— Artlink Edinburgh & Lothians

SomeBatSqueakPerformanceFlySaturday 26 April 2.30pm – 4.00pm
National Library of Scotland

Some Bat-squeak Echo of Other Time: a tour guided by fiction. Created by Ken Cockburn as the culmination of an Artlink project with the National Library of Scotland. The project considered the library as both a building and a collection. Within the collection are descriptions of fictional buildings, which have only ever existed in the imagination.

This performance will lead you on a journey through the National Library of Scotland weaving together fictions, description and music. Ken Cockburn’s explorations of the building together with staff and Artlink participants, has resulted in this rich and unexpected way to experience the library and its spaces.

This is a free event as part of Artlink’s Opening Lines which mixes description, history and storytelling in response to locations across Edinburgh, creating events for sighted and non sighted audiences.

For more info or to join the event, please contact: Susan Humble susan@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk or call 0131 229 3555.

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Come along and hear Alan Grant, famous for his work on 2000AD and Batman, Scott and Liz Davidson, talk about their new comic – Scott vs Zombies on the 2nd of April at 6-7pm, Stockbridge Library, 11 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5BA.

As part of National Autism Awareness Day we will be auctioning some of original signed artworks by artist Robin Smith (2000AD and The Bogeyman). All proceeds go to work with people with autism. Preview the artworks HERE.

If you can not attend the evening event you can also put in a postal bid. Simply download the form HERE and email a signed copy to Vanessa Cameron,   info@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk .   Bids received before 4pm on Wednesday 2nd April will be registered.

Let us know you are coming! Book HERE.

Comics will be available for sale at the event or if you can’t make it – buy one now!

For more information please contact us on 0131 229 3555


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Award-winning writer Nicola White – In The Rosary Garden, will be in conversation with Philippa Cochrane, Head of Reader Development, Scottish Book Trust at Morningside Library, 184 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4PU on the 18th February from 6pm–7pm.

As part of Ever, Present, Past, a year long programme commemorating 200 years of The Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Artlink commissioned writer Nicola White to explore the history of the REH, meet with staff and patients and create a fiction based on the hidden stories she uncovered. In the resulting work, a mysterious presence lurks among the corridors of Craig House, a woman walks into the sea and a baby is cared for by strangers. Based on real life stories, it offers a glimpse of the stigma of mental ill health over the centuries.

Nicola and Philippa will discuss the personal memories and documents that she drew on for the publication, the boundaries between fiction and truth, the importance of having our stories told, and the impact of a large psychiatric hospital on the Morningside community. Book early to avoid disappointment!


For further information please contact us info@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk

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VOICESSaturday 1st February, 11am, Talbot Rice Gallery
Voices from the Past 

Join us for a performative talk by Pauline Goldsmith and Ruth Honeybone, travelling backwards and forwards through time, creating a picture of the Royal Edinburgh hospital from the perspective of the people who have lived and worked there over the past 200 years.

During the research for Mark Dion’s ’200 Years, 200 Objects’, many stories about the Royal Edinburgh Hospital were unearthed. Some of these were obvious fabrications, whilst others would appear to be true, but all need to be told.

Artlink has put together a talk which knits together all these stories, from interviews and anecdotes found within the archive, to old newspaper articles and letters from 19th century patients. The result is a fascinating portrait of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital that is at times sad, at times humorous.

Introduced by Alison Stirling, Artlink.
Pauline Goldsmith is an award winning actress, comedian and writer.
Ruth Honeybone is manager of Lothian Health Services Archive and has been a key contributor to the research behind the Ever, Present Past exhibition.

This is a FREE event, but booking is required.


Saturday 8 February, 11am, Talbot Rice Gallery
Healing for Mind & Body – a history of hospital landscapes in Scotland

In an illustrated talk, Christopher Dingwall will consider how the designed landscapes that surround many of Scotland’s hospitals came to be seen as important in the treatment of patients.

The pioneering work of Dr. W.A.F. Browne, first at the Montrose Asylum, and later at the Crichton Royal Institution in Dumfries, will be considered, as will the way in which his ideas on occupational therapy grew out of his links with the early 19th century phrenological movement. Parallels with be drawn with other reform movements of the period, which saw the development of public parks and garden cemeteries.

