Taking place from Friday 18th until Sunday 20th November, Edinburgh Art Fair is an art exhibition that shows paintings, sculptures and much more from more than 60 different galleries in the UK and abroad. The Art Fair will take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
Over the weekend, artists will either demonstrate their skills to the public or run interactive painting classes through workshops. Here are some of the scheduled classes:
Leo’s Art Lab is a art class lead by the incredibly talented Scottish artist, Leo du Feu. The Lab will take place on Saturday and Sunday and is a drop-in class.
Open Easel Sessions gives you the opportunity to paint your own masterpiece. The easels are available from Friday morning until Sunday night for everyone (including children) who would like to try their hand at painting with acrylics on canvas.
Printmaking Talks gives you an insight into about various engraving techniques through talks and demonstrations
Damian Callan is a Scottish artist, based in Edinburgh, who usually draws and paints moving figures like his wife or his four children. He also teaches drawing and painting at his studio and in other venues in Edinburgh.
Some of the Exhibitors from 2016
1 of 1 is based in London and is a design company which produces and sells hand-made pieces such as art, jewellery or fashion. 1 of 1 will attend the EAF for the first time this year by showcasing eccentric paintings, photography and mixed-media works.
Image credit: Joe, Flickr
Clifton Fine Art is a modern art gallery based in Bristol. It shows contemporary art from the South West of England. This year, Clifton Fine Art will showcase emerging artists from the region.
Silo Arts, established in the heart of Lowestoft, will show arts from Orson Kartt an Kit Boyd at the EAF.
Urbane Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery which shows international artworks as well as emerging talents. This art Gallery is located in Edinburgh.
Jamie Frost is a figurative sculptor and draughtsman. He especially likes drawing fine and coloured lines about bodies and portraits.
Gallery Different is based in London and presents contemporary paintings, sculptures, photography and drawings from British and international artists. This gallery particularly loves presenting vibrant art of exceptional quality.
Image credit: Charlie Llewellin, Flickr
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Dates: 18th-20th November 2016 Place: Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road, EH14 1RJ Time: Friday, 11.00 – 19.30, Saturday, 11.00 – 18.00 and Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00 Price: £5 and £3 concessions Website: www.artedinburgh.com
Connecting with other students can be a simple and easy thing to do, but sometimes it requires a little energy and effort. Especially when the other students do not speak your mother tongue or come from a different culture. Fortunately, there are tips and methods that can be used in order to make contact, both in and out of the school. Here are some ideas:
Courses can be a good way to exchange ideas, present yourself to others, and sometimes even make some funny jokes. At inlingua, students are encouraged to speak as much as possible in English, so you will have plenty of opportunities to chat with your fellow classmates.
Social programmes are an excellent way to connect with other students as you will have plenty of time to carry on discussions with each other outside the school. By walking together through the streets or waiting for the bus, you surely will ask your class mates more than once where they come from and what they usually do in their country. On top of that, social programmes are an excellent way to discover the city you live in and try some new activities that can be fun and entertaining. So, next time there is a social activity, put yourself on the list!
Social media is also a good way to keep in touch with your school mates. If you had a good time with somebody, why don’t you exchange phone numbers? Or you could even exchange your name and chat on WhatsApp, Facebook or Skype. So, next time you go out, you could phone them and organise a rendezvous.
Halloween is approaching as fast as people from Edinburgh died during the dark time when The Black Death (also known as The Plague) spread across the city and killed thousands of its inhabitants, and so we would like to share with you some of the most haunted places in Edinburgh.
White Hart Inn
This old Grassmarket Inn is reputed to be the most haunted pub, not just in Edinburgh but in the whole of Scotland. Public executions used to take place nearby. Sightings of a shadow going to the cellar have been reported and a door down there has been seen to slam shut on occasions. Barrels have been moved and beer taps closed off and when the staff opens them to pour a pint, they find they are switched off again. These incidents and many more have been reported by staff and owners over many, many years.
A Haunted Underground City
Underneath South Bridge are many vaults and passageways. The bridge was built over Niddry Wynd and its cobbled street still lies under the bridge. In the past, people lived in the vaults and there were even shops underground. You can visit the vaults on a tour and over the years many ghost stories have surfaced. One of the most interesting stories happened early in 2003 when a radio producer was interviewing former rugby star, Norrie Rowan, who owns part of the underground city. On playing the interview back there was a ghostly voice shouting Go Away in Gaelic but no one else had been there at the time.
A number of ghost tours take place in the city’s underground vaults and there have been a various reports of paranormal activity. The TV show, Most Haunted, hosted a live investigation in the vaults in 2006 and, according to some reports, Burke and Hare stored the bodies of their victims in the site before selling them to the medical school.
The Banshee Labyrinth
Partially located within some of the city’s many underground vaults, the Banshee Labyrinth describes itself as Scotland’s most haunted pub. It is reportedly occupied by a banshee – a group of workmen once heard a bloodcurdling scream and a few hours later one of them received a call about the death of a family member. There are also said to be occurrences of drinks flying off tables and smashing into walls.
The Missing Piper
Edinburgh has a hidden underworld to which the castle is strongly connected, a series of secret tunnels leading from Edinburgh castle down the Royal Mile. One of these is rumoured to lead to Holyrood House. Holyrood house itself is closely associated with Scotland’s turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyrood house the premier royal residence in Scotland; even today it’s still a royal residence.
When the tunnels were first discovered several hundred years ago, a piper was sent to explore. As he navigated the tunnels he played his bagpipes so that his progress could be tracked by those above. About halfway down the Royal Mile the piping suddenly stopped. When a rescue party was sent, there was no trace of the piper. He had simply vanished. Several search parties went into the tunnel system but no trace of the piper was ever found.
The piper’s ghost still haunts Edinburgh today, walking endlessly along the underground tunnel beneath the Royal Mile. His music can sometimes be heard from within the castle and on the streets above the tunnels.
It has a history dating back more than 2,000 years and has been the site of numerous battles and sieges so it’s no wonder there are reports of ghostly goings-on at the city’s most iconic landmark. The sound of drums, unexplained knocking sounds, and mysterious orbs have all been reported. In 2001, a team of scientists carried out an investigation into the paranormal experiences at the castle as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival and said the results appeared to support the stories.
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a festival for performances, workshops, talks and children’s events. Guests from all over the world are also invited for this great 10 days’ festival that takes place once a year in Edinburgh.
It’s the perfect chance to practise your English and learn about Scottish storytelling traditions. Here are some videos from previous years to give you an idea of what it’s like:
Date: Friday 21st – Monday 31st October 2016
Price: Mainly free but some performances are charged
Jupiter Artland is a large sculpture park near Edinburgh open to the public half the year. The garden is a collaboration between the family, the artists and the landscape. All the works are site specific and personal to Jupiter.
The end product is a journey, narrated by the various artists who are given the freedom to express themselves in the landscape. The transitory nature of the sculpture park makes it hard to believe it is only ten miles outside of Edinburgh.
Recently nominated for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year award, Jupiter is open to the public half the year.
There is a direct bus from central Edinburgh and the journey takes 35 minutes. The number 27 and X27 First Bus leaves from Edinburgh (Regent Rd) or from Dalry Road, Haymarket. The bus driver will stop at a bus stop called Jupiter Artland.
On your way back to Edinburgh, you would find the bus stop just to the right of the main gates as you leave Jupiter. Currently the West Lothian Council have removed the bus stop, but buses still stop if signalled to.