• Frances Priest: detail of Grammar of Ornament India Collection © Shannon Tofts

    Frances Priest: Studio Visit

    This month, we have a very special visit to the studio of Frances Priest. Frances is an Edinburgh-based artist with a specialism in ceramics. She creates intricately decorated ceramic forms, exploring and reinterpreting languages of ornament from different cultures, places… Continue reading

  • Raqib Shaw The Adoration (After Jan Gossaert) 2015-2016 © the artist. Courtesy Raqib Shaw and White Cube

    Raqib Shaw: Reinventing the Old Masters

    Raqib Shaw is one of the most extraordinary and sought-after artists working in the world today. Born in Kolkata in 1974 and raised in Kashmir, he came to study in London in 1998 and has lived there ever since. Shaw… Continue reading

  • Rachel Maclean, Spite Your Face, installation view courtesy Talbot Rice Gallery

    Rachel Maclean: Spite Your Face

    For the last 15 years, Scotland + Venice has been providing artists based in Scotland with a valuable platform to showcase their work on the international stage at one of the world’s most prestigious visual arts festivals, the Venice Biennale.… Continue reading

  • Jenny Savilly, Aleppo 2018-2018 Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian

    NOW Jenny Saville, Sara Barker, Christine Borland, Robin Rhode, Markus Schinwald, Catherine Street

    We’re back at the Gallery of Modern Art to discuss the third instalment of NOW, a series of exhibitions which highlight the range of quality of work being made by artists associated with Scotland and across the globe. At the… Continue reading

  • Floating Villages, 2017 by Rebecca Heselton. Image courtesy of the artist

    OPEN 2018: SSA + VAS Together

    The Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) and Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) have for the first time in their long histories, joined forces to jointly select and curate their annual exhibition, Open 2018. The core of the exhibition showcases work by… Continue reading

  • Susan Philipsz, Seven Tears, 2016 (installation view).  Image courtesy of Jessie Macour, National Galleries of Scotland

    NOW Susan Philipsz, Yto Barrada, Kate Davis, Hiwa K, Sarah Rose and Michael Armitage

    For our first event for 2018, we will be exploring NOW – the second in a series of exhibitions which highlight the range of quality of work being made by artists associated with Scotland and across the globe. The centrepiece… Continue reading

  • John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea (film still), 2015. © Smoking Dogs Films. Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

    Vertigo Sea – John Akomfrah

    This month, we will be exploring the work of the acclaimed artist and filmmaker, John Akomfrah. Vertigo Sea (2015) is a three-screen film installation that draws together archival footage, literary sources and newly shot footage, weaving together narratives of slavery,… Continue reading

  • Douglas Gordon, Black Burns © Douglas Gordon

    Graham Fagen: The Slave’s Lament and Douglas Gordon: Black Burns

    This month, we will be exploring the work of two contemporary artists – Graham Fagen and Douglas Gordon –  who have made work in response to the poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). First shown at the 2015 Venice Biennale, Graham Fagen’s… Continue reading

  • image: Kate Davis, Nudes Never Wear Glasses, 2017, silver gelatin print

    Kate Davis: Nudes Never Wear Glasses

    For our autumn programme, we will be exploring the work of Glasgow-based artist Kate Davis, in this her first solo exhibition in Edinburgh. Nudes Never Wear Glasses brings together a new photographic series with drawings and two film works on… Continue reading

  • Alang Ship Breaking Yard, India, film still, courtesy of the artist 2016 by Ross Little

    Ross Little: The Heavy of Your Body Parts and The Cool Air of the Air Condition

    For our summer Spin event before the August break, we will be heading up Calton Hill to visit Collective. Set up in 1984, Collective supports new work by artists who are at a pivotal stage in their development. We will… Continue reading

  • © Carme Nogueira

    Leith Walk: Our Share of the Profits by Carme Nogueira

    This month we will be visiting Interview Room 11, an artist-run gallery and project space set up in 2013 and housed in the Ocean Terminal retail complex. The gallery is run by committee of artists and curators, with an interest… Continue reading

  • Film still from Le Sirenuse by Carrie Fertig. Photo: Rob Page

    WASPS Artists’ Studios Visit: Louise Fraser, Jenny Pope and Carrie Fertig

    This month, we will be visiting three artists who each have a studio at WASPS on Albion Road. Artists include Louise Fraser, Jenny Pope and Carrie Fertig. Louise Fraser’s practice incorporates drawing, printmaking and sculpture and is a response to… Continue reading

  • Nathan Coley, The Lamp of Sacrifice, 286 Places of Worship, Edinburgh, 2004 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art © studioNathanColey


    NOW is the first in a series of exhibitions which brings together contemporary art from Scotland with works by leading international artists. Over the next three years, through a series of six exhibitions, NOW will explore and celebrate the role… Continue reading

  • According to Mark (detail) 2010 by Mark Wallinger. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

    Mark Wallinger Mark

    This month we are heading to The Fruitmarket Gallery to explore and discuss the work of Mark Wallinger. This is a two-part exhibition, shown at the Fruitmarket and the DCA in Dundee. Mark Wallinger has been making art and exhibiting… Continue reading

  • David Blyth, from Lost at Sea (The Book of Haeckle), 2016

    Archipelago: David Blyth, Alan Grieve and Derrick Guild

    The February Spin event sees our return to Summerhall to look at and discuss the Archipelago exhibition of new work by three Scottish artists; David Blyth, Alan Grieve and Derrick Guild. We will be joined for the discussion by the… Continue reading

  • Kishio Suga Left-Behind Situation 1972/2016 installation view at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Photography by Sam Drake

    Karla Black and Kishio Suga: A New Order

    In our first event for 2017, we will be exploring the work of Karla Black (born in 1972, Alexandria, Scotland) and Kishio Suga (born in 1944, Morioka, Japan). This is the first time that these two artists have been shown… Continue reading

  • Eden Hawkins, Untitled 2, 2016

    Eden Hawkins

    For the final Spin event of 2016, we will be heading to the Number Shop, an artist-run studio and gallery space founded in 2014. We will be getting a sneak preview of Eden Hawkins’ photography exhibition which officially opens the… Continue reading

  • Eduardo Paolozzi, fragment of mosaic from Tottenham Court Road, underground station, 1984

    Eduardo Paolozzi Mosaics

    For October’s Spin event we will be visiting the Centre for Research Collections in the University of Edinburgh’s main library to view the colourful fragments of Eduardo Paolozzi’s mosaics, originally made in 1984 for Tottenham Court Road underground station in… Continue reading

  • Jo Spence and Rosy Martin, Phototherapy (My Mother as a War Worker), c.1986-88

    Jo Spence

    The first Spin event of the new season will be at Stills Gallery, where we will be visiting the exhibition of work by photographer Jo Spence. We will be joined by Roberta McGrath to discuss the various themes of the… Continue reading

  • Tereza Červeňová, Yngvild, 2014 © Tereza Červeňová

    Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize 2015

      For our July Spin event, we will be meeting at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to discuss the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 with photographer Robin Gillanders.   The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading competition to… Continue reading