Glitter cannons and bowling at Talbot Rice

The University’s Talbot Rice Gallery is to play host to Counterpoint, a group show featuring some of Scotland’s best artists.

Two prostrate street lamps, a custom made bowling alley, and a glitter cannon primed to explode in the event of an independent Scotland are among the works on show.

Counterpoint features eight artists and is part of Generation 2014, the nationwide celebration of 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, and the Edinburgh Art Festival.


Open 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Outside August the gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. Admission free.

Friday 1 August 2014, 10.00am

Saturday 18 October 2014, 5.00pm

Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL

Art and independence

Ellie Harrison’s project, After The Revolution, Who Will Clean Up The Mess?, is a direct response to the referendum on Scottish independence.

Confetti cannons are set to go off in the Georgian Gallery in the event of a Yes vote on 18 September. If Scotland decides to remain in the United Kingdom they will remain silent.

Ross Birrell’s work also references the referendum. On the day of the vote he will throw a metal cast of theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle into the Clyde.

Inspired by the University

Two works use the University as their inspiration. Michelle Hannah has created Statue, a video filmed in the University’s Playfair Library, where the artist sings while a lazer refracts off her crystal-encrusted face.

Shona Macnaughton’s The Plan of the Principal Story explores the University’s architecture and history in a multi-media installation.

Indoor bowling and reclining streetlights

In More Dream Material Keith Farquhar has installed two illuminated public streetlights laid on their side, filling the length of the gallery.

Andrew Millar has constructed a breakfast bar structure to encourage people to meet and exchange ideas and responses.

Craig Mulholland’s POTEMKIN FUNKTION is an immersive installation featuring electronic sound and a custom-made bowling alley.

Alec Finlay’s Global Oracle is a poetic multimedia work that compares satellite communication, GPS navigation and the spatial memory of bees.

Live performances

On 16 August several artists will stage a series of live performances including installing a temporary internet café, fan videos, and a unique suit reclamation service. More details can be found on the Talbot Rice website.