Jul
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Lucy Skaer: The Green Man @ Talbot Rice Gallery
Jul 31 @ 10:00 pm – Aug 1 @ 3:00 am
Lucy Skaer: The Green Man @ Talbot Rice Gallery

Taking at its heart an exploration of the desire to collect, for this show Skaer will select from the collections of the University of Edinburgh, and has invited fellow artists – Fiona Connor, Will Holder, Hanneline Visnes and Nashashibi/Skaer – to inhabit the galleries of Talbot Rice alongside her.

Aug
1
Wed
Burn the Floor: Rebels of Ballroom @ Underbelly, Bistro Square
Aug 1 all-day
Burn the Floor: Rebels of Ballroom @ Underbelly, Bistro Square

Having toured the world with its sizzling blend of tango, samba, rumba, cha-chat and jive, Burn the Floor make its Fringe debut with dancers from TV and the competitive circuit. Times vary: start at 1:00pm-2:00pm and 3:00pm-4:00pm. 

MamaBabaMe @ Pleasance at EICC - Tinto
Aug 1 all-day
MamaBabaMe @ Pleasance at EICC - Tinto

Dance, physical theatre and live music aimed at for babies and young children up to the age of three. Created by Starcatchers and Curious Seed, it features a live cello and is about the bonds between parent and child. Part of Made in Scotland.

Canaletto & the Art of Venice @ The Queen's Gallery
Aug 1 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Canaletto & the Art of Venice @ The Queen's Gallery

The largest exhibition of paintings by Canaletto to ever come to Scotland, this exhibition displays over 100 paintings, drawings and prints, presenting the work of Venice’s most famous view-painter alongside that of his contemporaries for a complete and well-rounded experience.

Adam Lewis Jacob @ Institut Français d’Écosse
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Adam Lewis Jacob @ Institut Français d’Écosse

An experimental moving image installation inspired by J G Ballard’s novel Kingdom Come. Using the language of video advertising, the work explores the construction of identity and political opinion within late capitalism and post-Brexit Britain.

Another One @ Summerhall- Main Hall
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 10:55 am
Another One @ Summerhall- Main Hall

Early-morning wordless drama from group Vooruit, Arenbergschouwburg, as part of the Big in Belgium programme. It’s about the art of tolerance and the art of being tolerated.

Art of Glass @ National Museum of Scotland
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art of Glass @ National Museum of Scotland

Highlighting the work of contemporary artists within the field of glass, this exhibition shows how their work pushes the boundaries of techniques and challenges the perception of glass as merely a material for creating functional objects, presenting it as an artistic medium in its own right instead.

Bill Viola: Three Women @ The Parish Church of St Cuthberts
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bill Viola: Three Women @ The Parish Church of St Cuthberts

Three Women is part of the Transfigurations series by internationally acclaimed video artist Bill Viola and his wife and close collaborator, Kira Perov. In this work, a mother and her daughters enact a transfiguration when they choose to pass through the threshold of water and briefly enter an illuminated realm.

Dead Images @ Edinburgh College of Art Studios
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Dead Images @ Edinburgh College of Art Studios

DEAD IMAGES reveals the contentious legacy of collections of human skulls held in public institutions in Europe, exhibiting a photograph of over 8,000 skulls held in the Vienna Natural History Museum.

Emil Nolde: Colour is Life @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Emil Nolde: Colour is Life @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

This full-scale retrospective charts the entire career of one of Germany’s most accomplished modern artists from 1901 up until 1950, with many of the works rarely seen outside of Germany.

Jacob’s Ladder @ Ingleby Gallery
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jacob’s Ladder @ Ingleby Gallery

A group show of both rare, historical works and contemporary artists, Jacob’s Ladder celebrates mankind’s relationship with space and our enduring attempts to fathom the unfathomable.

Joana Vasconcelos: Gateway @ Jupiter Artland
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Joana Vasconcelos:  Gateway @ Jupiter Artland

Known for her large-scale surreal sculptures, Vasconcelos displays works throughout the indoor galleries at Jupiter Artland.

Using various domestic objects, she constructs stunning, playful, and direct images that reference socio-political topics, from immigration to gender violence.

John Bellany: The Wild Days @ Open Eye Gallery
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
John Bellany: The Wild  Days @ Open Eye Gallery

Visit Open Eye Gallery for the chance to see work by John Bellany from his most turbulent period in the 1980s.

