Talbot Rice Gallery

Between poles and tides

11 February - 6 May 2017


New Acquisitions from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection

David Batchelor, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Ilana Halperin, Jessica Harrison, Fabienne Hess, Daniel Hughes, Daisy Lafarge, Jonathan Owen, Katie Paterson, Isobel Turley, Luc Tuymans, JL Williams

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Between poles and tides speaks of elemental forces, natural rhythms, destruction, social discord and displacement. Consisting of works recently acquired by the University of Edinburgh Art Collection, the exhibition brings together artists exploring subjects including cosmology, politics and Deep Time, dealing with these concerns in universal, poetic and deeply personal ways. Including works from recent graduates to acclaimed international artists, Between poles and tides showcases the critical, imaginative and pedagogic possibilities opened up by the University’s new approach to collecting.  

Following the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art merger in 2011, the Art Collection was rejuvenated. With the aim of supporting research, teaching and public engagement, works are acquired from the annual ECA Degree Show, from notable alumni and artists exhibited at Talbot Rice Gallery. As a result, the Collection has significantly expanded to become a resounding celebration of the creative community in Edinburgh.

Between poles and tides is accompanied by a diverse programme of events that pair artists with academics, mirroring the important ecology that fostered the breadth of ideas reflected by the exhibition. Unpacking the complex and ambitious concepts contained within the artworks, these unique events extend the underlying principle of the Collection: to provide present and future generations with a catalyst for their own curiosity, engagement and learning.


For each of the 12 weeks of Between poles and tides one of the artists in the exhibition will be profiled in detail. Including interviews, new creative responses and a behind-the-scenes insight into their working process. 

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Daisy Lafarge's newly comissioned essay 'slice the delicate network //' is available as a PDF here:


Catalogues of Artists featured in the exhibition are available to buy in the Gallery and online here.



ARTIST TALK | Ilana Halperin, 23 February

CURATOR TOUR | Stuart Fallon and Neil Lebeter, 25 February

ARTIST TALK| Jonathan Owen and Jessica Harrison, 15 March

CURATOR TALK | Stuart Fallon and Neil Lebeter, 15 April

EXPONENTIAL | Collections from 10 to 10 millions years, 24 April

PERFORMANCE | 'And Tides', JL WIlliams and Catherine Street, 27 April


Between poles and tides (Install) Photography: Chris Park.
Between poles and tides (Install) Photography: Chris Park.



Between poles and tides (Install) Photography: Chris Park.
Between poles and tides (Install) Photography: Chris Park.