Dr Rosie Waine: Scotland was catapulted into the global imagination by the work of cultural influences

Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland examines how Scotland became established in the popular imagination as a land of wilderness, heroism and history, and how tartan, bagpipes and rugged, wild landscapes became enduring, internationally recognised symbols of Scottish identity. It spans the period from the final defeat of the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 to the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Over 300 objects are on display, telling a story with a stellar cast, including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert; King George IV; Sir Walter Scott; Robert Burns; JMW Turner; Henry Raeburn; Felix Mendelssohn; William and Dorothy Wordsworth; Ludwig Van Beethoven and Lord Byron, whose 1807 poem Lachin y Gair (Lochnagar) is quoted in the exhibition’s title. The exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS) has included the work of textile researcher, Dr. Rosie Waine, who spoke with The Fountain about the work in more depth.

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Review: Edinburgh Art Festival 2019 Rating 79%

Review: Edinburgh Art Festival 2019

With so much crammed into Scotlands capital for the month of Augusut, it is easy to avoid or at least forget some elements of the festival. The Fringe takes prominence around the city, with the Edinburgh International Festival held at some key venues, and then the Book Festival is confined to Charlotte Square and the extended area on George Street. The Edinburgh Art Festival can somewhat get lost amongst the noise but if you take a step back to remove yourself from the noise for at least a day, it’s worth the time. A little more reticent than the rest when it comes to flyering and making a song and dance about their shows, the timidity of the festival is refreshing during Edinburghs festival month.

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Review: Bill Drummond – Best Before Death Rating 75%

Review: Bill Drummond – Best Before Death

Avant-garde Scottish artist Bill Drummond, best known for his work with 1980s electronic outfit The KLF, brought his new documentary film Best Before Death to Stonehaven Town Hall recently. Directed by Paul Duane, it documents two years of the 12-year World Tour, which he intends to be his final project. Beginning in Kolkata, India, then moving on to Memphis, Tennessee, Drummond spends his time in these areas building beds, making soup and baking cakes, among other seemingly mundane tasks – to mixed reactions from those he meets on his travels. Apart from the film crew, Drummond is accompanied on this journey by Tracy Moberly, and towards the end we are shown his efforts to bring the story to the stage, with Tam Dean Burn playing Drummond and Moberly being portrayed by Charlie Sellers.

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Craig Coulthard: They began as a way for me to turn collected sayings into something physical

For the past two years or so Craig Coulthard was regularly making ink drawings of t-shirts containing words and varied ornament, combining over 230 of them as a handmade book, An Intrusion of Insubstantial Messages. The book is available as a limited 1st edition of ten signed copies. Each book is hardback, entirely handmade and hand-stitched, with unique marbling and different coloured covers and inserts, and in each case is a piece of art in their own right. Craig spoke with The Fountain about how the book came to be and what constitutes an insubstantial message.

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Flannery O’Kafka: I wanted to turn on its head the recording of vulnerable people as medical or social spectacle

Project Ability’s next exhibition, The Residency Show features the recent Glasgow School of Art graduate Flannery O’Kafka, among other established and emerging artists. A large and varied group show with a mix of disability artists and others, The Residency Show incorporates those that Project Ability have worked with in Residence over the last year. Flannery O’Kafka spoke to The Fountain about her involvement in the show as well as her background in fine art photography.

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Review: Scottish Feminist Judgements Project Rating 78%

Review: Scottish Feminist Judgements Project

With little knowledge and context behind this project, and art exhibition, I took my intrigued self to the Mount Florida Gallery and Studios on a Saturday evening to join a party of people that had considered real -life legal cases and commissioned art works to be produced in response to the result of these cases. It was varied in media and format, and the only thread holding it together was that of Jill Kennedy-McNeill, a multi-disciplinary artist that works with textile, who has created not one, not two but three pieces as part of this project. Evocative and somewhat tangible, many of the works had a resonating effect, which lingered long into the evening.

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Mandy McIntosh: Paisley is completely under the radar and that’s when things can be really fertile

Mandy McIntosh’s statue of May Donoghue was recently unveiled in Paisley, a first for Mandy in terms of permanent classic sculpture. This is a reflection of the more contemporary practices in Paisley, the juxtaposition of the classic with the experimental.
Mandy spoke with The Fountain about her background and the process of creating a sculpture, as well as her thoughts on where Paisley fits in the Scottish art culture scene.

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Review: Collaborating With Genius, EIBF 2018 Rating 76%

Review: Collaborating With Genius, EIBF 2018

Jackie Morris, most recently known for her collaboration with Landmark’s author, Robert MacFarlane, on the beautifully illustrated The Lost Words, dropped by the Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to talk about her work, collaborating, and how this all came about.

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Review: Portal, Sonica 2018 Rating 59%

Review: Portal, Sonica 2018

Cryptic in conjunction with the European Championships 2018 have made the Clyde Tunnel a conversation starter for the summer, and certainly a more appealing and stimulating walkway for pedestrians. Somewhat of an audiovisual journey, using both the work of multimedia artist Robbie Thomson and composer Alex Menzies, the 762 metre-long walkway of the Clyde Tunnel has been transformed into a sensory spectacle but not the spectacle we were expecting.

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Review: Jupiter Artland’s Romanti-Crash Rating 90%

Review: Jupiter Artland’s Romanti-Crash

I arrive at Jupiter Artland, the slightly otherworldly sculpture gardens and gallery a short ride outside of Edinburgh, having already missed four hours of the day’s programme. Romanti-Crash is a wedding-themed “sleepover” event of art, music, performance and workshops, with stages nestled around and about the immaculately-kept sculpted hills, mounds, pathways and pools of Charles Jencks’ landscape work Cells Of Life. I’ve never been here before, and walking down the long winding tree-lined road to the site (the sculpture gardens are part of a large private estate, owned by art philanthropists Nicky and Robert Wilson, who bought it in 1999, with the sculpture garden currently celebrating its tenth year as a public gallery), the sky is beginning to darken and a temporary deluge of rain and wind has replaced the earlier sunshine.

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Vic Galloway: Doing something like this feels like a watershed moment

There is no getting away from Scottish pop this summer, and to be honest why would you want to?! Whether it’s the Rip It Up exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland or the radio series on BBC Scotland, there is a vast amount of material out there and in several formats and structures, all bridging stories about Scotland’s music scene. And for those that are here for the Fringe this month and are wondering what else to do in Edinburgh, it is on our recommends list. For a mere ten pounds you can be guided through the history of Scottish pop music from the fifties through to the present day, a total bargain.
Vic Galloway, BBC Scotland presenter, was commissioned to write the book which accompanies the exhibition and was more than glad to be asked to speak about this with The Fountain.

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Joanna Susskind: We exist to encourage everyone and anyone to draw

Ten years ago Joanna Susskind established the life drawing class as we now know it as All The Young Nudes off the back of her course at the Glasgow School of Art. With this tenth anniversary there is much to look forward to whether it’s Art Salons at Jupiter Artland (in fact there is one tonight) or sketching at The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine.
Joanna spoke to The Fountain about what drove her to set up All The Young Nudes, the collaborative events on the horizon to celebrate the anniversary as well her future focus.

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