Talbot Rice celebrates 40 years

The University’s Talbot Rice Gallery is marking its 40th anniversary with a weekend of celebrations from 5-7 June.

Since opening to the public in 1975, Talbot Rice has built a strong reputation for harnessing the talent, knowledge and research that exists within the University.

At the same time it has sought to maximise opportunities for wider audiences to enjoy, debate and be inspired by local and international contemporary art.


Weekend celebrations

The weekend programme is the latest in a series of events and activities that will honour the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the future.

Attractions include an exhibition of edible artworks in the Georgian interior of Gallery 2.

An open call will be made to both amateur and professional bakers alike to combine their culinary and creative efforts to create works of art out of cake.

The results will then be exhibited with special prizes awarded to the finest pieces, before guests are invited to feast on their creations.

Honouring the past

The weekend will also feature an evening of music and performance, with a guest list of past artists, and others that have contributed to the Gallery’s work over the past four decades.

The programme draws to a close with a special workshop for families and young children, before culminating with a public lecture by Principal Curator Pat Fisher, reflecting on the history of the Gallery and looking to the future.

Upcoming events

To mark this milestone year, the Gallery is taking time to reflect on a remarkable history, which has seen it host more than 200 exhibitions and establish itself as a major centre of contemporary art in Scotland.

This ethos is reflected in the three major exhibitions planned for the 40th year, which starts its Festival 2015 showing of Hanne Darboven, the first exhibition in Scotland of an important and iconic artist.

This is followed up by exhibition by the influential painter Luc Tuymans, who has created a new body of work in response to the University of Edinburgh’s historic collection of Henry Raeburn paintings.

Looking forward

The Gallery begins 2016 with British Art Show 8, the five-yearly showcase of the best established and emerging artists currently working in the UK.

The spotlight on nurturing future talent is continued with the launch of TRG3, a new programme showcasing experimental and innovative projects, and providing opportunities for young, emerging artists.