Navigate / search

What’s On

Events management

Social and Educational Foraging and Gleaning: Only free open access events and activities get listed on the website…

 

Click on the event to get more information.  If you have an event or activity in Edinburgh which you want to put on the calendar email in the details.

 

Please check external event websites to confirm details and get tickets

 

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.
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.

May
8
Tue
Open Lectures: Dream Cities by David Wingrove @ The University of Edinburgh
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Lectures: Dream Cities by David Wingrove @ The University of Edinburgh

Our Open Lectures series celebrates the research, projects, collaborations, events and professional practices of our teaching staff at the Centre for Open Learning. Our courses are designed and taught by an extraordinary range of talented and dedicated academics, practitioners and professionals. Many enjoy long and distinguished careers whilst others are in the early stages, perhaps in the midst of their postdoctoral study or working on their first book or exhibition.

Our new series will, for the first time, bring our learning community together to listen and engage with our tutors, as they reveal the story behind their own practices and research, perhaps through a funded project, a commission or continuing professional development.

Dream Cities

Our fifth and final lecture will explore the multiplicity of cross-currents between Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet and Paul Morand’s Hecate and Her Dogs (Hécate et ses chiens), including the notion of exoticism and the eroticisation of ‘the Orient’ by the Western eye, the limitations of the unreliable first-person narrator and the problems of memory, the cliché of the ‘fatal woman’ and its problematic role in contemporary cultural discourse and the concept of erotic taboo and its literary representation.

David Wingrove

David Melville Wingrove is a tutor in Literature and Film Studies for the University of Edinburgh Short Courses. His courses include Dark Fairy Tales, Victorian Gothic, Vampire Fiction and Durrell and The Alexandria Quartet. He wrote his thesis at Harvard University on Durrell and the Myth of the City and has lectured on Durrell and Cavafy for the Royal Scottish Hellenic Society. He has also published widely as a film journalist and has recently authored book chapters on the films of Robert Altman (Images and That Cold Day in the Park) and the fantasy fiction of George MacDonald (Lilith and The Romantic Vampire Tradition).

 

Ticket and Event Information

The event is free and open to the public. To secure your place, tickets have to be booked in advance via this page. The lecture will take place in a lecture theatre which is accessible to wheelchair users and equipped with an induction loop system.

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.

 

 

Dec
16
Sun
Ragged University: ‘Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution’ plus ‘Loneliness and Social Isolation’ @ St John’s Church Hall
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ragged University: 'Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution' plus 'Loneliness and Social Isolation' @ St John’s Church Hall

Come along to the St John’s Church Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ) at 5.30pm for two talks, a bite to eat and some company. Join this friendly and informal gathering to discuss topics with food in good company. It is entirely free and open to everyone

Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution by Richard Gunn

My aim is to share with you the riches of a historical period. In the mid seventeenth century, Britain was plunged in a revolution. In the course of the revolution, ‘church courts and the censorship broke down. The result was an upsurge of popular and radical thinking – much of it thinking of an apocalyptic kind. (The term ‘apocalyptic’ is one which I shall explain but, in this note, I pass over it in silence.) Not the least important feature of the uncensored period of the civil war period is its impact on generations of subsequent radical thought.

Frequently, commentators on radicalism look back only to the early decades of the twentieth century, when Lenin and Luxemburg debated what was termed the ‘problem of organisation’. It is assumed that, beyond Lenin and Luxemburg, only nineteenth-century social democracy was worth considering. My proposal is that such a view of radicalism’s sources is too narrow.

The talk will be exploring the history of mid 17th century, Britain during a time of revolution, commentators of radicalism and the origins of radical and grassroots thought Ranters and Quakers.  There is an accompanying essay as a handout which gives people a deeper insight.

 

 

During the break there will be a chance to have some food and conversation.  You are invited to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share and help take it away at the end so that nothing goes to waste.  It is a bring your own bottle event.

 

Loneliness and Social Isolation by Alex Dunedin

There has been a great increase in the attention which has been paid to loneliness in the last few years.  Lots of research and charities has been formed around studying this social phenomenon as it badly impacts people’s health and wellbeing.  Lots of different factors seem to be involved in creating social isolation in the United Kingdom as the means for people being able to socialise and create social connections are becoming sparse.

The social and economic landscape of the UK has suffered from various kinds of fragmentation and this is now being seen in increases in the mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, a spike and rise in deaths due to overdose.  If we look at the rises in these problems their increase seems to be connected with the austerity policies, the rise in the costs of living, and the diminishment of social spaces available to people.

There is a parallel in behaviour and health when we look at what happens with animals that are kept in captivity.  The impact on cognitive function and the development of the brain is striking when we compare wild animals to domestic ones.  The development of stress behaviours and stress related illnesses is well known and understood in the context of keeping animals in zoos and aquariums; put simply, if they do not have the space and features of the environment which allow them to express their natural behaviours then they become ill and suffer behavioural problems.