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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…

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…

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…

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…

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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: 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: 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…

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…

Counterpoint at Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: hoping to add to contemporary art in Scotland, not just repeat it

24 Jul 2014

Alec Finlay, Ellie Harrison, Michelle Hannah, Andrew Miller & more contribute to GENERATION showcase

Talbot Rice Gallery is doing GENERATION with a twist. It is one of 60 venues taking part in Scotland’s biggest ever showcase of art – a huge national event celebrating the work of the country’s artists over the past 25 years – but when the project was…

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Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Tessa Lynch wants your help in building a house in an afternoon

24 Jul 2014

Lynch's show, Raising, simultaneously explores themes of community and property ownership

’I think we’ll just press on,’ says Tessa Lynch, eyeing the steel-grey skies warily. It’s just after lunchtime on a Saturday in July and the drizzle hasn’t stopped all morning, with signs suggesting it’s only going to get worse. The group of 12…

Longlist announced for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2014

23 Jul 2014

The award recognises Fringe shows that encourage audiences to consider their environmental impact

The shortlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, which celebrates the greenest and most sustainable shows of the fringe that encourage audiences to take responsibility for their own environmental impact, has been announced, with 22…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: 10 must-see exhibitions

22 Jul 2014

Featuring Augusto Corrieri & Vincent Gambini, Dalziel + Scullion and Isa Genzken

Augusto Corrieri and Vincent Gambini Could Augusto Corrieri be a fan of the Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup, with its famous mirror scene? After all, his video work, ‘Diorama’, features a human and a sheep copying each other’s actions over the course of…

The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to the Scottish Parliament for 2014 Edinburgh Festival

15 Jul 2014

Scotland's history presented in an unparalleled work of collaborative art

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is more than just an unparalleled work of collaborative craft. At 143 metres in length, with 160 panels depicting the history of Scotland from the formation of the rocks to the creation of Scotland’s parliament, it’s an…

Interview: John Byrne set to bring two shows to 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

15 Jul 2014

The polymath artist on what inspires him and why he'll never retire

It’s sometimes easy to forget that John Byrne was a painter before he became a playwright. While he has earned a living as an artist since 1967, only latterly, it seems, has the Paisley-born author of The Slab Boys Trilogy and TV comedy drama Tutti…

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Behind the scenes at the Edinburgh festivals

15 Jul 2014

Insiders reveal the preparation put into one of the world's largest cultural events

Jamie Mitchell. Fruitmarket Gallery manager on getting art into the space. The process of an exhibition coming together can spread over a long time frame. Early on it’s about broad strokes, but the closer it gets, it’s more about specifics and we’ll be…

A test run of Alice Finbow's An Attempt at Exhausting a Place at 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

15 Jul 2014

Our columnist Alice White tries her hand at contemplating life in a cafe

In 1974, Georges Perec wrote the book An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, an observation collection of nothing much in particular. Filmmaker and photographer Alice Finbow is going to spend a week doing a ‘contemporary reconfiguring’ during the…

Tamsyn Challenger to bring new show Monoculture to the 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

15 Jul 2014

British artist explains the influence of the selfie on her latest work

Since it was named the Oxford Dictionaries word of 2013, we’ve been witnessing the death of the selfie. Or, more accurately, that kind of cultural limbo where an idea flashes brightly in the collective consciousness for a while before its ubiquity makes…

Interview: artist Michelle Hannah, one half of the band Picana Electrica

15 Jul 2014

The performance artist curates Nightflights & pitches herself as 'the Lidl version of Tilda Swinton'

Michelle Hannah is a Glasgow-based performance artist and one half of the band Picana Electrica. She was recently commissioned to produce the new work ‘Statue’ by the Talbot Rice Gallery as part of Counterpoint at the Edinburgh Art Festival. What’s…

War and peace announced as themes for Edinburgh International Festival 2014

18 Mar 2014

Programme highlights includes works involving The Kronos Quartet and Handspring Puppet Company

War and peace, conflict and conciliation are the grand themes being tackled in Jonathan Mills’ final year as director of the Edinburgh International Festival. The 2014 programme, announced today, explores music, dance, theatre and other arts not just…

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Filmmaker and conservationist Ceri Levy to appear at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

22 Aug 2013

Levy will be discussing Extinct Boids, her project with Hunter S Thompson illustrator Ralph Steadman

In 2010, Ceri Levy – filmmaker for Blur and Gorillaz, and latterly a conservationist – approached Ralph Steadman about the prospect of creating a piece for Levy’s Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibition in London. Steadman, whose Indian ink flourishes have…

Gabriel Orozco: thinking in circles

16 Aug 20134 stars

Not a show of results but rather a show of exercise

Unlike that of the equally dot-obsessed Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama, this career-encompassing display of Orozco's circle-based fascination veers far away from pop art and firmly into the pedantic, discursive and other unattractive terms. Not a display…

Edinburgh Art Festival presents Art Late North and South events

15 Aug 2013

Evening programme of performance and tours held in association with The List

The thread between art and music has always held strong amidst Scotland’s art school culture, and it seems to be booming within the context of the Edinburgh Art Festival as well. A fixture of the programme for some years now, and its expansion to two…

FOUND and Young Fathers to appear at Art Late North and South

14 Aug 2013

Evening programme of performance and tours held in association with The List

The thread between art and music has always held strong amidst Scotland’s art school culture, and it seems to be booming within the context of Edinburgh Art Festival as well. A fixture of the programme for some years now, its expansion to two events…

Transmitted Live: Nam June Paik Resounds

11 Aug 2013

The artist who brought television to art is celebrated during the Edinburgh International Festival

Like so many radical Asian artists of his generation, the original video freak, composer and cultural terrorist / spiritualist Nam June Paikwas born into wealth in 1932. As Korea was being defiled by Japanese occupation in preparation for the…