Wednesday 14 October 2009

Running Time: Artist Films in Scotland 1960 to now

I'm very excited about a new exhibition running at the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh from 17 October - 22nd November of this year. This is the first time the National Galleries have devoted an exhibition exclusively to film, and according to their website, the first ever exhibition in Scotland devoted exclusively to artist films in Scotland. It's a huge retrospective, and as well as the extensive range of films being shown there are a number of special events and screenings to coincide with it.

I don't think I could pick particular films I'm looking forward to see as there's so many, including work by Margaret Tait, David Hall, Henry Coombes, Beagles and Ramsay, Matt Hulse, Luke Fowler, Katy Dove, Rosalind Nashashibi and David Shrigley. Here's a link to the full programme as I find the National Galleries website to be very badly designed, difficult to navigate and not always very clear on which gallery events take place in.

Particular special events that caught my attention are:
The Bedfords (2009) by Henry Coombes (recently on exhibit at the Sorcha Dallas gallery in Glasgow, 4 September - 9 October). The film tells the story of Sir Edwin Landseer and his relationship with the Duchess of Bedford. The screening will be followed by an 'in conversation' between Henry Coombes and Francis McKee, Director of the CCA, Glasgow. This event is free and is on Wednesday 21 October at the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre - Weston Link (national Gallery Complex) from 6.30 - 7.30pm

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