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Mar
6
Mon
Basic Bike Care, Edinburgh (Haymarket) @ Sustrans Scotland
Mar 6 @ 5:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Basic Bike Care, Edinburgh (Haymarket) @ Sustrans Scotland | Edinburgh | United Kingdom

An introduction to basic bike care and repair, including the M-check, puncture repair, and how to look after your brakes and gears. Bring your own bike to practice on, or you can use one of ours – you’ll have a chance to ask any questions you may have about maintaining your bike.

Mar
27
Mon
Basic Bike Care, Edinburgh (Royal Commonwealth Pool) @ Royal Commonwealth Pool
Mar 27 @ 5:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Basic Bike Care, Edinburgh (Royal Commonwealth Pool) @ Royal Commonwealth Pool  | Scotland | United Kingdom

An introduction to basic bike care and repair, including the M-check, puncture repair, and how to look after your brakes and gears. Bring your own bike to practice on, or you can use one of ours – you’ll have a chance to ask any questions you may have about maintaining your bike.

Mar
30
Thu
Ragged University: The Scottish Highland and Lowland Clearances; When sheep became more profitable than people by Alex Dunedin @ Cabaret Voltaire
Mar 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: The Scottish Highland and Lowland Clearances; When sheep became more profitable than people by Alex Dunedin @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along and put your feet up at Ragged University, a free education project where everyone is welcome and we socialise around learning… It is informal and there is a bite to eat, you are also welcome to bring some food to share if you want.

The Scottish Highland and Lowland Clearances – When sheep became more profitable than people by Alex Dunedin

The Highland and Lowland Clearances were a terrible moment in Scotland’s history where the crofting peoples, families and communities were displaced from their traditional farmsteads and livings so that the landlords could institute their plans to make the land more profitable for their ends.  This is a history of land enclosure and forced eviction of massive stretches of land in single swoops leaving people destitute and wandering the earth to far afield places like north America, Australia, New Zealand and other places.

It was a move to enclose the lands common to the people and take from them their living during the 18th and 19th centuries by the aristocracy of Scotland.  Cruel and heartless, the law failed to represent the people in these robberies and significantly damaged the Gaelic culture pushing people towards the towns, cities and mills which waited for them.  Known in Gaelic as ‘Fuadach nan Gàidheal’ this translates to ‘expulsion of the Gael’.

As a relatively recent part of Scottish history it has great explanatory power for understanding the way that the Scottish culture and landscape exists today.  The highlands are denuded not only of the flora and fauna which were abundant sources of wealth, but also of its people and cultures.  Now vast stretches of Scotland is owned by absentee landlords as managed assets that contribute little if anything to the eco-system or culture of Scotland.

 

May
25
Thu
Ragged University: ‘How to Better Manage Mental Health’ plus ‘Lets Talk About Population Baby” @ Cabaret Voltaire
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: 'How to Better Manage Mental Health' plus 'Lets Talk About Population Baby" @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along and put your feet up at Ragged University, a free education project where everyone is welcome and we socialise around learning… It is informal and there is a bite to eat, you are also welcome to bring some food to share if you want.

 

How Creativity, Exercise and Nutrition can help to Better Manage Mental Health Conditions by Lou Lord

Research is telling us that mental health issues are on the rise yet society is still reluctant to talk in public. Admitting to having a mental health condition can have a profound effect on an individuals life. I have severe Bipolar Affective Disorder. It nearly killed me. But it didn’t. My talk aims to openly discuss how I saved my life by taking responsibility for my disorder.

 

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Then there is a break where there is food provided… everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share and at the end help take away what is left over.  There is no obligation though.  Drinks will be available from the bar

 

Lets Talk About Population Baby! by Brian Chrystal

The subject of human population growth has had an interesting history. Thomas Malthus was not the first person to talk on the subject. Ancient Greek scholars talked about population and its effects on resources. Paul Ehrlich published “The Population Bomb” in the 1968 and although his predictions have not come about yet they are looking more likely in the future. Humanity at present is like lemmings preening there fur coats before going over the cliff, but we are taking many other species with us. David Attenborough has stated that he can think of no environmental problem that would be easier to solve with fewer people.

 

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Apr
30
Mon
James Clegg Talks Art: Lunch at Talbot Rice Gallery @ Talbot Rice Gallery
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
James Clegg Talks Art: Lunch at Talbot Rice Gallery @ Talbot Rice Gallery

Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery on 30th April 2018 from 12 to 3pm for a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery. The event is open to all and a chance to hear the thoughts of James in relation to the art which he helps curate…

Set among the exhibitions of Rachel Maclean and David Claerbout at Talbot Rice Gallery, this informal, free lunch event will give you the opportunity to engage with the provocative work of two leading contemporary artists.

