Edinburgh Art Festival

Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual celebration of visual art.

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Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia

  • 30 July — 30 August 2015 *on now

An architectural re-configuring of the Outlandia field-station, Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia sees performance and sound works originally created at Outlandia by 20 artists, poets, writers, musicians and members of the Nevis community, contained within a sculptural environment inside the Tent Gallery.

Through performance, these artists from Scotland, England, Wales and the Faroe Islands responded to Outlandia’s distinctive geographical forest location, overlooked by the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in the Scottish Highlands.

The exhibition is curated by Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson (Outlandia / London Fieldworks) in association with Art Space & Nature (ECA), and includes performance works by Bram Thomas Arnold; Ruth Barker; Ed Baxter and Resonance Radio Orchestra with Tam Dean Burn; Johnny Brown with Band of Holy Joy; Clair Chinnery; Alec Finlay and Ken Coburn; Kirsteen Davidson-Kelly; Benedict Drew; Goodiepal; Sarah Kenchington; Lisa O’Brien; Lee Patterson; Michael Pedersen and Ziggy Campbell; Geoff Sample; Mark Vernon/Jo Joelson & Bruce Gilchrist; Tracey Warr; Tony White.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Edinburgh College of Art: Tent Gallery
Evolution House
78 Westport
Edinburgh
EH1 2LE

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/exhibitions/edinburgh_college_of_art_tent_gallery_2015

Charles Avery

  • 30 July — 26 September 2015 *on now

Charles Avery is one of the most single-minded artists working anywhere in the world today. In 2004 he embarked on what will be a lifelong project titled 'The Islanders'. 'The Islanders' is a painstakingly detailed description of a fictional world that functions in parallel to our own universe, realised in drawing, painting, sculpture and text.

These large-scale narrative drawings and sculptural installations (presented as souvenirs and objects from the Islands themselves) question our idea about the nature of time, place and being. Previously, elements of the project have been exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. In 2007 Avery represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Where

Ingleby Gallery

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/exhibitions/ingleby_gallery_2015/

Dennis and Debbie Club: The Strip

  • 1 — 30 August 2015 *on now

“The Strip” is an audio-visual installation by the artist duo Dennis and Debbie Club, featuring looping CGI animations displayed over multiple screens.

Dennis and Debbie create sculptural videos using open-source 3D computer graphics software. For The Strip they have reconstructed three different locations: the greenhouse in which Kurt Cobain shot himself in 1994; a crater on the planet Mars from data captured by ESA’s Mars Express Mission in 2014; and a collage of seemingly timeless buildings found along Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip.

Their work navigates themes that are universal – anxiety, dreams, death, and the constructed nature of the realities we choose to accept. Dennis and Debbie Club’s videos are often formed of despair and personal torment, yet deliver absurd and contradictory narratives and motifs.

The locations in their constructed pieces are computer-generated animations informed by imagery such as crime scene photographs, 3D photographs, and geographical data taken from Google Earth. The result is a haunting installation of digital art that is terrifyingly seductive; exhibiting simulated worlds that were built as a conduit for critical discussion.

Dennis J. Reinmuller and Debbie Moody are German-born, Glasgow based artists and this new installation marks the end of their residency at the UK’s fastest growing tech-hub CodeBase in Edinburgh.

Previous exhibitions include the Catlin Art Prize in London, Hydrapangaea at Glasgow International and the New Contemporaries at the Royal Scottish Academy (all in 2014).

Where

CodeBase
Argyle House
3 Lady Lawson Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9DR
Scotland

Weave

  • 1 — 30 August 2015 *on now

Ancient chain mail patterns provide constant inspiration for Joanne Thompson, whose work has been exhibited internationally across Europe and the USA.

Experimenting with scale, weight, form and texture, Thompson combines complex structural patterns with dynamic movement, resulting in pieces that flow and stir with the body. They read both figuratively and as standalone constructs, each one a unique edition.

Though industrial in appearance, Thompson begins with individual handcrafted silver components, approaching each piece with the potential for accidental experimentation, resulting in organic twists within each form. To commemorate her 20th anniversary as a maker, this showcase features new and ambitious work constructed specifically for Open Eye Gallery, including the introduction of gold and precious materials into the work.

