Festival Exhibitions Archive
'DECAY' - Mariëlle van den Bergh (NL), Mels Dees(NL), Kevin Dagg (UK), Natalie Taylor (UK)
8th -28th August
The exhibition Decay has come about through the various collective experiences of the four participating artists from The Netherlands, and the UK. Although each artist speaks of a passion for nature, and a concern for the environment, the work is visually and technically diverse with a rich vein of the unexpected. Most of the works seen here are specially created for this exhibition, and offer challenging and new approaches to subject matter and technique. For example, Marielle van den Berg’s tapestries combine traditional weaving loom techniques with state of the art digital transfer technology, and Kevin Dagg’s use of the ancient form of wood carving is presented within a surprising installation context. Many media are harnessed throughout the show, including installation, photography, tapestry, cast forms, and time-lapse filming.
Each of the artists has been operating nationally and internationally for many years and has a high standard of presentation and skill as their aim. Although potentially challenging and difficult subject matter will be tackled here, it will be done with a light touch, and an aesthetic appeal. For those interested, there will be an evening presentation by the artists about the works, and a daytime workshop to involve children. The exhibition will be touring internationally after its U.K. premiere in the Patriothall Gallery and the EAF. Blog: www.landenbeeld.nl
'THIS IS NOW: FROM DRAWING TO CONTEXTURE'
image: Anna Ray - Knot
Festival Exhibition of the Scottish Tapestry Artists Group (STAR*)
1 – 29 August, 2009
This is an ambitious, visually-exciting exhibition, which aims to reveal the artistic process from the initial drawings and first ideas to the final work of art. These final structures and drawings will be supplemented by individual artists’ showcases/boxes revealing the journeys from concept to concrete conclusion.
Return of the Soul – The Nakbah Project was undertaken during Scottish artist Jane Frere’s residency at Al Hoash Gallery in East Jerusalem. Jane lived in and moved between refugee camps working with Palestinian artists and young people to construct this massive sculptural installation, which includes recorded and handwritten testimonies.
For further information, media, videos and related links to this exhibition click on link below to Return of the Soul Website and for the Edinburgh part of the Journey click on Leith and North website
Installation at Patriothall photo Trude Blows
Aljazeera interview with the artist
During the Exhibition Jane Frere gave two illustrated talks entitled 'The Artists's Journey' talking about the Project. Jane also took part in a Discussion at the Edinburgh Book Festival with Ilan Pappe & Raja Shehadeh
Also Showing 'Love Without A Heart?'
"Love without a heart" is a word-play in Chinese based on the changes made to "simplify" the 5000 years old ancient Chinese writing, introduced by the Communist Government after WWII. Through my 3 years of Travel through the old Silk road; in Sichuan, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India, I found that the "heart" that enabled the new Silk Road, culminating in the East-West fusion of Modern Hong Kong that enables diversity, innovation, new thoughts and new ideas!