To coincide with the Edinburgh Marathon Festival this weekend, local artist Damian Callan is installing a 10-metre charcoal drawing entitled ‘The Dalry Marathon’ in the airport’s art gallery today and The Edinburgh Reporter met up with him to see how it was taking shape.
Damian started the mural in October last year . Then he used models in his studio as the runners and supports in the picture, but he now wants to complete it using the airport’s passengers as inspiration. Over the first 2 days 54 figures were accumulated, as well as an Edinburgh skyline.
The artwork is being installed this week, and will be in the airport for a further 2 weeks. The idea is that it will then be sold for charity. Damian will be working on the drawing live in the departure lounge on Friday and next Monday using the large crowds of passengers (with hundreds of likely runners and spectators among them) as inspiration. There should have a large number of runners and spectators travelling through the airport over the next week or so.
The airport’s art gallery is in the departure lounge and is managed by one of the airport’s Commercial Account Manager’s, Jan Riley. Jan actually ran a marathon for charity about 7 years ago and held a mini art auction to raise funds – some of Damian’s artwork was featured in this and one of his pieces was the first to be sold in the airport’s gallery when it opened.
A rare sculpture titled Seagull and Fish by Eduardo Paolozzi, which featured in his first ever exhibition on Cork Street, will be auctioned as part of the Modern British & Irish sale on 29 May 2013 at Bonham’s auction room in New Bond Street. The work was a gift from the artist to the British illustrator, Enid Furlonger and is estimated to fetch between £50,000 and £70,000.
Paolozzi was a precocious student of sculpture and while still at the Slade School of Art, held his first ever exhibition in London at the age of 23 at the Mayor gallery on Cork Street, now London’s foremost gallery for Dada and Surrealism. Seagull and Fish was conceived when Paolozzi was just 22 years old and is one of four concrete sculptures completed by him in 1946. Allegedly, Freddy Mayor was unaware that Paolozzi was still a student when he offered him the show. Soon after the exhibition, Paolozzi left the Slade School without taking his diploma and brimming with anti-establishment sentiment. As a sculptor he was largely self-taught.
Seagull and Fish is based on Paolozzi’s observations of the natural environment in Newhaven where he grew up. The Mayor Gallery exhibition established Paolozzi’s status as a professional artist, as he sold several drawings of Fishermen, fish and other seagull related subjects. The proceeds from the exhibition funded Paolozzi’s pivotal trip to Paris, which put him in contact with significant French artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Constantin Brancusi, George Braques and Fernand Leger. This was a crucial point in Paolozzi’s artistic career, which contributed to the blossoming of his reputation.
The sculpture was created during a time when Paolozzi was experimenting with cement. He rejected the contemporary trend in figurative cement sculpture, which was towards a more polished aesthetic pioneered in the late 1920’s by Henry Moore. Paolozzi instead employed a rough and messy working approach which went on to influence a generation of other artists. His make-shift style was dictated by his impoverished circumstances, as he was forced to trawl through London with a cart, acquiring the necessary working materials from builders’ workshops. Paolozzi’s skill in converting rough materials into elegant sculptures is exemplified by Seagull and Fish, which transforms an ordinary subject and material into an enchanting form. Writing in 1947, the art critic Robert Melville compared Paolozzi’s work to that of Pablo Picasso, especially to the ‘large whorls of Picasso’s 1938 series’.
Paolozzi boasts both a fascinating artistic career and a tragic personal history which contributes to his extraordinary approach to art. In 1940, when Italy declared war on Britain, the artist was interned at Saughton Prison. During this time, his father, grandfather and uncle were among the 446 Italians drowned on a ship, the Arandora Star, carrying them to Canada. Traumatised by these events, the artist returned to Edinburgh to begin his artistic career. His reputation has continued to grow considerably since the 1950’s. He was awarded a CBE in 1968 and in the 1980’s was commissioned to complete the mosaic pattern which decorates Tottenham Court Road Station.
