Something to Amaze? We Have It Down to a Fine Art! Summer Festivals, Highland Games and a Celebration of Contemporary Creativity

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Something to Amaze? We Have It Down to a Fine Art! Summer Festivals, Highland Games and a Celebration of Contemporary Creativity


Byline: Claire Diamond

SCOTLAND rightly enjoys a worldclass reputation for its welcome, scenery, sport, food and drink. One of our unsung heroes is contemporary art, and a new event seeks to make the most of this increasingly important sector.

Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland will see the work of more than 100 artists being exhibited at over 60 venues across the country.

From Orkney to the Borders, this landmark series of exhibitions will be one of the most ambitious celebrations of contemporary art ever held by a single nation - and exhibitions are free to attend.

Generation is the perfect opportunity to experience contemporary art here and, wherever you are, there's a Generation exhibition near you between now and October.

Highlights include Edinburgh, where exhibiting artists include four former Turner prize-winners and seven Turner Prize finalists.

There is an amazing range of work on display across all three National Galleries of Scotland sites in the capital, all of which will be showcasing works by the nation's most celebrated artists including Douglas Gordon, Martin Boyce, David Shrigley, Simon Starling and Karla Black.

Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery will host a solo exhibition of the work of Jim Lambie, one of Scotland's most internationally significant artists, while visitors to the Collective Gallery on the capital's Calton Hill can enjoy Memorialmania, an audio guide providing a unique look at the Calton Hill's monuments and geology.

Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art is exhibiting works by a number of celebrated artists including Nathan Coley's The Lamp of Sacrifice, 286 Places of Worship.

The idea for this intriguing work occurred when the artist identified 286 places of worship in the 2004 Edinburgh telephone directory and went on to recreate them all in a series of cardboard models. …

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