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

This article is from 2014


Belinda Gilbert Scott

Artist Emma Bowen discusses the show, which also features work from Denis Uster, Belinda Gilbert Scott, David MacDiarmid and Aleatory Music Systems

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 artists to inhabit unusual domestic spaces in New Town.

For Bowen, ‘showing work in a non-gallery space, without a structured programme [is] exciting, appealing and liberating.’ Garage is, for Bowen, a way of ‘getting people together and having some fun.’

Over twenty artists are participating in the project altogether. Works include a film by Deniz Uster, paintings by Belinda Gilbert Scott, sculpture by David MacDiarmid and a sound piece from Aleatory Music Systems. Garage is ‘like a playful installation that envelops a selected group of artists whose work fits into the particular environment visually, not thematically,’ describes Bowen.

In addition to the exhibition programme, there are events organised throughout the festival, including screenings and drop-in discussions with the artists. Bowen and her collaborators promise an informal environment for their guests to appreciate and discuss a broad range of work, as well as the inventive use of everyday domestic spaces.

Garage, 07917 668 044, 23–24, 30–31 August, free.


Site-specific installations created especially for the venue, which consists of three garages and a garden. Featured artists include Abe Locke, Ailie Rutherford, Aleatory Music Systems, Belinda Gilbert Scott, Cath Keay, Christine Hilditch, David MacDiarmid, Emma Bowen, Frank Mosley, Heidi Grandy, House of Traps, Jo Marsh…