Touching upon ideas about how digital technology is changing our world and the perils of capitalism, assistant curator James Clegg will lead a discussion based around the video artworks on display. Welcoming anyone with an interest in art, this free event is part of the Ragged University programme and is hosted by Crisis in Scotland and Talbot Rice Gallery.

James Clegg is Assistant Curator for Talbot Rice Gallery, who among other duties helps to plan exhibitions and events and leads on knowledge exchange activities. This is one of many events James has created in collaboration with The Ragged University.  He wants to make sure as many people as possible feel welcome and comfortable coming to the Gallery to engage with contemporary art and subject matters.

 

 

May
28
Mon
Spanish Literature: The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries by Professor Alexis Grohmann @ Lecture Theatre G.03
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Spanish Literature: The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries by Professor Alexis Grohmann @ Lecture Theatre G.03

Since the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936, Spain has experienced a series of profound transformations that have marked the trajectory of its literature to this day. This lecture will survey the changes that Spanish literature (the novel, in the main) has undergone in this historical context in order to shed light on contemporary writing, especially that of the democratic period.

In his Inaugural Lecture for the University of Edinburgh, Professor Alexis Grohmann (Chair of Contemporary Spanish Literature) will look at the challenges that Spanish literature – and those who study and teach it – face, viewed through the prism of key twentieth- and twenty-first-century developments and the trajectory of certain paradigmatic writers and genres. He will also trace the emergence of new genres, such as the newspaper column by writers.

This event is part of a series of Inaugural Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, where newly appointed Professors or Chairs give free public talks on their current and recent research. It was originally scheduled for 28th February 2018, but had to be postponed due to extreme weather.

Jun
14
Thu
Ragged University: Lunch in the Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg Talks About ‘Trading Zone’ @ Talbot Rice Gallery
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ragged University: Lunch in the Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg Talks About ‘Trading Zone’ @  Talbot Rice Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) on 30th April 2018 from 11 am – 1pm for a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery and a talk by James Clegg…

 

Lunch in the Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg Talks About ‘Trading Zone’

Trading Zone is a group exhibition that stems from a desire to explore the diversity of student practice taking place across the University of Edinburgh. Led by a process of discovery, it evolved through an engagement with the work of over 300 students, including those from disciplines as seemingly far apart as Archaeology, Business, Design and Music.

The resulting exhibition includes a fabulous array of different artworks, including virtual data-landscapes retrieved from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, mushroom built Gothic spires and explorations of the earth-born cracks and tangles of our language systems. Featuring students of Architecture, Art, Contemporary Art Practice, Fine Art, History of Art, Creative Writing, Digital Composition and Performance, Music, Creative Music Practice, Design, Design Informatics and Intermedia.

 

The talk will cover

Talbot Rice Gallery’s current student exhibition Trading Zone.
The importance of contemporary artists using every technology and material available to them in order to engage with the diversity of our world.
The importance of interdisciplinary learning and discovery.
The themes of some of the works in the exhibition including: The intelligence of organic cultures, the history of the Gallery’s architectural space, post-apocalyptic LIDAR images and the embodied evolution of design ideas.

 

 

 

Lunch will kindly be provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery as arranged by James…

Sep
24
Mon
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.

Nov
29
Thu
29th Nov 2018: Mind Management Workshop; Learn and Explore the Realistic Benefits of Mindfulness, Meditation and Self Hypnosis for Managing Your Mind by Leon Paterson @ Cabaret Voltaire
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
29th Nov 2018: Mind Management Workshop; Learn and Explore the Realistic Benefits of Mindfulness, Meditation and Self Hypnosis for Managing Your Mind by Leon Paterson @ Cabaret Voltaire

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and get involved in a discussion on psychology and behaviour modelling…

Mind management workshop – Learn and explore the realistic benefits of mindfulness, meditation and self hypnosis for managing your mind.by Leon Paterson

According to research we are exposed to over 5000 adverts a day – social media, billboards, 24 hour news all compete for our attention. Many people’s thoughts are passively following where their attention leads. This is because they have learned to respond almost automatically to the world.

Yet most people are able to concentrate their attention effortlessly in situations that demand it. What enables this to be achieved is party down to the context. A working environment for example will activate you into becoming focused on what’s important… your work! What is more challenging is managing your attention independently.

We have incredible purposeful minds that alert us to things that seem important. They just might not be important at that particular moment. Going over and over an argument you had, or repeatedly replaying something you regret doing. Are examples of unwanted thoughts that can seem automatic.

Research demonstrates people who are better able to manage their thoughts and attention have a better quality of life, are more in control of their emotions, and have a range of ways to view the same situation. The good news is these are skills that everybody can learn and develop. And in this highly practical introduction you will learn how to apply mind management skills for your own personal development.

