Edinburgh CloseUp

July 31- August 31, 2008

We investigate the state of social practice in a modern, yet “conserved“ urban context, with the show taking place in the historic site of Advocate`s Close in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
In exhibiting sculpture and installation in a temporal public garden and the adjacent spaces, we encourage creation of site specific work by international young artists with backgrounds in visual art, architecture and landscape design.
We aim to create an exhibition that invites exploration by the city user rather than the gallery pundit.

Advocates Close will become a constructed space of multiple use; a landscape that invites social interaction and engagement. The proposed spatial installations will respond directly to the site, representing a shared interest of artists and the community in the creation of independent work beyond the limitations of established art institutions.



Naomi Hennig, Florian Graf, Caitlin Comrie


Participating artists:
Thomas Aitchison
Mary Anderson
Mhari Baxter
Chris Dooks
Rocca Gutteridge
Takahiro Iwasaki
Marielle MacLaman
Stephen Murray
Trevor Parker
Jeni Pearson
Ali Holman Marr



July 31, 6pm: Opening
Artists, Curators and local participants will be present.
7pm: psychogeographic tour through Advocate`s Close with Chris Dooks

Sunday, August 3
All day CloseUp on performing citizenship.
A collaborative event with Cuboid and EH8

Sunday August 10
from 11am children drawing competition and weed planting day
(bring beautiful weeds and you will get a fancy plant for free)

Thursday August 14, 6pm
Talk: Patrick Geddes and the city garden

Friday, August 15
CloseUp after dark- a night of special operations

Thursday, August 21, 6pm
Talk and tour: Public Art and site specific relations.

Sunday, August 24, 3pm
Sunday tales at Advocates Close
Storyteller Jack Martin shares his tales of the Old Town and the magic garden.