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Game Masters exhibition celebrating the art of the gaming world comes to Edinburgh

11 Nov 2014

Capital hosts first European stopover for interactive display inviting audiences to play 100 games

We'll start with an easy one: how many film directors can you name? Probably loads. How many record producers? Trickier but still a decent handful. How about game designers? Even with pop culture icons like Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog or global…

Opinion: Game Masters exhibition and the art of the gaming world

11 Nov 2014

'This exhibition is an opportunity to end the argument over whether or not games can be art'

Most of us play video games in some form. Even if you don't consider yourself to be a gamer, chances are you've picked up a microphone to belt out some Beyoncé on Singstar, tried your hand at tennis on a friend's Wii or played Angry Birds on your…

Preview: No Fixed Abode

10 Nov 2014

Collaboration between Edinburgh Printmakers and The Big Issue explores issues of the 'home'

This November, Edinburgh Printmakers and The Big Issue come together to consider issues of ‘home’ and ‘homelessness’. No Fixed Abode is the outcome of collaboration between artists based at the studio and Big Issue vendors, and which has provided the…

Tony Conrad: Invented Acoustical Tools 1966–2012

10 Nov 20143 stars

Deconstruction has its limits at exhibition of handmade ‘acoustical tools’

An exhibition of Tony Conrad’s work shouldn’t be silent: and this one isn’t. As soon as you enter the first room, the howling, whistling and scraping of a new composition, made with his collection of homespun instruments, draws its fingernails down your…

A guide to the Edinburgh Art Fair 2014

10 Nov 2014

Including where to buy art on a budget and the best galleries for homegrown talent

Artwork by up and coming artists While a number of the exhibitors profess an interest in emerging artists, only few have made the promotion of new artists a priority. is a primarily online gallery focusing on UK student and graduate…

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The Lighthouse Late – Fri 24 Oct

27 Oct 20144 stars

Line-up included Ella The Bird, James Yorkston, art collective METASITU and Stuart Murdoch

Glasgow boasts many glorious buildings. Yet hidden down a lane off Buchanan Street sits one of its best kept architectural secrets. Now the secret is out as on Friday 24 October The Lighthouse, together with The List, presented a celebration of…

The King's Peace: Realism and War

24 Oct 20144 stars

Eclectic exhibition of photography, essays and films as part of GENERATION

The one hundred year anniversary of the First World War is the starting point of this dense compendium of war in pieces curated by artist Owen Logan and Kirsten Lloyd of Stills. Here, Logan's satirical photo-essay, ‘Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in…

The best visual art exhibitions – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Featuring Nana Shiomi, Jonathan Meese, Tessa Lynch, Thomas Joshua Cooper and Vanessa Billy

Nana Shiomi: Reverse: Universe For her first solo show in Scotland, Japanese artist Nana Shiomi exhibits woodcut prints that reflect on the duality of the east and west. Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, until Sat 1 Nov. Jonathan Meese: Pump Up…

Nana Shiomi – Reverse Universe

21 Oct 20143 stars

Nature of duality explored in Japanese artist's woodcut prints

The nature of duality, says Japanese artist Nana Shiomi in her self-penned programme notes for this exhibition, is at the heart of her work. Merging the traditional style of her home country with everything she has learned since moving to the UK, these…

Preview: Jonathan Meese – Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Smell!

21 Oct 2014

'Art is the most natural enemy of all ideologies'

‘Meese was invited by (curator) Linsey Young to play the total game of Art in the Glue Factory. Meese will collect most of the work / toys for the „Artevolution“ in Glasgow.’ You’ve never really interviewed someone, even via e-mail, until you’ve…

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Preview: Vanessa Billy – Sustain, Sustain

21 Oct 2014

First solo exhibition in Scotland from Swiss artist aims to reconsider preconceptions about everyday

Swiss artist Vanessa Billy creates unlikely conversation pieces, bringing together found objects such as lightbulbs, vitamin pills and rocks with her own elements made in traditional art materials including paper, bronze, concrete, glass and resin. In…

Otolith Group: I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another

21 Oct 2014

Film installation of Lebanese-American writer and artist Etel Adnan reading poetry in Aberdeen

To coincide with their Middle Eastern and North African film season, Peacock Visual Arts have scheduled the installation of the Otolith Group’s film ‘I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another’. The film captures renowned Lebanese-American…

Preview: Night in the Garden 2014

20 Oct 2014

Edinburgh's Royal Botanical Gardens will be lit up at night throughout November

Throughout most of November, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is hosting its inaugural outdoor lighting festival. Visitors will be able to see the city’s celebrated gardens – which have been at their current Inverleith site since 1820 – illuminated…

Interview: 2014 Anna Lobner Exchange winner Lauren Gault

14 Oct 2014

Artist discusses the ideas behind her new work as she prepares for Düsseldorf residency

Lauren Gault graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2008 and currently lives and works in Glasgow. She was recently awarded the prestigious Anna Lobner Exchange, which will allow Gault to spend a period of time in Düsseldorf to create a…

Preview of Thomas Joshua Cooper: Scattered Waters – Sources, Streams, Rivers

14 Oct 2014

American photographer has turned the lens on his adopted homeland with photos of Scottish rivers

Thomas Joshua Cooper’s photography has taken him all over the world. He has spent 24 years, for example, capturing in meticulous black and white prints the edges of the Atlantic Ocean. It has taken him to both poles, and five continents. But, at the…

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Sculptor Tessa Lynch discusses her new exhibition Café Concrete

14 Oct 2014

‘The premise of the show is the portrait of a city-living artist'

Tessa Lynch’s solo exhibition, Café Concrete, presents work made throughout her year-long graduate fellowship at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Lynch will present a series of new sculptures constructed in an industrial manner and she intends the…

Auld Alliance Contemporary Exhibitions

13 Oct 20143 stars

Five French and four Scottish artists are exhibiting including Jacob Kerray and Paella

French fancies abound in this group show of work from nine artists – five French, four from Scotland – mixed and matched across two galleries that bridge the gaps between Edinburgh's New Town and the city's West End. This is made explicit in Samantha…

Highlights of Glasgow's LGBT celebration Glasgay 2014

9 Oct 2014

Including Cardinal Sinne, Ron Athey, Vikki Stone, Mouse & Reservoir Ducks and Sara Pascoe

Cardinal Sinne A cardinal has to prove his heterosexuality in this religious comedy. Writer Raymond Burke and director Grant Smeaton have created an awkward situation for those most esteemed of men. Tron Theatre, Wed 22 Oct--Sat 1 Nov. Ron…

Lighthouse Late lineup includes James Yorkston, Ella the Bird and Jonathan Barnbrook – Fri 24 Oct

7 Oct 2014

Evening of live music and DJ sets, film screenings, talks, demonstrations and workshops

On Friday 24 October, The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture in Glasgow, will be transformed into a hub of creative activity for the first ever Lighthouse Late. The event celebrates design, music and cinema with a programme of…

ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

6 Oct 20144 stars

Highlights include Queen of Krump, Kia Labeija and M Lamar's stunning musical evocation of slavery

Arika's dynamic reconstruction of the festival format makes the discussions as important as the artistic presentations: with academics brushing shoulders with the Queen of Krump and opera singer M Lamar, Episode 6 places music and dance in the context…

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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…