joey Villemont has a lifelong and fanatical enthusiasm for the history and techniques of fashion, from catwalk shows and drawings to online presentation and high-street retail. Since making his own clothes from the age of 14, he has continued to…

20 unmissable events during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

With so much going on during the Commonwealth Games, we round up the highlights to sprint along to

Queen’s Baton Relay Various locations across Scotland, until Tue 22 Jul Look out for additional cultural and sporting events taking place along the route to ensure everyone is part of the build-up to the Games. The Marathon Storytelling Cycling…

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Hayley Tompkins: Digital Light Pools

8 Jul 20144 stars

Playful painted objects transform our ideas of ordinary items in this solo show

It's the brightest and airiest of environments that have housed Hayley Tompkins’ floor-based bird’s-eye picture-postcard views of holy-hued rainbows, high-rise cityscapes, earth-bound stone formations, tranquil blue seas and fog-bound multi-lane traffic…

Jeanette Lennartsson 'will be sadly missed by all who were lucky enough to work with her'

20 Jun 2014

List publisher Robin Hodge remembers the noted Scottish designer, who died recently

It is with great sadness that we note the death after a long illness of Jeanette who was the designer of The List from 1994 until 1997. Jeanette started work at The List when she and her husband, Marc Lambert (now Director of the Scottish Book Trust…

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…

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…

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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…

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…