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Porcelain ladies make their mark in art show

Graceful Royal Doulton figurines covered in tattoos take pride of place in a dramatic exhibition at the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery.

Between poles and tides - running from 11 February until 6 May - showcases the University’s latest contemporary art acquisitions.

Dramatic display

The three figurines are the work of Edinburgh artist Jessica Harrison, who tattooed the miniature porcelain ladies in painstaking detail.

Colourful images of lighthouses, swimwear models and hearts impaled by daggers cover the figures’ arms and backs.

Other works on display include a set of clocks that tell the time on every planet in the solar system, a sculpture created over ten months in a French cave and the projection of a large leopard peering down into the main gallery.

The exhibition features work by established artists – including Ian Hamilton Finlay, Luc Tuymans and David Batchelor – and recent graduates.

Collection showcase

Since 2012, the University has been actively building its contemporary art collection to reflect and support the breadth and depth of its teaching and learning programmes.

Elsewhere in the gallery, the University’s the Torrie Collection, which features Italian Renaissance sculptures and Dutch Golden Age paintings, is on show.

Between poles and tides

Entrance FREE

11 February - 9 May

Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm (12pm-5pm on weekends)

Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

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Homepage image: courtesy of the artist, photography by Chris Park