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Ruth Ewan: Sympathetic Magick Booklet

Edinburgh Art Festival launches today! Here is a booklet that I designed for Sympathetic Magick, Ruth Ewan’s project for the Festival which uses the ancient art of street performance to bring magic onto the streets of Edinburgh. Visitors can expect to come across magical experiences such as ‘The Class Struggle Rope Trick’ and other political magic tricks developed during Ruth’s project, around the city, as part of streets performances on the High Street and in other venues.

More details of the performances here.

Proofs of Edinburgh Art Festival Commissions Programme Leaflets

I have now designed four books for the Edinburgh Art Festival’s Commissions Programme: Where Do I End and You Begin (2014); The Improbable City (2015); More Lasting than Bronze (2016); and The Making of the Future: Now (2017). This year, unlike previous years, there is not an over-riding theme that unites the commissions, so the Festival decided not to do a publication but to produce four interpretative leaflets, one for each artist. The 2018 Commissions Programme presents new work by four artists at sites across the city, ranging from the street performance sites of the Royal Mile, to a 15th century kirk, a Victorian fire station, and Scotland’s smallest wildlife reserve. Touching on current political and social concerns, several of the 2018 commissions have been developed in dialogue with other artforms – including poetry, music and magic. Strategies of orchestration and the act of close listening inform a number of the works, while freedom of expression and a questioning of economic models feature prominently as themes within the programme.

The 2018 Commissions Programme runs from 26 July – 26 August and includes:

Ross Birrell & David Harding: Triptych
Trinity Apse, Chalmers Close, 42 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SS

Ruth Ewan: Sympathetic Magick
Various venues – see www.edinburghartfestival.com for details

Shilpa Gupta: For, in your tongue, I cannot hide

The Fire Station at Edinburgh College of Art, 76-78 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DE

Adam Lewis Jacob: No Easy Answers
Institut Français d’Écosse, West Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

Here are the proofs for the leaflets, which are being printed by Allander, Edinburgh on 160gsm Cocoon Offset. The leaflets have six pages, folded to 210 x 165mm – these are the dimensions of the last three Commissions Programme books that I designed for the Festival, the aim being that there will be a visual link to these previous publications. In addition to the leaflets, I have also designed a small booklet for Sympathetic Magick, Ruth Ewan’s project for the Festival.


Proof of Platform: 2018 Leaflet

Here is a proof of the leaflet that I have designed for the Edinburgh Art Festival’s Platform: 2018. Now in its fourth year, Platform is an annual opportunity for artists in the early stages of their careers to make and present new work as part of the Festival. The artists were selected from an open call by artists Jonathan Owen and Hanna Tuulikki, the 2018 edition brings together four female artists: Renèe Helèna Browne, Annie Crabtree, Isobel Lutz-Smith, and Rae-Yen Song. The selected practitioners, drawn from across Scotland, reflect a wide range of approaches to art making.

This is the fourth year that I have designed the leaflet, using the logo and identity that I developed in 2015. Each iteration has a different arrangement of the cover elements; this year introduces a new cover colour, taken from the imagery within. The leaflet is being prinbted by Allander in Edinburgh on 160gsm Cocoon Offset.

Platform: 2018 runs from 27 July – 26 August and will be held at the City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE.

More information can be found here.




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