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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

Multimedia exhibition SEEP II: Mirrors & Mires explores identity and intersectionality

27 Aug 2014

Liz Cronin, Sad Little Man, Greygory Vass and Felix Lane are among the contributing artists

A multimedia exhibition highlighting the work of artists fighting discrimination on multiple fronts is opening in Edinburgh’s Patriothall Gallery in September. ‘The show is vital because what's often highlighted as important to the gay community doesn't…

Tony Cruz, Remy Jungerman and Adele Todd - Spirit Levels

27 Aug 20144 stars

International art show exploring differing questions on social realities and spirituality

Integrity and sincerity link all of the artist’s intentions within Spirit Levels an exhibition of work by international artists Tony Cruz, Remy Jungerman and Adele Todd. Each artist explores line, form and abstraction, while raising differing questions…

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Urban / Suburban

27 Aug 20143 stars

Exhibition featuring Martin Boyce, Graham Fagen and Christine Borland as part of GENERATION

A part of the landmark Scottish contemporary art retrospective GENERATION, Urban / Suburban explores in a group context the response of a variety of the nation’s artists to the built environment. The relevance of some of the works showing here suggest…

Interview: artist and GSA graduate Emma Ewan discusses working in Glasgow

27 Aug 2014

'People in Glasgow are making and showing art because that’s what they want to do'

Emma Ewan graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2012, since then she has participated in Glasgow Open House, Bristol Art Weekender and a graduate residency at Hospitalfield Arts. Ewan is currently exhibiting at Art Rooms in Cockenzie House and in…

The HandleBards announced as winner of 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

22 Aug 2014

My Luxurious 50 Square Feet Life, India Street and The Worm also competed for eco-conscious award

The HandleBards have won the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, it was announced at a special ceremony today at Fringe Central. After cycling to the Fringe from London, carrying all the required sets, props, costumes and camping…

Edinburgh Art Festival group show Garage is a way of ‘getting people together and having some fun’

18 Aug 2014

Artist Emma Bowen discusses the show, which also features work from Denis Uster and David MacDiarmid

Each weekend during the Edinburgh Art Festival, Garage, a mini art festival located inside and outside of 51a Northumberland Street, will open to the public. The project has ben organised by artist Emma Bowen, who has invited guest curators and sundry…

Edinburgh studios and gallery space The Number Shop hosts four exhibitions over Edinburgh Festival

18 Aug 2014

Founder Alistair Grant on the background behind artist-led exhibitions

Soon after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, Alistair Grant founded The Number Shop, a complex of studios and gallery space in a previously empty property on the Pleasance. Throughout the festival The Number Shop will host four informal…

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Interview: artist Alessandro Massimo on new show I’ll Be Your Mirror

18 Aug 2014

Artworks exploring the ideas of borders, boundaries and citizenship at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Alessandro Massimo’s interest in geographical borders started when he was researching the Biala river in Poland: ‘observing how the history and geographical configuration of some regions of Poland have changed around this river began my interest in how…

Jacqueline Donachie: Mary and Elizabeth

18 Aug 20143 stars

Subtle installation across Princes Street Gardens commissioned for the Edinburgh Art Festival

For those visiting Edinburgh during the Festival, Jacqueline Donachie’s red chalk lines, running from Cockenzie to the city centre, could easily be lost among the ubiquitous red of the Fringe stands. Seeking it out and starting at Elizabeth instead of…

Exhibit B

17 Aug 20145 stars

A deeply moving and confrontational work staging the hidden Curiosity Cabinets of European racism

It's the eyes that get you first when you step into South African artist Brett Bailey's searing damnation of historical and modern-day racism. Set up as a series of tableaux vivants in the most quietly ornate of human zoos, the audience are invited to…

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer

17 Aug 20142 stars

An all too comprehensive overview of the painter's practice shows him to be less than outstanding

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer at first appears to be an unassuming display of watercolours, sketches and photos, appealing only to enthusiasts for either the media or the natural or architectural subjects that form its visual content. Yet by the time…

Marie-Michelle Deschamps: Don’t trip over the wire!

17 Aug 20143 stars

An information overload undermines deliberately enigmatic work at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Marie-Michelle Deschamps’ Don’t trip over the wire! is the latest work produced for the Collective Gallery’s ‘Satellites Programme,’ a development programme for emergent artists in Scotland. Deschamps has produced a sound installation, which emanates…