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In the Frame: Descriptive Tour

Sat 15 Sep, 12-2pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Artist Juliana Capes will take you through detailed descriptions of Dean’s art and practice, with lunch and refreshments. We particularly welcome people with visual impairments, hearing loss and disabilities.

In the Frame: Descriptive Tour is supported by The RS MacDonald Charitable Trust.

About the exhibition 

Tacita Dean is one of Britain’s most respected and successful international artists. This year has been a busy one for her, with exhibitions at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery focusing on the genres of landscape, portraiture and still life. Taking theatre and performance as its theme, our exhibition complements these showings, and is presented in the context of the Edinburgh International Festival, the world’s pre-eminent celebration of the performing arts.

The exhibition is built around Dean’s film Event for a Stage (2015), in which actor Stephen Dillane delivers a virtuoso solo performance: it is a performance about performing, given by an actor playing the part of an actor. As the film moves swiftly backwards and forwards between ‘reality’ and ‘illusion’, the audience never quite knows how much of what we are seeing to believe – much of the script concerns the role of text, actor and audience in creating and preserving the ‘magic of suspended disbelief that is the theatre’.

Event for a Stage is joined in the exhibition by a selection of works brought together for the first time that focus on ideas related to acting and the theatre, including her recent film miniature His Picture in Little of three actors who all played Hamlet on the London stage and her early installation Foley Artist that uses the fiction of sound in cinema to portray the actions of a theatre usherette. The exhibition also includes a blackboard drawing and photogravures that together examine performance and its relationship to fiction, the imagination and the collective effort of artist and audience. Turning truth into fiction and unspooling the threads of narrative even as they seem to be weaving them into a convincing tale, these beguiling, entrancing works offer another window into the imagination of this most complex of artists.

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In the Frame: Descriptive Tour

Sat 3 Feb, 12–2pm. Free. 12 places. Book via Eventbrite

An informal lunch and descriptive tour of Jacqueline Donachie’s exhibition Right Here Among Them (11 November 2017 – 11 February 2018). Artist Juliana Capes will take you through detailed descriptions of Donachie’s art and practice, followed by lunch and refreshments. We particularly welcome people with disabilities, including visual impairments and hearing loss.


About the exhibition

Jacqueline Donachie takes over The Fruitmarket Gallery with a major, mid-career exhibition of sculpture, installation, photography, film and drawing, rooted in an exploration of individual, family and collective identity.

Donachie is interested in the structures, platforms and spaces (both actual and conceptual) in and through which we construct and support ourselves in the world. For this exhibition she has made a series of new sculptures and installations which are shown in the context of two important existing works, each specially reconfigured and re–presented for the Fruitmarket.

A new version of Donachie’s classic Advice Bar (1995/2017) opens the exhibition. At once a Minimalist sculpture and a performance piece, it will host a programme of advice sessions throughout the exhibition, in a nod to the work’s first incarnation in New York, during which a young Donachie dispensed drinks and free advice to visitors. Sharing the same collaborative and participatory spirit is Temple of Jackie, a miniature social space built into a reconfigured camping trailer.

These socially engaged, participatory works set the tone for the exhibition, which continues with an ambitious series of new sculptures which build on the imagery and ideas with which Donachie has been working throughout her career. Making spaces and drawing lines in aluminium, leather, paper and bronze, Donachie makes works that we can look at, sit on, stand beneath and measure ourselves against.

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