Featuring many previously unseen paintings, the exhibition includes some of the most fervent examples of the ideas and iconography that preoccupied one of the most significant Scottish painters of the twentieth century.

Kate McMillan: The past is singing in our teeth @ Arusha Gallery
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kate McMillan: The past is singing in our teeth @ Arusha Gallery

Playing at Arusha Gallery, Kate McMillan has created a two-channel video work following a young girl’s journey as she rediscovers a powerful, mystical heritage that is partly beyond conscious reach.

Supported by sculptures and sound performances, the installation reinforces the role of art as an active agent in the memory process.

Nàdar / Prakriti @ Edinburgh Printmakers
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Nàdar / Prakriti @ Edinburgh Printmakers

Ravi Agarwal, artist and environmental campaigner, explores the various pressures and challenges posed to nature in Scotland and India and his research of conservation projects through newly commissioned print works.

NOW: Jenny Saville @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
NOW: Jenny Saville @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

This major exhibition traces Saville’s 25 year career and demonstrates the monumental physicality of her practice. Alongside is work by five artists investigating themes of the body, performance, process and materiality: Sara Barker, Christine Borland, Robin Rhode, Markus Schinwald and Catherine Street.

Ollie Dook: Of Landscape Immersion @ Jupiter Artland
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ollie Dook: Of Landscape  Immersion @ Jupiter Artland

Ollie Dook’s newly commissioned sculptural enclosure explores the notion that zoos mimic the natural habitat of animals, inspired by Jupiter Artland’s landscape and the animals that call it home.

Platform: 2018 @ City Art Centre
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Platform: 2018 @ City Art Centre

Platform is a dedicated showcase at Edinburgh Art Festival for artists at the beginning of their careers. The 2018 edition brings together work by four female artists: Renèe Helèna Browne, Annie Crabtree, Isobel Lutz-Smith and Rae-Yen Song.

Raqib Shaw: Reinventing the Old Masters @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Raqib Shaw: Reinventing  the Old Masters @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

This exhibition incorporates a display of eight major paintings by Raqib Shaw, alongside two works normally found at the Scottish National Gallery that have inspired two of his most recent paintings: Joseph Noel Paton’s ‘The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania’, 1849 and Lucas Cranach’s ‘An Allegory of Melancholy’, 1528.

Rembrandt: Britain’s Discovery of the Master @ Scottish National Gallery
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Rembrandt: Britain’s  Discovery of the Master @ Scottish National Gallery

Bringing together key works from British collections as well as masterpieces from across the globe, this exhibition reveals how the taste for Rembrandt’s work in Britain has evolved over the past 400 years, as well as the profound impact his art had on the British imagination.

Robert Powell: Between the Lost Places @ The Fine Art Society
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Robert Powell: Between  the Lost Places @ The Fine Art Society

A series of new etchings and sculptures depicting satirical and dark humoured scenes by Powell. The resulting exhibition is a meditation on real and imagined topographies, cartography and modern travel, invoking the sensibility of Edinburgh, Powell’s home city.

Ruth Ewan @ Various locations
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Ruth Ewan @ Various locations

Devised by Glasgow-based artist Ruth Ewan, who creates artworks as a direct response to particular public spaces, Sympathetick Magick will use the ancient art of street performance to bring socially engaged magic onto the streets of Edinburgh.

The Common Sense @ Edinburgh College of Art
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Common Sense @ Edinburgh College of Art

A presentation of Melanie Gilligan’s dystopian drama, The Common Sense, set over 15 short episodes, tracking the impact of a new immersive technology that enables individuals to tap into the sensations of others.

Travelling Gallery at 40 @ City Art Centre
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Travelling Gallery at 40 @ City Art Centre

A celebration of the Travelling Gallery, a bus that transported art to every part of the country to improve access for people from all backgrounds. Original artworks and archive documents will demonstrate its incredible exhibition history.

Victoria Crowe: Beyond Likeness @ Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Victoria Crowe: Beyond  Likeness @ Scottish National Portrait Gallery

‘Beyond Likeness’ celebrates Victoria Crowe, one of the UK’s most distinguished figurative artists, through a career-spanning exhibition representing some of the people who have influenced her own thinking and understanding.

