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Prehistoric Friends, Two Wings and Ubre Blanca at The Pleasance Sessions

3 Oct 2014

Glasgow's hottest emerging bands take to the stage, plus special guests TYCI DJs

The Pleasance Sessions – Edinburgh’s very own cultural Oktoberfest – returns for its second year. And on Thu 16 Oct, three of Glasgow’s hottest emerging bands hotfoot it east for The List presents … night at the award-nominated music festival. Here’s…

Rachel Maclean – The Weepers

24 Sep 20144 stars

Superb darkly comic retelling of Celtic Bean Nighe myth from Glasgow film-maker

The Scotch mist that wafts around Duart Castle at the opening of Rachel Maclean's new film speaks volumes about where she's coming from; this major commission for the Mull-based Comar organisation looks like a big leap towards something even more…

Head to the Highlands this Autumn!

19 Sep 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014 has already enjoyed many brilliant moments over the past few months… but there are plenty more to come! Be part of it and check out the jam-packed Highland Homecoming programme; a two-month celebration of the very best of…

Interview: Michael White on his latest exhibition You’re studying that reality… We’ll act again

19 Sep 2014

Glasgow-based artist discusses construction of portrait series challenging societal ideology

Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2009, Michael White has had solo exhibitions at the Glue Factory, the Collective and the Duchy. His latest show, You’re studying that reality… We’ll act again opens at Queens Park Railway Club in…

Things to look forward to at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

19 Sep 2014

Highlights include Augusto Baol film screenings and Drew Taylor's re-imagining of Ginsberg's 'Howl'

Now in its eighth year, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, has always had a commitment to theatre that goes beyond simple issue-based drama into personal reflections on mental health. This year it includes the work of Augusto Boal – a…

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Illuminations: The Enchanted Forest and Night in the Garden

17 Sep 2014

Two festivals set to light up the autumn nights in Faskally Wood and Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens

For over a decade now, Faskally Wood has been drawing visitors from far and wide to see it spectacularly lit up and transformed into The Enchanted Forest. Even after Forestry Commission Scotland decided to stop putting on the event, a group of locals…

Claude Closky: 10, 20, 30 & 40%

16 Sep 20143 stars

French avant-savant artist exhibits new series of minatures at Summerhall

They could be pages torn from an art-zine, an architect's portfolio or a sketchpad given to pre-schools on a rainy day, such is the playful but matter-of-fact show-and-don't-tellness of French avant-savant Claude Clocky’s new series of miniatures.

Fred Moten, Miss Prissy and M Lamar lined up for ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

16 Sep 2014

The experimental performance fest explores racial and sexual nonconformity in its sixth outing

When the Arika organisation took a side-step from curating experimental music festivals in a now booming scene, they laid the groundwork for their Instal and Kill Your Timid Notion events. The more holistically inclined series of themed Episodes they…

Interview: Glasgow artist Conor Kelly asks 'Do You Feel Like We Do?'

16 Sep 2014

Show at CCA's Intermedia Gallery considers social aspect of painting in relation to perception

Conor Kelly’s show at CCA’s Intermedia Gallery marks something of a departure from his previous work. Rather than looking at history and historical characters, here Kelly takes apes and monkeys as his subject, using images from the internet and…

Turner Prize-nominated artist Duncan Campbell returns to home soil as part of GENERATION

16 Sep 2014

Campbell's Venice Biennale film is ambitious mediation on objects, meaning, economic value and art

Following the Common Guild-curated Scottish show at last year’s Venice Biennale, all three artists have solo shows back home in Glasgow as part of Generation. Duncan Campbell is the last to show to his home crowd, and this work is the most demanding…

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Brian Cheeswright: 'It’s a guts and all cross-section of my output, good and bad’

16 Sep 2014

The self-described expressionist painter gears up for 36 Years of Brain Feed exhibition

‘I am searching for a certain crudeness or awkwardness in my work,’ says Edinburgh-based figurative painter Brian Cheeswright’s artist statement on his website. ‘I like to organise problems into my painting and to leave a sense that they are slightly…

GENERATION By Night - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Sep 2014

16 Sep 2014

Golden Teacher and Optimo enhance a celebration of contemporary Scottish art

We’ve already awarded a well-deserved five stars to Modern Art One’s strand of the GENERATION project, which celebrates the past 25 years of contemporary Scottish art. Our reviewer on that occasion was especially impressed by Douglas Gordon’s ‘24 Hour…

Heather Phillipson – sub-fusc love-feast

16 Sep 20144 stars

Playful and ambitious collection of works that remix and reimagine the natural world

