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■ THE LIGHTHOUSE 11 Mitchell Lane, 276 5360. Mon–Sat 10.30am–5pm; Sun noon–5pm. LAST CHANCE Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch Architecture Until Wed 5 Feb. New directions in European architecture, in an exhibition first shown in the Netherlands in 2013. NEW D&G | OUT Fri 31 Jan–Sat 22 Feb. Work by designers and makers from Dumfries and Galloway. Part of Spring Fling. ■ LILLIE ART GALLERY Station Road, Milngavie, 956 5536. Tue–Sat 10am–1pm & 2–5pm. Ally Wallace: Connected Parts Until Thu 20 Mar. Drawings and paintings made as part of a residency at the gallery, using the building itself as a subject.
■ MARY MARY Suite 2/1, 6 Dixon Street, 226 2257. Tue–Sat noon–6pm. NEW Alan Reid: An Absent Monument Sat 25 Jan–Sat 15 Mar. New paintings from the Texas- born, NYC-based artist, and a large mural entitled La notte (1961) after Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic movie. ■ MITCHELL LIBRARY North Street, 287 2999. Mon–Thu 9am–8pm; Fri & Sat 9am–5pm.
NEW Robert McNeil: Witness Fri 24 Jan–Sat 15 Feb. Works made by the artist in response to his own work as a forensic scientist.
■ THE MODERN INSTITUTE @ AIRD’S LANE 3–5 Aird’s Lane, 248 3711. Thu–Sat noon–5pm. LAST CHANCE Martino Gamper: Mi casa, su casa Until Sat 25 Jan. Work by London-based Italian designer best known for his 100 Chairs in 100 Days project. NEW Kim Fisher Sat 8 Feb–Sat 22 Mar. New paintings by Los Angeles- based artist. ■ THE MODERN INSTITUTE 14–20 Osborne Street, 248 3711. Mon– Fri 10am–6pm; Sat noon–5pm. NEW Toby Paterson: Soft Boundary Sat 25 Jan–Fri 21 Feb. New work from the Glasgow-based artist, incorporating painting, printmaking and sculptural intervention. See preview, page 98.
■ PROJECT ABILITY Trongate 103, 552 2822. Tue–Sat 10am–5pm. Artists in Residence 2013 Until Sat 1 Mar. Work by Project Ability artists made as part of the residency programme. Featured artists are Ruth Ansell, Lea Cummings, Genevieve Kay-Gourlay & Jordan Kay, Lorraine
Hamilton, Nicola Henderson and Linda Mahoney.
■ SMITHY GALLERY 74 Glasgow Road, Blanefield, 01360 770551. Tue–Sat 11am–5pm; Sun 1–5pm. The Affordable Art Show Until Sun 23 Feb. Work by gallery artists, all on sale for £500 or less. ■ STREET LEVEL PHOTOWORKS Trongate 103, 552 2151. Tue–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun noon–5pm. LAST CHANCE Jill Todd Photographic Award Until Sun 2 Feb. Showcase of finalists in the inaugural competition to find Scotland’s best student and graduate photographers. LAST CHANCE Sylvia Grace Borda: Camera Histories Until Sun 2 Feb. Works incorporating images of cameras from online auction sites, by Canadian-born artist concerned with modernism and the creation of value. NEW Helga Paris: Fotografie Sat 8 Feb–Sun 30 Mar. Work by distinguished German photographer.
■ TRAMWAY 25 Albert Drive, 0845 330 3501. Building open: Tue–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun noon–6pm; Exhibitions open: Tue–Fri noon–5pm; Sat & Sun noon–6pm.
✽NEW Sarah Lucas Fri 31 Jan– Sun 16 Mar. The first substantial
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PREVIEW FILM BERTILLE BAK: FAIRE LE MUR Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sun 2 Mar
When it was announced that French artist Bertille Bak’s home town of Barlin, in the Pas-de-Calais region in northern France, was to be renovated as part of a programme of urban regeneration, the authorities promised much for the former mining parish. Also included were vastly increased rents for a tightly knit community that was effectively being priced out of what is now described on Wikipedia as ‘a modern and dynamic place that offers its residents numerous amenities’.
