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This event will visit two exhibition venues from  Edinburgh Art Festival’s programme, at the Burns monument on Regent Road and the Collective Gallery on Calton Hill. There will be  descriptive BSL interpreted tours of the art exhibitions at both venues and an opportuity to join a leisurely descriptive walk up Calton Hill between the two venues. Refreshments available at the Collective Gallery. More information about the exhibitions below.

The event can be joined in person and also available on Zoom. 

To confirm your interest in attending in person or on Zoom , please email Holly Yeoman, Edinburgh Art Festival Community Engagement Manager: learning@edinburghartfestival.com.



2-3:15pm: Meet at Burns Monument, 1759 Regent Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8JQ

3:15 – 3:45pm Walk between venues (please email to discuss any necessary mobility support if attending in person)

3:45pm – 4pm Refreshments/comfort break

3:45-5pm: Finish at Collective Gallery, 38 Calton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA


Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81813935586?pwd=dTRYS1Q5TWxqTUdGcjVIdFJ4THd3Zz09

Meeting ID: 818 1393 5586

Passcode: 130404



Burns Monument  – Emeka Ogboh’s ‘Song of the Union’, 


Artist Emeka Ogboh’s (b. 1975, Nigeria) newly commissioned sound installation sited in Edinburgh’s Burns Monument is a response to the ongoing theatre surrounding the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.

The sound installation features the recorded voices of citizens from each nation state of the European Union, singing Auld Lang Syne – a song which has come to represent solidarity, friendship and open doors – in their mother tongue. The resulting polyphonic choir affects a complex interweaving of language, syntax, cadence and rhythm.

Captioned video about the work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWlMrXVVXu4



Collective Gallery – Christian Newby’s  ‘Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy >Radicalism>Fantasy’, 



Christian’s new commission responds to the City Dome at Collective, originally built to house an astronomical telescope, with a large-scale textile – Flower-Necklace-Cargo-Net and an accompanying printed newspaper.

The new tapestry combines Christian’s mark-making with industrial carpet tufting to explore how questions of labour, authorship and materiality define the fine and applied arts. Made using an industrial hand-held carpet-tufting gun, Christian explores the potential capacity of this machine as a mark-making tool rather than its primary function in a rote manufacturing process. By using the tufting tool’s nimbleness as an equivalent to a pencil, spray can, paintbrush, or tattoo needle, Christian questions how textile works are positioned between art and craft.


If you have any questions, please contact Holly Yeoman, Edinburgh Art Festival Community Engagement Manager by emailing: learning@edinburghartfestival.com


Collective Gallery

Phone number:
0131 556 1264
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