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Review: Where Do I End and You Begin

11 Aug 20144 stars

Major exhibition At Edinburgh's City Art Centre confronts the difficult history of the Commonwealth

This major exhibition developed by the Edinburgh Art Festival takes its title from a neon text by Indian artist Shilpa Gupta, which seems highly relevant. In a world where so much is global - not least contemporary art - the lines between “I” and “you”…

Calum Colvin: The Magic Box

9 Aug 20143 stars

Mythical landscapes constructed from sculpture, painting & photography at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Each piece by Calum Colvin is a treasure chest, a feast of detail, reference and delicate composition which invites the viewer to figure out precisely how he did it. Somewhere between sculpture, photography and painting (many of his works are…

Dalziel + Scullion: Tumadh | Immersion

9 Aug 20144 stars

Experimental textiles encourage engagement with the natural world at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Within the relatively sterile dimensions of Dovecot Studios, there is a sense of the exterior, of wind in faces and rain in hair. The figures in the centre of the room are properly dressed for the kind of imagined inclement weather we might associate…

Villa Design Group: The House of Adelaida Ivanovna

9 Aug 20143 stars

Postmodern European theatre/installation staged in a shopping mall, part of Edinburgh Art Festival

The vast top-floor warehouse space of Ocean Terminal's Logan's Run-style shopping mall is a gloriously incongruous venue for the Hamburg/London-based Villa Design Group to house its epic reimagining of Gogol's play, The Gamblers. While the array of…

Roses and Beans

7 Aug 20142 stars

Predictable Live Art act too pleased with itself to have a real purpose

Although it is difficult to define Live Art – it is roughly performance that shies away from theatrical cliches like scripts, acting and clear narratives – Shake It Collaborations present a handy compendium of its tropes. There is the social dancing…

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Paul Carter: Icaro Menippus (x2)

6 Aug 20144 stars

Intimate, mixed media works by the late artist, exhibited at Edinburgh Art Festival

Paul Carter was a lively participant in the art scene in Edinburgh when he tragically died in a car crash in 2006. A tutor at ECA, he was also on the board of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop as they began the fundraising process for their new premises at…

Craig Coulthard: The Drummer and the Drone

5 Aug 20143 stars

An imaginative military film set in Scotland’s future, screening at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Under the darkened, vaulting ceiling of Trinity Apse, a few yards from the tartan-infested Royal Mile, the strain of bagpipes rings out. The sound echoes that of gift shop muzak and Highland dress buskers all the way up to the Esplanade, but the tone is…

Generation - Scottish National Gallery

5 Aug 20144 stars

Outstanding group show celebrating contemporary art in Scotland

That this segment of the nationwide GENERATION exhibition is showing for free during the Edinburgh Festival, in possibly the city's flagship city centre gallery space, is a great advertisement for the Scottish art scene – not because it’s a triumph of…

Ming: The Golden Empire

5 Aug 20143 stars

The Edinburgh Art Festival presents an eclectic collection of artefacts from the Ming Dynasty period

From porcelain fish vats to civil service exam papers, Ming: The Golden Empire is strikingly eclectic. This ambitious exhibition enlightens the audience on the 276-year Ming Dynasty through a combination of intriguing artefacts and digital…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Duffy, Tennyson and Hughes showcased in Poetry for the Palace

4 Aug 2014

The exhibition aims to provide a more visual angle to the work of the Poets Laureate

Subtitled ‘Poets Laureate From Dryden to Duffy’, this exhibition seeks, says curator Deborah Clarke, to be ‘a unique mix of words, art, and voices relating to the Poets Laureate, including original manuscripts and rare editions, many personally…

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kennardphillips: DemoTalk

4 Aug 20144 stars

A fearless critique of war and power at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips have been making working in response to the Iraq War since 2002. Over the past twelve years they have developed a provocative and unflinchingly fearless critical practice that confronts war and power across the world.

Nalini Malani brings immersive WWI installation to Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

4 Aug 2014

In Search of Vanished Blood will use the exterior walls of the Scottish National Gallery

The 4th of August marks 100 years since the outbreak of WWI. To commemorate this momentous occasion, LIGHTS OUT, a UK-wide event, has commissioned four leading international artists to articulate what war means to them. Nalini Malani, the first Asian…

Group show Captain Lightfoot Presents at 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

2 Aug 2014

Group show inspired by location in the Glasshouse at Lauriston Castle

Set in the Victorian Glasshouse within lush gardens at Lauriston Castle, Captain Lightfoot Presents... is the latest exhibition organised by the Captain Lightfoot collective. Both site and story are of key importance to the collective in the execution…

Interview: Roderick Buchanan on 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival show Charlotte Squared

2 Aug 2014

Performative piece based on life and work of 18th-century radical and political reformer Thomas Muir

As part of his Edinburgh Art Festival show, Roderick Buchanan will present 'Number Crunching', a performative piece that aims to bring the life and work of 18th-century radical and political reformer, Thomas Muir, to wider notice

Programme highlights from Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 group show Where Do I End And You Begin?

