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Benin Bronzes

The West’s constant need to keep colonialism alive and well. In November 2021 Jesus College of the University of Cambridge returned a stolen Benin Bronze – a statue of a cockerel – to Nigeria, becoming the first UK institution to do so. Sonita Alleyne, master of the college, described it as a ‘momentous occasion’. Aberdeen […]

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Jyll Bradley-Pardes: A Review

As an oil painter almost invariably restricted to the two-dimensional plane, I generally operate on a different frequency from the world of large-scale installation and sculpture. So, when I heard about the opportunity to see and review Jyll Bradley’s commission for the Fruitmarket Gallery’s new warehouse space, I figured it was time to dip my […]

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Karla Black at the Fruitmarket Gallery

Ethereal and suspended both in time and in the gallery space, Karla Black’s exhibition of abstract sculptures inaugurated the reopening of the Fruitmarket Gallery after almost two years of renovation to annex the adjacent space of the Warehouse. Fruitmarket Gallery and Karla Black last collaborated in 2011 to represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale, the […]

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Louise Giblin at Edinburgh Art Fair 2019

Lulu Spence talks with Louise Giblin about her piece ‘Sea Change’, presented at last weekend’s Edinburgh Art Fair. There was a huge array of incredible artwork on display at Edinburgh Art Fair 2019, but Louise Giblin’s stunning body sculptures caught my eye more than the rest, and the meaning behind one piece resonated with me. […]

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Richard Goldsworthy: Graduate in Focus at Edinburgh Art Fair 2019

Richard Goldsworthy presents ‘Graduate in Focus’ as part of last weekend’s Edinburgh Art Fair, held at Edinburgh Stock Exchange. As a young boy, Richard Goldsworthy knew that he wanted to become a sculptor. He graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2019, and a couple of months later he presents his works at the […]

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Unique and Inspiring: St Margaret’s House

For this edition I wanted to bring St. Margaret’s House, one of Edinburgh’s most important but lesser-known galleries, into the spotlight. Regularly holding impressive exhibitions as part of an innovative wider mission, St. Margaret’s House is one of my favourite spots in Edinburgh. So I undertook the hour-long walk from Marchmont to the dark side […]

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Nihad Alturk & Renee Rilexie at St Margaret’s House

Almost every child is familiar with the story of the boy who lost his shadow and had to chase after it until it was sewn back on. My visit to the recently-ended Nihal Alturk & Renee Rilexie exhibition at St Margaret’s House reminded me of this obscure tale, of the shadow that does not mirror its […]

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Claire Barclay’s Skiffing at the ECA

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) this week hosted acclaimed Scottish artist Claire Barclay and her mixed-media exhibition Skiffing, an event marking the end of her ten-month printmaking residency at the college. Barclay, who is based in Glasgow and known widely for her abstract prints and environmental sculpture, took up the residency at ECA in Autumn […]