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Princes Street evacuated due to suspected bomb

At around 2pm on Monday the 20th, at least one block on Princes Street was evacuated due to a suspected bomb being found outside the Scottish National Gallery. With one of Edinburgh’s busiest streets coming to a standstill on Monday afternoon, bomb disposal teams were spotted at the scene after a suspicious package was found […]

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The Power of Art: An Outsider’s Perspective

I am still able to remember my very first encounter with art when I was nine years old. The parents of my best friend took me with them to an exhibition of the artist Claude Monet in Wuppertal, Germany. Now, almost ten years later, I have to admit that I am able to count the […]

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Toulouse-Lautrec at Scottish National Gallery

Paris at the end of the 19th century was known as the ‘city of pleasure’ famed for its cabarets, cafés and dance halls. Montmartre was particularly full of these spots, which were also considered bohemian and intellectual. It is there where Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec lived, worked and socialised. The exhibition provides a good insight into […]

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Turner in January

Despite the excitement of returning to university, January so far has been a frosty affair – both in politics and in reality.. This week has seen the falling of snow, and the creation of a fantasy, winter landscape. But within the doors of the Scottish National Gallery, Turner in January offers a much warmer, more […]

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Turner in January

Scottish National Gallery: Run Ended Witnessing the annual showing of thirty-eight Turner watercolours at the National Gallery is the perfect way to start off the New Year, escape Edinburgh’s January Siberian weather and soak up some culture. The breath-taking paintings, only displayed during the month of January by request of the distinguished art collector Henry […]

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Arthur Melville: Adventures in Colour

Scottish National Gallery: Until January 10th Arthur Melville’s watercolour and oil paintings from Scotland to the Middle East are on display at the Academy, showing off the talent of this nineteenth century Scottish artist. Watercolour often brings to mind sentimental, gift-card pictures of quaint seaside views or village greens. This is also where the viewer’s […]

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Martin Creed at Edinburgh Modern

In the middle of Edinburgh’s Modern One, a giddy crowd cram themselves into awkward seats. The room is cramped, and latecomers position themselves awkwardly along the wall as to avoid leaning against the paintings that hang there, awaiting the artist Martin Creed. Until I saw Martin Creed in all his Doc Brown-ish exuberance, being the […]

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Genius beyond the career built on stardust

The ever expanding Edinburgh festival draws in, like a whirlpool, established and emerging talent from around the world. It seems that it also has the power to pry the heavyweight exhibitions from London too. Bailey’s Stardust, fresh from The National Portrait Gallery in London is a mammoth retrospective for arguably the master of 20th century […]