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Merchant City Festival

Glasgow's swanky part of town continues to round together culture in its diverse festival. Previous years have seen comedy, theatre and art events cramming themselves into the area's fashionable buildings, while street performers add to the festival atmosphere.

Various venues, Glasgow

Mon 28 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

Tue 29 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

Wed 30 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

…and 4 more dates until 3 Aug

Festival 2014

Transforming the city during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Festival 2014 sees Glasgow burst into life with an invigorating mix of entertainment, culture and enjoyment.

Various venues: Glasgow

Mon 28 Jul

Times & prices vary / 030 3333 2014

Tue 29 Jul

Times & prices vary / 030 3333 2014

Wed 30 Jul

Times & prices vary / 030 3333 2014

…and 4 more dates until 3 Aug

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Potentially the longest tapestry in the world (beating the Kieskamma tapestry in the South African parliament by a cool 23 metres), the artwork has been worked on by people from all across the country since 2012. It tells the story of Scotland's history from the formation of the land in the prehistoric era to the…

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Jul

Free / 0800 092 7500

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 0800 092 7500

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 31 Jul

Free / 0800 092 7500

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 38 more dates until 13 Sep

The Generator

An art lab for kids aged 4+. Feel free to explore and imagine the art of the future.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Jul

Clore Education Centre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Wed 30 Jul

Clore Education Centre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Thu 31 Jul

Clore Education Centre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:30
…and 17 more dates until 17 Aug

Scotland In Our Eyes

An Art Exhibition and charity event in the heart of Covent Garden London An exciting celebration of Scotland through Art, With an evening of Scottish Culture with Live Highland Dancing, Gaelic choir and Music from an upcoming Scottish band.

Crown Court Church of Scotland, London WC2B

Fri 1 Aug

Free

  • 19:00 – 23:00

Fri 8 Aug

Free

  • 19:00 – 23:00
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Collaboration & Curating

A day of discussion on topics related to collaboration in curatorial practice. Booking is essential.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

Free / 0131 529 3993

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

£5 (Members free) / 0131 529 3993

Discussion and debate. Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

Free / 0131 529 3993

Informal walking tour. Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

Fringe Film Festival

C film Returning for its tenth season, the critically acclaimed curated programme showcases silver screen shorts and contemporary filmmakers all day, everyday. Pop in for a quirky short or linger longer for a moving moment - fabulously fresh innovation to discuss. Features work from UK, Europe, America, Asia, and…

C nova, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Jul

studio 4

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 29 Jul

studio 4

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 30 Jul

studio 4

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 26 more dates until 25 Aug

Craft Scotland Summer Show

Check out what Scotland's crafters have been up to at this exhibition showcasing the work of 36 makers, including ceramist Julia Smith, jeweller Grainne Morton and milliner Sally-Ann Provan, among many others.

White Stuff, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

2nd Floor

Free / 0131 300 0330

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

2nd Floor

Free / 0131 300 0330

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

2nd Floor

Free / 0131 300 0330

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

Jim Lambie

A solo exhibition of the Glasgow-born installation artist and sculptor, including his iconic 1999 work ZOBOP.

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Jul

Free / 0131 225 2383

Part of Generation.

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Tue 29 Jul

Free / 0131 225 2383

Part of Generation.

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 0131 225 2383

Part of Generation.

  • 11:00 – 18:00
…and 81 more dates until 19 Oct

Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Burlesque art class with a relaxed atmosphere, music, drinks and interesting models.

Stereo, Glasgow

Sun 10 Aug

£7 (£5) / 0141 222 2254

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Sun 14 Sep

£7 (£5) / 0141 222 2254

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Sun 12 Oct

£7 (£5) / 0141 222 2254

  • 13:00 – 15:00
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John Ruskin: Artist and Observer

Drawings and paintings by the Victorian art critic and writer John Ruskin, who famously championed Turner and condemned Whistler. Ruskin was an outstanding draughtsman and watercolourist whose pictures illustrate many of his own books, and this show gathers together some of his finest work. The exhibition is a…

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Jul

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 29 Jul

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 30 Jul

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 60 more dates until 28 Sep

Alchemicle

A narrative look at the history of Leith.

Whitespace, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Jul

Free / 07581 130575

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Tue 29 Jul

Free / 07581 130575

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 07581 130575

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Dalziel + Scullion: Tumadh | Immersion

Work from the celebrated environmental artists, exploring relations between mankind and the natural world, shown at An Lanntair in Stornoway and Dovecot in Edinburgh.

An Lanntair Arts Centre and Cinema, Isle of Lewis

Mon 28 Jul

Free / 01851 708480

Part of Generation.

  • 10:00 – 23:00

Tue 29 Jul

Free / 01851 708480

Part of Generation.

  • 10:00 – 23:00

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 01851 708480

Part of Generation.

  • 10:00 – 23:00
…and 32 more dates until 31 Aug

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Free / 0131 550 3660

Part of Edinburgh Art Fair.

  • 10:30 – 18:30

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 550 3660

Part of Generation & Edinburgh Art Festival.

Sat 2 Aug

Free / 0131 550 3660

Part of Edinburgh Art Fair.

  • 10:30 – 18:30

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 550 3660

Part of Generation & Edinburgh Art Festival.

Sun 3 Aug

Free / 0131 550 3660

Part of Edinburgh Art Fair.

  • 10:30 – 18:30

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 550 3660

Part of Generation & Edinburgh Art Festival.

