Pierce Reid and Matthew McVarish : Love Song to Lavender Menace

After a sell-out run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, nostalgic bookseller Lewis and party-boy Glen are back in this hit gay romantic comedy set in 1980s Edinburgh. Love Song to Lavender Menace is a funny, celebratory play about the radical, lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop which began in the cloakroom of Scotland’s first gay nightclub and became the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT+ community. On at Summerhall from the 1st to the 26th at 12.55 in Tech Cube 0.

Hannah Mamalis : The Egg is a Lonely Hunter

Sophie works in a shop. She suffers from an irrational fear of eggs. Her nipples are behaving strangely and a black hole has appeared in her neighbourhood that could be / probably is a pervert. While precocious eight year olds and prophetic animals lurk around every corner, her dreams and reality begin to blur beyond comprehension or control. And worst of all, one of her favourite socks is missing. The Egg is a Lonely Hunter is a dark, comedic odyssey about beached whales, black holes and the redeeming power of eggs. Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, 14.45 3rd till 26th August.

Antosh Wojcik : How to Keep Time

What happens when memories disappear? Where do they go, and can we get them back? Using just his voice and a Roland TD-4KP electronic drumkit, Antosh Wojcik explores the effects of inherited Alzheimer’s on speech, memory and family. Poems become beats become glitches in time in a mesmeric display of live drumming and spoken word. On at Summerhall from 1st to the 26th at 10.15 in the Red Lecture Theatre.

Kate Nelson : Handfast

The boiler’s broken, the owl with the rings is missing, the celebrant’s late and the band haven’t turned up. Can Mona and Geoff still tie the knot and live happily ever after? This is a wedding you won’t forget. An unmissable evening of ink-black comedy and brilliant performances. Summerhall Cafe, 19.40, 3rd-26th August

Belle Jones and Lauren Gilmor : Closed Doors

Four women, forced together as their homes are evacuated by police, squeeze into a saree shop where it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise.

Critically acclaimed musicians Novasound collaborate with playwright and performer Belle Jones to present Closed Doors – a story told through music. Three diverse artists combine spoken word, rhythm and an exhilarating live score to create this dynamic piece of theatrical storytelling. Inspired by the reality of a multicultural neighbourhood in Glasgow, Closed Doors refuses to recognise genre boundaries as it tackles questions of identity, community and isolation with rigour and heart.

Closed Doors was developed at Summerhall Lab. Cairns Lecture Theatre, 17:45, 3rd till 26th August

Mele Broomes : VOID

Based on JG Ballard’s cult novel Concrete Island, VOID meshes experimental dance and abstract glitch-video landscapes. Taking in typically Ballardian themes of dystopian worlds, liminal spaces and urban paranoia, Mele Broomes performs risk-taking choreography to the backdrop of an industrial soundscape.

Martin Green & David Rushton : Kurt Schwitters has left the building

This a conjectural model of Schwitters’ last day at the MERZBarn in Elterwater. Only … it seems the final flourish of plaster across the corner (all that remains in the Barn after the wall’s removal to the Hatton), was added later by Harry Pierce or his son, both of whom assisted Schwitters. ‘Kurt Schwitters has left the building’ is the title of an exhibition being worked-on at MERZ with Martin Green for the 2018 Edinburgh Festival at Summerhall which also features paintings by Schwitters.

Andrew MacKenzie : Satellite, VAS

SATELLITE

Visual Arts Scotland in association with Summerhall are delighted to present the work of eighteen of the hottest emerging talents on the Scottish Art scene.

Since its inauguration in 2015 our Graduate Showcase has celebrated the finest emerging artist graduating from art schools in Scotland, exhibiting their work in the prestigious RSA galleries in Edinburgh. SATELLITE will track the progress of aspiring artists, some of whom we have previously featured in the Graduate Showcase, and some of whom we are delighted to be showing for the first time.

Alex Weir, Emily Moore, Euphrosyne Andrews, Hanqing and Mona, Jean Oberlander, Karen Maxted, Kirsten Millar, Ladina Clement, Laren Bowman, Marine Lefebvre, Michael Clarence, Niklas Gustafson, Rhona Jack, Scott Baxter, Theo Shields, Tina Macleod, William Braithwaite

Associate Membership of VAS caters to younger and early career artists, and is our societies future. VAS strives to be part of the complex debate between contemporary fine and applied art praxis and this fine selection of upcoming artists perfectly embody the diversity of our organisation.