2 Aug 2014

Shilpa Gupta on the major group show exploring ideals, myths, legacies of the Commonwealth

The ideals, myths, legacies and possibilities inherent to the Commonwealth are explored in a major group show at the City Art Centre. David Pollock speaks to artist Shilpa Gupta about one of Edinburgh Art Festival’s most ambitious projects. ‘It’s about…

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014: discussion events on modern arts and culture

31 Jul 2014

Featuring input from poet Ron Butlin, theatremaker Rachel Chavkin and artist Alec Finlay

As well as their by now renowned performance and visual arts programme during the festival, multi-arts venue and former veterinary college Summerhall will also be showcasing a number of discussions and workshops about topical subjects in arts and…

American Impressionism: A New Vision

29 Jul 20144 stars

The influence of European impressionism on 19th-century American art

It lacks something of the blockbuster appeal of the GENERATION shows going on at the rest of the city’s National Gallery venues, but in looking back at the American art scene of the late 19th century’s engagement with European impressionism, festival…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Art Late, offering contemporary art after dark at venues across the city

29 Jul 2014

The evening gallery parties will feature live music from Woven Tents and The Little Kicks

Bringing together a unique conglomerate of specially programmed exhibitions, artists talks, live music and performance, Art Late is back to guide and indulge audiences after opening hours. Sorcha Carey, director of the Edinburgh Art Festival remarks…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Augusto Corrieri and Vincent Gambini combine art and magic

29 Jul 2014

Gambini's deconstructed magic show 'was still mystifying while it was being demystified'

Rhubaba Gallery and Studios have invited artist Augusto Corrieri and magician Vincent Gambini to participate in their programme for the Edinburgh Art Festival this year. Both artist and magician critically explore performance and the structures of…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 interview: The Honourable Kevin Harman

29 Jul 2014

'I didn’t like the name Kevin, so I had to come up with something that distracted from it'

Where did the ‘Honourable’ title come from? I didn’t like the name Kevin, so I had to come up with something that distracted from it. ‘Honourable’ comes from speaking to a lawyer friend of mine and having a laugh about some of his clients – one guy…

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Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 interview: Susan Hiller on cosmic storytelling project Re-sounding

29 Jul 2014

‘I’m interested in cultural phenomena, no matter how crazy or weird they seem’

Re-sounding combines audio effects from the Big Bang and other cosmic phenomena with stories told by people who think they have seen visitors from outer space, and also explores references to dreaming. ‘I’m interested in cultural phenomena, no matter…

Isa Genzken: Botanical Garden

29 Jul 20144 stars

Eccentric sculptural and collage works as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

The frenetic energy that resonates in Isa Genzken’s playful assemblages and eccentric collages has been harnessed by Inverleith House in Botanical Garden, Geznken’s first UK solo show outside of London. The exhibition is both an exhilarating celebration…

Ross Sinclair: 20 Years of Real Life

29 Jul 20144 stars

Inspiring mixed-media exhibition on Calton Hill, part of GENERATION and Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

Twenty years ago, Ross Sinclair had the words ‘Real Life’ tattooed on his back, and ever since then his work has been an overt process of trying to figure out what these words mean. In this GENERATION show there appear to be no conclusions, but…

RSA: Open Dialogues

29 Jul 20144 stars

Group show from six New Contemporaries artists, including Jonny Lyons, Stuart McAdam and Eva Ullrich

It’s six years since the annual RSA Student Exhibition morphed into New Contemporaries, a selected show for new graduates chosen from all Scotland’s art schools. As part of GENERATION, the RSA is showing new work by six of those artists, one for each…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: experience music and poetry in arty environments with Festival Detours

28 Jul 2014

Luke Wright, Meursault, Eilidh MacAskill and John Osborne prepare to perform in gallery settings

Detours is a series of live shows by music, poetry and theatre artists taking place in galleries across the city. As part of Edinburgh Art Festival, it aims to bring a new audience to visual art by transforming the traditional gallery space. This…