David Bainbridge : Paintings

David Bainbridge : Paintings
David Bainbridge was one of the four founder members of the Conceptual art group Art & Language. He left the group in 1972 and in the 1990s he turned to painting to address scenes from his earlier working life in and around Sheffield and his later experience as a local councillor with insights into workings of the West Midlands Enterprise Board.

Although seeming very different communities, from the 1960s Sanquhar shared the declining industries of coal-mining and brick manufacture.

The exhibition at MERZ opens informally on the 9th March with a talk being arranged later to compare and contrast the local changes and history with those represented in Bainbridge’s paintings and accompanying catalogue. Copies of the catalogue may be taken away together with its invitation to be advised about the talk later in March or April.

For access to the exhibition when not staffed please email merzgallery@icloud.com with preferred times and dates.

Burns Unbroke

25 January – 10 March 2018

Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary multi-arts festival offering diverse creative responses to Robert Burns. Featuring over 30 visual artists, an Alternative Burns Night, a Flyting competition, a tailor made programme of music as well as children’s performance and workshops as well as a series of Whisky Masterclasses with Arran Whisky.

The title of Burns Unbroke was inspired by the epigram which prefixed Robert Burns’s first publication in 1786.

The simple Bard, unbroke by rules of art,
He pours the wild effusions of the heart;
And if inspir’d ’tis Nature’s pow’rs inspire;
Her’s all the melting thrill, and her’s the kindling fire.

Morven Macrae : A Stitch and Line

Sat 20 Jan 2018 – Sat 17 Feb 2018

Venue: Basement Gallery I
An Exploration of Line by Garvald Edinburgh Artists

A line joins two points- what happens between these two points is where the creativity occurs.

Following on from last years’ successful show at Summerhall, Garvald Edinburgh are delighted to present an exhibition of work by 9 artists each exploring line in their own unique way. Presenting work on paper and canvas and in textiles and ceramics we invite you to draw your own lines between the diverse artworks created by the artists.

Moving on from the origins of traditional sewing the artists from the Weaving and Textiles studios explore the stitched line in a variety of creative ways. Each artist has found a process which suits them and shows their individuality in mark making.

Nicholas Trayner’s intricate embroidered and ceramic depictions of plant life feel alive and still growing whilst Nathan Logan’s colourful cities bustle with layers of built up swatches of fabric. Kirsteen Bailey exhibits an intimate series of hand-stitched abstract meanderings inspired by water and are distinctly different to Callum Smiths geometric pieces which he created whilst free-styling on the sewing machine. Sammie Garvie’s rich felt works almost glow, hinting at jewelled worlds and hidden gardens.

The artists from the Art and Design Studio show works which complement the textiles and ceramics pieces. James Alison uses his stitch-like drawn line to create a series of fantastical bird drawings whilst Nathan Reid creates slightly disconcerting views in his linear depictions of Edinburgh. Nils McDiarmid’s colourful canvasses show his skilled use of line to create plane and form whilst Tracy McGovern, fresh from exhibiting at Hidden Door Festival, uses her confident line to bring more Good Old Scottish Folk to life in ceramics.

Jacob Kerray : The Great White Hope

Sat 18 Nov 2017 – Sun 14 Jan 2018
Venue: Corner Gallery

Firstly I would like to thank the good people at HUBLOT and the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

*Tears in my eyes*.

Well, Tony (Schiavone) before I start talking about the Art: At a point in time when the nation needs a national hero, I’m gonna start it out tonight in Los Angeles, California and most importantly H.O.L.L.Y.W.O.O.D, as much as I don’t like you people being part of our business, I’m gonna turn on you ton­ight like you’ve never been turned on before you little perros.

Now, I’ve heard about my challengers, they are great athletes, competitors but in the words of many: “They are not Jacob Kerray” and not ready to be Jacob Kerray. Not nearly ready to be dressed in custom made from head to toe! Versace all over! They are not ready to challenge the Golden Stallion! Not ready to wear a 5000 dollar tie and 10000 dollar alligator shoes! And to say Tony, what time is it? Well, well Jacob, there are so many diamonds around your HUBLOT we can’t tell what time it is! They are not ready for my kind of life. Not ready to get out of my private jet airplane and hear all the women say “OOhoo! There goes Jacob Kerray Professional Artist” Oh and ladies, I’ll be staying at the Marriott Hotel tonight Room 293. Woooo™.