Sat 26 May 2018 – Fri 13 Jul 2018
11:0018:00 (not open Mondays)
Venue: Meadows Gallery, Summer hall

Mark Pulsford : Alla Presenza di Tintoretto/In the Presence of Tintoretto

Using Tintoretto’s creative presence and the atmosphere engendered by his great masterworks, studying their subtlety and responding to them with drawings and paintings of his own, Pulsford attempts to re-live Tintoretto’s experience of inventing them.
War Memorial Library Gallery, Summerhall 11:0018:00 (NOT OPEN MONDAYS) May 19 till June 17

Liz & Dawson Murray : The Romance of the Garden: Fragments and Memories

Married for 51 years, Dawson and Liz Murray share a great passion for plants and have spent the twenty-one years since they moved to Fife designing a beautiful garden which provides a constantly changing source of inspiration for their work. Although sharing a studio, their work on the theme of the garden is very different and extremely individual in interpretation.
Sciennes Gallery, Summerhall 11:00-18:00 (NOT OPEN MONDAYS)

Oron Catts : Pigs Wings + Work in Progress

Well-known bioartists Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr (The Tissue Culture & Art Project) present their landmark work Pig Wings (2000). Advances in tissue engineering, xenotransplantation and genomics promise to render the living body as a malleable mass. Questioning the effect of these powerful technologies on the body and society, Pig Wings presents the first ever wing shaped objects grown using living pig tissue.

Pig Wings was developed at the Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication Laboratory, Harvard Medical School and SymbioticA Laboratory at the University of Western Australia. Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr: War Memorial Library

Following a residency at the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology at the University of Edinburgh, Oron and Ionat, joined by Tarsh Bates, will present a work in progress exhibition, Crossing Kingdoms, poetically exploring the products of cross-kingdom cell fusion in synthetic biology. The work raises questions, through actual manipulation of life forms, about the practical and ontological nature and identity of novel organisms that fall outside scientific and cultural classification systems. In what ways do multi-kingdom cell fusions challenge our categories and understandings of life? How can they be taxonomised? What are the impacts on the envrionment and society? Crossing Kingdoms reflectively dwell into traversing tangible and conceptual borders of life and living systems. Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr and Tarsh Bates: War Memorial Library

Ting-Tong Chang : P’eng’s Journey to the Southern Darkness

Ting-Tong Chang: Sciennes Galleries, Summerhall

Using robotic devices to simulate living animals, P’eng’s Journey to the Southern Darkness brings lifelike characteristics to lifeless animal bodies. The sophisticated mechanism of each automaton contain within them a notion that life can be simulated by art and science. By blurring the line between the animate and the inanimate, these inventions embody a philosophical question to our perception of what makes a living being. This question posed by automatons is still a recurrent theme of science fiction; what we think of the future is in fact deeply rooted in the past.

Synthetica, a special contemporary art exhibition co-curated by Edinburgh International Science Festival, Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science, will showcase the work of established international artists working in the field of bioart, including renowned artists Marta de Menezes, Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr, Tarsh Bates and Ting-Tong Chang. Through works derived using the tools, techniques and often living tissues of scientific research, Synthetica will explore how our notions of the natural and the artificial may need to change in an era in which hybrid and synthetic life forms have come into existence.

Marta de Menezes : Meadows Gallery

Synthetica, Summerhall
Saturday 31 — Sunday 13 May
A selection of works forms a brief retrospective on the incredible career of Marta de Menezes. The concept of identity and a dichotomy between the natural and the artificial are recurrent themes in Marta de Menezes’ practice. Beginning with Immortality for Two, the first collaborative work with her partner Luis Graça, which explores the reciprocal immortalisation of cells from two people in love, through to The Origin of Species, using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology to alter living organisms that are the product of selective breeding and domestication, and ending with her latest work Truly Natural, that will confront your perceptions of genetically altered organisms.

Synthetica, a special contemporary art exhibition co-curated by Edinburgh International Science Festival, Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science, will showcase the work of established international artists working in the field of bioart, including renowned artists Marta de Menezes, Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr, Tarsh Bates and Ting-Tong Chang. Through works derived using the tools, techniques and often living tissues of scientific research, Synthetica will explore how our notions of the natural and the artificial may need to change in an era in which hybrid and synthetic life forms have come into existence.

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
Summerhall

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

Summerhall
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
Summerhall
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.
burnsunbroke.co.uk

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.
burnsunbroke.co.uk

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.
burnsunbroke.co.uk

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.
burnsunbroke.co.uk

Michael Dawson : EXIT FROM COALTOWN

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!