Christopher Dingwall is a freelance landscape historian, formerly Conservation Officer, and now Honorary Research Adviser to the Garden History Society in Scotland. Among his special interests is that of 19th century social reform movements, and the ways in which these were reflected in the design of parks and gardens of the period.

This is a FREE event, but booking is required.


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Ever Presnt Past Invite

Artlink is delighted to present a series of commissions realised as part of the yearlong Ever / Present / Past programme in the University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery.

The history of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital spans 200 years, covering many life times and diverse experiences of the psychiatric system.  These experiences, some sad, some heartening, some funny and some down right odd, give a different insight into the everyday life of this Hospital and the ways in which it has changed over the years.

Over the past year an immense programme of research was undertaken in which artists Mark Dion, Claire Barclay, Anne Elliot, Laura Aldridge, Laura Spring, Alex Wilde and writer Nicola White became researchers. Each devised their own approach to involving the individuals they met with. Patients, staff, managers, archivists and local communities all have contributed to the dialogue. Some became researchers, others characters in stories, consultants offering advice or co-creators making work.

Their collated experiences now offer us new perspectives of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s history.

The exhibition runs from the 16 November till 15 February 2014. A full programme of talks and events accompanies the exhibition which will be published next week.

To celebrate the hospital’s rich tradition of making, we created a range of original objects designed by patients in collaboration with artists, designers and manufacturers. The can be purchased in our shop.

For further information please contact us info@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk or visit the Ever Present Past blog.

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National Library of Scotland LogoArtlink and the National Library of Scotland are seeking an artist for an Investigative Placement exploring unexpected and diverse experiences of the library’s spaces. The placement will playfully explore descriptive language to create a response that acknowledges and offers diverse experiences of the library with sighted and partially sighted participants. The Investigative Placement will take place between January and April 2014.

The deadline for receiving proposal is 5pm, 6th of December 2013.

You can download background information to the placement here.

For further information contact susan@artlinkedingurgh.co.uk

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Alan Grant famous for his work on 2000AD and Batman and Scott Davidson, a young man who has autism and the inspiration behind Scott vs Zombies, will be signing copies of this new limited edition Comic drawn by Robin Smith on the 26th of October at Waterstone Book Store, Princes Street, 12.30 pm and Ocean Terminal, 3pm.

The Comics are for sale at Waterstones, Forbidden Planet, Deadhead Comics and Autism Network for £1.99 and for a limited time from this site!

For more information please contact us on 0131 229 3555 or info@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk

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has-poster-v2Join us on the 28th of August from 5.30pm at the Divisional Lecture Theatre, Kennedy Tower, Royal Edinburgh Hospital for an idiosyncratic journey through the last 200 years.

Hear the voices of staff, patients and local people unearthed within the LHSA archives and interviews of patients and staff. Sometimes sad, sometimes heart warming, they combine to weave a compelling story of the everyday.


This talk is part of ‘Ever Present Past’ project at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital developed and coordinated by Artlink. The project explores the history of the Hospital through a series of talks, events and workshops and artist placements throughout 2013 – the Hospital’s bi-centenary

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WGH ChoirIn July the Western General Hospital Choir entertained patients at the Royal Victoria Building with songs from the Beatles to musical numbers from Les Mis. We explore how it came into being….

The choir is very much chaplain Liz Markey’s brainchild and started with a chat about her involvement in the Artlink Crafty Lunches. She had enjoyed the sociable, relaxing atmosphere of the sessions and the new skills gained. In conversation we soon arrived at an idea of where to take these positive experiences next; how about a staff choir where people come together, relax and sing a few songs together?  We liked it immediately.

Luckily enough we have Nicky at Artlink to design lovely posters.  We set about advertising the opportunity to join the new staff choir and were really pleased to be met by an enthusiastic response.


Under the leadership of Liz we soon established strong core of regular singers with others dropping in and out of the 45 minute lunch time session as their schedules allowed. Within a few months the choir was ready to perform: Last December we went round the wards in the RVB singing carols for patients-thereby giving purpose to our fun. The event was enjoyed greatly by the patients and indeed ourselves’.

This summer we visited the wards again to great acclaim!

Please contact Vanessa or Kirsty for further information info@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk .

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