Summerhall’s summer shows address conflict in an echo of the Edinburgh Festival’s original aim to heal the wounds of war.
Various of the art projects in Edinburgh this summer respond to the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival, and the post-war moment in which it was established. The wide-ranging programme of exhibitions at Summerhall, which runs until 24 September, takes its title from one of the festival’s original aims, “To Heal the Wounds of War”.
Illustration: Horsemen of the Apocalypse, editioned 1938 copy by Rudolph Von Ripper
Visit to the 70th Edinburgh Fringe I International Times
August 29, 2017
Article by Kevin Short
Veteran Fringe participant, venue manager, producer, and promoter, and this year; visitor to the 70th Anniversary Festival, Kevin Short, reviews his six Best of the Fest, a mix of Comedy, Music, Conceptual Happenings, Theatre, and Performance Art.
Six of Summerhall's best art exhibitions for Edinburgh Festivals 2017 I The List
August 16, 2017
Article by David Pollock
Alongside all the theatre, dance and music, Summerhall's free visual arts programme is an essential element of any visit to the venue. Here, David Pollock picks half a dozen highlights to peruse, whether you're in searching for new exhibitions or looking for how to spend your time between shows.
Photography: Colombo Art Biennale – Return: In Search Of Stillness
A look at Summerhall's political arts programme I The Skinny
July 31, 2017
Article by Adam Benmakhlouf
Through Summerhall's arts programme this August, there's an observable trend towards politicised or protest work, considering issues relating to the refugee crisis, indigenous cultures, as well as Brexit and Trump
We went back home for a few days during the summer, to refuel batteries and gather more art material. We come from Lunel, famous for its Muscat wine but unfortunately also for its jihadist surge (about 20 people left to fight with IS and died in Syria in the last 2 years). Polarisation and stigmatisation is well known to the region with extreme-right gaining territory in opposition to further radicalisation, increased fear and suspicion from all sides.
We took back some of the art from Calais and decided to set up an improvised exhibition in an abandoned warehouse close to our house. We invited local press and the whole town to come and see the wonderful pieces of art as well as some documentaries about the jungle. We wanted to initiate debate, raise awareness, break down prejudice and show how beautiful and sensitive the souls of the jungle residents are.