Why not pop along to the Art & Design Library and see their February exhibition. This month’s exhibition is entitled Edinburgh Scenes & Others and is by Michael Topley. You can see his work from 3 – 27 February.
Michael lives in Morningside having moved up from North Somerset five years ago and started painting seriously having been previously involved in photography. His job as an engineer and family commitments prevented him from giving too much time for art, but he has always had a strong interest. Along with his wife he is a member of an Edinburgh Art Group which meets once a week.
About his work Michael says “As I hope I have expressed in my paintings, I like to reflect modern life, particularly with urban street scenes, but don’t limit myself to these and will tackle most subjects with varied results. I feel that watercolours can be as expressive as any other medium and try hard to show this in my work”.
On 27 January we mark Holocaust Memorial Day. We remember not only the millions killed in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution, but also those who have been victims of subsequent genocides. We honour the survivors and reflect upon the lessons of their experiences to challenge hatred and persecution and to prevent future atrocities.
This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day asks the question `How can life go on?’, asking us to consider what happens after a genocide.
From Wednesday 11 – Saturday 28 January a display from library collections on the Mezzanine floor, Central Library, considers the creative response to the Holocaust and the contribution that peoples of Jewish origin have made to the cultures of the countries that they were displaced to. We explore how suffering can be channelled and expressed through art, music and writing through pieces reflecting on the Holocaust and how artists, musicians and writers emerged from their experiences, demonstrating how life can go on.
At Central Library on Friday 27 January, 2 – 3pm, Dr Hannah Holtschneider from the University of Edinburgh is delivering a talk entitled `Holocaust Memorial Day – `How can life go on? The long way home’, reflecting on the aftermath of the Holocaust for refugees and survivors who came to Scotland.
The Art Library’s December exhibition is Every Woman Super Woman
Every Woman Super Woman is an exhibition of work by young Scottish women from Young Saheliya produced in partnership with Stills Centre for Photography and Edinburgh Art Festival.
The exhibition celebrates a summer of creative workshops inspired by Ciara Phillips’ Every Woman commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and the Jo Spence exhibition at Stills. Also working with Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, workshops included photography, creative writing, blogging and female representation in the media.
The exhibition of portraits, explores self-expression through photography. Inspired by Jo Spence’s work, the group created characters to tell their own stories, drawing from personal experience, role models and fictional personalities.
This fantastic exhibition runs from 2 to 31 December.
Pop into the Central Library by the 26th November to see a fantastic exhibition by Edinburgh College of Art’s Illustration Department. Entitled Illustrating Edinburgh it uses our favourite city as inspiration for posters and sketches.
In the staircase cabinets you’ll find posters designed by illustration students. The students each chose a building located in Edinburgh and designed a poster inspired by the architecture of the venue and by the events held there. The designs were influenced by the principles of Modernist art and design movements such as Dada, futurism, Russian constructivism and Bauhaus. The posters are original collograph prints, a process which incorporates collage, drawing and use of a printing press.
Downstairs on the mezzanine level of the library we have a collection of sketchbook work by ECA Illustration students, staff and alumni inspired by the city of Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh Photographic Society has regularly held group shows in the Art & Design Library for a number of years and each year they come back with a vivid and thought-provoking exhibition showcasing a wide variety of work by its many members – from studio and portrait photographs, to nature and creative digital photography.
Loup of Fintry by Doug Berndt ARPS
The EPS has an annual programme of courses and lectures, with regular club competitions and extensive facilities at their New Town base. It is a friendly club – always happy to see new faces, so if you’re interested in finding out more please visit www.edinburghphotographicsociety.co.uk for more details and make sure to come along and see the show, running from 1 – 29 November in the Central Art & Design Library.
October’s exhibition in the Art Library is ‘Heaven and Earth’, paintings by Huang Li of Mystery Ink Studio with calligraphy by Han Qi.
‘The art work, although simple, may also imply unpredicted mysteries; imply romance and integrity; imply cultural meaning and human spirit. These implications are the charm of the art; it endows people with enlightenment greater than that in the artworks themselves,’ so writes Huang Li, in her book of paintings and calligraphic works ‘Mysterious Ink’, gifted to the Art & Design library last year.
Huang Li lives in Bejing and works at the Mystery Ink studio, and her work, alongside calligraphic works by Han Qi will show from 3rd – 29th October in the Art & Design Library.
A new exhibition at Edinburgh Central Library, marks the 175th anniversary of EMMS International, a Christian international healthcare charity.
The exhibition traces the Society’s rich history, from its beginnings as a health mission to the poor in the Cowgate in the 1840s to its global reach today. Significant members include Dr David Livingstone, an early corresponding member of the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society, Dr Joseph Bell, the real-life inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Robert Laws of Malawi.
Publications, letters and other material from the EMMS International Archives will be on display for the first time alongside stunning images, captured by three international photographers, which tell the story of EMMS International’s current work in Malawi, Nepal and India.
The exhibition is free and runs from 2 – 25 August 2016.