EVENT – The Colony of Artists Exhibition, 20th-21st September 2014

Credit - Aly Wight

Back for their 9th year, the Abbeyhill artists reunite for Colonies exhibition

The Colony of Artists are excited to announce details of their 2014 exhibition.

Centred around the Abbeyhill Colonies just east of Edinburgh city centre, this unique event will bring together over 20 artists to exhibit a diverse range of works at venues across the Colonies.

Taking place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September, the Colony of Artists will open up their homes to exhibit work, giving visitors the opportunity to experience individual pieces and performances in a very personal setting.  From sculpture, oil painting and photography, to watercolour, illustration and music, this year’s exhibition is set to be more engaging than ever.

The full programme is now online.

Kate Burwell, Colony Artist, said “we’re very excited to be part of the Colony of Artists exhibition again this year.  The unique nature of the craftsmen’s cottages has meant that there has always been a creative cluster in this area.  With new artistic talents flourishing thanks to the warm and friendly community, we heartily recommend taking a wandering tour.”

Credit: Colony of Artists

This year will include musical performances by Take it to the Bridge, a vocal ensemble of 50s and 60s harmonic groove, and the chance to explore the illustrated world of Oldmangrey, beards and Pipthedog.  People will also have interactive opportunities to experience the practice of expressive felt sculpture, and to embark on a historical treasure hunt for clues to unlock the history of the Colonies.

Credit - Bill Mazur

Dating back to the late 19th Century, the Colonies were built as part of the co-operative movement for working-class housing.  A dispute over working hours led to the formation of the Edinburgh Co-operative Building Company in 1861, founded by seven Edinburgh stonemasons and supported by a unity of local artisans.  By 1911, they had built thousands of houses throughout the city, with a unique sense of identity created that has endured for over a hundred years.

The bohemian community spirit was reignited in 2005 when the Colony Of Artists exhibition brought creatives in the area together for the first ever event of its kind in Edinburgh. The event has grown year by year, attracting people from all over Edinburgh and beyond, and continues to be an exciting gathering of some of the most progressive artists from the area today.


Colony of Artists website

You can also like the Colony of Artists Facebook page.

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