Homage to Beuys : Richard Demarco

Richard Demarco introduces the ‘Homage to Beuys’ exhibition by Terry Ann Newman and Sarah Waters, which ran from 7th September until 30th October 2018. This exhibition was curated by Richard Demarco and co-curated by Fernanda Zei, as part of the Demarco Archive Exhibitions at the Demarco European Art Foundation, with kind support by Summerhall Arts Centre.

OUR COUNTRY : Performance Recording

‘A striking dream world… one of the most ambitious pieces we have ever presented’ (Anna Woo, The Getty Villa). California’s marijuana country: the still-Wild West. Annie conducts a forensic exploration of ‘the facts’ about her outlaw weed farmer brother as this genre-bending work slips into disputed territory: childhood memories.

On at Summerhall from the 1st to the 26th August 2018 in the Upper Church.

Rachel Maclean : Artist Talk

Rachel Maclean discusses her exhibition Spite Your Face at Talbot Rice Gallery, as well as her broader practice.

Commissioned for the Venice Biennale in 2017, Rachel Maclean’s Spite Your Face returns to Scotland at Talbot Rice Gallery for its UK premiere.

Referencing the Italian folk-tale The Adventures of Pinocchio, ‘Spite Your Face’ (2017) advances a powerful social critique, exploring underlying fears and desires that characterise the contemporary zeitgeist. Set across two worlds – with a glittering, materialistic and celebrity-obsessed upper world, and a dark, dank and impoverished lower world – the lure of wealth and adoration entices a destitute young boy into the shimmering riches of the kingdom above. Written in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, and during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the story is steeped in the political flux and uncertainty of our time. Shown as a perpetual 37-minute loop with no definitive beginning or end, ‘Spite Your Face’ raises issues including the abuse of patriarchal power, capitalist deception, exploitation and the destructive trappings of wealth and fame, all in Maclean’s typically direct and acerbic style.

Following the monumental staging of the work for Scotland + Venice in the deconsecrated Chiesa di Santa Caterina in Venice, Spite Your Face is reframed for the Georgian Gallery of Talbot Rice. The room’s iconic grand interior, reminiscent of the opulent upper world depicted in the work, is augmented with a navy carpet, gold fabric and luxurious cushions. Viewers are invited to sit, lie and reflect in the light of the monolithic portrait-format screen.

Rachel Maclean’s Spite Your Face is showing at Talbot Rice from 24 February – 5 May 2018

Clout Theatre : Various Lives of Infinite Nullity

A full performance of Clout Theatre’s ‘Various Lives of Infinite Nullity’ performed as part of Summerhall’s 2013 Fringe programme. A post-suicide support group meet to reflect upon their lives. Ignoring symptoms of their own deaths, three characters guide us through the strange and disquieting landscape they now inhabit.

Jack Klaff : Martha Gellhorn

The work and life of Martha Gellhorn, the great war correspondent who covered practically every trouble-spot on earth for six decades, including the Spanish Civil War, D-Day, Dachau, Viet Nam, Greenham Common, El Salvador and Mandela’s inauguration. Gellhorn’s main message was, ‘War 
happens to PEOPLE.’

She married Hemingway, learned from him and then, journalistically, outstripped him. Presidents, geniuses and generals sought her friendship, but she never lost the common touch. Scores of today’s foremost journalists were cheered on, championed and
 inspired by her.

Jack Klaff recalls his own encounters with Gellhorn in a piece at the Summerhall Fringe Festival 2015 interweaving her wildest and wittiest stories with her unmatchable war reports.


Following on from the critically acclaimed Doubting Thomas, Jeremy Weller (winner of six Fringe First awards) and Grassmarket Projects return with part two of a devised trilogy with Thomas McCrudden: a former gangland enforcer who struggles to change from a violent past to a more hopeful future. With a cast of untrained actors, the play focuses on Thomas’ attempts to love and to be loved. We see many of the women in his life on stage: his mother, ex-partners, ex-wife and daughter, along with many of his victims from whom he desperately seeks forgiveness.

Alastair MacLennan and Sandra Johnston : Ash She He

Alastair MacLennan’s duo performance with Sandra Johnston: “Ash She He” 12th August 2017.

Alastair MacLennan represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, with inter-media work commemorating the names of all those who died as a result of the Political Troubles in Northern Ireland, from 1969 to then date (1997). During the 1970’s and ’80’s he made some long, non-stop performances in Britain, America and Canada, of up to 144 hours duration. Subject matter dealt with political, social and cultural malfunction. Since 1975 he’s been based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was a founding member of Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange (1978). Since 1975 he taught at Ulster Polytechnic, later, the University of Ulster, where for 11 years he ran the Master of Arts (MA) Fine Art program. Recently he travels extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, North America and Canada, presenting Actuations (performance/installations). Since 1989 he’s been a member of the performance art entity, Black Market International, which performs globally. He is presently an Emeritus Professor of Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, an Honorary Fellow of the (former) Dartington College of Arts, Devon, England, an Honorary Associate of the (former) National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland and a founding member of Belfast’s Bbeyond Performance Art International.

Sandra Johnston is a visual artist from Northern Ireland active internationally since 1992, working predominantly in areas of site-responsive performance and installation. Johnston’s processes often involve exploring creative approaches to the aftermath of trauma, such as, acts of commemoration that exist as forms of testimony and empathetic encounter. Johnston has held several teaching and research posts since 2002, including an AHRC Research Fellowship at the University Of Ulster in Belfast, investigating issues of ‘Trauma of Place’. In 2007 she was the ‘Ré Soupault’ Guest Professor at the Bauhaus University, Weimar. Currently, Course Leader of the BxNU MFA at Northumbria University in England. In 2013 Johnston published a PhD research project entitled, Beyond Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation into Concepts of Doubt, Risk and Testimony Explored Through Consideration of Performance Art Processes in Relation to Systems of Legal Justice, with LIT. Additionally, co-founder of artist-run collectives in Belfast, namely: Catalyst & Bbeyond

On Louise Bourgeois : In Conversation

The Scottish National Gallery and ARTIST ROOMS present this special ‘In Conversation’ event as part of the exhibition ‘Louise Bourgeois : A Woman Without Secrets’, on the 26th October 2013. Senior Curator Lucy Askew talks to Jerry Gorovoy, Louise Bourgeois’s chief assistant and friend of 30 years, and Anthony d’Offay, ex-officio curator of ARTIST ROOMS, about Louise’s work and the legacy she has left behind.

Louise Bourgeois art courtesy of The Easton Foundation.

Traverse at 50 : Traverse Through Time Panel #8

Traverse in Time is a series of panel discussions that look back at the rich history of Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, and the individuals who were involved in its illustrious past. Taking place at Summerhall on Wednesday 21st August, playwright Jo Clifford.

Jo Clifford is one of Scotland’s leading playwrights. She has been working in the theatre for over thirty years; she is the author of approximately 80 plays in every dramatic medium; and her work has been translated into several languages and produced throughout the world.

She is the first openly transexual woman to have written a play produced in London’s West End. As John Clifford, his work with the Traverse Theatre in the eighties helped establish the international reputation of the Traverse.

Fleurs De Cimetiere / Age Freckles and Other Tall Stories

The full performance of Fleurs De Cimetiere / Age Freckles and Other Tall Stories, performed at Summerhall during the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. Exploring ideas of old age, the play centres around a group of women who met in the 1980s, lost contact, then met again years later. They reflect on ideas of the body, memories and of time passing by.