Matt Ayling’s installation of found objects
Art in the frame
Artist-run initiatives develop in response to the needs of artists. growing out of a desire to make and show work. experiment and support each other. Glasgow has long enjoyed the DIY approach with organisations such as Switchspace. Emerged and Cabin Exchange. It would seem that Edinburgh is finally playing catch up. With Magnifitat. WintogetherLosetogetherPlaytogeth erStaytogether. the Embassy and Total Kunst already established. the latest arrival is Aurora. set up by artist Ruth Beale.
‘There's a lot of good work being done in galleries in Edinburgh,‘ says Beale. ‘But there is that gap between graduation and showing somewhere like the Collective Gallery.‘
For Aurora’s inaugural show. Beale has brought together artists who share spaces in a self-run studio in Dalry. Over three days. a four- bedroom. traditional tenement flat in Marchmont will be transformed by site-specific installations Created by Matt Ayling. Jo Ball and Jessie Blindell. Distinct in style. but complementing each other's work. all three artists incorporate found objects to explore themes of man's relationship with nature. In addition to the exhibition, there will be music. projections and performances on the opening night.
For Beale though, Aurora is not only about providing exhibiting Opportunities for up-and-coming artists. but it's also about setting up artistic networks. ‘Groups are starting up independently and are helping each other Out and I think it's really important to nourish that level of artistic community and interaction.’
So for the next Aurora project. Beale will be working with Total Kunst at the FOrest Cafe in April and is in talks with Vague. another artist- led group. to work with Edinburgh College of Art's MFA students. And like all artist-run initiatives. Aurora offers a valuable insight into the Current contemporary art practice at a grassroots level. (Helen Monaghan) at Aurora Projects, Thirlestane Road, Edinburgh, Fri 6—Sun 8 Feb. See Art listings.
Exhibitions are listed by city,
then alphabetically by venue. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to firstname.lastname@example.org, by post or by tax on 0131 557 8500. Listings are compiled by Helen Monaghan.
lb4 Woodlands Road. 332 0028. Mon Fri l0am 5pm; Sat 10am 12.30pm.
The Winter Collection limit Sat 28 Feb. Paintings by regular gallery artists including Helen M Turner. Davy Brown. James ()rr. Marie Hart and Robert ligginton plus old (ilasgow photographs.
253 Argyle Street. 565 1023. Mon Sat l0am l0pm; Sun noon 10pm.
lain Smart: My Eyes are Bleeding tintil Sun 2‘) Feb. Photographs and illustrations of people and the environment by this (ilasgow School of Art graduate.
ART EXPOSURE GALLERY
1‘) Parnie Street. 552 777‘). Mon Sat noon 5pm.
Hooks and Grannies Fri 6
Feb Tue 30 Mar. Paintings of (ilasgow by gallery artists including depictions of the West lind by Fiona (iraham. watercolours by Bryan livans. acrylics by- David Marshall and pastels by Alan Richards.
Jewellery Exhibition Fri 6
Feb Tue 30 Mar. Valentine's Day inspired silverjewellery by (‘hristina Patterson and (‘eltic influenced works by Marley McKinnie.
THE ART HOUSE HOTEL
12‘) Bath Street. 07763 222323. Daily 1 lam-7pm.
Suite Art L'ntil Thu 4 Mar. A series of fortnightly exhibitions showing the work of up-and-coming artists with an opening night on Friday from (rpm. lrenee Verouni shows work until 5 Feb, followed by expressive artworks by second and third year pupils from the llillpark secondary school is 1‘) Feb) and drawings and paintings by Joseph Stewart (20 Feb 74 Mar).
l85a Bath Street. 222 2830. Tue Sat 10am 5.30pm.
Mixed Exhibition Fri l3 Feb-Wed 3| Mar. The gallery celebrates its third birthday with a mixed show of works including new paintings by Jack Vettriano. Peter llowson. Steven Campbell. Adrian Wis/.niewski and John Bellany. NEW SHOW.
ROGER BILLCLIFFE FINE ART 134 Blythswood Street. 332 4027. Mon Fri 9.30am 5.30pm: Sat
Postcards l'ntil Mon 23 Feb. ()riginal. unframed. postcard-sized paintings by vai'ious artists including David Martin. (iordon Mitchell. Sheila Mclnnes. (‘arlo Rossi. Hamish Macdonald and James l-‘ullerton. Handbags L'ntil Mon 23 Feb. (‘ontcmjmrary handbags including works by Kei Ito. Hester van lieghen and Sue Lowday.
Jewellery tiniil Tue 24 Feb. (‘ontemjmrary jewellery by Adele Kime. Laura Baxter and Jill Newbrook.
THE BRICK SPACE GALLERY One World Shop. I00 Byres Road. 357 I507. Mon- Sat l0am 5.30pm.
The Looking Glass t'ntil Sat 28 Feb. An exhibition of fair trade mirrors from around the world.
CAFE COSSACHOK GALLERY
10 King Street. 553 0733. Tue—Sat
l l.30am—-l lpm.
Russian/Celtic Connections L'ntil Sun 2‘) Feb. Free. An exhibition of works by [fast liuropean artists inspired by the people. music and culture of Scotland and Russia.