After great success in London, multi-award winning and internationally collected artist, Annette Edgar, has launched her first soloshow in Scotland for five years. Annette’s new exhibition is called “Life Times” and is a celebration of her travels and friendships around the world through richly distinctive and semi-abstract landscape paintings.
“Life Times” will be at the Union Gallery in Broughton Street until the 3rd of June.
Trystan Davies for The Edinburgh Reporter, spoke to Annette at the gallery preview:
NO FOREIGN LANDS: PETER DOIG
3 August – 3 November 2013
Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL
Admission £8/£6 | Telephone: 0131 624 6200 nationalgalleries.org
Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, 1 August – 1 September 2013
Keith Hartley, Curator of the exhibition, explains to The Guardian his thoughts on the Edinburgh born painter who he describes as a ‘free spirit’.
The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce a major exhibition of the work of Peter Doig (b. Edinburgh 1959) at the Scottish National Gallery this summer. Peter Doig is one of the most highly regarded and internationally-renowned painters working today. This will be the first major exhibition of his work to be shown in the country of his birth.
Peter Doig, commented:“I left Scotland as a child as many of my generation did; however I know Edinburgh, the city where I was born, through many visits as a child and youth. To be able to exhibit my paintings in the magnificent rooms of the National Galleries is a great great honour.”
This important international exhibition is a collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Montréal. Surveying Doig’s paintings and works on paper of the past 10 years, this exhibition places particular emphasis on the artist’s approach to serial motifs and recurring imagery. Formally spare yet monumental in scale, at times approaching the exotic in their subject matter, these works show Doig working at the height of his extraordinary powers.
Simon Groom, Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art said: “Peter Doig has been one of the most consistently inventive and seductive painters working anywhere in the world today. His art is figurative and often based on photographic images, but the end effect is to take us into a completely different world of often hallucinatory power. The works reveal a transforming vision of the world, steeped in a sense of beauty and mystery, rich in their imaginative suggestion yet remaining grounded in the real.”
Doig first came to prominence in the 1990s with his paintings of winter landscapes, highly atmospheric scenes of lakes (often with a lone canoe), and houses screened by trees and ski slopes. The rich and layered surfaces of his paintings showed that Doig was as much interested in abstract, formal qualities as he was in subject matter.
Over the period covered by this exhibition Doig has split his time between a house and studio in Trinidad, a studio in London and a professorship at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. His peripatetic life, memories of a childhood partly spent in Canada and his later life and studies in London have given him a particularly rich visual knowledge. Regardless of where Doig’s motifs originate, his experiences cross-fertilize and enhance his works. As fellow Scot Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in The Silverado Squatters: There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign. Doig the traveller is not merely a foreigner seeking out the exotic; rather, he is like Baudelaire’sflâneur, whose eye uncovers and finds significance in details which transcend locale, while spanning both time and space.
Throughout a career of three decades, Doig has reinvigorated a medium considered by many to have fallen into irrelevance. His inventive style, uncommonly sensuous palette and suggestive imagery set him apart from the conceptualism dominating much of contemporary art. Doig’s willingness to take up the challenges posed by the work of Gauguin, Matisse, Bonnard, Marsden Hartley and Edward Hopper places him in an ongoing dialogue with a long line of great artists.
Following its debut in Edinburgh, No Foreign Lands: Peter Doig, travels to Canada, where it will be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montréal and curated by Stéphane Aquin. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue featuring essays by Keith Hartley, Chief Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Stéphane Aquin, Curator of Contemporary Art in Montréal; and an interview with the artist conducted by Hilton Als, a New York-based critic, author and regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine.
Often the strange and quirky parts of shops or buildings can be over-looked in a busy street, but Leith artist Tommy Perman has focused on these designs and is challenging you to notice them. From the iconic ‘Brunswick Street Stairs’ known as a treacherous path to the local post office depot, to humorous signs such as ‘Bacon Rolls etc’ the strong urban identity of the area is represented in abstract black and red. Tommy is also interested in using strong urban themes such as faded glories, how heavily guarded dis-used buildings might have a ‘Welcome’ sign, and when listed buildings become protected but lose their original beauty in the process.
