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Issue 24 - Art and antiques news

Scotland Magazine Issue 24
January 2006


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Art and antiques news

Sally Toms rounds up the latest shows and exhibitions

Cow parade

Up to 100 cows will descend on Edinburgh next Summer as CowParade, the world’s largest public art event, makes its first foray into Scotland.

The city’s artists are challenged to turn each blank canvas into a bovine art object. The sculptures will then be placed in streets, parks and historic locations.

CowParade is not meant to be high art, however. It is a public art exhibit that is accessible to everyone. Peter Hanig, event organiser commented:

“Art is about breaking down barriers. It gets people to feel, to think, to react. So when you come across life-sized cow sculptures that have been covered in mirrors or gumdrops, cows that have been painted with elaborate themes or transformed into something else entirely, you can’t help but stop and think about what it means. All your preconceived ideas go out the window. Suddenly people see that art can be fun and that art can be interesting to everyone, not just people who frequent museums.”

CowParade ultimately benefits charity. At the conclusion of each event, the cows are herded up and many are auctioned, with 75 per cent of net proceeds being donated to charity. The cows will be displayed from mid-May until the end of July.

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Culture in Grampian

Scotland’s Gallery Trail is a new partnership of North East galleries, and has already proved to be a huge success since its launch last year.

The success follows an encouraging report by the Scottish Museum Council which reveals that more people visit museums and galleries in Scotland that any other type of tourist attraction.

The trail is aimed at art lovers who visit or live in Grampian. The 13 member galleries showcase an extensive collection of work from local, national and international artists. It is also an excellent opportunity to tour the spectacular scenery around Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Special events and previews are planned for throughout the year, for more information visit: www.scotlandsgallery

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