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Optimo's Foodbank Fundraiser aims to help Glasgow's hungry

26 Feb 2015

JD Twitch and JG Wilkes to raise money for city foodbanks at Art School event

Glasgow's Art School is being taken over for a fundraising event supporting Glasgow foodbanks on Fri 13 Mar. The line-up includes Optimo (organisers, along with Autonomous Glasgow), Nightwave, Harri & Domenic, MWX and many more, as well as visual art…

Jason Rhoades: Four Roads exhibition coming to the BALTIC

25 Feb 2015

Chief Curator Laurence Sillars reflects on the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work

Dead prematurely at the age of 41 through heart failure, Californian artist Jason Rhoades combined elements of performance and conventional art in his work. Already recognised and much appreciated by the critical establishment throughout his life, the…

New gallery Lust and The Apple opens in Temple

24 Feb 20154 stars

Neil Cooper visits the latest arts venture by former Summerhall curator Paul Robertson

It's all too fitting that the outside lights weren't working on the opening night of this new venture from Paul Robertson, the iconoclastic former curator of Summerhall, whose sudden departure from the former Royal Dick Veterinary School in August 2014…

Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus, Kirkcaldy Galleries

23 Feb 20154 stars

Artist Rooms series brings work by seminal 20th century street photographer to Fife

The beauty of the continuing Artist Rooms series, as jointly curated by the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, isn’t just in the wealth of era-defining contemporary art it displays, but the out of the way locations it brings it to. This is the…

Florian & Michael Quistrebert – Visions of Void, Dundee Contemporary Arts

23 Feb 20154 stars

The Quistrebert brothers convert DCA into an intense and atmospheric chamber

White light, white heat and pop art fun palaces are what initially spring to mind as one enters this biggest UK display to date by the French-born Quistrebert brothers. A mind-bending projection of op-art geometric patterns beam onto canvas in a…

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V&A Dundee: Design in Motion

19 Feb 20153 stars

Neil Cooper steps aboard V&A Dundee’s Travelling Gallery

This 17 week, seventy-eight venue bus-bound pre-show to the forthcoming V&A Museum of Design Dundee's purpose-built waterfront takeover starts its journey at an appropriate location: Caird Hall, which once doubled up as a Moscow theatre in John…

World Community Arts Day

13 Feb 2015

A worldwide celebration of community arts has its roots in 1970s Edinburgh

On Tue 17 Feb the eighth annual World Community Arts Day (WCAD) will take place. The event seeks to promote the value and impact of arts within communities, and while previous events have attracted participants from Israel, Canada and Australia, the…

Scotland + Venice: Scottish architecture on the world stage

12 Feb 20153 stars

Exhibition at the Lighthouse showcases Scotland's projects at Venice Architecture Biennale

When it comes to the Venice Architecture Biennale, Scotland has always had to think creatively. How does a small country, with no permanent pavilion and a limited budget, begin to engage on this crowded international stage? This exhibition, which…

Breakin' Up is Hard to Do puts abstract art in the spotlight

12 Feb 2015

Exhibition from co-curators George Vasey and Ned McConnellin explores how artwork is ever-changing

It is 100 years since Kazimir Malevich painted his famous Black Square, often celebrated as one of the first entirely abstract paintings, and in the following century abstract art has grown and changed in unprecedented ways. Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do is…

James Rigler: At Every Fading of the Stars, Tramway

10 Feb 20154 stars

Sculptural show is a balance of ambiguity and charming familiarity

James Rigler’s work explores how we perceive the ordinary and the extraordinary, using domestic objects, architectural forms and salvaged items as his materials.

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V&A Dundee takes Scottish design on tour

6 Feb 2015

Design in Motion opens in Dundee and travels across Scotland

Following hot on the heels of the recent announcement that Dundee is to become an official UNESCO City of Design – a status that places it alongside fellow recipients of the title including Bilbao and Helsinki – a brand new touring exhibition is set to…

Images of changing Germany in Erich Salomon & Barbara Klemm: A Leap In Time

4 Feb 2015

Work by renowned photojournalists working decades apart

Two German photographers who documented major events in their country’s history more than 50 years apart are subject of a new Stills exhibition. Erich Salomon’s images capture the key figures of the 1920s Weimar Republic, while Barbara Klemm’s evocative…

Till The Stars Turn Cold at Glasgow Sculpture Studios

4 Feb 2015

International group show investigating the power and fragility of the human voice

Till the Stars Turn Cold is a partnership project with Sheffield’s S1 Artspace, which brings together six international artists who all explore the ever-present balance of power and fragility within the human voice. The title is taken from a scene in…

Half-term activities for kids in Edinburgh this Spring

3 Feb 2015

Our top five activities for wee ones this Spring half-term

Ah, to be young in Auld Reekie. In addition to all of the usual activities on offer, such as trips to one of the city’s famous museums, parks or attractions, there are plenty of creative goings-on to keep the kids occupied during the school break.