LIBERTY Art Fabrics & Fashion @ Dovecot Gallery
Aug 1 @ 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
LIBERTY Art Fabrics &  Fashion @ Dovecot Gallery

This new fashion exhibition at Dovecot Gallery features over 100 Liberty garments and fabrics spanning 140 years in a display which explores how textiles bring art into everyday life.

Brainiac Live! @ Underbelly, Bristo Square - McEwan Hall
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brainiac Live! @ Underbelly, Bristo Square - McEwan Hall

There’s a “don’t try this at home” warning as the West End hit show based on the award-winning TV series brings an explosively entertaining set of experiments to the stage in the name of science education.

Hemispheric Phases @ Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hemispheric Phases @ Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop presents newly commissioned work by Birthe Jorgensen, Santiago Poggio and Scott Rogers, the culmination of a six-month exchange between Argentina and Scotland.

Tacita Dean @ Fruitmarket Gallery
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tacita Dean @ Fruitmarket Gallery

This exhibition is built around regular screenings of Tacita Dean’s ‘bewilderingly intricate’, ‘Event for a Stage’, from 2015.

Presented alongside other films, drawings and photogravures, the show will examine the relationship of performance to fiction, the imagination and the collective effort of artist and audience.

The days never seem the same @ Stills: Centre for Photography
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The days never seem the  same @ Stills: Centre for Photography

This exhibition brings together the work of Gunnie Moberg and Margaret Tait. Both artists shared a strong connection to Orkney’s people and landscape and the show continues Stills’ interest in showcasing important work from Scottish archives and collections.

David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm @ Gilded Balloon Teviot - Debating Hall
Aug 1 @ 11:30 am – 12:45 pm
David Baddiel's AniMalcolm @ Gilded Balloon Teviot - Debating Hall

Published as a novel two years ago, this hilarious children’s caper is about the animal-hating Malcolm who learns more than he bargained for about the natural world when he goes on a school trip to a farm. The book is turned into a musical by Story Pocket Theatre.

The Bear @ Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Bear @ Pleasance Courtyard

Imagine an enormous polar bear in your bedroom. Now imagine no more, as Pins and Needles Productions recreates the mischievous magic of Raymond Briggs’s picture book with large-as-life puppetry – and a good deal of humour.

Unsung @ Summerhall- Main Hall
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Unsung @ Summerhall- Main Hall

Return visit from BigMouth creator Valentijn Dhaenens, this time giving a forensic examination of a politician who is hooked on power and alienated from his friends and family. Part of Big in Belgium.

User Not Found @ Traverse at Jeelie Piece Café
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
User Not Found @ Traverse at Jeelie Piece Café

An off-site contribution to the Traverse’s programme, this site-specific play by Chris Goode uses headphones and smartphones to explore the digital legacy of someone who has died.

Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom @ Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Two
Aug 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Michael Morpurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom @ Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Two

Using the adaptation by Scottish playwright Stuart Paterson, WildChild Productions recreates Morpurgo’s adventurous tale with puppetry and music. 

Love Song to Lavender Menace @ Summerhall- TechCube 0
Aug 1 @ 12:55 pm – 2:10 pm
Love Song to Lavender Menace @ Summerhall- TechCube 0

Lavender Menace was an Edinburgh bookshop that sold gay and lesbian publications for five years from 1982. For many, its very existence was a beacon of hope. James Ley’s funny and celebratory play evokes the atmosphere of that era. Part of Made in Scotland.

Dick and Dom: Dick V Dom @ Underbelly, Bristo Square - McEwan Hall
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Dick and Dom: Dick V Dom @ Underbelly, Bristo Square - McEwan Hall

The children’s TV favourites and four time BAFTA winners make their Fringe debut with a riotous round of interactive games and organised silliness. Expect mess and chaos. 

Propeller @ Pleasance Courtyard- Pleasance Above
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Propeller @ Pleasance Courtyard- Pleasance Above

A second ensemble of young Scottish theatre makers is fielded by the Network, an offshoot of the Scottish Drama Training Network. Working with director Caitlin Skinner, they ask whether it’s possible to change the world in an era of information overload.

