This Week in Scottish Art: 21-27 March

This week sees Embassy, Generator, CCA and Lighthouse bring new shows, along with a youth response to Tramway's Claire Barclay installation, screenings of this year's Jerwood/FVU Award winners this year and events from DCA, Good Press and more.

Article by Holly Gavin | 21 Mar 2017

Tue 21 Mar: Generator Projects and DCA

Generator Projects in Dundee presents Dundee Begoysan exhibition 'takeover' inspired by Bonnie Dundee featuring work by Mark Wallace, Eddie Summerton, The Brownlee Brothers, Lynnmarie Szpak, Darryl Gowans, Callum Mackie, Robbie Batchelor and Vince Rattray. The exhibition closes on Wed 22 Mar, visit between noon and 5pm.     

Also in Dundee, the DCA Cinema shows Exhibition On Screen’s The Artist’s Garden, director Phil Grabsky's film following the origination of American Impressionism, at 6.30pm. The film presents Impressionism's impact as adjunct to a growing love for gardens and a desire to maintain nature in the face of the United States' rapid urbanization. The film is sure to stun with shots of iconic locations, studios and gardens in the US, UK and France. Tickets can be purchased at DCA or online here; £12, £9 for students and under 21s.

Wed 22 Mar: Tramway

Tramway’s youth visual art group’s response to Claire Barclay’s large-scale, on-site installation Yield Point is on display in the exhibition-space itself from 6-7pm this evening. This is a unique opportunity to see Barclay’s exhibition after hours with a fresh spin.  

Thurs 23 Mar: Good Press

Good Press is hosting the first in a series of events accompanying Owen Piper’s exhibition Looking to Listen from 6pm. Come over for refreshments and a free screening of Michael Blackwood’s Claes Oldenburg: The Formative Years (1975), open to all. Piper’s Looking to Listen is open until 15 Apr, 11am to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  

Fri 24 Mar: EMBASSY, The Lighthouse, CCA and Mount Florida Studios

In Edinburgh, EMBASSY Gallery previews Caspar Heinemann, Jake Kent and Daisy Lafarge’s exhibition Maybe It’s Just Me from 7-10pm. Beginning as an open-ended invitation to the three artists, the show exists between two states of being: reluctantly letting go of things considered important, and seeking something of greater worth for our futures. Maybe It’s Just Me is accompanied by a weekly reading group, and a programme of workshops and poetry readings. The show runs till 16 April, open Thursday through Sunday from noon till 6pm; attendance is free and open to all.  

SAMPLE by Collect Scotland, a platform for Scottish printed textile design exhibiting work by an evolving collective of designers, opens today at Gallery One of The Lighthouse. Specially commissioned works by fifteen current and past members of Collect Scotland are on display, alongside a retrospective from the Collect studio portfolio. SAMPLE aims to shed light on the often overlooked and unaccredited commercial work of textile designers. Open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm, and from noon to 5pm on Sundays.

Daniel Baker’s exhibition, part of GLITCH Film Festival, previews tonight at the CCA’s Intermedia space from 6pm. Baker is an artist, curator, activist and researcher and a Romani Gypsy born in Kent. His work aims to provide greater insight into contemporary Romani culture and Gypsy visual culture. Baker’s fascination with the vernacular and appreciation for domestic art practices encourage viewers to reconsider overlooked persons, narratives and objects. The artist will also give an artist’s talk at the CCA’s Cinema tomorrow from 5pm, ages 14+. Both the exhibition and the talk are free and unticketed.

Head to Mount Florida Studios to catch Mount Florida Screenings from 6:30 to 9pm tonight. This event marks the seventh installment in the Studios’ bi-monthly artists’ moving image programme. Tonight’s screening will feature work by ten artists. Attendance is free.   

