Edinburgh Art Festival announces bikes, giant cigarettes and poetry in one-off late night special

By Culture24 Staff | 20 August 2009
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(Above) Artists from Kunst Gallery will be opening their suitcases as part of ART LATE. © Matthew Kolakowski

Having kicked off a disparate programme of striking exhibitions across the city, the Edinburgh Art Festival has announced a further initiative to keep visual arts fans on the hop with this year's instalment of its popular ART LATE openings.

Taking place on August 27 until 3am, the twilight events star music from Wounded Knee and dancer Ianthe Wright at the Ingleby Gallery (6pm), followed by two contrasting, subversive tours with prizes, offering visitors the option to enjoy "lively debate and informed discussion" by bike or foot (6.45pm).

Festival favourite Phil Kay gives a poetry recital at the Collective Gallery (7.30pm), Director Susanna Beaumont introduces work by Turner Prize nominee Lucy Skaer at Doggerfisher (7pm), the exhibiting artists share the contents of their suitcases at Total Kunst (6pm-9pm) and there's an exploration of the city's infamous historical episodes at Stills (8.30pm).

Dozens of other galleries will be open until 9pm, including the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Eva Hesse's studio work at The Fruitmarket Gallery and Bob and Roberta Smith's This Artist is Deeply Dangerous at Grey Gallery.

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Bob and Roberta Smith is at the Grey Gallery. Courtesy the artist and Hales Gallery

"Over the years ART LATE has been growing in popularity with more galleries taking part and more visitors enjoying the event," said EAF Director Joanne Brown. "This year is the biggest yet, and I am delighted to invite people to join us in a fabulous programme."

Edinburgh is a hedonistic place at dusk this time of year, and the Festival isn't stopping when the galleries close. At the Electric Circus (admission free before 11pm), Rupert Thomson has engaged a group of local artists for a night of "music, performance and nicotine", featuring karaoke, a sermonizing dominatrix, giant dancing cigarettes and "the old dilemma of freedom versus responsibility."

Bands and DJs will try to follow the spectacle, promising to carry on until they get kicked out.

Full list of events:

Atticsalt: 50 Thistle Street North East Lane
Open 6pm-9pm

Big Things on The Beach / Garden Gallery and Public Art House: (Tides Inn pub, bottom of Kings Road)
Launch of Public Art House and the BTOTB. 6pm-9pm: Festival exhibition: Garden Gallery 09, newly commissioned work by three acclaimed contemporary artists. Rocca Gutteridge, Holger Mohaupt and Mike Windle

Bourne Fine Art: 6 Dundas Street
Late night opening 6pm-9pm: 200 Years of Scottish Painting

Collective Gallery: 22-28 Cockburn Street
6pm-9pm: The How Not to Cookbook – Lessons Learned the Hard Way. 7.30pm-8pm: Live reading by Edinburgh festival favourite Phil Kay

doggerfisher: 11 Gayfield Square
6pm-9pm: Nashashibi / Skaer. 7pm: Doggerfisher Director, Susanna Beaumont, will introduce the new work by Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer

Dovecot: 10 Infirmary Street
6pm -9pm: The Colourful World of Alan Davie and the Dovecot building

Edinburgh Printmakers: 23 Union Street
6pm-9pm: Peter Blake, Venice Suite. 7.30pm-8.30pm: Printmaking demonstration

Ingleby Gallery: 15 Calton Road
6pm-9pm: Callum Innes. 6pm: Wounded Knee and dancer Ianthe Wright. Giving Tour and Blank Canvass Bike Tour set out from Ingleby at 6.45pm

The Open Eye Gallery: 34 Abercromby Place
6pm-9pm: John Bellany, Celtic Voyage

New Media Scotland: Inspace, Crichton Street
6pm-8pm: Reveal / Reset. 8pm: Alex Hetherington multi-channel video and performance, narratives, biographies and re-enactments investigating lies, need and imitation to scrutinize identity and its theft

Scottish National Portrait Gallery: 1 Queen Street
6pm-8pm: Rough Cut Nation

Stills: 23 Cockburn Street
6pm-9pm: Joachim Koester – Poison Protocols and Other Histories. 8.30pm: Participate in an illuminating exploration of the underbelly of Edinburgh's infamous historical episodes

Talbot Rice Gallery: The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
6pm-9pm: Jane and Louise Wilson. 7pm: Presentation by artist Luke Collins drawing on artist's relationships to historical figures and reconfigured narratives

The Fruitmarket Gallery: 45 Market Street
6pm-7pm: Teachers' introduction to the exhibition and the resources available to schools. 7pm-9pm: Eva Hesse Studiowork

The Grey Gallery: Hawke & Hunter, 12 Picardy Place
Late night opening 6pm-9pm: Bob & Roberta Smith, This Artist is Deeply Dangerous

Total Kunst: 3 Bristo Place
Late night opening 6pm-12pm. 6pm-9pm: Break bread with the exhibiting artists as they share the contents of the suitcases they have created for the instalment of Suitcase Series

Travelling Gallery: Open in Infirmary Street, outside South Bridge Resource Centre from 6pm-9pm

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