Talbot Rice Gallery


1 August – 18 October 2014

Ross Birrell, Being and Time, 2012, a copy of Being and Time is thrown into the Abyss, Grand Canyon Arizona

Counterpoint is a non-thematic group exhibition featuring eight contemporary artists whose practice expands the boundaries of visual art. 


Forming an architecture of ideas, the exhibition aims to expand critical and conceptual thinking about visual art in relation to other subjects. The project will include a programme of interactive performances throughout August and a critical forum in October with national and international speakers. 


Participating artists include Ross Birrell, who describes his artistic practice as conceptual and contextual, engaging people, politics, place, philosophy film, writing and music. For Counterpoint he will show a new chapter of the ongoing project Envoy, a series of site-specific actions responding to utopian literature and the logic of gift exchange.


Andrew Miller's work extends across sculpture, photography and drawing. He is interested in the sustainability and use of the discarded object, in particular furniture, which he recycles, remakes and reframes. Drawing from his archive of photographs of urban structures along with elements of existing sculptural works, for Counterpoint he will present work that highlights the potential for improvised and accidental associations of material and structure in whatever context they are originally found.


Keith Farquhar uses the idea of the consumerist ready made, particularly clothing, to subvert our idea of what art can be. Alec Finlay will show Global Oracle, a sculptural and text work looking at the relationship between bee behaviour and navigation, prophecy in Ancient Greece and GPS satellite navigation systems; while Craig Mulholland is the founder of OPERA AUTONOMA, an artist collective that seeks to interface disparate art disciplines using modular approaches to production.


Works by Ellie Harrison, Michelle Hannah and Shona Macnaughton have also been co-commissioned by Talbot Rice Gallery and Edinburgh Art Festival as part of Counterpoint. Alongside these will be a series of performances by Alexa Hare, Ortonandon and Jeans & MacDonald. 


The Counterpoint project has been realised in academic partnership with Edinburgh College of Art. 


Part of GENERATION, a landmark series of exhibitions celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland.



Mon - Fri: 10am-5pm

Sat and Sun: 12pm-5pm


Outside August:

Tues-Fri: 10am-5pm

Sat: 12pm-5pm





Talbot Rice Gallery

University of Edinburgh

Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL

0131 650 2210



11 August 2014
Ellie Harrison in conversation with Ewa Jasiewicz


Free, but please book in advance. Book tickets


12 August 2014
Michelle Hannah and Shona Macnaughton in conversation with John Beagles


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16 August 2014
Counterpoint Performances


Free, no booking necessary


17 August 2014
Festival Detours: Luke Wright at Talbot Rice Gallery


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