The latest Art & Design Library exhibition poses the question, ‘What if?’
We know that homelessness is not inevitable. We know that together we can end it. In Crisis’ landmark 50th year, Art in Crisis considers the proposition ‘What If’ through the eyes of their clients, with pieces examining the past, considering the present and looking to the future.
To capture these symbolic images, Crisis clients and local photographer Alicia Bruce were inspired by classic Dutch still life paintings and still life photography.
The Art & Design Library exhibition forms part of Art in Crisis’ national programme of public events presenting compelling, original artwork made by artists experiencing homelessness.
‘What If?’ exhibition by Art in Crisis runs from 4 to 29 July 2017.
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.
There are still a few days left to enter the MyPlace: Edinburgh competition. For inspiration here are some of the entries so far.
David Hume Tower in twilight
Steal Softly Thru Snow
Frozen in green
From Blackford Hill
See all the entries in the MyPlace: Edinburgh scrapbook on Edinburgh Collected
Terms and Conditions
1 The photographs you add are your own work
2 Agree to Edinburgh Collected Terms and Conditions
3 Place or building must be within the City of Edinburgh Council boundary
4 Add the tag ‘competition16’ to your memory to enter the competition
5 Closing date for entries Sunday 10 July
There is still time to visit the Edinburgh Pavilion at the Pop-Up Cities Expo until 17thJuly to see some of the entries! Follow us at #popupedin
Edinburgh LoFi’s new exhibition Plastic Colour takes over in the Art and Design Library for July. The exhibition sees the group return to the techniques and technology which inspired their inception. Taking the most basic photographic equipment – a lightproof box and some colour sensitive film – the members have applied imagination and experience to produce a range of exciting new works which push the medium, molding and modelling light.
The Edinburgh LoFi group was started seven years ago at the Beyond Words photography bookshop to promote and explore film photography at its most amazing. The group is now run collectively.
The group meets once a month to share their – traditional, alternative and film – photography experiences, run events, hold workshops and plan exhibitions. The exhibition at the Art and Design Library contains work by: Olive Dean, Brittonie Fletcher, Mary Gordon, Alison Millar, Elaine Robson, Judith Rowan, John Sumpter, Graeme Pow, and Leigh Young.
The exhibition runs from 4 – 29 July 2016.
May’s exhibition in the Art Library is a lovely collection of photographs by Amelia Modrak.
Amelia tells us about her work:
I started taking photographs in my late twenties using disposable cameras. I enjoyed taking pictures of landscapes and urban architecture. Later on, in my thirties, I got an Olympus Camera as a farewell gift by my workmates, and I started taking photographs of more things, especially details or things that caused me some type of emotion. Currently, in my forties, I am working on everyday life images that embody the beauty and misery of reality.
Amelia doesn’t digitally enhance or alter any of her images, as she wishes to portray things as they are, hence the exhibition title: The Value of Reality.
The Value of Reality will be on display in the Art & Design Library, 3 – 30 May 2016.
We love this photograph. It was taken by Louise King, whose work is currently on display in the Art and Design Library.
Musselburgh-based Louise told us a bit more about herself and her photography:
“I am currently studying at Edinburgh College. For the past couple of years I have been taking pictures to try and show my everyday environment in a more abstract way. I like to use reflection, distortion and space to highlight my subjects and challenge the viewer.
Most of my images are taken in and around Edinburgh, but also include Glasgow, Liverpool, and London.
I will take a picture of anything, anywhere, using any method that I can-if I notice something unusual or striking I want to try and record it. I enjoy trying to uncover the unusual in the everyday – a building captured in a puddle, or a reflection on a wet pavement. There is so much we miss when we are so familiar with our surroundings, but there is always a different perspective there, waiting to be found.”
Alternative Urban Lansdscapes will be on show in the Art and Design Library until 29 March.
One of the most fun elements of the Our Town Stories site are the ‘Then and Now’ pictures.
You can move the slider to create a wonderful ghostly effect:
Newington Road ‘Then and Now’ from Our Town Stories
Here are the ten most popular ‘Then and Now’ pictures from the site. Take a look and let us know which one(s) you like best.
Lawnmarket and the head of West Bow (1874)
North Bridge (1885)
Newsome’s Circus, Nicolson Street (1890)
Leith Harbour (1912)
John Knox’s House (1880)
Foot of Leith Walk (1912)
(See how the tram turns into a bus)
Royal Arch, Newington Road (1903)
Croall Place (1890)
The Shore (1910)
Meadowbank Velodrome (1970)