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Edinburgh Alphabet

Edinburgh Alphabet


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:19 May 2017 - 8 October 2017
Cost:  FREE

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An A-Z of the City's Collections.

 
The city of Edinburgh is steeped in history. Stroll down the medieval closes of the Royal Mile or through the Georgian streets of the New Town and you are walking in the footsteps of some of Scotland’s greatest heroes (and villains). Collecting the material culture of this great city is the responsibility of the city’s museums and galleries service and this year, for the first time, visitors will have the chance to sample the huge assortment of collections that form Museums and Galleries Edinburgh.
 
The service manages a range of venues across the city. Many of our collections are now ‘Recognized’ by the Scottish Government as being of national and international importance. They vary from paintings, sculpture, tapestries, ceramics, silver and glass in the fine and applied art collections, to bronze age axe heads and medieval pottery in archaeology. Our childhood collections are among the best anywhere, and we have social history and literary collections full of fascinating objects, documents and photographs from Edinburgh’s past.
 
Edinburgh Alphabet opens at the City Art Centre on 19 May and runs through to 8 October. Free to enter, it spans four gallery floors, and will feature more than 300 objects, assembled together for the first time. A comprehensive education and events programme will run alongside the show, ranging from performances by community choirs, family workshops, to talks and lectures by museum and gallery staff.  The exhibition also includes a dedicated activity area designed especially for family groups.
 
Each letter of the alphabet has been given a theme around which objects have been grouped.
 
Edinburgh is the common thread that weaves through the exhibition. From Arts and Crafts, which includes work by Celtic revivalist John Duncan and a Phoebe Anna Traquair embroidered firescreen through to Zoo, that features ceramics from the short-lived Zoo pottery as well as a magnificent painting by one of the founders of the city’s Zoo, the exhibition presents a unique opportunity to explore Edinburgh’s rich and diverse past. Visitors will delight in the beautifully crafted glassware from Holyrood Glass Factory or the 19th century Scottish jewellery on show, smile at the display of umbrellas and underwear, and uncover fascinating facts about life in Edinburgh and the people who have made it into the city we see around us today.
 
Our Edinburgh Makar Christine de Luca was inspired by B for Burns and penned a poem which you can read and enjoy.  The Makar has also produced an anthology of special poems for us relating to Edinburgh Alphabet, and she is doing a series of readings (with other poets) in the City Art Centre from mid September.  
 
If this and our exhibition has in turn inspired any poems or artistic expressions do please let us know 

 

Peter Randall-Page:  Works on Paper

Peter Randall-Page: Works on Paper


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Drawing is an important part of Peter Randall-Page's practice as an artist. He always carries a sketch book to note ideas and often makes observational drawings as a way of anal...

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Dates:3 December 2016 - 12 February 2017
Cost: Free

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A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson

A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) was a pioneering Edinburgh-born biologist whose theories about the growth of organisms had a profound impact on 20th century art.

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Dates:19 November 2016 - 19 February 2017
Cost: Free

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William Gillies & John Maxwell

William Gillies & John Maxwell


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

William Gillies and John Maxwell were among the most significant and distinctive Scottish artists of the 20th century.

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:30 July 2016 - 23 October 2016
Cost: Free

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Paper Trail: Drawings, Watercolours, Prints

Paper Trail: Drawings, Watercolours, Prints


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

A blank piece of paper is one of the most basic materials available to a visual artist; yet it is also among the most versatile...

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:2 July 2016 - 21 May 2017
Cost: Free

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Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986

Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

The late 1970s and 1980s witnessed the emergence of a talented generation of artists working in the UK who began to receive international attention for practices which, although...

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:7 May 2016 - 3 July 2016
Cost: Free

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Stephen Collingbourne: Don’t be afraid of Pink

Stephen Collingbourne: Don’t be afraid of Pink


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Stephen Collingbourne, a former lecturer of sculpture for over 20 years at Edinburgh College of Art, now concentrates mainly on painting with oils, both on paper and wood panels...

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:7 May 2016 - 3 July 2016
Cost: Free

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Edinburgh International Science Festival will once again transform the City Art Centre into a spectacular science playground for two weeks over the 2016 Easter holidays.

Who is this for? - Families
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday (not Sunday), 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Dates:26 March 2016 - 9 April 2016
Cost: Day passes: Adult £8; Child aged 7+ £9.50; Child aged 3–6 £7; Child under 3 FREE; Disabled £5; Registered unemployed £5 (for each family member up to 6 people. ID required)  

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William Gear (1915 - 1997): The painter that Britain forgot

William Gear (1915 - 1997): The painter that Britain forgot


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Timed to coincide with the centenary of his birth, this major survey show seeks to position William Gear in his rightful place as one of the most advanced British abstract paint...

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:24 October 2015 - 14 February 2016
Cost: Free

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Jagged Generation: William Gear’s Contemporaries and Influences

Jagged Generation: William Gear’s Contemporaries and Influences


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

The abstract painter William Gear was a significant 20th century British artist with an international reputation, but he was not an isolated maverick.

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:24 October 2015 - 7 February 2016
Cost: Free

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