exhibitions

EVER PRESENT PAST | November 2013 – February 2014

200 YEARS 200 OBJECTS | Mark Dion

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ANOTHER KIND OF BALANCE | Claire Barclay, Malcolm Thomson, Garry Burden, Dianna Manson

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A PASSAGE OF LIGHT & SHADE | Nicola White

PRODUCTS | Laura Aldridge, Laura Spring, Anne Elliot

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The history of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital spans 200 years, covering many life times and diverse experiences of the psychiatric system. These experiences, some sad, some heartening, some funny and some down right odd, give a different insight into the everyday life of this Hospital and the ways in which it has changed over the years.

Over the past year an immense programme of research was undertaken in which artists Mark Dion, Claire Barclay, Anne Elliot, Laura Aldridge, Laura Spring, Alex Wilde and writer Nicola White became researchers. Each devised their own approach to involving the individuals they met with. Patients, staff, managers, archivists and local communities all have contributed to the dialogue. Some became researchers, others characters in stories, consultants offering advice or co-creators making work.

Their collated experiences now offer us new perspectives of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s history.

The exhibition is at the Talbot Rice Gallery  until the 15th of February. The gallery can be found here.

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ROOTS & SHOOTS | July – November 2013

The exhibition brings together a selection of artwork created by patients attending Artlink workshops at the Glasshouses. In recent months, participants have been exploring the history of the hospital and it’s grounds, from the original building at Craighouse to the development of the site here. Inspiration has been taken from the historical buildings and features of the hospital over the years, such as the orchard, piggery and allotments, as well as the many birds, animals and plants that populate the site.

The exhibition can be found at the Link Gallery in the corridor between the Andrew Duncan Clinic and Mackinnon House, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Terrace,  Edinburgh, EH10 5HF.

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SPACES & PLACES | April – June 2013

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An exhibition exploring staff and patients’ memories of spaces and objects in and around the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

We asked artist Charlotte Podger to interview 5 staff and patients of the REH. We wanted to find out which space or object they particularly associate with the hospital or holds a particular memory for them.  A room in the hospital? A corner of a garden? A corridor? A view from a window? The things they picked might surprise you.

This exhibition begins to build a very personal picture of the hospital through the eyes of the people who use it or work in it.

The exhibition can be found at the Link Gallery in the corridor between the Andrew Duncan Clinic and Mackinnon House, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Terrace,  Edinburgh, EH10 5HF.

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EVER PRESENT PAST | January – April 2013

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2013 is the Bicentenary year of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. For 200 years the REH has established an important presence within the Morningside community, slowly changing and adapting over the centuries. We want to explore this history from the perspective of the people who have lived and worked in it, for example the patient, nurse, doctor, porter, next door neighbour, the local schools, even the local shop keeper. Over the year we will explore three key themes of people, buildings and the future of the hospital.

By involving a cross section of the community, having them inform as well as take part in talks, workshops, events and exhibitions, we will be able to make more visible a detailed picture of the hospitals past. The Bicentenary is about the people connected to the hospital, in other words, YOU  – your memories, stories, interests and expertise. We want to explore the good times and the not so good times, everyday happenings and major events, the individuals’ experience as well as wider social and political movements – all of which have made the hospital what it is today.

Over the year this gallery will change. It will become like a newspaper; updating you on what’s happening, what talks are taking place and where, descriptions of planned events as well as requests for information and participation.

To start the year off, we have created an exhibition of photos from the archive, which along with other research has inspired an initial series of workshops planned for the next few months.

The exhibition can be found at the Link Gallery in the corridor between the Andrew Duncan Clinic and Mackinnon House, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Terrace,  Edinburgh, EH10 5HF.

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