Art Exhibits, Events, Opportunities: January 2019

Escape the loneliness of skint January life with some free art exhibitions and events, or for the artistically inclined get planning for a residency or opportunity by keeping up with the big deadlines coming up soon

Feature by Rosie Priest | 08 Jan 2019
  • Emma Hart, BANGER, Installation view The Fruitmarket Gallery, 2018

Exhibition Highlights

Galleries across the country will be doing exactly what you’re trying to do in January: just keep ticking along until it’s not as bleak outside. There’s very few openings this month, but that’s not to say there isn’t plenty to see. In Edinburgh, The Fruitmarket Gallery continue their exhibition of Banger, Emma Hart’s irresistibly playful installation full of movement, colour and joy. It closes at the start of February, so this exhibition should be some light and warming relief from the icy weather outside. Meanwhile, the Talbot Rice Gallery have Tremble Tremble and At The Gates, their duo of powerful exhibitions exploring the role of women and autonomy, over their bodies but also over their beings. These close at the end of January, so if you need to be re-empowered after a Christmas surrounded by your family questioning what you’re doing with your life in the arts, get yourself to these exhibitions and fill yourself with the energy of women smashing the patriarchy.

Up in Dundee, until 24 February the DCA continue celebrating the work of two artists living and working in Scotland. Margaret Salmon, a Glasgow-based artist and filmmaker, will present a new moving image work and installation commissioned specifically for DCA. In the next gallery, multi-material artist Lorna Macintyre explores new ways to play with the likes of cyanotypes, digital prints and photography in her exhibition Pieces of You are Here.

The fantastic showcasing of women’s work is also in Glasgow, as Tramway present the work of Lucy Beech and her new film which addresses the power and agency of reproductive relations, exploring women’s labour, visibility and the flow of bodily revenue streams in what has come to be known as Reproductive Exile, the title of the exhibition. Is it just us or does January feel like a great opportunity to celebrate women artists across the country? Warm your cockles by burning the patriarchy… or by engaging in some of these incredible exhibitions.


What better way to escape the cold than applying for a residency in Portugal? Curiosa are offering an intensive residential course bringing together visual artists and musicians to work collaboratively over ten days, creating new works combining photography, moving image, music and sound art. The deadline is a way away, but still a nice thought to warm yourself to. Deadline: 25 July

Stirling Health and Care Village are searching for an artist in residence to work with staff and those staying in a new health centre to realise the therapeutic potential of the new building and its outdoor spaces for a whole year. Deadline: 11 January

The RSA have an exciting residency opportunity that allows artists to apply for funds of up to £5000 to partake in a programme at one or more of their partner venues. Deadline: 20 January

Awards and Call for Entries

Berwick Visual Arts are offering possibly the most interesting artist opportunity of 2019 so far: they are searching for a visual artist to research and explore the impact of Brexit on small rural communities. They are looking for an artist that has an established, engaging and accessible visual arts practice, who has previously explored rural social issues. Deadline: 11 January

City of Edinburgh Council are offering two artists the opportunity to get some cash money behind their new and emerging projects. The bursaries will be tailored to suit the emerging artist in whatever discipline they practice. Deadline: 5 February