Now to you people of Edinburgh, you dared to not buy all my paintings and acknowledge me as the bona fide genius and certified stud that I am! For that my friend you have aroused a great lion in Jacob Kerray, you made it clear to me that I must beat you.
Now the whole world knows I live in the BIG house in the BIG side of town and I’ve got a BIG BIG yacht! So don’t worry about having to leave the country when I embarrass you, you can all be my gardeners, I’ve got a BIG BIG garden and you can use those intellects to push my lawn mower.

To be The Man you have to beat The Man and right here, right now, I am THE MAN. Woooo™.

New works by Glasgow based artist Jacob Kerray.

Burns Unbroke : Ross Fleming

Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary multi-arts festival, offering new interpretations of the work of Robert Burns. The project‘s innovative visual arts programme features over 30 visual artists and includes newly commissioned work by four Scottish based artists. The focused programme of events includes an Alternative Burns Night, spoken word performances, children’s performances and a tailor made programme of music.
Burns Unbroke opens on 25 January 2018 and the visual art will be on display in 11 galleries for six weeks. The majority of performance events will be focused around the opening weekend.

Burns Unbroke : David Mach

Burns Unbroke : David Mach
Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary multi-arts festival, offering new interpretations of the work of Robert Burns. The project‘s innovative visual arts programme features over 30 visual artists and includes newly commissioned work by four Scottish based artists. The focused programme of events includes an Alternative Burns Night, spoken word performances, children’s performances and a tailor made programme of music.
Burns Unbroke opens on 25 January 2018 and the visual art will be on display in 11 galleries for six weeks. The majority of performance events will be focused around the opening weekend.

Burns Unbroke : Calum Colvin

Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary multi-arts festival, offering new interpretations of the work of Robert Burns. The project‘s innovative visual arts programme features over 30 visual artists and includes newly commissioned work by four Scottish based artists. The focused programme of events includes an Alternative Burns Night, spoken word performances, children’s performances and a tailor made programme of music.
Burns Unbroke opens on 25 January 2018 and the visual art will be on display in 11 galleries for six weeks. The majority of performance events will be focused around the opening weekend.

Burns Unbroke : Ciara Dunne

Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary multi-arts festival, offering new interpretations of the work of Robert Burns. The project‘s innovative visual arts programme features over 30 visual artists and includes newly commissioned work by four Scottish based artists. The focused programme of events includes an Alternative Burns Night, spoken word performances, children’s performances and a tailor made programme of music.
Burns Unbroke opens on 25 January 2018 and the visual art will be on display in 11 galleries for six weeks. The majority of performance events will be focused around the opening weekend.


Sat 25 Nov 2017 – Sun 07 Jan 2018
09:0017:00 (Mon-Fri), 10:0017:00 (Sat), 11:0016:00 (Sun) (during the café opening hours)

_ Venue: The Library Gallery
2016 winner of the RSA Open Exhibition award Summerhall Prize. An exhibition of new and recent work by Edinburgh based artist, Michael Dawson.

Michael produces vibrant works on paper, wood, mdf and canvas in an expressionist style. Intense and energetic, rich in vivid colour and heavily covered in text, stencils and bursts of texture, the works are primarily concerned with a universal experience filtered through his life.

He suggests dichotomies, wealth Vs poverty, primitive Vs sophisticated, integration Vs segregation, justice Vs injustice and inner Vs outer experience.

Whilst the majority of his work evidently references pop, expressionism, outsider art and design elements, he has developed a language of his own. He harnesses the energy of appropriation producing poetry, drawing and painting which marries text and image, abstraction and figuration and historical information mixed with contemporary critique.

Contemporary culture, history, geography, political and corporate worlds, word play, social commentary and music all get put into the art blender too. Michael’s work has no set agenda, theme or literal subject matter — it is informed by what he is passionate about, what makes him angry and what makes him joyous. It is an intense feast!

