Artist Emma Bowen discusses her contribution to the Edinburgh Art Festival 2013, GARAGE

This article is from 2013


credit: Courtesy © Rebecca Kay, History of Objects, Garage

Project space and micro gallery hosting temporary installations and exhibitions

‘Artists have been making work in different spaces for years,’ muses Emma Bowen of her own contribution to this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, GARAGE. ‘It’s exciting. Things come alive. Interesting accidents can happen.’ The sometime Edinburgh College of Art postgraduate and audiovisual artist describes herself as the ‘caretaker’ of a venue that has existed since 2006, an ad hoc temporary space located across three garages and a garden in a New Town mews lane.

The aim is, she says, to show ‘site-specific, cross-disciplinary, collaborative and new work developed during a series of small-scale mini residencies’ and explains that the entirely self-funded programme is in a state of constant flux, with those artists presenting at each of the weekend afternoon exhibits being announced closer to the time on the GARAGE website. There’s a list of the youthful and emerging group of artists featured up there now, though, and a series of films which give a flavour of past festival events. What does she hope for from this year’s version? ‘That people enjoy themselves and have fun,’ she says, adding cryptically, ‘I hope things get smaller instead of bigger.’

GARAGE, 07917 668 044, 3–4, 10–11 & 17–18 Aug, free.


GARAGE presents new works and collaborations by artists created during a series of micro-residencies in this unique project space which comprises three garages and a garden. The artists exhibiting include Ailie Rutherford, Ary D Cahyono, Belinda Gilbert Scott, Bob Moyler, Christine Hilditch, David MacDiarmid, Emma Bowen…