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Edinburgh Art Festival 2017: ‘Black Burns’ and ‘The Slave’s Lament’

Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns is today celebrated as an opponent of injustice and a defender of the downtrodden. However, this is perhaps not the full story; he was close friends with many plantation owners who became hugely wealthy from the exploitation of slaves, and Burns himself, when facing financial difficulties, made plans to travel […]

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When We Were Young: Photographs of Childhood

In many ways, it could be argued that children are the perfect photography subject. They possess a genuine lack of self-consciousness that is so uncommon in the adult subject. Photographs of them feel like a revelation. We feel that we can see the true reality of these small subjects because of the unmitigated emotion they […]

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Bad Entertainment

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Until 8th May The ground floor contemporary gallery of the Portrait Gallery houses the exhibition Bad Entertainment. It was created by young Scottish people, drawn from local Youth Services and schools, with no previous artistic training.  In a world where contemporary art can sometimes seem irrelevant and perplexingly obscure to young […]

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Document Scotland: The Ties that Bind

Scottish National Portrait Gallery: until 26th April   ‘The Ties that Bind’ is a compelling and unusual exhibition currently being displayed at the National Portrait Gallery. The photography compilation is by Document Scotland, a collective that comprises four different photographers: Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren. This exhibition is particularly poignant because […]

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BP Portrait Award 2015

Scottish National portrait Gallery: until 28th February   The BP Portrait Award returns to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery after exhibiting in its London counterpart and includes the works of its three winners and other notable contestants. Once again the judges of this year’s Portrait Award favoured works that emulate photography on an almost unbelievable […]