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Jan
8
Sun
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery
Jan 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom
Second Sundays of the month, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.

Designed for 11–15 year olds, you will explore the William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland exhibition in creative workshops using a variety of techniques including animation, drawing and film, led by members of our young people’s group, Fresh Fruit and artist Louise Fraser.

For the workshop on Sunday 11 December, Louise will lead a flipbook workshop enabling participants to explore the work of William Kentridge. Flipbooks are books made with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion. Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.
Jan
30
Mon
Film on Fire: What does film-making have to do with social justice ? @ Mansfield Traquair Centre
Jan 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film on Fire: What does film-making have to do with social justice ? @ Mansfield Traquair Centre   | Scotland | United Kingdom

What does film-making have to do with social justice ?

More than you might think.

‘Film on Fire’ explores participatory film-making as an effective way to get people’s voices heard.

We’ll share our recipe with you. There are three magic ingredients:

  1. Human beings with stories to tell about their own experience
  2. Professional film-makers with story-telling skills to facilitate the creative process
  3. The power of social media to get short videos out to a massive public

At ‘Film on Fire’ you’ll see a range of short films made by people at the sharp end of social inequality, whose voices are often silenced: asylum-seekers, children, women living in poverty, recovering drug addicts, people with learning disabilities.

At media co-op, we believe that with the right support, anyone can learn the tools to create films that are beautiful and pack a punch.

You’ll meet some of the participants and hear how it feels to take the camera into your own hands, to speak out, and spark change.

* Women from Pilton in the Making it Home poetry and film project

* Particpants who shared their stories anonymously in Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance‘s animated film Opening Doors, online in seven community languages, exposing how people with learning disabilities, addiction or mental health issues are at higher risk of losing their children, and what can be done about it.

‘Film on Fire’: a FREE friendly and enjoyable 90-minute session of viewing, sharing, reflecting, learning, inspiration and surprises. Real-life examples of co-design and co-production in action.

Please join us. Burn away some outdated concepts about who gets to make the media. Ignite some on-screen emotion and off-screen change.

See you at Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh on Monday 30 January 2017 at 2pm to 3.30pm

Your hosts: media co-op not-for-profit social enterprise and workers co-operative, founded in 2004 to harness the power of communication for social change.

Our co-hosting partner is Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance, a membership organisation dedicated to ensure that Independent Advocacy is available to any vulnerable person in Scotland. SIAA commissioned Opening Doors from media co-op as part of their Familes at Risk project

This event is part of the Scottish Government’s Fire Starter Festival, aimed at “exploring genuine, participatory methods of engagement, creating innovative and transformative changes“. Let’s go start a fire!

PS There’s another ‘Film on Fire’ event in Glasgow on Thursday 26 January 2017, 4pm to 5.30pm

Feb
4
Sat
LGBT History Month: Who we are when no one’s looking – FREE Creative workshop @ City Art Centre
Feb 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
LGBT History Month: Who we are when no one's looking - FREE Creative workshop @ City Art Centre  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Join us for this special art workshop for LGBT History Month Scotland. We will explore issues of identity through art. Participants will have the opportunity to make a mixed media artwork.

You are welcome to bring along any photos, photocopies, cuttings etc that you would like to include, but this is not essential.

No previous art experience necessary!

To book:

Please book via Eventbrite

Chris Kent:

Chris is a portrait artist, illustrator and woodworker who lives and works in Scotland.

Chris’s work inhabits a world of beauty and obsession and insubstantial memories, and is often concerned with mental health issues and gender identity. For more see: http://christopherwkent.com/

Proud City:

Proud City is an exhibition at the People’s Story Museum which explores LGBTQIA+ life in Edinburgh. The exhibition is on display until 26 February 2016. See http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/Venues/The-People-s-Story/Exhibitions/2016-17/Proud-City for details.

Access:

The activity will take place on the 5th floor of the City Art Centre, there is lift access to this space.