350 Sauchiehall Street. 352 4900. Tue-- Wed & Fri Sun I lam -'()pllll Thu 1 lam~~8pm.
Ouroboros: The Music of Spheres Sat 7 Feb Sun 4 Apr. John (’alcutt curates his first exhibition at the ('(‘A taking as its starting point the circle. the square and the spiral. The show
features work by international and (ilasgow
based artists including Robert Smithson's Spiral Jelly. Jim Lambie's turntables. plus works by (‘alum Stirling. Roger Ackling. Peter Lynch. and (‘hristian Marclay. See preview and llitlist. NEW SHOW. Calum Stirling Thu l2 Feb. (rpm. (‘alum Stirling talks about his practice and the work produced for the ()uroboros exhibition.
Framework: Ele Carpenter Thu 1‘) Feb. 7pm. (‘('A associate curator Fle (‘arpenter discusses her experience of curating contemporary art exhibitions.
l'niversity of Strathclyde. 22 Richmond Street. 548 2558. Mon Fri 10am 5pm; Sat noon ~4pm.
Are You Sitting Comfortably?: The Water Closet Workshop t'ntil Sat 14 Feb. Taking Marcel Duchamp’s
urinal of 1917 as a starting point. the Water
('losr'! ll'm'ks/iop comprises over 30 artworks produced from \\'('s. sinks and assorted sanitary ware by 14 sculptors. paintings and ceramicists from Norway. Sweden. Britain and America. See review.
178 West Regent Street. 22] 6370.
Mon Sat l0am-5.30pm.
Norman Stevens t'ntil Tue 2 Mar. [itchings and aquatints by Norman Stevens.
FULL CIRCLE GALLERY
Saltoun Lane. 24 Ruthven Street. 357 199‘). Thu Sat 12.30pm 5.30pm. Mixed Show l'ntil Sun 2‘) Feb. Paintings by variotis artists including Alistair 'l‘hompson. Richard Ackerman. Stuart Fin. Harry McGee. Pam (‘arter and Sue Biazotti.
GALLERY OF MODERN ART
Queen Street. 22‘) l‘)‘)b. Mon Wed & Sat 10am 5pm: Thu 10am 8pm; Fri rt; Stilt llam 5pm.
Love Over Gold l'ntil Stilt 25 Apr. A selection of works drawn from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art's collection of contemporary art with a focus on artists based in Scotland. (‘hristine Borland. Martin Boyce. Roderick Buchanan. Jim Lambie. Victoria Morton and David Shrigley' feature in the selection. Gallery Talks Thu ll) Feb.
(r30 7.30pm. ('hristine Borland talks about her work which features in the Love ()ver (iold exhibition.
Storm: An Installation by Dalziel + Scullion l'ntil Sun 7 Mar. A commissioned installation for (i()MA. created by artist duo Dal/tel + Scullion. liach day a different image will be projected onto a screen which reveals the unique ecological circumstances found at a number of sites throughout Scotland. David Sherry l'ntil Sun 15 Feb. A solo show of new work from performance artist David Sherry. best known for his Stilt-hing video piece in which he appeared to sew planks of wood to his feet. Shortlisted for the Beck's Futures Award in 2003. the exhibition continues his exploration of the nonsensical aspects of the human condition and features performances centred around outstaying one’s welcome and the recasting of mythical figures Romulus and Remus as a pair of ordinary blokes waking up with a
hangover. LAST CHANCE TO SEE.
H BEi EXHIBITION THIS FORTNIGHT
The Rolling Stones and the Beatles Gered Mankowitz' iconic 1960s photographs of Mick Jagger et al are shown alongside Paul Saltzmann‘s long- lost images of the Beatles in India. See preview. Street Level. Glasgow, Tue 70 Feb—Sat 20 Mar.
Ouroboros: The Music of Spheres A group show curated by John Calcutt taking circles. squares and spirals as a starting point. Jim Lambie. Calum Stirling. Roger Ackling and Christian Marclay feature in the line-up. See preview. CCA, Glasgow. Sat 7 Feb—Sun 4 Apr.
Solar Lunar Six female artists are brought together for this group show featuring Moyna Flannigan's fictitious individuals rendered in watercolour. and collages made out of found images by last year‘s Beck‘s Futures winner Rosalind Nashashibi. doggerfisher, Edinburgh, Fri 6 Feb—Sat 6 Mar.
George Shaw: What I Did This Summer Childhood memories of place are meticulously immortalised in this exhibition of paintings by Coventry-born George Shaw. Using Humbrol enamel paint. he paints the mundane from bus stops to council houses. Dundee Contemporary Arts. Dundee, until Sun 27 Mar.
New Europe and the Balkans Performance art. photography and video work by seven contemporary artists from the Balkans in this show curated by Breda Beban. See review. Stills. Edinburgh, until Sun 74 Mar.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize This year‘s line-up is more conventional than last's. featuring Paul Brandford's winning work — a protester set upon by riot police — but look out also for Miranda Whall‘s Paradise Place. Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, until Sat 27 Feb.
Bill Viola Three compelling video works from the Passions series by Bill Viola. exploring different states of emotion. See review. National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, until Sun 7 Mar.
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