Trystan Davies, for The Edinburgh Reporter, spoke to Tommy about his choice of black and red, what he thinks of the controversial Argyle House, and how becoming a father has affected his work:
Tommy Perman’s host is the Red Door Gallery on Victoria Street and they too have reason to celebrate with a ten year anniversary. The Gallery was opened in 2003 by Jason Redman, who was a banker with Lloyds TSB, and Jenny Hendra who had just left Edinburgh College of Art. The idea was originally born of frustration with a dearth of galleries willing to take a chance withe emerging artists,and sell art between £10-£1000 to young professionals.
Trystan Davies, for The Edinburgh Reporter, spoke to Creative Manager Nicky Brooks:
‘Leith in Black and Red’ will be at the Red Door Gallery from this weekend and all works are available from the website, including limited edition skateboards printed in collaboration with local skate shop FOCUS.
It’s not just Leith’s locals who can boast character. According to artist Tommy Perman there is a bit of the unusual along its streets and shop fronts. A new exhibition at The Red Door Gallery in Victoria Street explores the unique design choices made by town planners, local residents and shop owners alike including such playful names as “Bacon Rolls Etc”.
The exhibition will explore strong urban themes through faded glory, heavily guarded buildings hanging ‘Welcome’ signs and practical changes to listed buildings contradicting their original beauty. The art is shown in a variety of applications, print techniques, paper types and editing including limited edition skateboards from local skate shop FOCUS.
Pyramids and sound speakers of Global Sounds at the Mound
A city with an international reputation for welcoming visitors, Edinburgh attracts people from all over the world and many decide to stay and make it their home. In 2010 over seven thousand did just that, but what does it mean for the city itself? Napier University Interactive Design post-graduate Rebecca Gischel decided to create a work of art that would express the “interesting flow of ideas, views and values”.
Rebecca Gischel with Global Sounds at the Grassmarket
Each pyramid represents a different culture and when someone goes near it, it comes alive with light and a specific musical instrument, like a Chinese harp or bagpipe. When enough people interact with the design it becomes a whole song, written by a German composer especially for this project.
Trystan Davies for The Edinburgh Reporter, spoke to Rebecca at her first exhibition at the Grassmarket:
A group of young people from Drylaw have been taking part in an Art project over the past two months, transforming a tunnel on the cycle path in Granton from a dull dark place to a nice bright one, with lots of amazing images that they created along with Leith based artist Chris Young.
The project was organised by the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust project manager, Charlie Cummings, who said:- “We’re delighted with the transformation of the tunnel, thanks to the artist, Chris Young, and the Fet Lor Youth Group. We hope that everyone using the tunnel will enjoy the artwork depicting scenes from the North Edinburgh cycleways and be inspired to explore the Innertubemap routes.”
Chris Young has been working with the group for the past four months and is delighted with the project. He said:- “This has been a great project. It was really interesting researching the history of the area so that some of the images could reflect the historical aspect. The young people have enjoyed taking part in the project and I would like to work with them in the future on more community art projects.”
Following the announcement last year that the current director, Jonathan Mills, would retire from his position after the 2013 Festival, the search was underway to find his replacement.
Today the Festival Council announced the appointment of Fergus Linehan as the Director Designate of the Edinburgh International Festival. The post begins on a part time basis on 1 May 2013 to allow time to plan for his first Festival in 2015. Fergus Linehan will become Festival Director and Chief Executive of the Festival full time from 1 October 2014.
As a Festival Director, Fergus Linehan has already led the growth and development of two major international festivals in Australia (Sydney Festival) and his native Ireland (Dublin Theatre Festival). Fergus began his career in the theatre in Dublin, producing many shows and going on to direct the city’s major arts event, the Dublin Theatre Festival. During that time he commissioned work by artists including Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel and Roddy Doyle as well as a new generation of Irish writers and choreographers.
From 2004 to 2009, Fergus was Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Sydney Festival. Under his leadership the Festival’s annual turnover grew from aus$12 million to in excess of aus$20 million, achieved through significant growth in ticket sales, commercial sponsorship and government funding.
