Produced in collaboration with Dovecot Gallery, and with support from Creative Scotland and Dovecot Foundation, this multi-layered thematic exhibition has been curated by Bill Hare and Andrew Patrizio of the School of History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).
Bringing together many of the most important and innovative Scottish artists of recent generations, including a host of ECA staff and graduates, The Scottish Endarkenment presents a comprehensive and complex approach to challenging topic related to the dialectical tensions which seethe within the Scottish psyche - moral struggles between good and evil, Self and the Other, Jekyll and Hyde.
Among the forty plus exhibits are some rarely seen works by major Scottish artists such as Alan Davie, Joan Eardley, Eduardo Paolozzi, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Boyle Family, John Bellany, Joyce Cairns, Steven Campbell, Alison Watt, Douglas Gordon, Christine Borland, Kenny Hunter and David Shrigley.
Along with these established figures there are also notable contributions by younger and emerging artists like Katie Paterson, Kevin Harman, Georgia Horgan and Jonathan Owen, and specially commissioned new works from the artistic duo, Beagles and Ramsay and from Shona Macnaughton.
On Friday 17th June, Edinburgh College of Art and Dovecot Gallery hosted the one-day conference, Endarkenment | Stories of Unreason in Art and Culture from 1945 to the Present in Scotland and the UK. Chaired by Professor Andrew Patrizio, the event included a keynote from Professor Katy Deepwell, and contributions from Dr Allan Beveridge, Bill Hare, Dr Vicky Horne, Shona Macnaughton, Dr Jonny Murray, Dr Catherine Spencer and Dr Beth Williamson.
In tandem with the exhibition, there will be a programme of related films screened at Edinburgh Filmhouse throughout July and August featuring The Body Snatcher (1945), The Brothers (1947), Madeline (1950), Death Watch (1980), Under the Skin (2013) and Macbeth (2015).
The Scottish Endarkenment will headline as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival which runs from 28th July to 28th August 2016. Throughout August, it will be open daily from 10am-6pm.
Bill Hare is an Honorary Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in the School of History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). Andrew Patrizio is Professor of Scottish Visual Culture.