#ArtUnlocks celebrates reopening of Scottish galleries and studios
- Emma Simmonds
- 28 April 2021
As exhibitions reopen to the public, Scottish Contemporary Art Network's campaign keeps us abreast of all artistic happenings in the country. Here are our top tips for a cultural fix
There's nothing like soaking up some art in person, one of the many pleasures lockdown has deprived us of. With Covid-19 restrictions easing in Scotland from this week, getting safely back into galleries will be a priority for many but it's not easy to know what's on when, or where to even begin.
That's where the Scottish Contemporary Art Network's brand new campaign #ArtUnlocks comes in. Champions of the contemporary art scene in Scotland, they've been helpfully sharing details of the art galleries and studio spaces from Orkney to Edinburgh that are once more welcoming visitors, and will be continually updating us of new openings at sca-net.org/artunlocks. There's already a lot on offer, so here are a few highlights to kickstart your connection to culture this spring.
All venues will be adhering o social distancing measures and appointment bookings in order to keep visitors safe, so be sure to follow all public health guidelines and plan your trip in advance.
Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema
Boasting the largest exhibition of Ray Harryhausen's work ever seen, this landmark show celebrates the incredible talent of the film special effects superstar who worked on Jason and the Argonauts and One Million Years B.C. and helped elevate stop motion animation to an art.
Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema will be at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two), Edinburgh, until Sun 20 Feb 2022.
Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop!
One of Scotland's greatest pop artists and a former Mr Scotland, Archie Brennan, changed the course of modern weaving and Dovecot Studios are proud to present the first major exhibition of his work. Bringing together over 80 tapestries alongside archive material, Tapestry Goes Pop! illuminates this under-recognised yet influential and charismatic artist, who examined contemporary culture through the lens of classical tapestry weaving.
Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop! will be at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, until Mon 30 Aug.
Emma Talbot: Ghost Calls
Fresh from bagging the 2020 Max Mara Art Prize for Women, British multimedia artist Emma Talbot presents her first ever Scottish solo show, exploring visual autobiography in a unique way – using drawing, painting, animation and three-dimensional model-making to turn internal narratives into visual poems and ruminations based on experience, memories and projections.
Emma Talbot: Ghost Calls will be at Dundee Contemporary Arts from Wed 28 Apr to Sun 8 Aug.
Sara Barker: undo the knot
First unveiled in October 2020, CAMPLE LINE are proud to reopen undo the knot, an exhibition of new work by the Manchester-born, Glasgow-based artist Sara Barker. Not quite sculptures and not quite paintings, her work explores the boundary between those disciplines, making a real impact with its significant scale and use of angular, indented aluminium trenches as containers for painted and sculptural elements.
Sara Barker: undo the knot will be at CAMPLE LINE, Dumfriesshire, from Thu 29 Apr to Sun 23 May.
Night Fever: Designing Club Culture
Delving into the iconic clubs of New York, Paris, Manchester, London and Berlin – and with an exclusive section on Scotland's unique and distinct club scene – the exhibition examines the progressive and subversive history of nightclub design and its influence on popular culture in the first major exhibition of its kind.
Night Fever: Designing Club Culture will be at V&A Dundee from Sat 1 May until Sun Jan 9 2022.
This partnership between Glasgow's CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) and the Glasgow School of Art takes works from the textiles, fashion and costume holdings at the GSA's archives and special collections as its starting point. Four UK-based artists and designers – Rabiya Choudhry, Fiona Jardine, Raisa Kabir and Hanneline Visnes – were asked to select one piece each, to track its history and present a new story or work from it.
ambi will be at Glasgow's CCA from Fri 7 May to Sat 29 May.