Jonathan Blackwood, Verica Kovacevska & Igor Toshevski : Captured State

Dates: 6th October to the 30th November

Venue: Sciennes Gallery

Curated by Jon Blackwood

Captured State brings together six artists from the Republic of Macedonia to exhibit in Scotland for the first time. Whilst contemporary art from Macedonia has not enjoyed a high profile up unto this point, the artists chosen, through their work in installation, video, and performance, address some of the key questions concerning artists across Europe at the present time, and address issues that have a provocative relevance in Scottish culture and politics.

Igor Toshevski (b. 1963, Skopje) has been active since the middle 1980s in Macedonia and has a lively international practice, including being one of the representatives of Macedonia at the Venice Biennale of 2011. For the last two decades Toshevski has examined issues of the limits of freedom of expression, the ownership of public space, and ideas of a public commons. A signature project during this time has been his “Territories” series and his latest participatory territory will be installed at Summerhall.

OPA- Obsessive Possessive Aggression is a long running artistic collaboration between Denis Saraginovski (b. 1971, Skopje) and Slobodanka Stevceska (b. 1971, Skopje). During the fifteen years of their collaboration the duo have focused principally on the operation of social and political power, and the response of the artist to the operation of that power. As founding members of the artist’s initiative Kooperacija, together with Igor Toshevski, OPA have sought to take contemporary art beyond the gallery in the Macedonian context, opening up questions on the role of the artist in society, using cheap and accessible aesthetics and wry, understated humour.

Verica Kovacevska, (b. Skopje) who now lives and works in Zürich, will contribute a sensitive installation focusing on the role of housing and the idea of the home in personal biography. The House We Grew Up In is a series of projected photographs describing the role of temporary housing in Skopje after the hugely destructive earthquake of July 1963, and the subsequent impact that these houses had both on rebuilt neighbourhoods and the generations of Macedonians who grew up in them; and, the memories that are shared of these spaces now as they begin to disappear.

Ephemerki, consisting of Jasna Dimitrovska and Dragana Zarevska, have been working together for five years now. They will open the Captured State exhibition with that latest version of their performance Context versus Discursor at 1830 on Friday, 6 October. In playful and performative ways, Ephemerki engage with contemporary philosophy, language and plays of meaning between the different systems; sceptical of the power accrued through language and academic discourse, their performative work offers a mixture of play and a surreal alternative imaginary.

Captured State is the first significant exhibition of contemporary Macedonian art in the UK. It builds upon Jon Blackwood’s research in the country in the last decade, and also stands in the tradition of Richard Demarco’s investigations of contemporary art in former Yugoslavia during 1972-76.

In addressing concerns of the role of the artist, the ownership of public space and the power of a public commons, and in investigating issues of biography, domesticity and contemporary philosophy, these are artist addressing themes of a European significance.

Further Information:

Captured State : New Art from Macedonia






Liliane Lijn : Early Events: Five Narrative Sculptures

Venue: War Memorial Library
Curated by Gabriella Daris

‘I decided to use the last ten years at the end of the 20th century to look at my Self. The great Tibetan poet sage Milarepa had said that self was an illusion, that all was void and light. Einstein famously said that he was unafraid of death since there was little difference between what was inside him and what was outside.’ Liliane Lijn

In Early Events (1996-2000), Liliane Lijn brings to Summerhall five narrative sculptures, exhibited for the first time in the UK, that form part of a series in which the artist examines her psyche. Like shards of brilliant glass, Lijn discovers early memories embedded within different parts of her body.

Using highly original combinations of industrial materials and processes, Lijn is recognised for pioneering the interaction of art, science and technology with works that stretch across a wide spectrum of interests. From her early Poem Machines (1962), kinetic word drums transforming written text into vibrations and influenced by her friendship with Beat poets Gregory Corso and William Burroughs, to Liquid Reflections (1967), works with light and water and more recently Stardust Ruins (2008), which use the immaterial aerogel. Her powerful feminist prose poem, Crossing Map, published by Thames and Hudson (1983) was followed by the series of interactive Cosmic Dramas.

