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Little Sparta – Bus Trips, 2016

Little Sparta – the celebrated garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay – is located 25 miles from the centre of Edinburgh in a rural setting in the Pentland Hills.

A minibus service running to Little Sparta every Friday at 1.30 pm in the month of August during the period of the Edinburgh Art Festival. Please note: this service no longer leaves from Ingleby, but will leave from outside the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate.

Friday 5 August
Friday 12 August
Friday 19 August
Friday 26 August

Tickets are priced £25 per person and the charge includes return transport from central Edinburgh and admission to the garden.

To book tickets and for more details on accessibility and facilities, please click here

Andrew Miller – Yinchuan Biennale

Yinchuan Biennale
For an Image, Faster Than Light
9 September – 18 December, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan

The Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, located within a large organic plantation along the Yellow River, is the first contemporary art museum in northwest China and will host its first biennale in September 2016. Curated by artist, curator and co-founder of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Bose Krishnamachari, participating artists include Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei, Abigail Reynolds, Andrew Miller, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme.

The biennale will also see a host of cultural activities like music programmes and seminars on the various aspects of the concept note. Some of the participating artists will be conducting workshops for children. Director Madam Liu says, “the first Yinchuan Biennale will be an excellent platform to showcase the best of contemporary global art.”

For more information click on the link here:

The solo exhibition The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: New Works by Andrew Miller runs at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland until 9 October 2016.

Alec Finlay – Jupiter Artland

Alec Finlay
A new permanent commission for Jupiter Artland

 A VARIETY OF CULTURES was first proposed in 2010 and is now complete: comprising an orchard of native apple varieties, with thirty oak ladders, and a booklet which will be launched in August. The book includes poems and texts by Finlay, an essay by Kathleen Jamie, photography by Robin Gillanders and Hannah Devereux, and drawings by Hanna Tuulikki.

The work will grow: initially, ladders with trees, it will evolve into trees with ladders. The ladders predict the eventual height of the tree canopy and they will allow people to climb among the blossom and fruit.

A blog featuring photographs of the installation will be published in June, and the booklet will be launched at Jupiter Artland on the 12 August 2016. Jupiter Artland reopens for the Summer from Saturday 14 May 2016.

Sean Scully – Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, China

Sean Scully
Resistance and Persistence: Paintings 1967 – 2015, London and New York
AMNUA, Nanjing
8 April – 8 May 2016

The second edition of Scully’s landmark retrospective in China,  Resistance and Persistence, is currently presented at AMNUA, Nanjing. Resistance and Persistence is not only of this exhibition but also of Sean Scully’s collection of essays published in 2006, which includes his seminal essays on Giorgio Morandi, Van Gogh and Mark Rothko. This collection of essays also lent its name to recent group exhibition at Ingleby Gallery from November 2015 – January 2016. ‘Resistance and persistence’ is also a summary of the artist’s way of working and his art-spirit. The director of AMNUA Li Xiaoshan commented: ‘Sean Scully’s importance lies not only in his inheritance from the old Modern masters but also in the richness of his own artistic expression. I believe that once again, with his new work coming to China, hosted by our museum, there will be a new surge in debate and discussion, which will contribute towards the richness of our ‘soil’’.

For further details visit the AMNUA website by clicking on the link here:

Peter Liversidge – The Bridge – Tate Turbine Hall

Peter Liversidge: The Bridge
Unique choral commission for Tate Modern Turbine Hall
18 June 5 – 5.30 (500 singers on the Turbine Hall Ramp)
19 June at 2 – 2.30 (50 singers on Level 4 Switch House)

The centrepiece of the opening weekend of the new Tate Modern building will be a choral work with over 500 singers from community choirs across London by Peter Liversidge. This unique cycle of songs was written in response to Tate Modern’s building, its history and its place in contemporary life.

The participating choirs include the all male choir the Bellow Fellows, Kenningtones, Koruso! Southwark Community Choir, London International Gospel Choir, SOAS, The Lolchoir, UK Japan, VIP Singers and many more. To begin with Liversidge worked for four months with Tate staff, volunteers, a range of community groups, Borough Market Choir and a local school from Southwark through the Regeneration and the Community Partnerships team. He explored the different groups views on the Tate, from first time visitors to experienced staff looking at their relationship to the gallery, its architecture, the collection as well as their vision of the new Tate Modern. This process inspired the composition and lyrics of 14 songs for the performance which will take place on Saturday 18 June at 5pm in the Turbine Hall. Liversidge worked with Music Director and Conductor Esmeralda Conde Ruiz on the creation of the piece. The songs are presented with all 500 singers singing in unison, presenting the lyrical content and vocalisations of the building unaccompanied, singing together as one.

For further details visit the Tate website by clicking on the following link:

Richard Forster – The Photographer’s Gallery

Double Take: Drawing and Photography
The Photographers’ Gallery, London
15 April – 3 July 2016

Double Take: Drawing and Photography is a joint exhibition with Drawing Room which explores the ways photography and drawing have been combined, mirrored and contrasted in modern and contemporary practice.

The exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery features 10 artists from the twentieth century to the present day, from Lazlo Moholy-Nagy to young artist Paul Chiappe, while Drawing Room’s emphasis is on contemporary practicing artists, including Turner Prize nominee Tacita Dean.

A triptych of sea-drawings by Richard Forster will be presented in the exhibition. In Three verticals at approx 30 second intervals – 21 Jan 2009, 11.42 – 11.43am – Saltburn-by-the-Sea (2010) the artist recreates his own monochrome abstracted photographs of tidal lines on the beach into a handmade facsimile. These meticulously produced drawings bear little indication of the artist’s hand, but through their process serve to subvert the reproducibility of the printed image.

This exhibition is a two-venue exhibition also presented at the Drawing Room, London 14 April – 4 June 2016. For more information visit The Photographer’s Gallery website by clicking on the following link:

Katie Paterson – Totality

Katie Paterson: Totality (2016)
A new commission by the Arts Council Collection
Somerset House, London
27 April – 22 May 2016

The Arts Council Collection, the UK’s most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art, will mark its 70th anniversary during 2016 with celebrations including eight new commissions that will go on display across the UK.
Katie Paterson has been selected as one of the eight artists which also includes John Akomfrah, Hurvin Anderson, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Ryan Gander, Mark Leckey, Heather Phillipson and Keith Piper.

Paterson’s commission, Totality (2016) is a mirror ball comprising images of nearly every solar eclipse that’s been documented by humankind; through drawings and since photography began, including the oldest solar eclipse drawings from hundreds of years ago, and the earliest 19th century photographs, to images from the most technological advanced telescopes now. The commission is part of Somerset House’s Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility. Totality will also be on view, concurrently, at The Lowry, Manchester as part of Paterson’s major solo exhibition Syzygy.


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