This Week in Scottish Art: 1-7 November

This week is fuller than full of openings and events through Glasgow and Edinburgh, with new shows in Edinburgh Printmakers, Dovecot Gallery and The National Galleries, plus Africa in Motion Film Festival.

Article by Holly Gavin | 01 Nov 2016

Tue 1 Nov: Glad Café, Africa in Motion

African Fashion on Film is at the Glad Café from 7 to 8.30pm, free entry. On offer are five short films and a swap shop, so bring along your old, unwanted clothes to spruce up your wardrobe in time for the cold winter ahead.

If you don’t find yourself in the Southside or fancy a trek to Shawlands, head to the Flying Duck at 8pm for Queer Africa: Stories from across the continent, a selection of short films with LGBTQ+ themes from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and South Africa. This event is part of Africa in Motion Film Festival, on till Sunday, with screenings and UK film premieres throughout the week at the Rum Shack, at the CCA, and in Edinburgh.

Staff, patients, and families at St Columba’s Hospice (15 Boswall Rd) have selected pieces from the Edinburgh Printmakers archive relating to reminiscence and memory. The show is part of the annual To Absent Friends festival celebrating the lives of those loved and lost, free to attend and accessible through main reception from 9am to 8pm.

Wed 2 Nov: Edinburgh Printmakers, Sculpture Workshop

Time is All Around is the new members’ exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers open in their gallery from 10am to 6pm until 23 December. This exhibition stems from another collaboration with St Columba’s Hospice exploring the tragedy of terminal illness, but also patients’ and families’ acceptance of death, the value of beauty in the everyday, and the importance of relationships.

If you’re already in Edinburgh, why not visit Neukölln Exports at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop before it closes today. The work of three Berlin-based artists, Lena von Gödeke, Andy Holtin, and Tobias Sternberg, is only display at ESW as part of an exchange with HilbertRaum gallery in Neukölln.

Thu 3 Nov: Glasgow Women’s Library, Modern Institute and the CCA

Glasgow Women’s Library is hosting Women in a World of Film today with a symposium from 2-5.30pm and wine reception and film screening of Tunisian director’s debut film As I Open my Eyes from 5.30 to 8pm. The day event acknowledges the underrepresentation of women in film (women make up only 16% of editors, cinematographers, writers, producers and directors internationally), and a panel will discuss key logistical and creative factors in film production, distribution, funding and script development. All events are free, and unfortunately fully booked, but please email to add your name to the waiting list for either or both parts of the agenda.

Matt Connors’ The Flat Voice has been extended at the Modern Institute on Osborne Street till today (10am to 6pm). New paintings, works on paper and on-site sculptural works by the New York-based Connors are on show.

Dada 1916-2016: A Century in Revolt is an all day symposium (10am to 7pm) at the CCA marking the centenary anniversary of the foundation of Dada at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Glasgow. This event is for a 15+ audience and free, but book a space here to attend a series of lectures by Dada and contemporary art experts from the University of Glasgow and Royal Holloway in London. Dada texts and anti-texts will also be discussed, as well as its longevity and legacy today.

Fri 4 Nov: David Dale Gallery and Market Gallery

Tessa Lynch’s new show Wave Machine previews today at David Dale Gallery from 7-9pm. Lynch held a performance and exhibited at GoMA earlier this year during Glasgow International; if you can’t make it tonight, visit Thursday to Saturday from 12 to 6pm till 10 Dec.

Head to Market Gallery between 7 and 9pm for drinks, a talk by Rosanna Mclaughlin titled ‘The Uncritical Critic (Whatever Happened to Opinion?)’, and an open discussion. Writer and curator Mclaughlin will read from ‘The Pious and The Pommery’, a satirical essay published in The White Review concerning the Frieze Art Fair 2015, as well as address the role of the critic in today’s contemporary art world and the absence of criticism in the most prolific era of art writing.

Sat 5 Nov: Dovecot Gallery and Transmission

Colour & Light is the new show at Dovecot Gallery in Edinburgh. Collaborations by Tom Philips, Garry Fabian Miller, David Poston, Chrissie Clyne, Eduardo Paolozzi, and other artists are on display. Colour & Light takes a close look at the material production and processes involved in the making of rugs and tapestries at Dovecot Tapestry Studio through films, and works and objects on display. Light as a subject of the work and its importance in effective colour blending are also considered. Visit from 10.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, till 25 Feb.

In Glasgow, don’t miss Transmission Gallery’s show Wet Flannel On My Side, Like a Saddle On A Horse showcasing work by Angharad Williams, Sebastian Ymai, Orestis Lazouras, and Lee Lozano. Visit between 11am and 5pm, the show closes today.

Sun 6 Nov: Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the CCA

Visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh for a trip around the world and through time. The View From Here is a new exhibition featuring photographs of landscapes from the 1840s onwards from the National Galleries of Scotland’s permanent collection. The show is part of Season of Photography 2016, a programme of events and exhibitions across Scotland organised by the Institute for Photography in Scotland; it is open everyday from 10am to 5pm, or 7pm on Thursdays.

The UK International Jewish Film Festival also opens today at the CCA with Eyal Halfon’s film The 90 Minute War based on a book of the same name by Itay Meirson proposing a football match as an alternative solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The 15+ screening starts at 6pm in the Theatre, tickets can be booked online here, and cost £8, (+ £1 booking fee).

Mon 7 Nov: Modern Art Gallery and Platform

Karla Black and Kishio Suga’s work is on display in Modern One at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art. A New Order marks the first exhibition of Glasgow-based Black and Japanese Suga, (who were not aware of each other’s work before this show); both create sculptures of sublime beauty, originality and complexity in response to particular localities. Open daily until 19 Feb.

Jimmy Cauty’s ADP (the Aftermath Dislocation Principle) Riot Tour 2016 stops at Platform for a week (7-14 Nov). ADP1 was displayed and gained critical acclaim at Banksy’s summer blockbuster project Dismaland last year; it is now touring the UK at the sites of historical riots.

The miniature model of a dystopian village in Bedfordshire is housed in a 40 ft shipping container and viewed through peepholes. Media teams and police are the last remaining inhabitants of Cauty’s post-apocalyptic 1:87 scale model of a deserted and wrecked post-apocalyptic mythical middle England cityscape. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, 10am to 5pm at the weekend.