Edinburgh Art Festival events in the frame: Festival Detours and Art Late
Featuring Man of Moon, Miaoux Miaoux, WHITE, Carol Ann Duffy, Phill Jupitus and more
This article is from 2015.
This year, the Edinburgh Art Festival features a rich programme of work, ranging from a series of exhibitions at leading galleries, museums and artist-led spaces, to a selection of creative projects, including new work by international, Scottish and UK artists. But the thing is, art isn't about simply viewing the work. It's about responding to it.
With that in mind, the EAF has curated a series of events alongside The List, which offer fresh perspectives on the festival's featured work, and invite performers and artists from a range of disciplines to respond to it creatively.
This festival strand is made up of a series of intimate live performances in Edinburgh’s leading galleries, by artists from the worlds of music, poetry and theatre.
The first of these is A Pocketful of Grimms (Fri 7 Aug, Jupiter Artland, 4pm), which sees a collection of stories gathered by the Brothers Grimm come to life, with clowning, physical theatre, puppetry and music. Next up is a set from funny man / poet Phill Jupitus (Wed 12 Aug, Inverleith House, 4pm), followed by a joint set from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who is collaborating with musician and composer John A Sampson for the event at (Fri 21 Aug, Talbot Rice Gallery, 6pm). Lastly, Scotland's best-kept musical secret Man of Moon will be closing the Detours strand of the festival with a lively performance. (Wed 26 Aug, Collective Gallery, 7pm).
Sleeping's cheating during the Festival, especially since the city is buzzing after hours. With that in mind, you could take in some of the Art Late events. On Thu 13 Aug, follow an arty trail around the city from 6pm. The tour begins at the Old Royal High School, and venues include Ingleby Gallery, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh Printmakers and Rhubaba. Glasgow band WHITE will close the evening at The Biscuit Factory, with their fast-paced racket (in a really good way).
The second Art Late event takes place on Thu 20 Aug. The tour begins at Talbot Rice Gallery, and goes on to venues including Dovecot, The Fruitmarket Gallery and Stills. Afterwards, Miaoux Miaoux are playing some lovely bleepy electronica at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Blue Moon are supporting both of these events, so if you're over 18 you can bag some free beer. Good deal.