 

 

 

Dec
6
Thu
Ragged University: Tremble Tremble and At the Gates; Tour and Discussion by James Clegg @ Talbot Rice Gallery
Dec 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Ragged University: Tremble Tremble and At the Gates; Tour and Discussion by James Clegg @ Talbot Rice Gallery

Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) at 11.30 am – 1.30pm for a talk by James on the Tremble Tremble and At the Gates exhibition 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…

Tremble Tremble and At the Gates; Tour and Discussion

Inspired by the tidal wave of change that has been sweeping the world Tremble Tremble and At the Gates are exhibitions celebrating the distinctive and powerful voices of artists engaging with social histories and personal politics. Often brushing up against the law, or institutions of power, the works in these exhibitions have amplified the global struggle towards female self-empowerment, and in the case of Ireland’s historic fight against the Eighth Amendment, the right to bodily self-determination.

Jesse Jones’ Tremble Tremble speaks to the struggle against the oppression of women across the ages, and particularly in relation to the law. Originally created to represent Ireland at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, it was conceived in the context of Ireland’s then-growing momentum to attempt once again to repeal the Eighth Amendment, and effectively legalise abortion. The artwork takes a woman’s body as the primary ground of her exploitation and resistance to capitalism and the state, and creates a new law to supersede man-made laws, the law of In Utera Gigantae. Tremble Tremble has been re-designed and expanded for the Georgian Gallery and is performed each day during the Gallery’s opening hours, looping after 30 minutes.

At the Gates presents seven international artists and collectives who rub up against the law or institutions of power, in artworks that tell stories of violence, campaigning, rehabilitation and exploitation in and around women’s histories. Drawing strength from Tremble Tremble, the exhibition is motivated by the complex struggle of women to find, protect, and even rehabilitate their voice. These artists and their individual projects attest to the volume of these voices, images, banners, objects and artworks as they amass and become part of a public discussion.

The title, At the Gates, is partly inspired by Franz Kafka’s parable Before the Law. This is a story about a man who spends his life standing at the gates of the law awaiting permission to enter. The title also borrows from American suffragist Lavinia Dock who said in 1917: ‘The old stiff minds must give way. The old selfish minds must go. Obstructive reactionaries must move on. The young are at the gates!’

These exhibitions celebrate artists who are not waiting for permission, to quote Ailbhe Smyth (co-chair of Together for YES, Ireland’s official abortion rights campaign) speaking at the opening of Tremble Tremble in Dublin, ‘It is about understanding that you first have to disturb, you first have to disrupt, there first has to be an upheaval… Where flesh becomes stone, and stone becomes flesh… you knew, in witch-like fashion, exactly what we needed to do and to hear and to see and to fear.’

In the context of these two exhibitions we are delighted to host Silvia Federici for a public lecture on the 23rd November in partnership with Collective. We are also thrilled to announce that Silvia Federici will be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2020. Something of a spirit-guide for these exhibitions, Federici’s writing is very much part of both Tremble Tremble and At the Gates. With sincere thanks to all of the collaborators, supporters and lenders, but most of all to these magnificent artists, and their inspiring artworks.

 

Jan
16
Thu
Ragged University: The Extended Mind @ Talbot Rice Gallery (
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ragged University: The Extended Mind @ Talbot Rice Gallery ( | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) on 16th Jan 2020 from 2 – 4 pm for a leisurely introduction to the ideas of Distributed Cognition by Doug, lunch, and a tour by James…

The Extended Mind talk and tour at Talbot Rice Gallery by James Clegg

The Extended Mind is based on the idea that our bodies, objects, language, institutions, other people and environments, expand our capacity to think, feel and orient ourselves in the world. This idea, that cognition is not simply something that takes place in the brain, is often called distributed cognition. A curatorial and academic endeavour, the exhibition grows from a collaboration between Talbot Rice Gallery and a research project called The History of Distributed Cognition.

The History of Distributed Cognition (2014-2018) aimed to show the relevance of distributed cognition to the arts and humanities. It revealed links to practices and ideas throughout Western Europe, from classical antiquity through to the twentieth century. The Extended Mind exhibition asks how this relates to contemporary art practice.

Across the work of 12 international artists it includes videos of robots that learn through embodied interactions; sculptures that reveal our cognitive relationship with objects; critical engagements with technocratic forms of anonymous and distributed labour; vicarious trips to the Amazon jungle; and artificial intelligence and spiritualist responses to the internet age. It invites you on journeys to other real and imagined places, demonstrating how art plays a vital role in scaffolding new forms of understanding.

The event will consist of:

  • An introduction to the key themes of Distributed Cognition by Doug Cairns, Professor of Classics.
  • Lunch with a discussion about how we all use our bodies and the world to extend the capacities of our brains, whether orientating ourselves, remembering things, navigating or calculating.
  • A tour of The Extended Mind exhibition – including the work of 12 contemporary artists – at Talbot Rice Gallery, led by curator James Clegg.

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