Talking about GENERATION

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 is an ambitious arts programme running until 30 November, here is a by numbers guide:

of contemporary arts in Scotland


OVER 60 VENUES throughout Scotland – many used to inspire the new works on show

£0 is the price in pounds it will cost to attend – yes, it’s FREE!

And here are just a few of the exhibitions taking place during the first four months:

Toby Paterson, a travelling exhibition beginning at Kirkcaldy Galleries, Fife
Until 22 June

4  locations will see the installation of paintings and prints by this internationally prominent artist. Subtly changing to complement each venue, catch the exhibition on tour in Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Tweeddale Museum in Peebles and Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries.

Artist Rooms by Douglas Gordon
, Caithness Horizons, Thurso, Highlands
9 May – 11 October

films and 1 text-based work by former Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon from Glasgow will be used to explore the ambiguities of human life in this exhibition.


The Lamp of Sacrifice by Nathan ColeyGallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

Model churches made from cardboard are displayed very close together

Nathan Coley – The Lamp of Sacrifice, 286 Places of Worship, Edinburgh – 2004

15 May – 1 February 2015

286 cardboard model buildings have been made to scale for this installation. Gathering all Edinburgh’s places of worship together highlights the sheer range of architecture in the religious cityscape.

Learning to Read Rocks
by Ilana Halperin
, An Tobar, Isle of Mull, Argyll

29 May – 27 June

60,000,000 years ago volcanic activity created the island of Staffa near Mull. Its angular basalt columns and 60 ft Fingal’s Cave left an impression with Ilana Halperin, who takes a serendipitous look at geology in her exhibition.


June exhibitions, various venues, Edinburgh
From 1 June

32  is the astounding number of artists who will have work exhibited at 9 shows across Edinburgh from June. See art by the likes of Jim Lambie, Martin Boyce, Richard Wright and Christine Borland at venues including the RSA and the National Galleries of Scotland.


The White Whale by Nick Evans, The McManus, Dundee
20 June – 1 August

1 organic shape is used to make multiple casts to create Nick Evans’ signature white plaster sculptures. Inspired by the Gothic architecture of The McManus itself, this immersive exhibition is not to be missed.


Orcadia & Other Stories by Walker & Bromwich, The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
21 June – 23 August

15 years of production have gone into creating Orcadia & Other Stories, which reflects the archaeology, mythology and ancient culture of Orkney, as well as recent island innovations.


A woman stands in a field holding aloft a bunch of pink balloons. Behind here there is a pink canon.

Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich, Walker & Bromwich ‘Love Cannon’ 2007 Les Ateliers des Arques, Les Arques, France. Photograph courtesy of the artists

Tumadh: Immersion by Dalziel & Scullion
, An Lanntair, Stornoway and Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
06 July- 13 September (see listings for individual dates)

322 miles lie between the venues exhibiting work by this ambitious pair. Contrasting the Isle of Lewis with the city of Edinburgh, the show will explore the geology, culture, weather, botany and wildlife of the Outer Hebrides.


Lorna McIntyre, Mount Stuart 2014, Isle of Bute, Argyll
6 July to 31 October (some dates by appointment only)

12 signs of the zodiac are the themes of the stained glass windows at Mount Stuart. Lorna’s sculptures take inspiration from them, as well as the neo-Gothic architecture and atmosphere of this stately mansion.


You, Me And The Plants by Sue Tompkins, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
26 July to 31 December

70 acres of landscaped grounds make up the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where a special audio guide has been created by artist Sue Tompkins. Even regular visitors will see the gardens from a new perspective.


Refractory And Refrigeration by John Shankie, The Park Gallery, Falkirk
2 August to 26 October

100 years have passed since the start of World War One. John Shankie commemorates the anniversary by gathering local recollections and exploring the themes of memorial, celebration, reflection and restoration.


And there you have it, just a snapshot of the plethora of arts events happening throughout GENERATION, which is part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 and the Culture 2014.

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