Visual Arts News
Online activities and manifesto
Edinburgh’s Collective has launched number of initiatives while it is closed for the current lockdown, with ‘Loose Parts’ weekly children’s play ideas and a bold manifesto setting out how disabled people can shape post-pandemic art, ‘Not Going Back to Normal’, which is seeking contributors until the end of June.
Fidra Fine Art has has brought forward its summer exhibition, now available online.
The winners of the BP Portrait Award 2020 have been announced, with a Scottish artist among them. This year is notable for the absence of a BP representative from the judging panel, after sustained pressure on environmental grounds, and the accompanying exhibition is only available online.
Although Edinburgh Tradfest’s celebration of folk music has moved its planned dates to next year, the festival has released a video of the popular Scottish/Irish song Wild Mountain Thyme, compiled from 36 artists’ new recordings and videos.
The University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Art Gallery is showing an online exhibition demonstrating the cultural activities that flourished in the notorious Soviet Gulag prison camps.
The National Galleries of Scotland has an enormous online resource of high-quality images from its extensive collection, and is mounting an imaginative series of weekly online initiatives for family and art enthusiast alike, based on items in the collection currently unavailable to view physically.
Germany has begun a cautious relaxation of its current lockdown rules, with the gradual re-opening of museums and art galleries in Brandenburg.
Online 24 Apr – 10 May
The ninth edition of the biennial festival Glasgow International has been postponed due to the current health crisis, but an online programme is available from the original festival start date.
The Scottish Gallery hosts a new collection of paintings from Ross Ryan’s two years of chasing gales, sailing to offshore lighthouses on his boat and discovering the people and their islands.