Where

Open Eye Gallery

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/exhibitions/open_eye_gallery_2015/

The Capercaillie's Song

  • 1 — 30 August 2015 *on now

The Capercaillie’s Song reveals a personal view of the flamboyant journey as John Bellany’s lifelong muse and inspiration, brought to life through key works selected by Helen Bellany from the family collection.

From when they first met at Edinburgh College of Art in 1962 and subsequently moved to London, Helen Bellany embarked upon a chaotic but overall exuberant life as John’s lifelong companion and muse. Aged only nineteen, she became immersed in the life of his friends and family background in Port Seton and Eyemouth, from which sprung the great outpouring of his creativity. The bond they shared throughout their tempestuous life, brought her as near as anyone could find themselves to the essence of his work.

This exhibition curated by Helen Bellany encompasses a vast span of John Bellany’s life’s work and includes The Capercaillie’s Song, an expression of the pure joie de vivre which was a major feature of their life together, but one that, in paint, was not often so vividly expressed. One of the largest works on show, A Long Night’s Journey into Day 1987, celebrates their remarriage after a breakup of more than a decade and speaks of the promise of all that might lie ahead. Further works illuminate personal moments within their family history that will be featured within Helen’s forthcoming autobiography.

Where

Open Eye Gallery

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/exhibitions/open_eye_gallery_2015/

David Sherry: Avoiding Answer

  • 13 — 27 August 2015

Thu 13, How do small fish survive in the big sea, 1—3pm
Thu 20, Journey unknown, 1—3pm
Thu 27, Baggage Performance, 1—3pm


During the festival, artist David Sherry will draw attention to the events of everyday life through juxtaposing subtle interventions alongside absurd observations. From exploring the role of humour through street interventions, to manifesting the concept of personal ‘baggage’ into a physical reality, this playful work reflects on the social interactions and awkwardnesses that are an inherent,
if painful, part of being human.

Sherry will be presenting a number of live performances in St. Andrews Square, city centre. His performances ‘look at the role of an artist as a global citizen, processing this concept in a set of serious and ridiculous ways. Juxtaposing commonplace tasks with primitive ideals. Searching for ones primitive self while languishing in a world of virtual distractions.’

Where

St. Andrew Square
Edinburgh
EH2 2AD

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/special_events

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Roundtable Discussion with Julie Favreau, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

  • 2 August 2015 From 11:30am *on now

A panel discussion chaired by Edward Hollis (author of the Memory Palace) exploring the theme of the Improbable City, with curator Sorcha Carey and participating artists Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Julie Favreau.

Where

9 - 11 Blair Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1QR

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

Exit Strategies

  • 7 — 9 August 2015

Following on from last year's Compensation Culture Adrian Lee returns to GARAGE with Exit Strategies, in which he explores the concepts behind health and safety motifs. His installations in GARAGE will be available to view 12-5 over the weekend and will be accompanied by The Scientologist Personality Test Pub Quiz in a local venue on the 7th.

Where

GARAGE
Northumberland Street North West Lane
Edinburgh
EH3 6JQ

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/special_events

Artist Talk: Lauren Cross

  • 8 August 2015

Lauren Cross is an interdisciplinary artist/filmaker, curator, and scholar whose wok has been screened and exhibited across the country. She is PH. D candidate in Women's Studies witha concentration in Multicultural Studies at Texas Woman's University Denton, TX.

Cross's curatorial practice is central to her arts activism. She is also the Founder and chief curator of WoCA Projects, a non profit artspace that she founded in Fort Worth, Texas.

Where

GARAGE
Northumberland Street North West Lane
Edinburgh
EH3 6JQ

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

Artist Talk: Toby Patterson & Judith Winter in Conversation

  • 8 August 2015 3-4pm

Toby Patterson and Judith Winter, the project's curator, will discuss the background and context of the work that forms the exhibition Thresholds. Brought together for the only time at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop for the duration of the festival, the works will be carefully re-located following the conclusion of the exhibition, one in each of the Maggi's Centre's across Scotland. Toby and Judith will explore the collaborative nature of the project and the ideas and the process that led to its' realisation.

