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Edinburgh Art Festival: Ones to Watch

30 July 2014

Each year the Edinburgh Art Festival exhibits work by a huge number of Scottish and International Artists, from well-established names to exciting up and comers. The 2014 festival will be no different with over 40 exhibitions showing in more than 30 sites across the city – it’s little wonder that the Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art.

So you can get a taste of the fantastic talent on offer this year take a look at our selection of “Ones to Watch”.

An attempt at exhausting a place(in Edinburgh)

4th – 31st August, Mon – Sat 8am - 6pm, Sun 9am – 6pm, Free Admission at The Manna House Bakery

Alice Finbow a Fine Art Film Maker and Photographer. Her exhibition “An attempt at exhausting a place(in Edinburgh)” is inspired by  Georges Perec’s (1974) book An Attempt at “Exhausting a Place in Paris”, in which he spent three days in a cafe describing what he could see and hear. Alice will sit in café The Manna House for a week (4th – 10th August), observing the daily goings-on.  Her observations will then be displayed on The Manna House’s wall, covered in drawings, photographs, recorded texts and other visual findings from 11th – 31 August.

EAF An Attempt At Exhuasting A Place

Captain Lightfoot Presents…

9th-15th August, Mon-Sun, 10am–4pm, Free admission at The Glasshouse at Lauriston Castle

Captain Lightfoot is an international artist collective set up in 2012 by Anneli Holmstrom (based in Finland & China), Emma Pratt (based in Edinburgh) and Kadie Salmon (based in London) after having met in Edinburgh during a Masters of Fine Art degree. Their exhibition for the Festival “Captain Lightfoot Presents…” brings together the work of five artists artists in a group show in The Glasshouse at Lauriston Castle. The exhibition will feature new work from each of the five artists exploring a broad range of ideas in a variety of media and materials all responding to the site and space. Created peculiarities will seem to be growing within the glasshouse.

Travelling Gallery

The Travelling Gallery is mobile contemporary art gallery custom-built in a beautiful big bus. The Gallery’s current exhibition GENERATION: TG presents new commissions alongside developments of existing works. A hand-made, craft element links all of the works in the exhibition, which include ceramics, textile wall hangings, digital animation, drawings, sculpture, film, performance and song. The exhibition also includes a film of the artists talking about their work to pupils from Edinburgh schools, which was made in collaboration with SEE (Screen Education Edinburgh).

During the Edinburgh Art Festival the gallery will be visiting these venues:

Monday 4th August – Leith Walk (near Shrubhill House)  12 – 6pm

Tuesday 5th August – Westside Plaza, Wester Hailes  11am – 5pm

Thursday 7th August – Drylaw Neighbourhood Centre  11am – 5pm

Friday 8th August – Portobello High Street   11am – 5pm

Monday 11th August – Scottish Gallery of Modern Art: Modern 2  10am – 6pm

Tuesday 12th August – Craigmillar Library  11am – 5pm

Wednesday 13th August – City Art Centre, Market Street   10am – 5pm

Thursday 14th August – City Art Centre, Market Street  10am – 5pm (plus Art Late North)

Friday 15th August – City Art Centre, Market Street  10am – 5pm

Travelling Gallery In Western Isles

Where do I end and you begin

1st August – 19th October, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm at City Art Centre

Taking its title from a work by Indian artist Shilpa Gupta, Where do I end and you begin invites perspectives from across the Commonwealth to interrogate the ideas, ideals and myths which underpin notions of community, common-wealth, and the commons. The exhibition brings together 5 curators from 5 Commonwealth countries – New Zealand, India, South Africa, Canada and the UK – to explore themes of “the common wealth” through the work of 20 international artists, many of whom will exhibit in the UK for the first time.

Mary Sibande Im A Lady 2009


31st July – 31st August, Easter Road

As part of the 2014 EAF commissions programme, and  part of the PRS for Music Foundation’s new Music Biennial, Yann Seznec will create a series of instruments made from hundreds of reclaimed computer fans controlled by real-time weather data, drawing on wind conditions from around the work. Throughout the festival, the instruments will also be on display in an abandoned police box along Easter Road. On 31 July and 31 August, to mark the opening and closing of this year’s festival, Yann will perform his own compositions on these instruments, which explore ideas of distance, data, modern convenience and memory as well as offering a portrait, at once accurate and abstract, of the Commonwealth.

Yann Seznec Currents 2014

Urbanscape + Ruralsprawl

1st August

Part 1 walk: 10:30am Summerhall: 1, Summerhall EH9 1QH

Part 2 panel discussion: 2pm Creative Scotland, Waverly Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, EH1 3EG

Urbanscape + Ruralsprawl is a performative walk and a discussion about walking as an artistic practice and exploring the difference between rural and urban walking. The walk takes place Summerhall, Edinburgh’s old veterinary school and explores its surroundings of the Meadows as well as its many corridors, cupboards and lecture halls. The two hour performative walk will be led by artists Tim Knowles and Ania Bas. The walk is then followed by a panel discussion about walking as artistic practice with the artists, chaired by curator Dave Beech.

EAF Urban Exhibit (5)

Synaesthetic Sequencer

23rd August, 12pm – 4pm at GARAGE

Robert Baldock, MA (Linguistics with Artificial Intelligence), has been making experimental music as Aleatory Music Systems since 2002.  As the name might suggest, each AMS system/piece has, to a lesser or greater extent, chance playing a role in the creation of music.  Initial music-making systems were developed using bespoke software but more recently he has adopted Max/MSP as his main tool for building these systems.  Synaesthetic Sequencer is his first piece which incorporates visual elements into the music generating process.

Aleatorymusic Systems

I'll Be Your Mirror

20 August – 6 September 2014, Wed-Fri, 4pm-7pm, Saturday, 11am-2pm, Free admission at Interviewroom 11

“I'll be your mirror” is a new exhibition by Edinburgh-based Italian artist Alessandro Di Massimo that explores the theme of borders. Taking its title from the lyrics of a Velvet Underground song, the exhibition presents a group of five new works aimed to show how the idea of borders has changed across history and how it can be a reflexive description of the societies that built them.

EAF Borders 001 (1)

Out of the Field

23rd August, 3pm, £3 (£2 concession) at Space Club

Astrid Newman and Francesca Hawker are 4th year students studying Intermedia Art at Edinburgh College of Art. Their live performance piece for the Festival “Out of Left Field” seeks to blur the lines between art and sport. The piece brings together all elements of a sporting event including, commentators, umpires and competitors. The audience is engaged as spectators of the event and they are encouraged to question the behaviour of crowds, the effect of commentary on real-time happenings, and the characterisation of figures in the public eye.

The King’s Peace: Realism and War

1st August – 26th October, Open daily, 11am - 6pm, Admission Free at Stills

“The King’s Peace: Realism and War” is the first presentation in Scotland of Owen Logan’s photo-essay “Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria” (2001-2005) which follows the exploits of a costume performer as he travels across the country. The young black soul singer’s transformation into the white ‘king of pop’ is used as an allegory for the conflict-ridden situation in postcolonial Nigeria. With the author Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, Logan presents a biting satire which critiques the relationship between the Nigerian political elite and foreign business interests. “Masquerade” is being shown as part of a group a group exhibition which expands upon its central themes by interrogating the meaning of ‘peace’ in modern societies. 

EAF Michael Exhibit (2)