Up town top rankin. TAXI !!

It was a day on the town for CAPetc today. Talbot Rice Gallery to start where assistant curator James Clegg gave us an introduction to both the galleries current shows. First up was The Beguiled Eye, Christopher Orr’s first solo show in Scotland, bringing together new and recent paintings and featuring, for the first time, the artist’s remarkable sketchbooks.

‘Orr’s oil paintings and watercolours offer enigmatic glimpses into other worlds where modern characters appear within expansive environments, laden with drama. The intriguing scenes derive from an appropriation of images from a vast range of visual materials, including National Geographic magazines, scientific manuals, 1950s snaps, art historical images and Super 8 films.’

Also on at the TR is gap in the air: a festival of sonic art which is “a celebration of music and sonic art in Talbot Rice’s Georgian Gallery, including performances by experimental musicians and artists, work by staff and students, workshops and academic discussions. The programme is dedicated to the experience of sound, the neo-classical space of the Georgian Gallery becoming a sounding-box for the most prescient themes in contemporary sonic art”

Next up was a quick walk up to Edinburgh College of Art for a talk by Mark McGowan aka The Artist Taxi Driver. As anticipated the talk was excellent and Mark gave us all a great deal to think about in relation to politics, culture and the role & responsibility or art & artists in contemporary society. Below is one of Marks videos which was playing as we took our seats in the lecture hall.

Thanks to Rhubaba Gallery & Studios for organising the event and for inviting CAP.

AIRetc… new blog post.

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Click on the link below for latest updates from current AIRetc… Neil Nodzak.


Neil talks about his new work featured in new Talbot Rice Exhibition “Drawn Away Together” and what its like to be involved in crits again at contemporaryartetc…


Come to ART LATE – The CITY WIDE end of Festival Party

Edinburgh Art Festival would like to invite you to Art Late, our city-wide end of Festival party. It’s the ultimate opportunity to celebrate Edinburgh’s incredible visual arts scene, and it won’t cost you a bean.

The night begins at 6pm at the Ingleby Gallery with a collaborative performance from musician Wounded Knee and dancer Ianthe Wright. Later, two contrasting tours will set out from the gallery leading people round the Festival offering different experiences of the exhibitions: The Giving Tour and the Blank Canvas Bike Tour.

The ‘Spin Tour’ will set out from Talbot Rice Gallery at 6pm and is a personal introduction to exhibitions open as part of ART LATE. There’s also a live reading by Phil Kay, printmaking demonstration, artists’ performances and an exploration of the underbelly of Edinburgh’s infamous historical episodes.

If you are feeling independent, and would rather follow your own muse, there are 18 galleries open that evening for you to explore at your leisure.

ART LATE culminates at 9.30pm with Smoke – a collaborative work by local artists to create a night of music, performance and nicotine at niteclub Electric Circus on Market Street.

It’s going to be great. You can find out all about it here:


Book your place and download your e-ticket. The ticket gets you entry to all Art Late venues, and without it you can’t come in!

We hope you get the chance to join us for one final night of festival fun to draw to a close the 2009 Edinburgh Art Festival.

Art e-Facts 77: Langlands & Bell

In 2002 they were commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to research the War in Afganistan. As a result of their the pair produced a trilogy of works including The House of Osama bin Laden, an interactive computer animation of the house occupied by Osama bin Laden in the late 1990s. The work, which utalised state of the art gaming technology of the day allows the viewer to move through digital landscape seeking that which is no longer present.

In 2004 the work won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award (BAFTA) for Interactive Art Installation. The work also featured in their Turner Prize nominated show at Tate Britain in the same year. A second work in the trilogy Zardads Dog which documented the trail of Abdullah Shah, nicknamed Zardad’s Dog because of his penchant for biting his victims before murdering them, was withdrawn from exhibition amid fears that it may be held in contempt of court during the then trial of Afghan warlord Faryadi Sarwar Zardad.

Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh as part of the Langlands & Bell Films & Animations 1978 – 2008 exhibition until December 13th. Other notable works in the exhibition include 2008’s ‘Departure a ‘Guerilla Website’ linked to wallpaper.com and ‘Kitchen’ their first film collaboration from 1978.

The staff and students of ContemporaryArtETC.com would like to thank Zoë Fothergill and the Talbot Rice Gallery for the excellent talk and tour we received at the exhibition.