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Art Culture

Review: Jonathan Owen at Ingleby Gallery

Edinburgh-based Jonathan Owen (b. 1973) exhibits for the third time at Ingleby Gallery this summer, after solo presentations in 2011 and 2014.  Offering admission by appointment, the private Barony Street gallery – a former Glasite Meeting House that housed a divergent Scottish Christian sect during the nineteenth-century – constitutes a space of austere opulence within […]

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Features

A “socially corrosive monopoly” – the truth behind Scotland’s land

When I ask you to consider who owns Scotland, what first comes to mind? My focus is instantly drawn to the verb choice. Owns. ‘Who owns Scotland’ implies that Scotland is an entity for sale, to be carved up and greedily possessed. And after not insignificant research, this rather arbitrary interpretation proves pretty close to the […]

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Art Culture

Virtue or Vanity? The ‘villains’ funding big culture

An interest in the arts and similar forms of ‘prestige’ culture has consistently conferred an image of civic awareness and social empathy upon its advocates. It also suggests an inherent ‘good will’ – to care for culture is to care for the preservation of humanity’s most prized social totems. It logically follows, then, that big […]

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Art Culture

A first venture into the physical gallery space: Reviewing the NOW Series at the Modern One.

After what seems like an eternity, art galleries and viewing spaces are in a tentative stage of reopening. How does this look in Scotland? The National Gallery of Modern Art is asking patrons to book an hour slot ahead of time and adhere to mandatory mask guidelines. Interesting to note is the marked route through […]

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Art Culture

The Slipper is the Most Democratic Shoe – is lockdown an opportunity to democratize our perception of ‘art’?

Amidst the raging dumpster fire that appears to be the state of our world at the moment, a sense of disconcerting calm snakes Edinburgh’s streets. It’s a feeling that Emily (my flatmate) and I noted particularly this morning as we sat on our Old Town doorstep, coffees in hand, watching the world decidedly not go […]

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Culture Literature

Poem of the Week: ‘The Furthest Distances I’ve Travelled’

Hailing from County Down, acclaimed poet and University of Edinburgh alum Leontia Flynn is the voice behind this edition’s poem of the week. Whilst Flynn’s literary offerings are rich in number and all come as highly recommended reads in their own right, today the spotlight is on ‘The Furthest Distances I’ve Travelled’. Flynn’s national identity, […]

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Art Culture

The Leith Banksys: street art and gentrification in Edinburgh

This month has seen the mysterious appearance of yet another alleged ‘Banksy’ piece nestled in the heart of Leith. Tucked away as it is from The Shore, Bernard Street is easily missed for those of us who live further South, but since May it has played home to one ‘Banksy’ already: an EU/Brexit inspired twist […]

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Scottish Universities sidelined by No-Deal Brexit contingency plans

Last week, The National Union of Students Scotland (NUS) President, Liam McCabe, decried UK government plans concerning the status of European Union (EU) students studying in Scotland post-Brexit as “shortsighted, impractical and ignorant.” This came amidst serious fears that Scottish Universities will disproportionately suffer in a no-deal scenario. McCabe’s comments come following the recent release […]