Bak’s response was Faire le mur, a film she made in 2008 that charts the residents’ resistance to the proposed changes, yet does so in a way that goes beyond documentary to create a magic-realist meta- narrative that blurs the boundaries of fact and fiction. Unlike Channel 4’s underclass-baiting Benefits Street, Bak has looked at her own community and transformed their protest into something heroic. ‘There’s a real sense of playfulness about what Bertille does,’ says Collective director Kate Gray, who has
brought an updated version of Faire le mur (which translates as ‘jump the wall’) to Edinburgh as part of Factish Field, a year-long collaboration with arts organisation LUX exploring the relationship between film- based art and anthropology. This playfulness manifests itself in a series of self-organised meetings, which, as the community moves from house to house with a collection of collectively sewn tapestries based on paintings by Poussin, Goya and Girodet, become theatrical pageants of revolutionary intent – with all the romance that implies.
‘There’s a real tension there between what you might expect a documentary to be in terms of not trying to influence what goes on,’ says Gray. ‘Bertille is trying to find a way to change and alter that community while working with them.’ (Neil Cooper)
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exhibition of Sarah Lucas’ work in Scotland, this exhibition features key works from 20 years of practice. See preview, page 97. NEW Siobhan Davies Dance: Table Of Contents Wed 29 Jan–Sun 9 Feb. A live installation engaging the audience in an exploration of how different art forms build their own history. EDINBURGH
■ ARUSHA GALLERY 17 Dundas Street, 07814 189018. Mon– Sat 10am–6pm; Sun noon–4pm. NEW The Ascension Sat 1–Fri 14 Feb. Work by gallery artists on the theme of ascension, featuring pieces by Elizabeth Rollins-Scott, Carl Longworth, Fran Williams, Sam Houston and Michael Fowler.
■ CITY ART CENTRE 2 Market Street, 529 3993. Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun noon–5pm. Citizen Curator Until Fri 28 Feb. A visual celebration of Leith and its heritage, featuring works chosen by local people and created by them. Walter Geikie Until Fri 28 Feb. Paintings, drawings and prints from the deaf artist (1795–1837). ■ COLLECTIVE GALLERY City Observatory & Dome, 38 Calton Hill, 556 1264. Tue–Sun 11am–5pm Bertille Bak: Factish Field | Project 2 Until Sun 2 Mar. Work by Paris-based French artist who explores communities and their ways of dealing with change and disruption. LAST CHANCE Goldin + Senneby: Anti-VWAP Until Sun 26 Jan. Artists develop an algorithmic market trading model using the gallery infrastructure.
■ DOUBTFIRE GALLERY 3 South East Circus Place, 225 6540. Mon–Sat 10am–5pm. LAST CHANCE Midwinter – Mixed Exhibition Until Fri 31 Jan. Works by gallery artists including Helen Fryer, Alison Dickson, Linda Park, Michael G Clark and others. ■ DOVECOT STUDIOS 10 Infirmary Street, 550 3660. Mon– Sat 10.30am–5.30pm but individual exhibitions may vary. NEW Broad Horizons: Dovecot Polymaths Fri 24 Jan–Sat 22 Mar. Works produced by artists who have collaborated with Dovecot but who have also distinguished themselves in other fields, such as Alasdair Gray, John Byrne, Patrick Caulfield, David Poston and Alexander McCall Smith.
■ EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART 74 Lauriston Place, 221 6000. Opening times vary, see individual exhibition listings for details. NEW BYOB | Bring Your Own Beamer Fri 31 Jan, 7–11pm. One-night video art event.
■ EDINBURGH PRINTMAKERS 23 Union Street, 557 2479. Tue–Sat 10am–6pm.
✽ Mary Modeen: The Absolutely Other Until Sat 15 Mar. New prints
from works inspired by memory and landscape. See preview, page 98.
■ EMBASSY 10b Broughton Street Lane, embassygallery.org Thu–Sun noon–6pm. NEW Salonely Sat 25 Jan–Sun 2 Feb. Group show in many media. ■ FRUITMARKET GALLERY 45 Market Street, 225 2383. Mon–Sat 11am–6pm; Sun noon–5pm. Louise Bourgeois: I Give Everything Away Until Sun 23 Feb. Drawings and prints from the legendary