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Cordis Prize 2016

Cordis Prize 2016

The new Cordis Prize for tapestry, the only award of its kind in the UK,  came home in its second year.  From about 100 entries, and a short list that included artists from Japan, Denmark, Belgium and Brazil, the Scottish weaver and Edinburgh College of Art teacher Susan Mowatt won the £5,000 prize for her work, Black/time/lines/white/time/lines. The […]

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2015 Turner Prize show:  Snap Judgement

2015 Turner Prize show: Snap Judgement

The Turner Prize show is notoriously easy to lampoon – it’s a case of fish and barrels – but it’s a strange year at Tramway, in Glasgow.    Not easy outrage over elephant dung or unmade beds in  but a curious emptiness.  The first impression of the exhibition is of vast white spaces with ‘the work’ tucked away […]

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Activists target 300 objections over Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School as October 2nd deadline looms

Developers intending to covert Edinburgh’s foremost neo-classical building into a luxury hotel “completely ignored” the advice of the watchdog body charged with overseeing the city’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is claimed. The director of Edinburgh World Heritage, Adam Wilkinson, told a public meeting held to help corral objections to the scheme that […]

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A Scottish Impressionist – George Devlin

A Scottish Impressionist – George Devlin

  The artist George Devlin was born 19 years after World War I ended but grew up in its bitter shadow. His father lost an extraordinary six brothers in the trenches (the number puts Saving Private Ryan in a new perspective) and was himself badly gassed; it helped make Devlin Snr a committed Communist, thought […]

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Leonardo’s Birthplace

Leonardo’s Birthplace

Leonardo da Vinci was not born at his official birthplace in the village of Anchiano, the leading da Vinci scholar Martin Kemp said yesterday. Professor Kemp, one of the top authorities on the artist, is working on a book on Da Vinci with the archive researcher Giuseppe Palanti. He told an audience at the Edinburgh International […]

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Queen’s Gallery: Scottish Artists

Queen’s Gallery: Scottish Artists

  The broadcaster Kirsty Wark, the host of the BBC’s Edinburgh Nights, took time out from the gathering festival madness this week  to introduce the Queen’s Gallery’s new show, Scottish Artists 1750-1900, From Caledonia to the Continent, at an opening preview. “What we have been hearing about,  that this is the first exhibition of Scottish art in the […]

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Eardley’s only sitter

Eardley’s only sitter

  Two of the most anticipated art shows in Edinburgh this summer open tomorrow. One is the Scottish Gallery’s exhibition of Joan Eardley and associated artists, while the Queen’s Gallery is revealing an exceptional survey of Scottish art from the Royal Collection. Eardley (1921-63)  made her name painting street urchins in Glasgow, but she was commissioned to […]

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The Athens of the North

The Athens of the North

In the nomination dossier for Edinburgh to join the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, the Old Royal High School was described as ‘The noblest monument of the Scottish Revival: and perhaps the single building which most justified Edinburgh’s epithet Athens of the North’. Here is one image of what it will look like if […]

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