What to see at The Embassy Gallery’s Annuale 2015

Rosie Lesso explores the most unusual shows at Edinburgh’s grassroots art festival

What to see at The Embassy Gallery’s Annuale ‘15

Artwork by Emma Macleod

Now in its 11th year, The Edinburgh Annuale continues to provide a grassroots alternative to the EAF, offering space for emerging artists to create events, performances and exhibitions in spaces across the city. This year’s less than traditional venues include artist homes, disused shops, a moveable gallery and an empty police box.

Moveable Feast
Artists Patricia Healy McMeans, Steven Kavanagh, John Corrigan and James Currie have created a project that exists in a state of constant flux, with a moveable structure that will change sites across Edinburgh throughout the Annuale. The structure will host a variety of events including dinners, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops, with venues and events to be announced on the Annuale website on the day.
1–28 June, various times and locations across the city to be announced on the day

Bargain Spot
The artist led space Bargain Spot sits in a disused space in Tollcross, replacing a much loved discount shop of the same name. Directed by Lydia Honeybone and Abigail Webster, the space provides a site for experimentation by emerging artists and recent graduates. They will offer a series of rolling exhibitions from the 12–28 June from a variety of artists, including projects from Mike Ainsworth, Edgar M Caamano and Rebecca Howard.
12 Earl Grey St, Tollcross, 12–28 June
12–17 June, Artists in Residence: Mike Ainsworth and Edgar M. Caamano
18–21 June, ‘Merch’, (group exhibition) curated by Rebecca Howard, opening 18 June 6–9pm
23–27 June, Tabula Rasa (group exhibition), opening 23 June 6–9pm

TARDIS, Leith Walk Police Box
In this most miniature of venues, a Leith Walk Police Box has been hijacked by artist Emma Macleod for one day only and transformed into an exhibition space, filled to the brim with brightly coloured small scale objects, paintings, videos, sound and light. Only one or two people will be able to enter the space at any one time, creating an intimate and immersive environment.
Croall Place, Leith Walk, Opening event: Thurs 25 June 6pm–9pm, open Fri 26 June 1pm–9pm

Child’s Play
Originally built as a dance studio, the light and airy Basic Mountain has since played host to a variety of creative events in Edinburgh. This one day symposium, organised by the newly founded peer support group ‘Edinburgh Artists with Kids’, is for creative parents and children of all ages looking for breathing space and the chance to explore the relationship between art and child’s play.
Basic Mountain, 1a Hill St, Edinburgh, 20 June, 12pm–4pm

In this 12 hour event, WOMANIFESTOVAL sees the two female artists Emma Potterhill and Phoebe Mitchell take willing participants through what they refer to as a ‘buffet of the brilliant and bog standard’, where anything goes and, ‘the itinerary is up to us!’. The artists will lead a full day party of unannounced and unexpected events hidden within the walls of their Alva Street flat.
Sat 20 June 2015, 12pm–12am, 35/1 Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3PS

Annuale, various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Jun–Sun 28 Jun


Annuale is a festival celebrating independent grass roots creative projects in Edinburgh, curated by the Embassy gallery.

Boot Signal

Work by Ben Callaghan, Joe Etchell, Christopher MacInnes, Corey Dunlap, Bek Oliva & Francis Dosoo, examining capitalism through the notion of cruise ships.

Emma Macleod: TARDIS

A mini-exhibition, transforming the interior of a Police Box.


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