From 2010 to 2012, Fergus was Head of Music at Sydney Opera House where he refreshed the year-round music programme spanning jazz, world music, pop, rock, electronic music, and visiting classical artists and orchestras.
He currently works with a number of international arts companies and Government agencies including the Sydney Opera House where he is reviewing theatre and dance programming and Dublin City Council. In addition he is Festival Director of Vivid LIVE, an annual event, which celebrates ambition and innovation in popular music and digital art. He currently divides his time between Europe and Australia.
Fergus has served on boards, committees and adjudicating panels all over the world.
Fergus Linehan, Director Designate of the Edinburgh International Festival said ‘I am delighted and deeply honoured to have been appointed as the next Director of the Edinburgh International Festival. I look forward to safeguarding the founding principles of the festival in ways which are engaging and relevant to all. In particular I look forward to moving to Edinburgh to serve the devoted festival-goers and artists from Scotland and around the world, who have grown to love this wonderful institution over the past seven decades. Successful festivals respond to both place and provenance to create a unique identity and this is particularly true of Edinburgh, the preeminent Festival city. It is with this in mind that I will begin the exciting work of developing my plans and ideas for the 2015 and future Festivals.’
Donald Wilson, Edinburgh’s Lord Provost and Chair of the Edinburgh International Festival Society said, ‘Fergus brings new skills, intellectual rigour and a highly successful track record to the Festival and the City. Having previously lived in Edinburgh and worked with companies visiting the city he is familiar with what the city can offer its residents as well as visitors and artists from around the world. I look forward to welcoming him back to Edinburgh and Scotland’s creative and vibrant cultural life.’
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, said ‘The Edinburgh International Festival has a worldwide reputation for excellence and innovation. In bringing together exceptionally talented artists from nations across the globe, it helps to celebrate and promote Scotland’s rich culture and heritage on the world stage and strengthen our links with other countries. I welcome Fergus Linehan’s appointment as Director and wish him every success in the role.’
Fergus Linehan will start now to plan and programme the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, taking up the role of Festival Director full-time on 1 October 2014. Fergus will move to Edinburgh to take up the post, the initial period of which covers five Festivals from 2015 to 2019.
The Out of the Blue Drill Hall’s quarterly Arts Market took place over the weekend. The Dalmeny Street venue’s Arts Market hosted over 50 artists who were on hand to sell their work to the public. Showcasing local talent and artists from further afield, works for sale ranged from photography and illustration to textiles and jewellery. Many stalls were run by the artists themselves, offering buyers a unique opportunity to meet the people behind their purchases.
With the cost of entry set at only 80p, and with the Drill Hall’s own cafe serving up homemade soup, snacks and cakes, there really is something to suit all tastes.
Kirsten Welsh, pictured above, is an Edinburgh-based artist who regularly hosts a stall at the Arts Market. Graduating in 1999 and inspired by land and seascapes, her abstract works use a variety of mediums. She can be contacted through her website, which also contains a gallery of her work. www.kirstenwelsh.co.uk
Freelance illustrator Kim Cruickshank (top) was also tending to her own stall. Her whimsical illustrations feature animals, people and in some cases scenes from the Olympics, and are available as bags, mirrors, cards and prints. www.kimcruickshank.com
Polish illustrator and Edinburgh College of Art graduate Zuzanna Dominiak was also selling her work. Bags and brooches, cards and prints were all available and featuring quirky illustrations inspired by the natural world. These can be viewed and bought in a variety of different formats from her website, and through her Etsy shop. http://www.zyzanna.com/ http://www.etsy.com/shop/zyzanna
Homewares and furnishings were offered for sale by many different artists, including these cushions featuring the work of photographer Liz Tainsh. http://lizt.redbubble.com/
Handmade jewellery featured on several stalls. These handmade medals by Derring-Do are created by recycled vintage materials and are one-of-a-kind, to be bought for anyone who deserves it! www.derring-do-medals.com