David Lemm: Debris and Phenomena, Edinburgh Printmakers

3 Feb 20153 stars

Semi-abstract screenprinted sea charts are more noise than signal

David Lemm has translated his linear language into a series of screenprints which were initially conceived of during a residency on the Isle of Eigg. Lemm has printed over a series of found pages featuring outdated sea charts, whose age is revealed in…

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Laura Aldridge: California wow! at Tramway invites sensory impulses

3 Feb 2015

Glasgow-based artist showcases sculptural works through a pink filter

‘More often than not,’ explains Surrey-born, Glasgow-based artist Laura Aldridge, ‘my work is positioned on a precipice of wanting to act upon an impulse, particularly a sensory impulse of wanting to touch and feel and simultaneously be felt by material…

Wendelien van Oldenborgh: Beauty And The Right To The Ugly

3 Feb 20154 stars

Film installation examining the concept of community-oriented architecture

This new Collective Gallery in the old City Observatory atop Calton Hill might inspire comparisons between a Georgian architecture-saturated panorama outside and the drum-like brick interior’s intimacy. Intentionally or not, this film piece by Dutch…

Men Gather, In Speech studies artists’ complex relationship with dialogue and the voice

29 Jan 2015

Curator Sophia Hao brings together films by Rose English, Abri de Swardt and Emma Charles

For Men Gather, in Speech, curator Sophia Hao has brought together Rose English, Abri de Swardt and Emma Charles. It’s the artists’ complex relationship to dialogue and the voice that will be studied through the exhibition. ‘While it’s a site for the…

Private View: artist Tom Carlile looks forward to his first solo show in Edinburgh

28 Jan 2015

DJCAD graduate will exhibit work at artist-run space The Number Shop in February 2015

Tom Carlile graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design five years ago. Since then he has exhibited widely across Dundee, participating in shows with Dundee Print Collective, Generator Projects and WASPS. In February, Carlile will…

Ponte City: Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse's exhibition impresses

26 Jan 20154 stars

Photo-journalism project documenting a failed apartheid-era housing project in Johannesburg

'Live in Ponte and never go out’ declaims the mantra on a poster depicting some glossy urban paradise. Alas, for the 54-storey circular folly that still towers over Johannesburg’s skyline and which was originally built in 1976 to house South Africa’s…

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Night at the museum: Game Masters edition

23 Jan 2015

Games, live music, speed dating, talks from smart people, and silent disco: Museum Lates has it all

While marauding dinosaurs, ramping huns and Ben Stiller on guard duty might sound like a lot of fun, we’re always much more excited about what Museum Lates at National Museum of Scotland has to offer. The latest edition, Museum Lates: Game Masters…

The Two Roberts: Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde

18 Dec 20144 stars

Intriguing retrospective of two charismatic artists who died young

Reading the literature which accompanies this intriguing retrospective on the work of Ayrshiremen Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde – who were students together at Glasgow School of Art in the early 1930s, lovers from then on, hugely popular…

Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance

18 Dec 20143 stars

Serious-minded show investigates how history can illuminate contemporary fashion

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is surely a treasure trove of ideas for cross-disciplinary projects linking art and fashion. This serious-minded show, devised by fashion designer Mal Burkinshaw and art historian Jill Burke, both from Edinburgh…

Victoria Morton

18 Dec 20144 stars

Self-referential explosions of colour with personal vividness

‘OPTIMUM LIVING MADE EASY’ the quasi-ironic legend just about declaims, from the second of five large-scale paintings that make up a new cycle of work by Victoria Morton. Or at least that's what it appears to say, as the poster-size message which…

2015 Highlights: Visual Art

17 Dec 2014

Featuring: Glasgow Open House, Scotand + Venice, Hidden Door, Edinburgh Annuale, Turner Prize 2015

The first Glasgow Open House took place in 2014 and showed the works of more than 80 emerging and established artists in 32 venues, ranging from flats, gardens, sheds and community centres. The programme for 2015 is set to expand to include more music…