City Dome is Collective’s major new space for exhibitions and commissions.
Preview: Friday 14 March 2014 5–7pm
The Measure of All Things
Collective is pleased to present The Measure of All Things, an exhibition of new work by David Osbaldeston.
Preview: Friday 9 May 2014 5-7pm
Collective presents Grosse Fatigue by Camille Henrot, a film for which she won the Silver Lion at 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.
Collective has a comprehensive calendar of events that supplement our programme.
All Sided Games is a series of off-site commissions, placing artists in and around venues built or used for the Edinburgh 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games and in venues to be used for the Glasgow 2014 Games. It brings people together to make work of mutual interest.
Mitch Miller | Jacob Dahlgren | Nils Norman | Cristina Lucas | Florrie James
March sees the production of two new filmworks by Cristina Lucas and Florrie James. Cristina is in Edinburgh to film a 100-metre race run by people aged 1 to 100 and Florrie is working with families in Glasgow for filming later in the year.
In April, Nils Norman hosts a ‘Play Summit’– in Glasgow, as part of GI 2014 – exploring the state of play and playgrounds in Scotland. Mitch Miller moves from Edinburgh to Glasgow, to produce new ‘dialectograms’ in the city.
Jacob Dahlgren’s no conflict, no irony (I love the whole world), 2013, took place in October at Meadowbank Sports Centre. Families from across Edinburgh designed and carried a 100-metre banner from Meadowbank to Salisbury Crags.
In recent years, play and the child’s right to public space, risk in play, and the quality of our public spaces have become topics of much debate. Play Summit is a three-day event that considers the state of play in Scotland and beyond, with a range of activities for children and families as well as for professionals working in play and urban planning.
We are looking for families and individuals of all ages to take part in an exciting new film by Cristina Lucas. 100 people aged 1 to 100 will take part in a 100-metre race, on a purpose-made track in Holyrood Park.
Observers’ Walks is a series of downloadable audio guides specially created by artists to be listened to on Calton Hill.
Narrated by Tam Dean Burn and Ruth Milne.
Ruth Ewan and Astrid Johnston concentrated on the monuments and geology of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill. Centering around the Political Martyrs’ Monument, this tour reveals the stories behind this glaciated landscape and the rocks we have placed upon it, inviting us to re-engage with the rich diversity of history on Calton Hill.
Bedwyr Williams will produce the second in the series of Obsevers’ Walks, creating a series of stories, which take place at a local hotel.
The third Observers’ Walk will be by Tris Vonna Michell and will be available from August 2014. Supported by Outset, Scotland.
Satellites is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists based in Scotland.
Marie-Michelle Deschamps | Kathryn Elkin | Catrin Jeans | Collette Rayner | Matthew Richardson | Dane Sutherland | Laura Yuile
Satellites Programme includes five solo presentations by selected Scotland based, emergent practitioners and two projects developed by interns. This programme is specifically developed to facilitate artists at this pivotal point in their career through peer review, professional development, mentoring, exhibitions and events.
Recreationally Surviving - The Great Outside
Collective is delighted to present the first Satellites Programme exhibition of 2014 by artist Catrin Jeans.
Preview: Friday 28 March 2014 5–7pm
Kathryn Elkin commonly works with performance, writing and video. For Collective’s Satellites Pogramme Kathryn will present a new video and installation, that explores the potentials for abstraction and misdirection in the combination of language, object, body and memory.
Curatorial Development Intern: Dane Sutherland
Critical Discourse Intern: Laura Yuile
Collective is a contemporary visual arts organisation that delivers an exciting and ambitious programme of new exhibitions, commissions and projects.
Collective was established in 1984 to support new and emergent artists exhibit their work in Edinburgh and has been fundamental to the cultural vitality of Scotland. Now Collective commissions new work by artists who are at a pivotal stage in their development.
Collective invite a wide audience to engage with new contemporary art through our ambitious programme of exhibitions, commissions, participatory and off-site projects. This includes our Satellites Programme, Observers Walks, All Sided Games and events.
Our programme presents contemporary art in all its diversity. We create a space for dialogue with current developments and debates contextualising them to make them relevant to our site, artists and audiences.
Over the next two years, Collective will be making the City Observatory complex its new home, opening the whole site to the public for the first time, placing contemporary art in the heart of Edinburgh.
About the City Observatory
Collective is based in the City Observatory and City Dome site on Calton Hill, one of Edinburgh’s principal hills which forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 10-minute walk from Waverly Station, Calton Hill is a much-visited historic landmark, which commands views over the city, Arthur’s Seat, the Firth of Forth and beyond. Standing alongside the National Monument and The Nelson Monument, the walled complex houses the City Dome and City Observatory which was designed by William Henry Playfair in 1818. The City Observatory is designed in the classical Greek style and was a central feature during the Enlightenment period in Edinburgh. There still remains a charged atmosphere, where the excitement of early scientific advances and the legacy of the Enlightenment can still be felt.
Collective are working closely with City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage, to develop the whole City Observatory site. We have refurbished the City Dome, which is now our major new exhibition space, with the Satellites Programme being housed in temporary accommodation on site.
We are now developing plans to open up the entire walled complex to the public by 2016 with new facilities for artists and audiences.
About the Open Air Café
From March 2014 we will also launch an open air Café run by MILK. The seasonally changing menu will be freshly prepared using only natural ingredients.
MILK serve food that is quick, nutritious, tasty and environmentally sound. Sandwiches, hot food, salads, barrista coffee, specialist teas and home baking are served up straight away in 100% compostable packaging.
Collective’s programme is currently funded by:
Collective has moved to a new venue at the City Observatory complex on Calton Hill.
Since its launch in 2000 Collective’s New Work Scotland Programme (NWSP) has supported groups of creative practitioners, reflecting current movements in visual art in Scotland. Five practitioners are selected through open submission by a new panel each year making NWSP central to Collective’s programme.
Collective is pleased to present three new woodblock print editions by Ruth Ewan. The prints have been informed and developed from the research undertaken for Memorialmania, an audio guide for Calton Hill produced in collaboration with Astrid Johnston.
Our development programme for emergent artists based in Scotland.
Practitioners: Marie-Michelle Deschamps | Kathryn Elkin | Catrin Jeans| Collette Rayner | Matthew Richardson
Curatorial Development Intern: Dane Sutherland
Critical Discourse Intern: Laura Yuile
We look forward to an exciting programme in which the practitioners and interns can grow their practice over the next year. Solo presentations produced
by the selected practitioners will be exhibited throughout 2014.
Volunteers are core to the achievements and ambition of Collective. Their creative and practical support make the Collective what it is today. Volunteers have supported artists projects, initiated and organised their own events and contributed to the development of Collective. Collective are proud to support the development of individuals and are pleased to have our work with volunteers recognised through an investing in volunteers award in 2010.
Every six months, Collective recruit two Volunteer Projects Assistant placements for 3days a week and there are always ad hoc opportunities where you can play a vital role in helping out with events, projects, installation and previews.
We are always interested to hear from people with ideas which they would like to develop with us. We have a yearly deadline of 1st September when all proposals will be reviewed. Please download our proposal guidelines.
City Observatory & City Dome
38 Calton Hill
t: +44 (0)131 556 1264
The Collective is situated in the heart of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, a few minutes' walk from Waverley railway station. Calton Hill is accessible on foot from Waterloo Place, Calton Hill and Royal Terrace.
If you require vehicle access please, contact the gallery on the number above.