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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 Lemm has printed over a series of found pages featuring outdated sea charts, whose age is revealed in…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

Manuel Chavajay and Rebecca Wilcox: This Might Be A Place For Hummingbirds

12 Dec 20143 stars

Good work suffers from an overcrowded and badly considered exhibition

Following on from the CCA’s double solo show last year with Mounira al Solh and Sarah Forrest, This Might Be a Place for Hummingbirds presents work by Guatemalan artist Manuel Chavajay and Glasgow-based artist Rebecca Wilcox. The exhibition is…

Alasdair Gray: Spheres of Influence I and II

12 Dec 20145 stars

Lovingly curated explorations of the influences on, and the influence of, Glasgow's renaissance man

It's only too fitting that the programme image for the first of these two shows that form part of the Glasgow-wide Alasdair Gray season, lovingly and meticulously put together by Sorcha Dallas to mark Glasgow's original renaissance man's 80th year, is a…

Private View: Good Press

12 Dec 2014

Rachael Cloughton speaks to Good Press founders, Matthew Walkerdine and Jessica Susan Higgins

Good Press was founded in 2011 to provide a platform for the most innovative and exciting independent art publishing. Alongside zines, prints, artists’ books and newspapers, the space also hosts ‘table-top’ exhibitions, showing the work of local and…

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V&A Dundee hit the road in 2015

11 Dec 2014

All aboard the art bus! Museum of Design to embark on first national exhibition tour

The V&A Museum of Design Dundee kicks off 2015 in pimp-my-ride style, with the deployment a custom-built, mobile art bus thanks to its collaboration with the Travelling Gallery. Part of the new museum's national pre-opening campaign, the Design in…

The Hot 100 2014: Glasgow School of Art

11 Dec 2014

Sam De Santis of GSA Students’ Association on the 2014 fire

Within months of the Mackintosh Building fire, the Phoenix Bursary was helping students make work again. Sam De Santis, head of GSA Students’ Association at the time of the blaze, tells us more

Jim Campbell: Indirect Imaging

5 Dec 20144 stars

American artist's exhibition proves as immersive as it is luminous

The light and a whole lot more besides pours out of the seven pieces in Chicago-born LED auteur Jim Campbell's first ever UK solo show. The moment you set foot into the DCA's foyer, a digital clock behind the reception desk displays the night and day of…

Christopher Orr: The Beguiled Eye

5 Dec 20144 stars

Orr’s paintings capture a mysterious and enigmatic other world

There is a deceptively simple quality to Christopher Orr’s paintings which only begins to unravel on close scrutiny. At first glance the gallery is smattered with a small number of postcard-sized paintings, all sharing a muted green or brown palette.

Idris Murphy and Paul Martin: Edgelands

5 Dec 20144 stars

Artists from Scotland and Australia respond to landscape

With a grand dome and ornate balconies, the Warburton Gallery is a treasure in the centre of Edinburgh with interiors that command the audience’s initial attention. Within the gallery, *3Edgelands*2, an exhibition by Scottish-based artist Paul Martin…

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Turner Prize 2014: Duncan Campbell wins

2 Dec 2014

Artist's challenging video tackling African masks and consumerism culture earns highest acclaim

Duncan Campbell has won the 2014 Turner Prize. The Glasgow-based conceptual artist has earned the prestigious contemporary art honour, worth £25,000, with his video exploring history through dance and African art...

Tales of home this winter with Homecoming Scotland 2014 events

27 Nov 2014

Featuring Station Stories by Sven Warner, Ae Spark o’ Nature’s Fire and The Home Straits

Pop-up theatre, fire sculptures, music and poetry are on offer during November and December as part of finale events celebrating Homecoming Scotland 2014. Taking place across the country in a variety of exiting and unusual place, check out these brand…

Final details for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations revealed

17 Nov 2014

Including a Torchligh Procession through city centre, mini-festival Scot:Lands and the Loony Dook

The final programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations were announced today. Opening proceedings is the much-loved Torchlight Procession (Tue 30 Dec), in which 8 000 torchbearers will take to the streets to walk from George IV Bridge through the…

Anna Oppermann: Cotoneaster Horizontalis

13 Nov 20144 stars

Stunning installation in Dundee is first ever UK retrospective of the late German artist

An ‘ensemble’ is the name given by the late German artist Anna Oppermann to, in her words, ‘the documentation of a particular method during perception and / or awareness exercises’. What this means in practice is a large…

Glasgow Women’s Library: 21 Revolutions

13 Nov 2014

21st anniversary of GWL marked by female Scottish writers and artists

21 Revolutions extended an invitation to emerging and established female, Scottish writers and artists to respond to Glasgow Women’s Library’s collections. The project marks the organisation’s 21st anniversary. GWL hosts an eclectic collection of…