Round Table: Artists’ Recollections of Joseph Beuys in Edinburgh

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:00

A panel of Scottish artists will share their first hand experiences of Beuys’ exhibitions, actions and lectures in Edinburgh between 1970 and 1981 and consider the impact Beuys had on their art.

Were you there too? Please come and share your story! For everyone, this is a unique opportunity to hear an aural account of some remarkable episodes in Edinburgh’s cultural history.

Moderated by Pat Fisher, Principal Curator, Talbot Rice Gallery. In 1974, Pat as a student at the Edinburgh College of Art, attended Beuys’s action Three Pots for the Poorhouse.


  • Richard Demarco. Former owner of the Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh. Richard was instrumental in bringing Beuys to Edinburgh on several occasions between 1970 and 1981.
  • Gareth Fisher. Emeritus Professor of Sculpture, University of Dundee. Gareth was a student at Edinburgh College of Art in 1970, when Strategy: Get Arts took place.
  • Alexander Hamilton. Artist, based in Edinburgh. In 1970, Alex was a student and helper at Strategy: Get Arts.
  • Bill Hare. Honorary Teaching Fellow in History of Art at The University of Edinburgh. Bill was present at Strategy: Get Arts.
  • Glen Onwin. Artist and Emeritus Professor of Edinburgh College of Art. Glen attended the Three Pots for the Poorhouse action and the discussion between Beuys and Buckminster Fuller at the Black and White Oil Conference, both in 1974.
  • Rhea Thönges-Stringaris. German-Greek art historian. Rhea was an organiser of the ‘Documenta’ exhibitions and worked with Beuys in Kassel in the 1970s, on the German Movement for Direct Democracy, the Free International University, the Green party, and the 7000 Oaksinitiative.

Organised by Edinburgh College of Art in association with National Galleries Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and supported by the Goethe-Institut, Glasgow.

All are welcome to this free but ticketed event.

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This event is organised to coincide with exhibitions on Joseph Beuys in Edinburgh in this, the thirtieth anniversary year of his death, such as:

Find out more about the Joseph Beuys exhibitions and events