If anywhere in Edinburgh can claim to be the artistic centre of the city, it’s Dundas Street (with the possible exception of its ‘sauna’ at the bottom of the hill).
The Open Eye, Scottish and Dundas Street Galleries are all located here, as are a number of art shops and suppliers.
Now, Axolotl has opened, adding an exciting contemporary new gallery to the list.
Owner Derek Butter is clear on what he wants the gallery to represent. New and emerging artists are welcome here; especially if their works are figurative or narrative in nature.
The opening exhibition – “Life, Death and Sex” – demonstrates this ethos perfectly. Running until the end of March, it’s a collective exhibition featuring the works of four female artists. It contains bold, provocative and sometimes challenging pieces which, according to Derek, represent the future direction of Axolotl.
The gallery itself is impressive, with large rooms, generous wallspace and ample natural light flooding in from the large windows. It’s great to see another showcase for fresh, contemporary art in the city, and we look forward to seeing what Axolotl come up with in their programme of forthcoming exhibitions.
Keep up to date with news about this exciting new gallery on Axolotl’s website.