Playing God appears to come natural to Heather Phillipson as the London-born poet, performer, sculptor and video artist gets back to nature by way of a jungle full of photographic cut-out dioramas and big-screen video cut-ups that suggests that the…

Interview: artist Gregor Wright on taking over an office complex for his latest project

16 Sep 2014

'Offices are funny in the first place but when human presence has gone, they become really eerie'

For his solo show at CCA, Gregor Wright has been making work in an empty Victorian office complex on Buchanan Street, using a corridor of rooms to create a body of life-sized foam figures, sculptures, wall drawings and paintings. ‘I had the whole floor…

Five Reasons to go to FRESH 14

15 Sep 2014

Glasgow University's freshers' fair promises free food, drink, dance and more

Drink up Far be it for us to perpetuate the broke student stereotype, but who says no to free food and drinks? There’ll be Keglevich vodka shots and Rekorderlig cider doing the rounds, plus Chicken Cottage and Crolla’s ice-cream. You know, all the…

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A guide to Scotland's grassroots visual art groups in 2014

11 Sep 2014

Featuring David Dale Gallery, Glasgow Open House, 2|1|4|1 and the Black Cube Collective

‘Quite often, as a graduating student, it's hard to see what lies past graduation,’ explains Max Slaven, discussing the beginnings of the David Dale Gallery and Studios. In 2009, alongside Ellie Royle and Ralph Mackenzie, Slaven founded the gallery: ‘We…

Creative Mackintosh Festival: an opportunity to celebrate the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

11 Sep 2014

The Glasgow artist and designer will be the subject of a month of films, exhibitions and live events

Now in its third year and bigger than ever thanks to Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Creative Mackintosh Festival has been given an extra layer of poignancy due to the extensive damage to one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most iconic buildings by fire in…

A guide to seven of Scotland's must-see artworks

10 Sep 2014

Featuring masterpieces by Titian, Dali, Jencks, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Glasgow Boys

The Glasgow Boys Gallery Many credit the Glasgow Boys for putting Glasgow on the art world’s map, not that their work captures much of the city itself. The pioneering nineteenth century painters set up their easels in the countryside, capturing rural…

FAILE & Båst: Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

1 Sep 20144 stars

Brooklyn based artists create luminous video games arcade for the Edinburgh Art Festival

Hidden deep in the bowels of Summerhall, the building’s clinically austere atmosphere gives way to a riot of colour and sound as Faile and Bast’s Deluxx Fluxx Arcade explodes against the senses. Those of a certain generation might remember the ambience…

Richard Wheater: the glass artist leading the neon revival

1 Sep 2014

‘I want to give people an idea about what neon can do beyond the world of advertising'

Glass artist Richard Wheater is illuminating the world about neon, taking an intensive one-day version of his courses – normally based at his workshop in Wakefield – to locations around Europe. For this year’s Edinburgh Festival, he returned to the…

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Charlie Hammond, Iain Hetherington and Alex Pollard - Internet Curtains

27 Aug 20144 stars

A humorous, enigmatic response to the banality of life ‘post-internet’ as part of GENERATION 2014

Tramway’s latest contribution to GENERATION is Internet Curtains, a group show with work by Charlie Hammond, Iain Hetherington and Alex Pollard. Internet Curtains references both the controversial term ‘post-internet’ coined by Maria Olson to describe…

Charlotte Prodger explores speech and self-representation with new GENERATION project

27 Aug 2014

microsphaeric howard hughes heaven movie is the new performance piece from the artist and DJ

Artist and DJ Charlotte Prodger uses elements of her previous video installations and writing work for this one-off live performance produced in partnership with LUX Scotland and forming part of GENERATION. Taking information from different sources…

Corin Sworn

27 Aug 20144 stars

Compelling installations exploring history and storytelling originally shown at 2013 Venice Biennale

One year on from its appearance in the Scottish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Corin Sworn’s project has come home. Returning – with some edits – to the partner institution that presented it in Venice, the Common Guild, this display is succinct and…

India Street

27 Aug 20144 stars

Stunning contemporary textiles by Scottish and Indian artists at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Another of the numerous art events happening this summer which tie into the theme of the Commonwealth and its history, this contemporary textiles exhibition at Edinburgh’s Gayfield Creative Spaces offers an insight into the shared industrial history of…

Interview: film artist Nick Thomas on new project Who Built the Access Road?

27 Aug 2014

Filmic portrait of Uist looks at impact of missile testing range on island through installation

The missile testing range on South Uist built by the RAF in 1957 may have been privatised in 2001, but the fascination with what is regarded as the largest air and sea range in the UK goes on. Nick Thomas' filmic portrait of Uist that makes up his show…