Full Stop @ Such and Such
For 18 months Such and Such gallery has been an important element of the vibrant art scene in and around Leith Walk. One of the first spaces of its kind to open in the area, it prides itself on showing a diversity of work, from illustration and photography to painting and sculpture, jewellery and textile design. It has always been keen to highlight the strong DIY ethic prevalent in Scotland.
Full Stop is the gallery’s final show at the Brunswick Street address and will be a mini retrospective, showing some of the artists who have exhibited in the gallery over the past year and a half. So far confirmed are painters Callum Monteith and Rabiya Choudhry, illustrators Jamie Johnson and Al White, and printmaker Rachel Barron, as well as contributions from Edinburgh pop-up art collective Go Reborn and fashion designer Judith Clark.
Clark was recently nominated Designer of the Year at the Scottish Style Awards 2011 and is a bold up-and-comer making dark, almost baronial garments. Johnson, inspired by the people he sees in and around Leith, depicts a world inhabited solely by magical vagrants. Callum Monteith seems to have been plucked right out of late 19th-century France, mainly painting mountains in a post-impressionistic style – which in itself is pretty bold.
First opened as an independent artist run space co-founded by Alexandra Fiddes, Caroline Cloughley, Charlotte Hannett and David Lemm, Such and Such will continue as a collaboration between the three remaining founders (Hannett is moving on to pastures new aka Glasgow). They plan to relaunch with a new project later in 2012. [Andrew Cattanach]