This Week in Scottish Art: 15-21 Nov

House for an Art Lover and Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery preview new exhibitions from emerging and established artists alike, plus take your pick of talks, lectures, a book launch and numerous performances and film screenings

Article by Holly Gavin | 15 Nov 2016

Tue 15 Nov: Platform

Today is your last chance to see Jimmy Cauty ADP Riot Tour 2016 at Platform, Glasgow, open today until 8pm – entry is free and open to all. RUN. 

Wed 16 Nov: GSA, CCA and iCafé

Furniture designer Tim Gosling gives a lecture at the Glasgow School of Art’s Reid Lecture Theatre to mark the launch of his new book Classic Contemporary: The DNA of Furniture Design. The event is free but ticketed, so please book here via Eventbrite in advance to avoid disappointment.

BUZZCUT: DOUBLE THRILLS presents Eilidh MacAskill + Sh!t Theatre (BSL) from 7pm tonight at the CCA Theatre. Tickets for both events cost £8 or £6 concession and £1 booking fee, bookable here online. Letters to Windsor House is presented by Sh!t Theatre (Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole), the creators of 2015’s award-winning Women’s Hour. Biscuit and Mothersole have lived together for five years and draw on their personal account of the housing crisis in their show for Generation Rent, which campaigns for affordable, secure, and professionally managed decent rented homes in sustainable communities. The second event of the night is Stud, a queer solo show by Eilidh MacAskill, in which MacAskill, a masculine-identifying lesbian, tries on several macho identities to consider the longevity of Freud’s theories of sexuality and their continued influence on our society.

Bookmark #29: Where Art Belongs? starts at 8pm at iCafé on Sauchiehall Street. Leah Miller-Biot will host the reading of and discussion on Chris Kraus’ second chapter ‘Body Not Apart’ from Where Art Belongs [Semiotext(e), 2011]), a collection of essays about cultural events written by Kraus in her journalistic style.

Thu 17 Nov: House of an Art Lover

Head to House of an Art Lover this evening for the preview of HEDGING from 6-8pm. The work on show is a presentation of new works by Elinor Stanley made during her HAL20 residency here. You can register or rather RSVP here on Eventbrite.

Fri 18 Nov: CCA, ECA and EAF

The Aye Aye bookshop at CCA is hosting an informal book launch for painter and writer Timothy Hyman’s new book THE WORLD NEW MADE: Figurative Painting in the Twentieth Century. A brief introduction will be given by Hyman followed by questions by attendees between 1-2pm. You will also be able to purchase the book at a discounted price of £20 (down from £32).

If you’re in Edinburgh, Professor Hilary Robinson’s seminar Griselda Pollock and the making of UK feminist art history and criticism in the 1970s, part of the History of Art Research Seminar Series 2016-2017, takes place at Edinburgh College of Art’s Hunter Building from 5.15-6.30pm. Pollock’s lesser known early work, which originated in the UK’s women’s liberation movement, which saw moments of radical and socialist activism. This event is free and open for all to attend.

Conversations in Letter and Lines, an exhibition of William Kentridge’s and Vivienne Koorland’s work, previews tonight at the Fruitmarket Gallery from 6-8pm. The exhibition foregrounds the 40-year friendship between Kentridge and Koorland who first met at university in the mid-1970s and have since delved into a mutually-enriching dialogue influencing both practices.

Also on in Edinburgh tonight is the Edinburgh Art Fair at Edinburgh Corn Exchange, which starts today and runs over the weekend. You can buy a weekend pass for £5 or £3 concession at the door on any of the days, visit the full programme here on their website to see what’s on: there are a series of Artist Talks, workshops (Monotype with Sara Beevers), drop in classes (painting with Lea at Leo’s Art Lab), and more! The fair is open from 11am-7.30pm today, 11am-6pm on Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sunday.  

Sat 19 Nov: Tramway

Katrina Brown & Rosanna Irvine: What Remains And Is To Come and Mette Edvardsen: Black is a double bill performance taking place at Tramway at 7pm on Friday night. Ticket cost £12 or £8 concession and can be bought on Tramway’s website here. Brown and Irvine’s performance is accompanied by sounds by Tim Sayer, and is inspired by questions pertaining to our treatment of materials, (charcoal and paper), as equals, (to our bodies and breath,), as opposed to tools for our desires. Please be advised this performance contains nudity. The second performance Black by Mette Edvardsen is about making things appear. Only Edvardsen’s body is present, but it acts as the mediator between what is present and the audience, its movements, (handling invisible objects), and spoken words render a world visible bridging the gap between our thoughts and experience.

Alternatively, head back to the Fruitmarket Gallery today to see South African artists William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland in conversation from 5-6pm. This event is free, but register here on Eventbrite to book a spot.

Sun 20 Nov: CCA

Why not catch a film at the CCA for the UK International Jewish Film Festival closing today. Glories of Tango is on in the Theatre at 6pm, tickets cost £8 + £1 booking fee on sale at the CCA box office (0141 352 4900) or online here. The film follows Jewish psychiatrist Ezequiel during his residency at a Buenos Aires hospital. Ezequiel becomes preoccupied with patient Fermín who only communicates by quoting titles and lyrics of tango songs. His research into the genre of music and dance leads to a love story with the art and one of its participators. Please note this event is advised 15+.

Mon 21 Nov: The Number Shop and the National Galleries

Last day to see Ed Compson at The Number Shop in Edinburgh as part of the ECA Grad Awards Exhibitions, open from 12-5pm. Alternatively, why not visit Carel Fabritius’ (1622-1654) famed The Goldfinch at the National Galleries during its first visit to Scotland from its home in the Hague. The painting was shown in New York in 2014 at the Frick Collection where it was preceded by long queues circling the building outside in the winter cold!