…and 41 more dates until 13 Sep

The Commonwealth: Gifts to the Queen

A new display of some of the gifts presented to Queen Elizabeth II during her many voyages around the world.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Jul

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

  • 09:30 – 18:00

Tue 29 Jul

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

  • 09:30 – 18:00

Wed 30 Jul

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

  • 09:30 – 18:00
…and 95 more dates until 2 Nov

Edinburgh Jews

University of Edinburgh Situated in what was the heart of Edinburgh’s once thriving Jewish community, this free exhibition reveals for the first time the little known history of Jews in Edinburgh. Detailed research has discovered stories of immigration, world wars, local conflict and daily life interpreted through…

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Exhibition

Free / 0131 623 3918

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Exhibition

Free / 0131 623 3918

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Exhibition

Free / 0131 623 3918

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 30 Aug back to top

Hayward Curatorial Open: Sam Belinfante: Listening

An audio installation investigating the act of listening within contemporary art.

BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne

Fri 26 Sep

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sat 27 Sep

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sun 28 Sep

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00
…and 75 more dates until 11 Jan 2015

Isa Genzken: Botanical Garden

The work of German sculptor Isa Genzken has been described by the New York Times as 'brash, improvisational, full of searing color and attitude' and this is the first UK exhibition of her work outside London, from the earlier geometric abstractions to the more recent assemblages of consumer goods, shop mannequins and…

Inverleith House, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Jul

Free / 0131 248 2971

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 0131 248 2971

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Thu 31 Jul

Free / 0131 248 2971

  • 10:00 – 17:30
…and 51 more dates until 28 Sep

Rosie Cunningham: The Glasgow Alphabet Map

Artist and illustrator Cunningham has created an alphabet of Glasgow's iconic buildings.

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Tue 29 Jul

Free / 0141 276 5365

  • 10:30 – 17:00

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 0141 276 5365

  • 10:30 – 17:00

Thu 31 Jul

Free / 0141 276 5365

  • 10:30 – 17:00
…and 24 more dates until 24 Aug

The World History of Rashid al-Din, 1314: A Masterpiece of Islamic Painting

University of Edinburgh This festival exhibition highlights the Jami' al-Tawarikh (World History or Compendium of Chronicles) of Rashid al-Din, one of the masterpieces of medieval Islamic manuscripts. Celebrating the 700th anniversary of its production (1314/2014), the exhibition features approximately 15 folios from…

Main Library, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Exhibition Gallery

Free / 0131 650 3384

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Exhibition Gallery

Free / 0131 650 3384

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Exhibition Gallery

Free / 0131 650 3384

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

The 4 Elements

Photographs of the four elements.

Kingswood, Ascot

Tue 29 Jul

Free

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Wed 30 Jul

Free

  • 10:00 – 15:00
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Beagles and Ramsay: Ventriloquist Dummies Double Self-portrait

Installation involving ventriloquist dummies, returning after their initial appearance in Beagles and Ramsay's hilarious and unsettling video New Meat at GoMA's Hertie Querty group show in 2011.

People's Palace & Winter Gardens, Glasgow

Tue 29 Jul

Free / 0141 276 0788

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 0141 276 0788

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 31 Jul

Free / 0141 276 0788

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 51 more dates until 28 Sep

Culture 2014

A national celebration counting down to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and so much more in the run up to the Games. Everyone’s invited!

Various venues: Glasgow

Mon 28 Jul

Times & prices vary / 030 3333 2014

Tue 29 Jul

Times & prices vary / 030 3333 2014

Wed 30 Jul

Times & prices vary / 030 3333 2014

…and 32 more dates until 31 Aug

David Shrigley: Installation At Sketch

Over 230 original drawings by the British artist will be on display around the walls of the Gallery restaurant at London's sketch, as well as site-specific drawings and texts featured on tableware.

The Gallery At Sketch, London W1S

Mon 28 Jul

The Gallery Restuarant

Free to diners / 0870 770 4488

  • 12:30 – 18:00
  • 18:30 – 02:00

Tue 29 Jul

The Gallery Restuarant

Free to diners / 0870 770 4488

  • 12:30 – 18:00
  • 18:30 – 02:00

Wed 30 Jul

The Gallery Restuarant

Free to diners / 0870 770 4488

  • 12:30 – 18:00
  • 18:30 – 02:00
…and 675 more dates until 4 Jun 2016

Gego: Line As Object

Line installations by the 20th-century, German artist, exploring the phenomenological experience of sculpture and themes of weight, scale, gravity, light, space and encounter.

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Tue 29 Jul

Galleries 1, 2 & 3

Free / 0113 246 7467

  • 11:00 – 17:30

Wed 30 Jul

Galleries 1, 2 & 3

Free / 0113 246 7467

  • 11:00 – 20:00

Thu 31 Jul

Galleries 1, 2 & 3

Free / 0113 246 7467

  • 11:00 – 17:30
…and 69 more dates until 19 Oct

Leeds Art Gallery

Tue 29 Jul

Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Free / 0113 247 8256

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 30 Jul

Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Free / 0113 247 8256

  • 12:00 – 20:00

Thu 31 Jul

Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Free / 0113 247 8256

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 79 more dates until 19 Oct

H_Edge Spitalfields

Cecil Balmond's acclaimed sculpture H Edge makes its UK debut in London's Spitalfields. Curated by Dickson Russell, H Edge will be situated in the reflecting pool near the Allen & Overy building in Bishops Sqaure, from 21st July to 3rd October 2014.

Bishops Square, London E1

Mon 28 Jul

Times to be confirmed / Free

Tue 29 Jul

Times to be confirmed / Free

Wed 30 Jul

Times to be confirmed / Free

…and 65 more dates until 3 Oct back to top