cycled the Guerilla Projections trike up to St. Margarets House and joined in the Too Much Fun Club and ECC – Last Minute Live Art – A Collaboration with the Edinburgh Collage Collective. a live drawing event which St Margarets House and Tom let me set up the trike – after carrying it up 4 flights of stairs (thanks Tom) – to show some of the TMFC other live drawing events and I got to do some drawing with a bunch of very talented artists. fun night and met some ace people.
today has been a busy day at Leith’s Outdoor Gallery, with a nasty clean up first thing, sun and showers, lots of lovely people and a sale. one of my pictures is heading to Poland and a new contemporary gallery, thank you Sebastian.
we are also honouring a man who does not get enough recognition in Edinburgh, Ebenezer McRae. Come and visit to find out more about him . . .
the joys of running a fringe venue and the morning clean up . . . boak!
One of Edinburgh’s great architects has been rediscovered at Leith Walk Studios, Ebenezer McRae. The studios are housed in the last remnants of the old Edinburgh Trams Department – the headquarters and main trams garage. These are due for demolition by Edinburgh City Council but the spirit of Ebenezer haunts the alley and wants to see his heritage preserved.
Come visit and learn more about this great man – Leith Walk Studios, 165a Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8NR
so I had a visit from the council lackeys yesterday who cautioned me for putting up images on public buildings. there is one in particular that both Out of the Blue and Edinburgh Council feel is misogynist. so today she was covered up.
the previous censoring was deemed “not sufficient”.
Nicked the idea from Lushsux from Melbourne, https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/aug/02/hillary-clinton-mural-covered-with-niqab-after-public-decency-complaints more of his work here http://lushsux.tumblr.com/
I had a pre-festival wander up town today and popped into the stills gallery to see the Jo Spence http://stills.org/exhibitions/current exhibition. below is my favourite image (which stills kindly allowed me to photograph, thank you), which feels relevant to recent Leith Walk Studios discussions.
Jo Spense: remodelling Photo History 1982: “. . . her photo of her breast, marked with pen “the property of Jo Spence?” where she appears to question her rights over her own body, using the breast as a metaphor for women’s struggle to become active subjects.”
I got a nice credit for the use of my image on this blog http://marklewistaylor.net/blog/trump-too-high-a-risk-my-four-rejoinders/ by Mark Taylor. The article is an interesting read and reminded me what is behind a lot of comments, decisions and actions we all take – fear.
Recent events across the world have fed that fear and politicians are taking advantage of that. Not trying to do anything about it, because they are ultimately responsible for where the world is, the Chilcot report shows they will never be held to account for what they did or the consequences of their actions.
It would seem America has to make the choice between the lesser of two evils. Good luck.
messing around with the new trailer for Leith Walk Studios “outdoor gallery” opening on the 1st August 2016.
There is still a bunch of wall space and areas for installations if there are any visiting artists or anyone in Edinburgh that wants to contribute.