So I curated an exhibition of contemporary art, poetry and readings – and it’s viewable in Edinburgh and online. The works are by a collection of artists and writers, many of them are friends, all of them are excellent.
Online catalogue – with tracks for various audio streams: poems, readings of the narrative by congregation members and curator or artist’s comment, describing the work. This brings the exhibition to you.
Ideally, you’d visit in person, with the website page on a portable device, with headphones, so you could choose which tracks to listen to, at each artwork.
However, if you can’t be there in person, the online catalogue is better than nothing.
I was commissioned by St Andrew’s and St George’s West, which is a church in a very central location, in Edinburgh, close to one of the main hubs of the International Edinburgh Festival.
The theme covered are the days from Christ’s resurrection through to Pentecost – all the transformed grief, new hope, encounters and excitement of that time, captured through 21st century disciples reading the words of the eye witnesses of that time, through semi-abstract pictures and modern poetry. Something for everyone. Those separate 3 strands of audio are clearly indicated on the audio guide, so if there’s one you’d rather miss (and it may well be the audio tracks recorded by the curator with a sore throat!) – then you can choose that.
For those of us minded to meditate, we don’t need to look far to find in our own lives and those we love, the same themes as in this exhibition: of despair, loss, recovery, transformation, hope, light, breakthrough and accompaniment through dark days. Perhaps there will be something to think upon in our own lives as we look at the art and poetry.
Love to hear your comments and feedback.
There’s a dedicated Facebook page, ideal for comments, at http://www.facebook.com/SOLedinburgh
Please do check out the link to artists on the catalogue – many of the pictures are available as prints, if they take your fancy. The artists featured are based in America, Ireland and Scotland.