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Three Exhibitions

By | Published on Wednesday 3 August 2022

Three exhibitions at Edinburgh Festival 2022…

Yan Wang Preston: With Love. From An Invader | Royal Botanic Gardens | until 28 Aug
The festival is a busy, bustling thing and we always feel that – especially if you are in town for the whole run – taking some time to do something a bit more quiet and reflective now and then is definitely good for you. And what could be more suitable than enjoying a walk in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens, which are already a bit of a walk (or a cab ride) from the city centre. Once there you can take in Yan Wang Preston’s audio-visual installation, which is a response to xenophobia and racism, and an investigation of the connections between identity, migration and the environment. It looks like a fascinating exhibition. Click here for info and tickets.

Barbara Hepworth: Art And Life | Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art | until 2 Oct (pictured)
Another nice place to walk to – and another great place to see great art – is my favourite of the big Edinburgh galleries, the Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art on Belford Road. You can take in the permanent collections while you are there, but what we are recommending here is a major retrospective of the work of Barbara Hepworth, one of the most acclaimed British sculptors of the Twentieth Century. The exhibition features more than 120 pieces, charts her development as an artist, and includes some of her most celebrated and iconic works. It also promises to show how her passion for dance, theatre, music, religion and science, and events in the artistic and political world, shaped her output. Click here for info and tickets.

Rosa Lee, Barbara Levittoux-Świderska And Shelagh Wakely: Weathering Is What I Would Like To Do Well | Arusha Gallery | until 28 Aug
Now let’s go to the Arusha gallery, which is in Edinburgh’s New Town, and a therefore a bit closer to the centre, and near to a number of other Fringe and Festival venues. And what are we there for? Well, it’s an exhibition of the work of three fabulous female artists: Polish textile artist Barbara Levittoux-Świderska (1933-2019), who created avante garde embroidery installations; Rosa Lee (1957–2009), a Hong Kong born creator known for her layered and textured paintings; and Shelagh Wakely (1932-2011), who was active in the British Sculpture Movement of the 1980s. Click here for info.