More information:

Contact Diana Morton at [email protected], 0131 529 6365.

Feb
12
Sun
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom
Second Sundays of the month, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.

Designed for 11–15 year olds, you will explore the William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland exhibition in creative workshops using a variety of techniques including animation, drawing and film, led by members of our young people’s group, Fresh Fruit and artist Louise Fraser.

For the workshop on Sunday 11 December, Louise will lead a flipbook workshop enabling participants to explore the work of William Kentridge. Flipbooks are books made with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion. Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.
Mar
4
Sat
Mark Wallinger: Artist’s Talk @ The Fruitmarket Gallery
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mark Wallinger: Artist's Talk @ The Fruitmarket Gallery | Scotland | United Kingdom

Mark Wallinger will be in conversation with The Fruitmarket Gallery director, Fiona Bradley about his practice and his exhibition, in two parts which runs at The Fruitmarket Gallery and Dundee Contemporary Arts from 4 March – 4 June.

Known for a practice as stylistically diverse as it is politically engaged, Mark Wallinger creates work that encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation, performance and public art.

This exhibition, presented in two parts, one at The Fruitmarket Gallery and the other at Dundee Contemporary Arts, has been brought together in the context of his newest body of work, the id Paintings. A selection from this series of vast paintings, each 360cm high (twice Wallinger’s height) and 180cm wide (his height again, and also the extent of his reach with both arms outstretched) is on show in each part of the exhibition.

These paintings bring identity into focus as a recurring theme within Wallinger’s practice. Painted by hand (and simultaneously by each hand, the left mirroring the right) they bridge image and action. They move his way of working, as Wallinger has said, from ‘painting ‘I’s’ to ‘I paint’.

The standing figure (the subject who stands – and stands up – for something) is one of the most powerful ways in which Wallinger explores identity. This exhibition brings together several such figures, including the bear of Sleeper and the myriad ‘I’s of the Self Portrait paintings. It also moves beyond the standing figure to look at the importance of naming, marking and symmetry in the artist’s work.

May
25
Thu
Professor Peter Singer: Living an Ethical Life @ Created in 1783 by Royal Charter The Royal Society of Edinburgh
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Professor Peter Singer: Living an Ethical Life @  Created in 1783 by Royal Charter  The Royal Society of Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

One of the world’s leading moral philosophers, Professor Singer will explore what it means to live ethically in the 21st Century.

Peter Singer first became well known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. Since then, he has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books. In 2005, Time Magazine named Professor Singer one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2012, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the nation’s highest civic honour.

Organised in partnership with the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Open to all and free to attend – registration required.


Speaker

Peter Singer, Ira W DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, US; Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Mar
21
Wed
Solidarity with Homeless Lone Parent Being Taken to Court by Council for “Rent Arrears” @ Leith Library
Mar 21 @ 5:45 pm
Solidarity with Homeless Lone Parent Being Taken to Court by Council for "Rent Arrears" @ Leith Library

Meet 5.45pm this Wed 21 March at Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Rd, Edinburgh EH6 4AE
To go to Council Leader Adam McVey’s surgery which starts at 6pm

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty can now give more details of this Wednesdays very important solidarity call-out.

Meet 5.45pm this coming Wednesday at Leith Library to support homeless lone parent D at Council Leader Adam McVey’s surgery.  We will be insisting that the Council drop the court action against her.  Incredibly CEC are taking her to court to force her to pay 4,100 pounds in supposed rent arrears, all of which should be covered by Housing Benefit.

Because of these false “rent arrears” D and her young son were recently evicted from a Private Sector Leasing flat run by Link group under contract to the Council.  The CEC refused to pay Housing Benefit to D despite the fact that she had no income apart from paltry benefits and no significant savings.   Not content with making D and her child homeless the Council are now persecuting her via lawyers and the courts.  This is an all too common example of the Council’s contempt for working class people, denying rights and acting oppressively.  Are we going to let them away with this?

