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Raising a Deaf Child Workshop @ Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Raising a Deaf Child Workshop @ Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel | Scotland | United Kingdom

Encouraging Positive Behaviour

Learn to recognise the causes of challenging behaviour and develop the skills and strategies to promote positive behaviour.

Led by two facilitators this workshop will provide an opportunity for you to meet other parents of deaf children in a friendly, welcoming environment.

Refreshements and free onsite childcare provided.

Michael Keating – A Wealthier, Fairer Scotland @ Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Michael Keating - A Wealthier, Fairer Scotland @ Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Blackwell’s Bookshop and Edinburgh University Press are delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of A Wealthier, Fairer Scotland – The Political Economy of Constitutional Change, edited by Michael Keating.

How can Scotland use its new and existing powers to create a brighter economic and social future?

The ambition of the Scottish Government is to create a wealthier and fairer nation. Following the devolution acts of 1998, 2012 and 2016, it has extensive powers and resources to fulfill its ambition. This interdisciplinary collection of essays asks how it can be achieved, given the range of powers available, economic constraints, institutions and public support. Looking at economic policy, taxation and welfare, A Wealthier, Fairer Scotland provides a realistic analysis of the opportunities and constraints facing a small, devolved nation. After years of debate on what powers Scotland should have, this book examines how they might be used to shape the country’s future.

Michael Keating is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Academician of the Social Sciences. He has published extensively on European politics, nationalism and regionalism.

For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can’t make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or [email protected]

Ragged University: Psychology and Behavioural Modelling Meetup; Perception for Self Effectiveness by Leon Paterson @ Lighthouse Bookshop
May 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ragged University: Psychology and Behavioural Modelling Meetup; Perception for Self Effectiveness by Leon Paterson @ Lighthouse Bookshop

Come along to the Lighthouse Bookshop (43-45 West Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB) at 7.30pm and take part in the Psychology and Behavioural Modelling Meetup by Leon Paterson. It is a friendly and informal gathering to discuss topics with nibbles in good company. It is entirely free and open to everyone. Come and join us for a fun, explorative journey into the behavioural science and psychology of Perception for Self Effectiveness

People spend more time learning how to work their mobile phones than how to work their minds. We obsess about how we appear to others. But how much time do you spend investing in how you think, how you understand yourself and develop your emotions. There has never been a time in history where your ability to learn quickly and adapt to fit a changing environment has been so necessary.

So before you decide if this event’s for you. Ask yourself honestly – could I do with an update so I’m the most effective version of myself?

On this meetup you will learn

  • How to apply a sequence of change to any situation
  • A model of analysis for improved understanding of self and others
  • A range of thinking tools for managing challenges and difficulties
  • The building blocks of experience – how we create our reality
  • Enhanced perception skills – 6 different ways of creating memories and imagination
  • Connect with a sense of whole self that transcends any single moment



Ragged University: The Green Man, The Work of Lucy Skaer by James Clegg @ Talbot Rice Gallery
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ragged University: The Green Man, The Work of Lucy Skaer by James Clegg @ Talbot Rice Gallery

Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) at 11am to 1pm for a talk by James on Lucy Skaer’s art and a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery. The event is open to all and a chance to hear thoughts in relation to the art which he helps curate…

The Green Man, the work of Lucy Skaer by James Clegg

Lucy Skaer’s exhibition The Green Man is an exploration of irrationality in collections. In the traditional museum, time is linear and free from ageing, order is presented and the body is absent. Skaer asks what happens if desire, change, empathy and fallibility were instead to become the organising principles. Throughout her practice, Skaer mines and manipulates pre-existing imagery – from art and history, as well as from her own oeuvre and personal history – transforming and destabilising relationships between materials and meanings. For this exhibition, Skaer has selected items from the collections of the University of Edinburgh, inviting fellow artists to inhabit the galleries of Talbot Rice alongside her – Fiona Connor, H.D., Will Holder, Nashashibi/Skaer and Hanneline Visnes.

To Skaer, the Green Man is a deeply irrational figure, spewing leaves and vines in place of language. Present in both pagan and Christian imagery, the Green Man made a resurgence after the plague, when wilderness and weeds took over much of the arable land. Skaer has selected items from the collection, bringing them into dialogue with her own constantly shifting works. Where before there was stability, she has opened windows into the Gallery, allowing light in that may cause them to sprout, grow and form a thicket of ideas. In calling the exhibition The Green Man, Lucy Skaer likens the spontaneous generation and evolution of form in artworks such as Sticks and Stones (2015–18) to the symbol of destruction and renewal found in carved stone faces made of leaves and vines.

Amongst this scene are: Hanneline Visnes’ paintings which comment on the representation and control of nature using stylised motifs of animals and plants; Will Holder’s interpretive re-publishing of H.D.’s Palimpsest; Nashashibi/Skaer’s film that revisits the tableaus of Gauguin; and Fiona Connor’s exposure of the Gallery’s secret places. All contribute to the exhibition’s exploration of collections, forms, print and language. The Green Man includes a number of new works commissioned by Talbot Rice Gallery for the exhibition, carving playful new ways for the collections of the University to speak to our visitors, and representing Skaer’s most in-depth exhibition in the UK to date.

A few paragraphs the speaker:

James is an Assistant Curator for Talbot Rice Gallery. Passionate about contemporary art he has curated and helped to curate lots of exhibitions for the Gallery since 2010. He is specifically interested in artists that work across disciplinary boundaries and he works hard to create meeting points for different types of practitioner and different types of audience. This includes public events that see academics, performers and poets coming together to create new dialogues around specific ideas. It also includes talks and tours with a range of different groups, including ones connected to the Scottish Refugee Council, Crisis Scotland and various colleges and adult education groups.