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Three To See 2019: Exhibitions

By | Published on Tuesday 30 July 2019

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three exhibitions to see.

Deer Dancer | Edinburgh Printmakers | 1-25 Aug (pictured)
Artist, composer and performer Hanna Tuulikki is behind this ambitious multi artform project, which investigates how deer imitations are used in traditional dance forms, specifically in the Yaqui Deer Dance in Mexico and Arizona, the Highland Fling in Scotland and the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance in Staffordshire, England. It seems that the use of deer behaviours in such dances has something to say about gender performance and hetero-masculinity, which is all very intriguing, if not terribly surprising. Listing here.

Prisoners Or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland | National Records Of Scotland | 1-26 Aug
Well, if we’re honest, this – on the face of it – might sound a bit grim. On the other hand, I think there are many out there for whom this will sound incredibly interesting. As you may have gathered by now, this exhibition tells the stories of Victorian-era prisoners who suffered from mental illness and impairment, from all backgrounds and circumstances. It’s been put together by guest curator Rab Houston of the University Of St Andrews and offers an examination of the personal histories of crime, recovery and release recorded in the archives of the National Records Of Scotland. Potentially highly revealing and definitely fascinating.

Zimbabwe Sculptures | Assembly George Square | 31 Jul-26 Aug
One of the reasons I like to recommend a few exhibitions every year is because they can be quite handy to fit in between your scheduled list of performed shows, especially if they are conveniently located. This one is going to prove pretty handy in that respect because it’s right at the heart of the Fringe, and you could easily squeeze it in after a show at any one of a number of prominent nearby venues. Anyway, it’s a collection of brilliant stone sculptures from Zimbabwe, inspired by natural and spirit life, and created by a mixture of both young and established artists. Listing here.