Edinburgh I West End Arts Festival

Edinburgh’s West End Business Improvement District (BID) has announced a new arts festival. Spread across three venues, the West End Arts Festival comprises a series of specially commissioned artworks focussing on the people and places in the area and an exhibition of original Matisse prints. Edinburgh College of Art graduate Paloma Proudfoot and dance artist Aniela Piasecka will collaborate on ‘The Engagement Party, A Labour of Love’, which through outsized, surreal sculpture and ceremonial performance brings to life records held in the National Records of Scotland on Gretna Green marriages. After an opening event at the Scottish Arts Club, the sculptural remains will be on show for the duration of the festival. The second commission is Kevin Harman’s ‘Ad plus Ads + Equal Adds = ADD’, for which he will create works and place them secretly throughout Edinburgh before the festival to document public reaction to them. The pieces and the response will then be exhibited at Union Gallery. Harman is becoming increasingly known for his provocative, guerilla-style projects. The festival also includes a selling exhibition at Gallery Ten of original prints by Henri Matisse and glass work by Ruth Shelley (until May 5). The festival is part of a policy by West End BID to use art to add to the area’s appeal as a destination.