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Review: Edinburgh Art Festival 2020

By Neil Cooper, 04.08.2020
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Peter Liversidge, Flags for Edinburgh, 2013. Photo:Stuart Armitt.

Neil Cooper explores this year’s festival which spans across the city and online, marking the intended dates of the 2020 edition in a new way.

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My Favourite Scottish Work of Art: Alison Watt

By Alison Watt, 30.07.2020
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Allan Ramsay, The Artist's Wife: Margaret Lindsay of Evelick (c.1726 - 1782), 1755-56. National Galleries of Scotland. Bequest of Lady Murray of Henderland 1861.

The contemporary Scottish artist Alison Watt has selected an artwork by the pre-eminent portrait artist, Allan Ramsay, as her favourite work of Scottish art. In her words, Watt has been looking at his portraits for as long as she can remember.

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Scottish Art Unlocked: Vivian Ross-Smith

By Vivian Ross-Smith, 24.07.2020
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Vivian Ross-Smith, In the Landscape or the Screens, 2020. Ⓒ The Artist.

Shetland artist, recent GSA graduate and prominent Pause or Pay campaigner Vivian Ross-Smith tells Scottish Art News what it’s been like to graduate from art school this year and how lockdown has made us all 'island artists’.

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Scottish Art Unlocked: Sam Trotman on the Scottish Sculpture Workshop

By Sam Trotman, 20.07.2020
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Simone Kenyon, 'Into the Mountain', produced and commissioned by SSW, 2018-2019. Image courtesy SSW.

The Scottish Sculpture Workshop is an impressive complex of studios and facilities located in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, which attracts makers from across Scotland and further afield. Despite the current closure of its workshops, SSW remains active; co-ordinating and supporting networks on a local, national and international level. Director Sam Trotman tells us more.

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My Favourite Scottish Work of Art: Ian Rankin

By Ian Rankin, 16.07.2020
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Alison Watt, Still, 2004. Ⓒ The Artist.

For the sixth in our series, the Scottish novelist and creator of a favourite Edinburgh-based detective, Ian Rankin, has selected a contemporary artwork permanently installed in the Edinburgh Old Town church of Old St Pauls.

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Outdoor Art Tours: Edinburgh

By Susan Mansfield, 15.07.2020
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Black Lives Matter Mural Trail. Artwork by Jamal Yussuff-Adelakun.

Delightedly, many galleries across Scotland are now re-opening, with certain safety measures in places and reduced capacity, while other venues are taking more time to open in phases. Alongside this, if you're in Edinburgh, explore these many artistic attractions in the outdoors of the city.

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