Liliane Lijn (1939) was born in New York, studied in Paris and lives in London. Internationally exhibited since the 1960’s, her works are held in numerous collections including Tate London, British Museum, V&A and FNAC in Paris. Lijn works across media – kinetic sculpture, film, text, performance and collage – to explore language, mythology and the relationship between light and matter. In 2005, Lijn was ACE NASA, Leonardo Network artist in residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC, Berkeley. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Recent exhibitions include Koans and Poems, a solo exhibition at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf (2017), As Above So Below, IMMA (2017), Beat Generation, Centre Pompidou (2016), City Sculpture Projects 1972, Henry Moore Institute (2016), RCM Galerie, Paris (2015), Images Moving Out Onto Space, Tate St Ives (2015), Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MOMA, New York (2012).

For more information visit: lilianelijn.com

Glyn Thompson : Elsa In Philadelphia

Dates: 3rd of August to the 24th September

Venue: Long Corridor

Elsa in Philadelphia fills in the gaps in the critical period between Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s disappearance from New York and re-emergence in Philadelphia in the spring of 1917.

Beginning with a box of chocolates, a bottle of olive oil, and yet another arrest, this time in the subway entrance at 110th street and Broadway – not, for a change, for public indecency, but shoplifting – her subsequent hijacking of a police wagon and precipitate flight across the state line culminated in her late submission to the first exhibition of the Society of independent Artists, from Philadelphia, of the urinal eventually misattributed to Marcel Duchamp.

Disqualified by her non-membership of the society, it is little wonder Elsa’s urinal was rejected.

In between, a sequence of events unfolded that destroys the fiction of the attribution to Duchamp, and, tying up loose ends invisible to the Duchamp critical industry, demands the reattribution of Mutt’s gesture to ‘The Baroness’.

Alistair MacLennan : Air A Lair

Dates: 2nd of August to the 30th of September

Venue: Meadows Galleries and Corner Gallery

This retrospective comprises drawings, performance artifacts and video documentation, encapsulating different series of artworks made from the 1970s onwards, up to MacLennan’s current practice. Some works subtly reference social circumstances of the Northern Irish Troubles; others, the cease-fire process, through perceptive observation of underlying continuities of everyday life.

Each phase of MacLennan’s practice is informed by Zen philosophy. His drawings and performance works show how discarded elements in nature and culture take on a beauty in their disintegration, revealing his interest in entropy, life and death, and regeneration.

The rarely shown work represented here offers an insight into MacLennan’s decades of compelling and rigorous art practice.

The exhibition will be accompanied by two performances:

Alastair MacLennan’s solo performance: “Air A Lair”: 5th August 2017, 15:00, Courtyard Summerhall

Alastair MacLennan’s duo performance with Sandra Johnston: “Ash She He” 12th August 2017, 15:00

The spectators can come and go as they wish. There is no ‘seated’ audience.

Alastair MacLennan represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, with inter-media work commemorating the names of all those who died as a result of the Political Troubles in Northern Ireland, from 1969 to then date (1997). During the 1970’s and ’80’s he made some long, non-stop performances in Britain, America and Canada, of up to 144 hours duration. Subject matter dealt with political, social and cultural malfunction. Since 1975 he’s been based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was a founding member of Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange (1978). Since 1975 he taught at Ulster Polytechnic, later, the University of Ulster, where for 11 years he ran the Master of Arts (MA) Fine Art program. Recently he travels extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, North America and Canada, presenting Actuations (performance/installations). Since 1989 he’s been a member of the performance art entity, Black Market International, which performs globally. He is presently an Emeritus Professor of Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, an Honorary Fellow of the (former) Dartington College of Arts, Devon, England, an Honorary Associate of the (former) National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland and a founding member of Belfast’s Bbeyond Performance Art International.

