This Week in Scottish Art: 23-29 August

It's the final official week of the Edinburgh Art Festival, so head through for a last-chance look; meanwhile Glasgow has new openings, publication launches and events, while Dundee revisits ancient Athenian Xanthippe.

Article by Adam Benmakhlouf | 23 Aug 2016

Wed 24 Aug: Old Hairdressers

Starting the week in the Old Hairdressers, from 6pm on Wednesday night a one night project called Foundry brings together six artists "exploring letterforms with printing, sign painting and more throughout the night."

Thu 25 Aug: EAF, Voidoid Archive, Tramway, Milk Cafe

In Edinburgh at 6pm, there's the chance to have a free curator's tour of the Talbot Rice Gallery's exhibition by Alice Neel. Working in portraiture, the 20th century painter was known for her depictions of her immediate circle of friends, family and nearby strangers. Register here.

Over at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, also from 6pm, there's a talk between artist Kenny Hunter and archaeologist Mhairi Maxwell. For this event, they consider in particular Hunter's use of "reproductive digital technology" in his most recent exhibition, and when a group in Castlemilk Glasgow recorded his public sculpture King of the Castle using 3D technologies. Free to attend, no booking necessary – more info here.

Up in Dundee from 6pm, as part of current exhibition Say-So by artist Alison Scott, Dundee's Roseangle Arts host Xanthippe Revisited. Furthering Scott's interest in the subversion of historical narrative, the event recontextualises the classical figure Xanthippe, and specifically "her place in art history" and as "a catalyst for change in historical perspectives."

In Glasgow, How we pronounce our tees matter has a one night run in the Old Hairdressers from 6pm, bringing together a current student, recent grad and tutor from the Glasgow School of Art. They're all broadly responding to the idea of matter, via crafty monsters, revisited video works, carved objects and more. Over at the Voidoid Archive, there is Hot Wheels by Hamish Chapman and Freya Fullerton. They preview new wall-based and sculptural works from 6-9pm. 

In the same evening, there's Tramway Local from 6-8pm. This is an ongoing forum hosted by Tramway, which considers how local artists and communities are able to work together. With a great list of presenters and free food, it's liable to be booked up soon. Email to secure a place.

Milk Cafe on Victoria Road Glasgow South presents the second of their three Milk Shots from 7-9pm. Two artists currently displaying there, K Kozma Csilla and Nikolett Barra, discuss their work and response to the theme "home".

Fri 26 Aug: EAF endnote and events in Edinburgh & Glasgow

This year's EAF Festival Endnote "will be a rare opportunity to learn about internationally renowned artist, architect and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar" who will speak about his own work, and specifically reflecting on this year's Festival's themes of commemoration and remembering. The talk takes place at Edinburgh College of Art and tickets cost £8.87/6.25 – available here.

Also on Friday, Goulash Step 5 opens in Number Shop with studio residents Natasha Russell and Theo Cleary. Their works respectively consider Frankenstein plants and half-remembered dream creatures. Open from 7pm-late.

Sorta One Of My Theme Songs is hosted by CCA from 7pm. It's part of Kathryn Elkin's current show Television, with its different reworkings of "interviews, proto pop videos and talk shows", wondering what constitutes the "televisual". For the event, Elkin is joined by director of music and visual arts agency Electra, Irene Revell. Elkin's lines of influence will be discussed and presented through different screenings of related artists' works. Free but ticketed.

Group show Dangerous Cliffs in Bridgeton's Crownpoint Studios coincides with its Taps Aff Summer Party. New work is featured from eight artists, with its private view at 5pm. The show is open over the Bank Holiday weekend.

From 7pm in Queenspark Bowling and Tennis Club, artist group Gwenan International presents I know Amy, and includes a new publication and one-night group exhibition.

Sat 27 Aug: David Dale, Edinburgh Art Fest

From 2-5pm in Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Glasgow's Telfer Gallery present their EAF project from Kimberley O'Neill, titled Conatus TV. As Telfer's current artist-in-residence, O'Neill has been exploring the reciprocal affective relationships between viewers and mass media. Free, but ticketed.

In Glasgow's David Dale Gallery, 500 Boxes of Contraband – an event by their curator-in-residence James Lee and Dundee-based curator Cicely Farrer – takes place from 3-4pm. They present a moving image work by Anibal López (1964-2014) who in 2007 paid smugglers to transport 500 empty boxes from Paraguay to Brazil. On Saturday, this work will be recontextualised alongside other artists' moving image work and readings from artists James Bell and Georgia Horgan.

Sun 28 Aug: EAF Platform, Andrew Black at Embassy

Edinburgh Art Festival's Platform programme showcases their pick of emerging artists who have studied or practice in Scotland – we interviewed this year's crop in advance of their group show in the EAF Kiosk. Rounding off this year's exhibition, all of the participating artists give talks about their work at the Saltire Society. Free tickets are still available.

Sunday is also the last day of Andrew Black's solo show at Embassy, Our Andrew of the Flowers. Working across drawing, painting, video, tarot cards and installation, Black here describes how he sought to frustrate the "solo" part of his presentation by incorporating collaboration and different ways of undermining his own authorship.