Sat 25 Mar: DCA, Modern Institute, Transmission and Edinburgh Printmakers

Drop in to DCA between 1-4pm today and tomorrow for Print City – Visualize, Draw and Design your City in the Visual Research Centre. The two-day event caters a series of workshops for drawing and model making to visualize participants’ personal experience of their city of Dundee. Print City is organised by Print Festival Scotland as a preliminary event for Dundee Design Festival 2017. The images created during the two days will inspire a large-scale immersive installation of a printed city displayed at DC Thomson’s former print works’ West Ward this coming May. Attendance is free and no booking is required.

The Modern Institute presents a new exhibition titled This Way Out, featuring work by Scott Myles, in its Aird’s Lane space. The exhibition runs until 29 Apr, Thu-Sat from noon to 5pm. Also in Glasgow, Caribbean Queer Visualities closes today at Transmission Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Small Axe in partnership with the British Council and includes work by ten artists dealing with ‘the aftermath of sovereignty’s aftermaths’ (David Scott), and living in new modes of orthodoxy. Transmission is open between 11am to 5pm.

Visit Edinburgh Printmakers between 10am and 6pm to catch Out of the Frame, an exhibition of small-scale unframed prints by studio members, before it closes today.

Sun 26 Mar: House of an Art Lover, GSA, Collective & more

The Colour Circle, an exhibition of work by artist and textile designer Bernat Klein, closes at House of an Art Lover; visit between 11am and 4pm for your last chance to see forty-one paintings by Klein from 2011-2012. The Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show 70th Anniversary, 1947-2017 in the Reid Ground Floor Corridor also closes today. The exhibition featuring press material and cuttings, photographs and film from GSA’s Archives and Collections celebrates the annual fashion show, a fundraiser showcasing students’ creations. Visit between 10am and 4.30pm.  

Ours at Collective gallery in Edinburgh closes today. The exhibition, curated by Grace Johnston, features a Carol Rhodes painting, a specially commissioned text by Sophie Collins, and prints of Beatrice Whistler’s garden from archival photographs. A historical drawing by Whistler of three perspectives of a birdcage is the foundation of the show. This work is not present in the exhibition space, but it emerges in hybrid form open to interpretation through multiple female voices. Admission is free and unticketed, visit between 10am and 4pm.

Don’t miss the BP Portrait Award 2016 display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, also closing today. The exhibition features works by international contemporary portrait painters selected from over 2,500 entries. Admission is free, visit between 10am and 5pm.  

EMBASSY Gallery hosts the first of four weekly reading group meetings for Maybe It’s Just Me – The Mushroom at the End of the World with Mike Saunders – from 4pm. Saunders has selected texts from two books exploring notions and inconsistencies of subterfuge and survival: The Mushroom at the Edge of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins by Anna Tsing and Thinking like a Mall: Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature by Steven Vogel. Admission is free, but reservation is mandatory; spaces are limited to guarantee an intimate atmosphere for reading and discussion, so please book a ticket here via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. Confirmed attendees will be sent excerpts from both texts.  

Mon 27 Mar: Film at CCA

Head to CCA tonight to catch one or more of three films. Newly commissioned films by Patrick Hough and Lawrence Lek, the winners of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017, are screening from 6.30pm. The Jerwood/FVU Awards’ 2017 curatorial theme in Neither One Thing or Another. Hollywood props and artificial intelligence appear in Hough and Lek’s films, which reveal a blurring division between all things artificial and all that is real, and contemplate the ambiguous nature of we think we perceive. This event is open to all ages, free, but ticketed book here.  

Two films by Thai director Apichatpong WeerasethakulTropical Malady (2004) from 6pm and Cemetery of Splendour (2016) from 8.15pm – are screening in the CCA Theatre tonight as part of GLITCH Film Festival’s programme. Tropical Malady explores the nature of love in myth and reality; the film won the 2004 Jury prize at Cannes. In Cemetery of Splendour, a group of Thai soldiers lie asleep and unable to awake in a rural hospital. The hospital is located above an ancient cemetery for soldiers and kings who remain in battle in another realm by drawing energy from the sleeping soldiers above. Weerasethakul’s films are shown with English subtitles; both screenings are free and unticketed and are rated as suitable for those aged 14+, accompanied by an adult.