Sandra Johnston is a visual artist from Northern Ireland active internationally since 1992, working predominantly in areas of site-responsive performance and installation. Johnston’s processes often involve exploring creative approaches to the aftermath of trauma, such as, acts of commemoration that exist as forms of testimony and empathetic encounter. Johnston has held several teaching and research posts since 2002, including an AHRC Research Fellowship at the University Of Ulster in Belfast, investigating issues of ‘Trauma of Place’. In 2007 she was the ‘Ré Soupault’ Guest Professor at the Bauhaus University, Weimar. Currently, Course Leader of the BxNU MFA at Northumbria University in England. In 2013 Johnston published a PhD research project entitled, Beyond Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation into Concepts of Doubt, Risk and Testimony Explored Through Consideration of Performance Art Processes in Relation to Systems of Legal Justice, with LIT. Additionally, co-founder of artist-run collectives in Belfast, namely: Catalyst & Bbeyond

Rafat Alzakout & Christin Lüttich : Your Love Is Fire

Venue: Main Hall, Summerhall

Dates: 8th to the 27th of August

This production, directed by Rafat Alzakout, will be the world premiere of the new play by young Syrian author Mudar Alhaggi. It tells the story of a young writer and his inability to take a clear stance and break his silence in view of the horrible crimes and violence committed in his country. It’s an honest, complex account of daily life in the midst of the Syrian war that avoids simple stories of heroes and victims. Alhaggi explores the question of exile from a new perspective – the physical exile of leaving Syria for Europe and the internal exile of detachment and speechlessness.

Rachel Mars : Our Carnal Hearts

Venue: The Dissection Room, Summerhall

Dates: 15th to the 26th of August

‘A Welcome! To you and to me and our spikey, sticky, shameful bits!’

With a raucous chorus of original music, award-winning theatre maker Rachel Mars and four belting female singers bring you a gleeful, dark show about the hidden workings of envy. Part symphony, part exorcism, Our Carnal Hearts is a thrilling and murky celebration of desire, competition and all the times we screw each other over. Performed with a surround-sound choral score by Louise Mothersole, it comes to Summerhall after sell-outs across the UK and US.

Rachel Baynton : A Machine They’re Secretly Building

Venue: Red Lecture Theatre

Dates: 15th to the 27th of August

From what might be a news desk, an office, a bunker under a mountain or a theatre – two people speak up, speak out and blow the whistle on the insidious machine of surveillance. A Machine they’re Secretly Building charts a course from the ‘Top Secret’ secrets of WWI intelligence (via the moon, 1972’s Chess World Championships, a disco in Oklahoma and the cafeteria at CERN) through to 9/11, the erosion of privacy, Edward Snowden, and the terror of a future that might already be upon us.

MJ Ashton : Vagina Dialogues

Dates: 17th to the 27th of August

Venue: Upper Church

Trigger warning – subjects of rape and sexual assault.

The Völvas is an international feminist performance ensemble. The Vagina Dialogues is a cabaret-style theatre and variety piece that includes a series of episodic monologues, duologues, and movement pieces set to live music. The work is innately feminist, humorous, grotesque and, let’s face it, a little bit nude in its approach.

Timeau De Keyser & Hans Mortelmans : Ivona, Princess of Burgundia

Venue: Upper Church, Summerhall

Dates: 15th to the 27th of August

Tibaldus, made up of Timeau De Keyser, Hans Mortelmans and Simon De Winne, is one of Belgium’s most exciting and innovative young companies. Their work is fierce, surprising and thrilling. They now team up with five other actors and dancers to create a bold and radical contemporary reworking of Witold Gombrowicz’s (known as the Shakespeare of Poland) ground-breaking masterpiece.

Johan Bark & Chris Mawson : The Crossing Place

Venue: Upper Church

Dates: 4th to the 27th of August

‘Three strangers meet in the middle of nowhere, in a Crossing Place far from the communications network of civilisation. In their meeting, the last untouched space is tarnished forever’.

The first ever English-speaking production, based on poetry by Tomas Tranströmer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Crossing Place is a fast-paced, visual and highly physical piece exploring loneliness, anxiety and desire. An abstract journey exploring the human’s relationship to nature, and himself, performed to Tranströmer’s poetry, and musical scores by Franz Schubert. Devised in Tallinn, Estonia, by experimental theatre company Romantika.