Where

Bill Scott Sculpture Centre
21 Hawthornvale
Edinburgh
EH6 4JT

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

Artist Talk: Hanna Tuulikki

  • 9 August 2015 From 11:30am

Artist Hanna Tuulikki will talk about her new project for the festival.

Where

9 - 11 Blair Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1QR

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

Dennis Reinmuller Talk

  • 9 August 2015 2-4pm
  • 16 August 2015 2-4pm

Digital workshop with the artists Dennis and Debbie Club as well as a CodeBase mentor.

Where

CodeBase
Argyle House
3 Lady Lawson Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9DR

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/special_events

Snapshot of Bailey

  • 12 August 2015 12:45-1:30pm

Snap! David Bailey's first controversial exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery in 1971 was a rip-roaring success. For his recent exhibition Bailey's Stardust at the same venue in 2014, Bailey was awarded a prestigious Lucie award.

Anne Braybon, photography historian and former curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London, will show images and film clips from both exhibitions, reveal stories from behind the scenes, and discuss the different curatorial approaches.

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

GARAGE presents: BARR'S DIAGRAMATICRECLININGMONOLITHICCITCUITADE (TOTALLERS WALL)

  • 15 August 2015 7-9pm

Totaller's Wall is Hadrian's Wall in reverse - one that repels the constraints of civilisation and defends the liberating forces of barbarism!

Saturday 15 August will see the Wall activated with 'Heads' made by our fellow Sheffield artists. These heads will take a variety of forms and will serve as a warning/ decoration/ totemic defence along ramparts of our wall like gargoyles.

Where

GARAGE
Northumberland Street North West Lane
Edinburgh
EH3 6JQ

Artist Talk: Emma Finn

  • 16 August 2015 From 11:30am

Emma Finn discusses her new work with festival director and curator of The Improbable City Sorcha Carey.

Where

9 - 11 Blair Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1QR

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

Fine Lines: A Talk and Tour with Christina Jansen

  • 18 August 2015 4-5pm

Christina Jansen, Gallery Director & Curator, will be giving a short talk and guided tour around our applied arts 2015 Festival exhibition. Fine Lines is an international showcase of artists reflecting innovation in design and the applied arts. This is a unique opportunity to become involved and learn about the artists' processes and ideas which come together in their practice.

Where

The Scottish Gallery
16 Dundas Street
Edinburgh
EH3 6HZ

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

James Morrison & Joan Earldey In Context with Guy Peploe

  • 20 August 2015 From 4pm

Guy Peploe will be giving a short talk linking our Festival exhibitions: James Morrison, The North Wind and Joan Eardley In Context. Morrison first came to live at Catterline when Eardley had her cottage in the village and he and his wife, Dorothy, got to know her well. A rediscovered picture from 1963 which Morrison painted as an immediate response to the tragic early death of Joan Eardley will on display and discussed.

Where

The Scottish Gallery
16 Dundas Street
Edinburgh
EH3 6HZ

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

Artist Talk: James Morrison & Joan Earldey In Context with Guy Peploe

  • 20 August 2015 4-5pm

Guy Peploe will be giving a short talk linking our Festival exhibitions: James Morriso, The North Wind and Joan Eardley In Context. Morrison first came to live at Catterline when Eardley had her cottage in the village and he and his wife, Dorothy, got to know her well. A rediscovered picture from 1963 which Morrison painted as an immediate response to the tragic early death of Joan Eardley will be on display and discussed.

Where

The Scottish Gallery
16 Dundas Street
Edinburgh
EH3 6HZ

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

Artist Talk: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

  • 23 August 2015 From 11:30am

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd discusses her new project with Neil Mulholland, Professor of Contemporary Art Practice and Theory at Edinburgh College of Art.

Where

Regent Road
New Parliament House
Edinburgh
EH7 5BL

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

Edinburgh Art Festival
City Art Centre 2 Market Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1DE
Scotland

Website

edinburghartfestival.com

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