A fascinating project combining exhibition, auction and gig aims to examine the crossover between music and visual art, showcase artworks made by musicians, and throw a live show into the bargain. Appropriately named the Link, it’s the brainchild of young promoter Chloe Milne.
‘I pitched the idea to a bunch of musicians,’ she says, ‘cos a lot of musicians do their own artwork at the start, then that sometimes disappears, and I didn’t think the connection had been examined properly before.’
Milne is a long-time fan of Fife’s Fence Collective, whose DIY approach to music, packaging and promotion caught her eye. For the exhibition, she’s received artworks from Fence favourites King Creosote, Lone Pigeon and James Yorkston, as well as a typically wonky-sounding offering from Edinburgh soundsmiths FOUND, a pinhole camera made from an old record player.
The exhibition ends on 16 Jan with a gig and auction of the artworks, with FOUND performing and all proceeds going to Nordoff-Robbins, the music therapy charity. And if all goes well, there’s the possibility of it becoming a regular thing. ‘It could be expanded into a monthly night that showcases musicians’ art at gigs,’ says Milne. ‘It would be a great thing to continue, if we can.’
Music Library, Edinburgh, Tue 5–Sat 16 Jan