Our tenth Festival edition ran from 1 August to 1 September 2013 and included 60 exhibitions across the city alongside ten newly commissioned public works by leading and emerging artists from Scotland and beyond, and a month of special events.
"This year the Edinburgh Art Festival is 10 years old. What started as not much more than a joint marketing enterprise is now a cohesive festival with an identity and character of its own." Moira Jeffrey, The Scotsman
Parley was an ambitious programme of ten publicly sited commissions by established and emerging artists from Scotland and beyond. Publicly sited work, by its very nature, often incites debate or polarises opinion. Parley invited artists and audiences alike to consider how art (and particularly art beyond the gallery) can be an agent of discussion, debate and social change.
True to the spirit of Parley, several of the works in the Commissions Programme stemmed directly from conversation and collaboration, whether between artists themselves, with our partner galleries, or through a direct invitation to the public to participate in the creation of work.
Krijn de Koning’s extraordinary platform, co-commissioned with Edinburgh College of Art for their Sculpture Court, proposed an architecture for debate and dialogue. It hosted a series of events throughout the festival, including two parleys, authored by artists Ross Sinclair and Rachel Maclean (co-commissioned with Edinburgh Printmakers) respectively.
In August 2004, just as the first Edinburgh Art Festival launched, staff began to move into Scotland’s new parliament building. The architects of the building, Barcelona based practice Miralles and Tagliabue, were clear that they sought to create ‘not a building in a park or garden but a form for gathering people’. This offers a resonant counterpoint for Parley which, like the Miralles and Tagliabue parliament, offers a form for gathering, a site for debate, discussion and exploration.
Christine Borland and Brody Condon: Daughters of Decayed Tradesmen
Peter Liversidge: Flags for Edinburgh
Sarah Kenchington: Wind Pipes for Edinburgh
Ross Sinclair: Real Life and How to Live it in Auld Reekie
Robert Montgomery: Edinburgh Fire Poem
Katri Walker: An Equilibrium Not of this World
Krijn de Koning: Land
Sara Barker: Patterns - Co-commissioned with Jupiter Artland
Daniel Padden and Peter Nicholson: Edinburgh Complaints Choir, originally conceived by the Finnish artists Tellervo and Oliver Kochta Kalleinen.
Kenny Watson: The Days and Fascia
Festival Commissions Catalogue 2013:
Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast and Dressed to Kill at City Art Centre
Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry; Artist Rugs: Dovecot’s Contemporary Rug Collection and Dazzle@Dovecot at Dovecot Studios
Paul Rooney and Leeds United; MA Art & Design and Collins & Goto: Spirit in the Air, CO2Edinburgh at Edinburgh College of Art
Rachel Maclean: I HEART SCOTLAND at Edinburgh Printmakers
Gabriel Orozco: thinking in circles at The Fruitmarket Gallery
Peter Liversidge: doppelgänger at Ingleby Gallery
Mostly West: Franz West and Artist Collaborations at Inverleith House
Jeremy Deller with Alan Kane and Sam Durant: Scaffold at Jupiter Artland
Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands at the Scottish National Gallery
From Death to Death and Other Small Tales and Witches & Wicked Bodies at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Man Ray Portraits at Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Mary, Queen of Scots; IIana Halperin: The Library and Amazing Amber at National Museum of Scotland
Gregor Schneider: Süsser Duft Edinburgh 2013; Michael Nyman: Man With A Movie Camera; Fiona Banner: The Vanity Press; One Hundred Multiples
By Lawrence Weiner; Robbie Thompson: Ecstatic Arc; Ryan The Wheelbarrow: Werkr; Martin Green: Scuffed Underside; Moving Beyond, Chinese Modern Abstract Art; Last Of The Heroic Modernists – John Berger In Scotland; Scotland in Europe: Europe in Scotland (Demarco European Art Foundation); Johnny Miller: Hut Drawings; Stewart McCaffer: Saki and Flynn; Mads Teglers: Looking For Eva; Paul Robertson: Exhibition In A Pocket; Sun Ra: The Immeasurable Equation; Derek Jarman: The Blue Book; Marius Alexander: Preforming Eye; Jane Frere: Return of the Soul – The Wall – The Void; Robert McDowell: Troubles in Europe; Robert Kusmirowski: Pain Thing and Phenotype Genotype (Phg) at Summerhall
Transmitted Live: Nam June Paik Resounds at Talbot Rice Gallery
Scottishness in Art: 1750–1980 at Bourne Fine Art
Doig Klasse at Canongate Venture
Game Changer and Observers’ Walks at Collective
The Vodnjan Collective at Doubtfire Gallery
PRODUCT at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
GARAGE at GARAGE
Bobby Niven at Old Ambulance Depot
Alberto Morrocco at Open Eye Gallery
Staple Matter at Patriothall Gallery
Lovely Sky (Participatory Imagineering) at Rhubaba
Collectors’ Choice; 21 Revolutions: Two Decades of Changing Minds at Glasgow Women’s Library and Richard Murphy Architects at The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture
Ana Maria Pacheco at St. Albert’s Catholic Chaplaincy
James Lumsden at Scottish Arts Club
Paul Reid, Elizabeth Blackadder and Stephen Bird at The Scottish Gallery
Angela Ferreira: Political Cameras at Stills