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Christian Newby: ‘Boredom> Mischief>Fantasy>Radicalism>Fantasy’

Collective, a contemporary art space on Calton Hill, re-opened on May 13th with the exhibition Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy>Radicalism>Fantasy by artist Christian Newby. Featuring a large-scale tapestry inside the City Dome and a complementary newspaper, it is the perfect way to get back into experiencing art within an exhibition space and outside of our screens. The exhibition features a nine-metre-wide […]

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Navel Gazing at the Collective Gallery

When visiting Kirsty Hendry’s Navel Gazing, I applied my usual process when experiencing art – I did not read the two introductory texts accompanying the piece before attending the screening. Being quite passionate about conceptual and politically engaged art, I find that this initial refusal of the textual gives space to my ‘gut feeling’ to […]

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Julijonas Urbonas, Planet of the People

The Lithuanian artist Julijonas Urbonas is no stranger to controversial art projects. In 2010 he created the now notorious Euthanasia Coaster, a hypothetical roller coaster that was designed to deliberately kill its passengers. The single-seated roller coaster that he conceives of initiates with a vertiginous 500 metre climb, intended to allow the recipient to contemplate […]

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The Collective Museum at Collective

Tucked away at the top of Carlton Hill is the old observatory tower, now an art space called Collective. The current exhibition – The Collective Museum – documents L’Atelier de l’Observatoire’s mission to encourage contemporary arts in Morocco, to initiate a Moroccan collective memory, and to explore alternative narratives of Morocco’s past. The space is deceptively small; […]

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Ours

Ours is a multimedia exhibit featured at the Collective Gallery. Drawing inspiration from ‘A Birdcage’ by Beatrice Whistler, Grace Johnston utilises three artistic mediums to curate this exhibition: text, painting  and photographs. Whistler’s drawing is not present in this exhibition, but its distance from the gallery ultimately contributes to the impact of Johnston’s vision. The […]

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W.W.W (World Wide Working)

Devised by Anastasia Philimonos, the W.W.W. exhibition presents borders between nations as problematic, with the development of the internet as a beacon of much-needed change. This is all well and good, but having nearly walked straight past it, I found this fairly demonstrative of how inappropriately W.W.W. has been labelled as ‘art’. The exhibition is […]

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Hardeep Pandahl: Hobson-Jobson

Collective Gallery: Until January 17th Hobson-Jobson shows the work of Glasgow-based artist Hardeep Pandahl. The exhibition addresses the personal, politically loaded issue of racial identity via a selection of graphic, textured and provocative pieces. Alongside the contemporary illustrations of exploding heads, life-sized snake men and a knitted figure at the centre of the room, there […]