Julie Cafmeyer : Bombastic Declaration Of Love

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Dates: 4th to the 27th of August

Photos of ex-boyfriends, emails, texts, audio recordings and poetry. Struggling with her love life, Julie Cafmeyer experiences orgasms, despair, rejection and heaven. In an intimate setting, and with you the audience, she strives to create a genuine connection. A show that’s both vulnerable yet utterly fearless, giving us an insight into the heartaches that we all share. Fascinated by human dynamics, Julie pushes the boundaries of the private atmosphere and utilizes the spectator as an intimate participant in her work.

Rose Frain : This Time In History, What Escapes / Afghanistan

Dates: 2nd August to the 24th of September

Venue: Demarco European Art Foundation – 1st Floor Corridor

This Time in History, What Escapes is an installation about Afghanistan, where the humanitarian and political crisis continues and ISIL / Islamic State is gaining ground.

The work conveys the rupture in military masculinity since the withdrawal of Nato troops, and the symmetric pan-cultural erasures of women: “what escapes” conventional reportage.

The materials used have both direct and symbolic significance, referencing the rich mineral resources of Afghanistan, including gold, lapis lazuli and copper; a blue burka as worn by Afghan women and survival kit used by the UK armed forces.

What Escapes cites Chelsea Manning the WikiLeaks informer who was recently released from Military prison in the US, having as Bradley Manning leaked the Afghan War Logs and other sensitive material. The work also references Alexander Blackman, known as “Marine A”, recently freed from prison in Wiltshire, his conviction for murder (of a Taliban fighter) under the Geneva Convention having been reduced to manslaughter.

The opium trade flourishes.

Rose Frain has been closely following the geo-political situation in Afghanistan ever since the US led bombing of November 2001 in reprisal for the attacks of ‘9/11’. She has also spent time in Alexandria, Egypt, just prior to the uprisings there and her work Alexandria Light – part of the extended and continuing project This Time in History – is considered to have been prescient.

Supported by:

Hope Scott Trust


Vestey Foods


Pauline Mayer : What If I Told You

Dates: 11th to the 26th of August

Venue: Army Reserve Centre, 89 East Claremont St

Let’s spend an hour playing together. As members of The Mayers Ensemble we’ll explore boundaries, personal histories, gender, race. Throughout her life, choreographer Pauline has defied assumptions made about her based on gender, background and skin colour. Now we are invited into this skilful blend of theatre and dance as she tells her story and the history that has informed it. The story of James Sims, self-ascribed “father of modern gynaecology” who operated on slaves without anaesthetic weaves through Pauline’s own. After the show, Koan: What If You Told Us takes the conversation further, an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas.

What If I Told You is written and performed by Pauline Mayers and directed by Chris Goode. It was developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse and is a co-production by The Mayers Ensemble and West Yorkshire Playhouse

Suzanne Grotenhuis – On Ice:De Nwe Tijd

Dates: 4th to the 27th of August

Venue: Upper Church

The young performer Suzanne Grotenhuis won a prize for her previous theatre show at a Belgian theatre festival. The money was meant to produce a new show. But she decided to spend the entire prize money on buying an actual ice skating rink. Why she did that and why this ice skating rink somehow seems to be the solution for a broken heart, will be revealed in her funny, absurd and moving show On Ice.

Annoushka Hempel, Maya Bastian & Radhika Hettiarachchi : Return: In Search Of Stillness

Dates: 2nd of August to the 24th of September

Venue:Sciennes Gallery

supported by British Council Sri Lanka
Curated by: Colombo Art Biennale
Artistic Director Annoushka Hempel

The Sri Lankan VA programme presented at the 2017 Festival is a journey of installation, visual and performance art, curated to explore the push and pull within community histories and individual memories of past violence, ongoing provocations, and the myriad of hopeful possibilities that exist within Sri Lanka’s still tenuous peace. In essence it is the exploration of the value, risks, and processes of healing.

Colombo Art Biennale (CAB) holds the position as the largest and most internationally recognized contemporary art manifestation in Sri Lanka. Amidst the civil armed conflict in 2009, CAB was launched to harness the power of contemporary Sri Lankan art as a channel to communicate needed social change. CAB recently completed a successful fourth edition.Drawing from artists that have participated in the Colombo Art Biennale since its inception in 2009, ‘RETURN: in search of stillness’, presents a multi-media visual representation by eleven visual artists and 3 installation projects from Sri Lanka and of Sri Lankan inspiration, to deliver a visual trajectory of catharsis, displacement, exit and stillness.

