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Interview: artist Alex Dordoy on new show persistencebeatsresistance

18 Dec 2013

'You're playing with the idea that these objects are trying to create an environment'

There's a sense of delving into the past in Alex Dordoy's upcoming show at Inverleith House. Instead of the intense, photorealistic paintings he has exhibited recently, for this show the GSA graduate has returned to painting on objects. He has been…

Preview of 2014: 10 cultural events you won't want to miss

17 Dec 2013

Featuring the Commonwealth Games, Drake, Dark Behaviour and Only Lovers Left Alive

The big hitters Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Even if you were the ‘forget your PE kit’ sort when you were at school, there’s little chance you’ll be able to avoid getting swept up by Commonwealth fever when it hits Glasgow at the height of…

Best Hogmanay events in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2013

12 Dec 2013

How to spend the Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Scotland

The best events in Glasgow and Edinburgh for Hogmanay 2013/2014. Plus, all the places open on New Year's Day. 1 Watch some pop lords. The former assistant editor of Smash Hits (that’s Neil Tennant, fact fans) and Chris Lowe bring their deadpan, yet…

Hot 100 2013: 100-90

11 Dec 2013

Kieran Hurley, Fern Brady and Peter Doig among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 59-50

11 Dec 2013

Young Fathers, LuckyMe and Rally & Broad among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Hot 100 2013: 39-30

11 Dec 2013

Blythe Duff, Mark Millar and Numbers among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 29-20

11 Dec 2013

Electric Frog, Peter Capaldi and Summerhall among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 19-11

11 Dec 2013

Armando Iannucci and Boards of Canada among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 10-2

11 Dec 2013

Andy Murray, Chvrches and James McAvoy among Scotland's top 10 cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: TYCI's top 5 women of the year

11 Dec 2013

The female-led collective TYCI choose their heroes of 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Group show The Dark Would focuses on artists of the written word

5 Dec 2013

The shows features a mix of poets and artists, including Joseph Beuys and Stéphane Mallarmé

‘Everything needs to die in order to change, and that goes for poetry too,’ says Philip Davenport, the curator of this exhibition exploring language and art. ‘In the UK, poetry has been politely withering away, stuck in the early 20th century. Maybe an…

Henry Coombes and Carles Congost: Man of the Year

5 Dec 20133 stars

A successful collaboration is disrupted in order to explore competitive, masculine notions

‘Man of the Year’ takes its title from Time magazine’s popular series (now re-named ‘Person of the Year’), which selects influential and illustrious figures for the iconic magazine’s annual award. The CCA’s exhibition seeks to tackle the notions of…

Interview: artist Jerry Gretzinger discusses his Jerry’s Map project

5 Dec 2013

Gretzinger's ever-expanding map of a fictional world numbers 3011 sheets of A4, and counting

When Keith Waterhouse’s fictional fantasist Billy Liar wanted to escape from the horrors of the real world, he would retreat to a place inside his head called Ambrosia. The Situationists, meanwhile, charted psychogeographic maps of European cities…

Jill Todd Photographic Award 2013

5 Dec 20133 stars

The selected works carefully and imaginatively handle the theme of home

The Jill Todd Photographic Award was set up in memory of the talented young photographer Jill Todd, who trained at Edinburgh Napier University and was at the start of a promising career when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and died…

John Byrne, Elizabeth Blackadder and Alasdair Gray contribute to Living Proof exhibition

5 Dec 2013

The Darwin-inspired mixed media show uses animal subjects to reflect upon humanity

The title of this new group show is a direct reference to Charles Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle in search of living specimens to support his theory of evolution. And there may also be a sense of evolution through the works on display, with a…

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The Scottish National Gallery's Colourists series wraps up with JD Fergusson

5 Dec 2013

The largely self-taught painter was inspired by Parisian life and dance pioneer Margaret Morris

Sometimes, if you want to learn about life, you have to get out of the classroom. So proved John Duncan Fergusson, the largely self-taught colourist, who rejected a classical training in Edinburgh for a life less ordinary on the continent. A proud…

AniMotion fuses Evelyn Glennie percussion with live painting from Russian artist Maria Rud

5 Dec 2013

Event features large-scale projections and music from Debussy and Gavin Bryars

Doyenne of percussionists Evelyn Glennie beats out a panoply of driving rhythms on side drum while Russian artist Maria Rud paints a vivid golden cockerel in real time beside her. It’s projected on to a large screen, and everyone in the audience is…

Preview of 2014: Capital events

26 Nov 2013

The biggest events in Edinburgh in winter/spring 2014, including War Horse and Six Nations Rugby

War Horse The National Theatre production of Michael Morpurgo’s epic tale of a young man and his beloved horse arrives in Edinburgh with expectations as high as they can go. Life-sized puppets of galloping horses, stirring music and perfect…

Five crossover projects by Glasgow School of Art alumni

19 Nov 2013

Projects from David Shrigley, Douglas Gordon, Martin Boyce, Richard Wright and Jim Lambie

Among the many GSA students to go on to rich and varied careers, five in particular – three of them Turner Prize winners – stand out for crossover projects highlighting the wonderful and sometimes weird things that can come out of artists mixing it up…

Glasgow Art School venue The Vic re-opens

19 Nov 2013

A history of one of the most influential venues in Scotland

It was a once customary question of a good night out in Glasgow, usually posed after a few cheap pitchers at Sleazies: ‘We goin’ up the Arty?’ And after a keenly felt three-year absence, following a multi-million pound redevelopment, the Arty’s coming…

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Interview: Lucy Skaer on returning to Glasgow from New York

18 Nov 2013

Turner nominated artist's new Tramway exhibition is more personal than political

Turner Prize-nominated Lucy Skaer's new work represents a homecoming. Having lived for the past four years in New York, she’s returning to the city she first moved to in 1993, having travelled at the time from her childhood home in Cambridge to study at…

Why you should attend Bring Your Own Beamer, by 85A's Craig Bayne

7 Nov 2013

The art event creates 'a mad mélange of sound and visuals that really deserves to be seen'

Since 2010, Bring Your Own Beamer has spawned a nigh-endless worldwide chain of one-night exhibitions – from Berlin to Tokyo, Caracas to Copenhagen, New York to Glasgow – making a mad mélange of sound and visuals that really deserves to be seen. The…

Modern Institute hosts Chris Johanson exhibition Considering

7 Nov 2013

Colourful works from LA-based artist influenced by 1990s skateboarding scene

‘Life rhythms’ is the phrase that Los Angeles-based artist Chris Johanson uses to get at the heart of his new Modern Institute exhibition, a selection of pieces constituting one grand ‘meditation on living’, which at once invokes the natural and the…

Beth Dynowski: New States

6 Nov 20134 stars

Artist's first solo show ia a three-part installation that prods and pokes at perception

The first solo show from Beth Dynowski comprises a curious set of objects, which extend across Market Gallery’s three exhibition spaces. The ceramic, metal and found items that litter the galleries’ floors hold their own aesthetic fascination…

Preview: Once Upon a Time and a Very Good Time It Was

6 Nov 2013

Ingleby's James Joyce-inspired group show makes connections across time and place

Borrowing its title from the first line of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, this group show incorporating most of the Ingleby’s represented or associated artists offers a new spin by pairing pieces by the likes of Peter Liversidge…