I managed to play with my camera and got some fun pictures of Edinburgh from the Royal Mile.
Massimo Bartolini currently has work showing at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. Bartolini is an Italian artist known for his installations but creates work in a variety of medias.
As soon as you step into the darkened gallery you find you’ve been transported to another place. Hundreds of tiny lights twinkle at you from their wooden beams, criss crossing and overlapping over and over again until you lose yourself within the installation. The lights dim and sparkle according to your movements giving the entire space a feeling of unreality. It could almost be a dreamscape!
The upstairs gallery showcases some of his smaller works – a variety of drawings, paintings and sculptures that he’s created over the last ten years. Many works come across as delicate and are held in a fragile balance between development and finished .
‘Massimo Bartolini’ is on show from 1 February until 14 April so there’s still plenty of time to check it out!
Alright folks! Looking for something to do this winter? I have a suggestion! Inverleith House in Edinburgh is about to open a new exhibition celebrating the work of GSA graduate Andrew Kerr. This is to be accompanied by work from film maker Maya Deren which will occupy the basement gallery. And don’t forget Thomas Houseago as his sculptures are still within the gardens, so feel free to come along for a day or an afternoon.
The exhibition opens on November 12th and runs until mid January, so there’s plenty of time to head down for all you arty, sculpture and film buffs with free time on your hands!
Yet again, I have more pictures to share of this beautiful city – although this time substituting the rain for the snow. The winding streets, random little staircases, alleys and amazing architecture are what makes Edinburgh in my eyes whilst also providing some much sought after inspiration!
But of course, the point of this visit was not to wander around taking pictures of pretty buildings, it was to experience a live performance of Imelda May… Two hours standing in the same spot, still nursing the same one drink (£4 for a cider – ouch!) and still in a rather cramped room with little space to breathe (never mind dance), the band comes on stage. Un-bloody-believable. Quite simply the best gig I have probably ever been to. Imelda May is one of the best singers I have ever heard live. The band were incredible. Everything went fantastically. And I really enjoyed myself! The only drawback for me was being too far back in the crowd to get any decent photographs. Not like this would stop me of course.
As for the next day, it would be impossible to leave without having a look at some galleries and craft shops. I don’t think I respect Scotland enough for its wide variety of highly talented people. There are many people in Edinburgh exhibiting and displaying their hard crafted work whether it be paintings or films, jewellery or prints, abstract or figurative. Edinburgh is a brilliant city for the opportunities it provides for artists and craft makers and I desperately hope it stays that way.
In just over a month I’ve been to three different cities, I feel rather proud of myself for getting out so much!
Edinburgh, as always, was gorgeous. Every time I go there, i feel the need to move out of Dundee and into Edinburgh, I just love it! I managed to get quite a few pretty pictures on the bus ride (if you ignore the dirty stains on the bus window) although not as many in the city itself, so I was slightly disappointed.
There was also a fair and a market going on in the centre. Had myself a good time, but didn’t actually buy much for a change…
All in all, I had myself a lovely day in Edinburgh. The only downside was finding my bus cancelled and the transfer bus an hour late, leaving me bored to tears in the middle of Perth and the freezing cold!