Edinburgh Claimants/ Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty told D’s local councillors about this injustice on 13 February, and have been pursuing the issue since then.  We contacted the council leader’s office late last week.  Still they refuse to drop the court action.  When those in power will not listen to reason, we believe the most effective action is for people to join together and take action, as the North Edinburgh mums have shown in their inspiring actions over the last year.

We demand:

Cancel the court action against D, to recover supposed rent arrears
Pay full Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit to D for the whole period of her Link tenancy
Ensure D and her son are allocated safe secure good housing on a permanent basis

This action will definitely go ahead unless we get a written assurance from the Council that the court action against D is cancelled – watch out for email updates, which we aim to send by tuesday late afternoon/ early evening at latest.

ECAP sees actions like this as vital in giving solidarity to people at the sharp end of Edinburgh’s housing crisis, and also essential as part of the process of building a movement to assert that a good home is a right for all

No to Austerity – People not Profit

Jun
5
Tue
Ragged University: Music, Mathematics and the Harmony of the Spheres by Hugh Peters @ The Castle Hotel
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: Music, Mathematics and the Harmony of the Spheres by Hugh Peters @ The Castle Hotel

You are invited to the open event at The Castle Hotel  (66 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE) on the 5th June 2018 from 7pm to 10pm to enjoy a talk, some food and some music.  It is an open door event, no tickets required; just come along, put your feet up and bring your friends.  Hugh Peters will be taking us on a journey through the history of music…

 

Music, mathematics and the harmony of the spheres by Hugh Peters

The Scientific Revolution, occurring in very broad terms between 1550 and 1750, is generally regarded as leading to the replacement of ‘magical thinking’ by the ‘scientific method’. This can however be seen as a much more ambivalent process, in which beliefs fluctuated and co-existed with each other, even in the minds of major scientists such as Newton and Hooke. Both these thinkers were profoundly influenced by the traditions of alchemy, astrology and the idea of sympathetic resonances throughout nature.

While mathematics certainly came to the fore in this period as the ‘language’ of science, this happened partly because of the ‘mystical’ belief persisting from the time of Pythagoras that numbers underlay the structure of everything in the cosmos. Further, music, in the form of ‘harmonic theory’, was a major factor in both practical investigations of and theorising about matter and material phenomena.

In this entertaining and non-technical talk, Hugh Peters explores 16th and 17th century thought, drawing on the work of Newton, Hooke and others and addresses the subjects of the ‘music of the spheres’ and the origins of Newton’s Principia. The speaker is an accomplished musician and will illustrate some of the concepts on the classical guitar.

 

 

The talk will cover:

  • The transition from ‘magical thinking’ to ‘empirical science’ 16th to 18th centuries.
  • The role of ‘harmonic theory’ in stimulating scientific practice and theory.
  • How innovation in music paralleled scientific developments.
  • How tuning and temperament, harmony and dissonance work.
  • Major scientists like Newton and Hooke dallied with music, and magical thinking informed Newton’s magnum opus, the Principia Mathematica.

 

A few paragraphs about Hugh:

I am a musician and mathematician who has worked for some time in community arts, further and higher education and as a gigging musician in the northwest of England. I am based in Manchester. I have performed with my own projects at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2010 and 2016, the latter project being called Zamani. I currently work as an academic support tutor in the school of computing and engineering at the University of Huddersfield.

My interests include many kinds of music, the arts in general and science past, present and future. I am very interested in the common ground between artists and scientists in terms of observing nature accurately and applying creativity to what we observe. I am interested in promoting better public understanding of science in general and awareness of climate change in particular.

I am an experienced guitarist in various styles, especially classical guitar and jazz. Favourite guitarists include Julian Bream, George Benson, Pat Metheny and Jonathan Butler. I also play electric bass and piano. I compose music which combines elements of jazz, contemporary African influences and orchestral music.