Review: Hidden Door Festival 2021 Rating 78%

Review: Hidden Door Festival 2021

After a year off, Hidden Door Festival re-emerged in 2021 in perhaps it’s best incarnation yet. With a location next to the Social Bite village, the Granton Gasworks and the Walled Garden where the Granton Castle used to be, there was much about this 2021 location that added enigma to the festival, and opened the door for interesting conversation and discussion, despite the lack of festival water stations due to the polluted site. And it did not simply pull off one of the best sites; it also pulled off a bold and beautiful programme of artists and musicians that kept us all intrigued, entertained and shouting for more at the end of a headliner set.

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Clare Archibald: Lone Women is a collaborative project that I’ve run for the last 4 years

As part of SPOOR 2021 in The Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park, Sanctuary Lab and Lone Women have worked together to create a loosely delineated star shaped ‘Lone Women Wood.’ This work will produce an ongoing record of answers to the question often asked of women, how do you feel about going into the woods alone, and will facilitate the voices of those who might not otherwise do so, to be heard there. Clare Archibald, at the core of this project, spoke with The Fountain about the inspiration, the expectation and the variety and stretch of the 140 audio files sent by women that will be heard in the Galloway Forest on 25th and 26th September.

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Review: Karla Black, Fruitmarket Gallery Rating 77%

Review: Karla Black, Fruitmarket Gallery

When the Fruitmarket Gallery was decidedly going to close for renovation it was first thought that their doors would re-open in August 2020. However, with the global crisis of the past year, this date was pushed back and it it with great delight and glee that I can claim that their doors are now open for the general public again, having taken over the space that was once Electric Circus, and renovating the space, seemingly fresh and new. And with the new Karla Black exhibition there has been much jest that it’s blushing for everyone’s arrival, particularly if you traipse up the stairs to witness the pastel pink installation that overwhelms any visitor.

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Review: Neu! Reekie! The Exhibition Rating 75%

Review: Neu! Reekie! The Exhibition

Meandering into the Limited Ink Gallery, a fine space just off the beaten track of Leith Walk, there was a feeling of overwhelming nostalgia as we hit an exhibition celebrating and looking back at the ten years of Neu! Reekie!’s existence. After postponing their birthday celebrations during the pandemic, the space has opened up to remind us all of the culmination of talent that come together time and time again as friends and acquaintances of the Neu! Reekie! family and a flavour of the spoken word, visual, musical and film talent that Scotland has to offer.

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Nicolas Tyack: The ambitious project will see the recording and cataloguing of the collection of over 200,000 objects

Museums & Galleries Edinburgh officially launch Auld Reekie Retold, the largest collections inventory project ever undertaken in the organisation’s history. Over the course of three years, the ambitious project will see the recording and cataloguing of the collection of over 200,000 objects which are housed in stores and venues across the City, in preparation for a move to a new store where those objects can be safely stored and effectively managed. Nicolas Tyack, Project Manager, spoke with The Fountain about the project in more depth below.

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Harriet Mould: My day job is at The Lyceum doing press and publicity, so it was surreal having ten seconds in the spotlight

Knowing Harriet Mould for the wonderful work she does with the Lyceum, I had noted during lockdown that in her spare time she creates wonderful art pieces on a commission basis. These beguiling caricatures have a hint of the fun but also pathos about them, which have a stunning quality to the them and so The Fountain caught up with Harriet to discuss her art, which was recently mentioned on BBC6 Music.

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Kat Gollock: We have real life work hanging in a real life space which is very exciting

Projects 20 is a series of exhibitions in the Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, and includes The Here and The There, the work of Kat Gollock, produced in partnership with The Jill Todd Photographic Award 2019-20. Kat, having been a graduate of both Stevenson College and Edinburgh Napier University, has been working within the photography industry since 2007. She spoke with The Fountain about her exhibition and what it means to be a middle-aged woman exploring landscapes.

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Maeve Toal: We found his exhibition proposal exciting as it approached our collection from a new angle

The City Art Centre has recently opened it’s exhibition Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures, a two-floor exhibition of works by contemporary artist Jock McFadyen RA, whose impressive career has spanned over four decades. Timed to mark his 70th birthday, this major exhibition showcases new and existing paintings by McFadyen paired alongside artworks specifically selected by the artist from the City Art Centre’s rich and varied collection.

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Joel Fagan: The collection hasn’t been on public display before now, and is in remarkably good condition

Tuesday 17th November 2020 marked five years since the first refugees from Syria arrived in Renfrewshire through the UK Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. To mark the occasion, Paisley Museum is reopening with a Syrian glass collection prominent in the building, dating back over 2,000 years, which has never been displayed before. Research Assistant Joel Fagan realised the significance of the pieces and spoke with The Fountain about what to expect from this collection as well as what more to look forward to from Paisley Museum when it eventually re-opens.

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Lachlan Goudie: The exhibition is comprised of works inspired by fairy tales

Bringing fairy-tales to life, Scottish artist and broadcaster, Lachlan Goudie, has a collection of new works at The Scottish Gallery, inspired by places that are, or least may have recently felt far far away. As we have all ‘tumbled through the looking glass’ into a surreal world of lockdown and anxiety, Goudie has escaped into the art of his imagination, inspired by the nightly ritual of reading fairy tales to his young daughter and her determination to inhabit the idyllic land of make-believe. He spoke with The Fountain about the exhibition in more depth as well as the book he will be promoting the latter part of the year.

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Charlie Poulsen: I have been working with sections of trees as the basis of many of my studio sculpture for a long time

Two specially-commissioned sculptures called Skyboat and Dancing Tree, by Charlie Poulsen, have been unveiled at Marchmont House. Charlie, who has a fascination with “growing sculptures” has created a series of works at the Borders mansion that will take decades, or even longer, to complete as the trees mature. He spoke with The Fountain in more detail about the sculptures and how it all came about.

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Emily Sutton: As a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, I have a strong connection with the city

Edinburgh’s The Scottish Gallery exhibition Modern Masters Women celebrated the work of Scotland’s major female artists from the past 125 years, including Kate Downie, the famed Scottish artist known for her visceral depictions of Scottish urban and rural landscapes which give an alternative perspective on everyday life. Known for her children’s book illustration as well as her paintings, Emily Sutton was included in this exhibition, who we caught up with as well as the Director of the Scottish Gallery, Christina Jansen.

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