Erehwon @ Summerhall- Cairns Lecture Theatre
Aug 1 @ 1:25 pm – 2:25 pm
Erehwon @ Summerhall- Cairns Lecture Theatre

Samuel Butler’s 1872 sci-fi novel, spelling “Nowhere” backwards, is adapted for the stage by New Zealand playwright Arthur Meek and directed by Edinburgh’s Nicholas Bone. Expect a time-travelling blend of 21st-century and Victorian technology.

The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and His Narcissistic Mother @ Summerhall- Main Hall
Aug 1 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and His Narcissistic Mother @ Summerhall- Main Hall

A mother-and-son double act from Glasgow’s 21 Common, featuring performance artist Lucy Gaizley and 15-year-old Raedie trying to straddle the generation gap through their mutual love of pop videos. Part of Made in Scotland.

Duckie @ Summerhall - Main Hall
Aug 1 @ 2:00 pm – 2:40 pm
Duckie @ Summerhall - Main Hall

Cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat reimagines Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling in fabulous style as he revels in its message of self-acceptance and tolerance.

Chase Scenes @ Canada Hub at King's Hall
Aug 1 @ 2:25 pm – 3:25 pm
Chase Scenes @ Canada Hub at King's Hall

Movies are full of chase sequences. This show has nothing but. Using live-feed video, it sends three women on a breakneck series of cat-and-mouse adventures to comic and alarming effect.

In For A Penny @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- NightClub
Aug 1 @ 2:25 pm – 3:25 pm
In For A Penny @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- NightClub

Libby McArthur ended up behind bars for failing to respond to her parking-fine demands. With help of playwright David Cosgrove, she brings to life the shoplifters, sex workers, lawyers and parking attendants she met on her journey into the judicial system.

Nina’s Got News by Frank Skinner @ Pleasance Dome- QueenDome
Aug 1 @ 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm
Nina's Got News by Frank Skinner @ Pleasance Dome- QueenDome

He made his name as a stand-up on the Fringe, now the popular TV face is back with his debut play. It’s about a woman who has something incredible to tell her ex-boyfriend and best friend – and it’s touch and go if they’ll believe her.

South Bend @ Gilded Balloon at the Mueseum- Auditorium
Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
South Bend @ Gilded Balloon at the Mueseum- Auditorium

It’s been a busy year for actor-turned-playwright Martin McCormick. After the Tron/NTS staging of Pa, Ma and the Little Mouths, he teams up with Grid Iron to tell the true story of his mis-matched transatlantic relationship with a woman who seemed to change personality.

The Noise Next Door: Really, Really, Good Afternoon Show (At Sea) @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Debating Hall
Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Noise Next Door: Really, Really, Good Afternoon Show (At Sea) @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Debating Hall

The much lauded, four-piece improv troupe The Noise Next Door are brave. They once got a standing ovation at Download, a metal festival where badly received acts are greeted with thrown bottles of urine.

Gráinne Maguire: I Forgive You; Please Like Me @ Gilded Balloom Teviot- Wine Bar
Aug 1 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Gráinne Maguire: I Forgive You; Please Like Me @ Gilded Balloom Teviot- Wine Bar

Rising steadily through the ranks, Gráinne Maguire has an impeccable CV of writing credits, TV and radio stints plus well reviewed stand-up slots. As well as her stand-up hour, the comic will also be doing a topical news satire at The Laughing Horse.

Sitting by Katherine Parkinson @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Dining Room
Aug 1 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Sitting by Katherine Parkinson @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Dining Room

This Fringe, the star of The IT Crowd, Doc Martin,The Honourable Woman and Humans turns playwright. Katherine Parkinson’s first play is about a series of people sitting for their weekly portrait session, sharing their stories as they do so.

Blue Scar @ C Venues
Aug 1 @ 3:20 pm – 4:10 pm
Blue Scar @ C Venues

Welsh hip hop company Avant Cymru present this family-friendly show inspired by growing up in the South Wales Valleys during the 70s and 80s, accompanied by original hip hop music and beatboxing from Wales.

Scott Gibson: Anywhere but Here @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Billard Room
Aug 1 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Scott Gibson: Anywhere but Here @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Billard Room

The winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Scott Gibson is back with not one but two shows, presenting Tales from the Battlefield, as well. Expect expert storytelling and brutal honesty from the fast-rising Scot. Tipping comics for the top is fraught with egg-on-face risk but this is a banker of a bet.