‘RETURN: in search of stillness’ is gratefully supported by a number of organizations and individuals with special thanks to British Council Sri Lanka.

Works include internationally acclaimed performance artist Venuri Perera’s look into barriers of entry and experiences of interrogation at airport immigration. Sovereign Asian Art award winner Pala Pothupitiya’s view into the politics of cartography. Photojournalist Abdul Halik Azeez’s religious intolerance in Sri Lanka. Anoli Perera’s gender and colonial discourse. Mixed-media artist Kanesh Thabendran’s visualizations of the missing, and Vijitharan M’s look into the wheel of war in politics.
Other highlights in the documentarian vein include BBC and Al Jazeera featured UK-SL filmmaker Kannan Arunnasalam’s shorts on diverse Sri Lankan identities. Researcher Radhika Hettiarachchi’s work based on the ‘Herstories’ Archive of life histories of women across Sri Lanka.

Rounding off the visual arts programme will be Anup Vega’s performance-installation piece enacting pan-religious rituals. Sujeewa Kumari’s interactive space within which audiences can engage with the timeless order of nature. Diaspora artists’ Rajni Perera’s take on the politics of cultural identity, and Maya Bastian’s new-media collage dealing with dissonance and reconciliation within shared family memories of trauma. Finally, there is Alex Stewart, a British artist who has been visiting Sri Lanka since 1993, crafting story-telling exhibits that celebrate both the whimsical and hard-truths of Sri Lankan life and folklore to much local acclaim.

Annoushka Hempel is the founding Director of the Colombo Art Biennale (2009) and Hempel Galleries (2003) in Sri Lanka. She graduated in Art History & Social Anthropology at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and went on to become head research assistant for The History of North African Art by Werner Gillon before moving to Sri Lanka in 2004.

FK Alexander : (I Could Go On Singing) Over The Rainbow

Dates: 11th to the 27th of August

Venue: Basement

FK Alexander returns with her Total Theatre Award-winning sell-out 2016 show. FK sings live against a wall of noise music, to the recording of the last time Judy Garland ever sang Over The Rainbow, recorded four months before Garland’s death. This performance is an intimate, interactive experience of undivided attention and love, for a small number of people at a time. Stand hand in hand with FK, and witness others do the same. With live accompaniment from Glasgow-based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association.

The audience is free to come and go as they please in the durational performances (12, 19, 26 August) This ‘durational’ work allows you to come and go as you please during the performance of the piece. Due to to the artists experience, expectations and the nature of the work there is certain amount of oversell. We have a fixed capacity for the room, at the point it is full we will operate as ‘one in one out’

Elinor Cook : Out of Love

4th – 27th august 2017
Venue: Roundabout, Summerhall

Lorna and Grace do everything together. They share crisps, cigarettes and crushes. That’s what happens when you’re best friends forever. But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

A tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years from award-winning playwright Elinor Cook.

Elinor Cook is the Winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (2013).

Ellie Dubois : No Show

Dates: 4th to the 27th of August

Venue: Old Lab, Summerhall

New contemporary all-female circus from award winning director Ellie Dubois, last seen at Summerhall with Ringside in 2015. What do you expect when you go to the circus? The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drum rolls as performers effortlessly perform death-defying acts? No Show joyously and heartbreakingly goes behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution to reveal the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection. There will be desperate attempts and heroic failures, glorious achievements and bruised bodies and egos. A show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.

James Cousins : Rosalind

Dates: 4th to the 26th of August

Venue: Main Hall

Rising star choreographer Cousins takes one of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroines, the curious and courageous Rosalind, and asks whether women still need to emulate stereotypical masculinity to find equality in our modern world. Rosalind ventures through the modern metropolis – by day, ordered and traditional, by night, a neon wonderland. She is on a quest for enlightenment, driven by both love and oppression.

Commissioned by the British Council as part of Shakespeare Lives. Co-commissioned by Arts Council Korea, The Place and Tramway, Glasgow.