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Future Library – David Mitchell next contributing writer

‘Contributing and belonging to a narrative arc longer than your own lifespan is good for your soul’

David Mitchell – author of Cloud Atlas and number9dream – is named as the second contributing writer to Katie Paterson’s Future Library project. He says:

‘The project is a vote of confidence that, despite the catastrophist shadows under which we live, the future will still be a brightish place willing and able to complete an artistic endeavour begun by long-dead people a century ago.’

The announcement, which follows Margaret Atwood’s inaugural manuscript hand-over ceremony in Norway on 26 May, featured in the Guardian. To read the full article click on the following link.

Alison Watt at The British Museum

Himation
The British Museum, London
Gallery 18a
Until 5 September

A new painting by Alison Watt is currently on display at The British Museum associated with a major survey of representations of the human form in Greek antiquities. The title of the work, Himation, refers to the draped mantle worn by both men and women in ancient Greek society.

Defining beauty: The body in ancient Greek art is continues until 5 July. For further details visit The British Museum Website.

Charles Avery – EAF Commission 2015

The Impossible City
Charles Avery Edinburgh Art Festival Commission 2015
30 July – 30 August

For the Improbable City, Avery will realise a tree from the municipal park of his fictional island city Onomatopoeia. Over five metres tall and ripe with strange fruit, it is cast in bronze, and draws entirely on mathematical equations (including the square root of 2 as well as the Fibonacci sequence) for its design.  Part plant, part sculpture, part temple, Avery’s tree sits within our world and outside it, offering a meeting point, or a place for momentary escape and contemplation.
Situated in Waverley Station – the only station in the world to be called after a novel (Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley) – Avery’s tree finds a suitably fictional home.

The commission will run in tandem to Avery’s solo exhibition at Ingleby Gallery, The People and Things of Onomatopoeia.

Read more on the EAF Commission Programme at the link here.
Read more on Charles Avery: The People and Things of Onomatopoeia at the link here.

Supported by Scottish Government Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and Baillie Gifford Investment Managers. Commissioned with Parasol Unit.

Katie Paterson – Forthcoming Exhibitions

Field of the Sky, Le Champ du Ciel
Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon, France
6 June – 30 August 2015

Field of the Sky is the first solo exhibition in France by British artist Katie Paterson which brings together most of the work she has produced since 2007.
Paterson will present a new work produced for this exhibition, Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole), designed after an analysis of our universe’s molecules. This work shines like a candle composed of different perfumed strata corresponding to our star, and the planets and spaces of our solar system.

For more information visit the Guggenheim website at the link here

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim
Guggenheim, New York
5 June – 9 September 2015

Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight, 2008 will be presented as part of this group exhibition of artists working since 1990 who use extensive research, acts of appropriation, or performance to uncover layers of meaning and convey shared stories; real and fictional.

For more information visit the Guggenheim website at the link here

Richard Forster – New Art Gallery Walsall

Small Worlds
New Art Gallery Walsall
21 May – 6 September

The artists in this exhibition focus their attention on their changing urban environment. For some, Walsall, the Black Country and the West Midlands provide a focus for a consideration of the impact of social and economic change in those areas on the periphery of our major urban centres. Small Worlds considers the local, and the transforming influence of  globalisation, on community identities.

For more information visit the New Art Gallery Walsall website at the link here.

Garry Fabian Miller – Dovecot Studios

Garry Fabian Miller: Dwelling
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
15 May – 4 July 2015

One of the most experimental and progressive figures in fine art photography, Garry Fabian Miller has created large scale camera-less photographs since the mid-1980s.

Works in Dwelling highlight the importance of Fabian Miller’s home and its landscape, the work and life of Winifred Nicholson and light in domestic spaces often emanating from its heart: the fire and hearth.
The exhibition will two new gun-tufted hearth rugs created in collaboration with the artist. A large scale tapestry is also planned by Dovecot Tapestry Studio; this exhibition will also open the beginning stages of this collaboration.

Future Library – Margaret Atwood hands over Manuscript

Inaugural Text Hand Over
Future Libary Forest, Nordmarka and Deichmanske Library, Oslo
26 May 2015
Free event

Margaret Atwood will hand over the first manuscript for Future Library on Tuesday 26th of May. Her contribution will be celebrated in a special two-part event: a public walk through the Future Library Forest in Oslo and an in-conversation with the artist Katie Paterson held in the Deichmanske Library.

Margaret Atwood says:
“How strange it is to think of my own voice – silent by then for a long time – suddenly being awakened, after a hundred years. What is the first thing that voice will say, as a not-yet-embodied hand draws it out of its container and opens it to the first page?”

For further information and event details please follow the link to the Future Library Website.

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