Live art demo to launch new Travelling Gallery exhibition

Take a stroll along Market Street on Friday 25 Feb and you'll be in for a treat - an artist is going to be creating a dramatic large-scale artwork in full view of passers-by at the City Art Centre.

Greig Burgoyne, a Scottish artist specialising in wall drawings, will be creating large scale pieces, transforming two of the gallery's large ground floor window panes as well as a blank wall on the ground floor.

The installation, which will be worked on by the artist from 11am until early evening, coincides with the launch of the new drawing-focused exhibition by the Travelling Gallery, which will be parked outside the City Art Centre from 11am until 5pm on Saturday 26 February.

Drawn In is an exploration of how drawing can unlock the imagination. It has been created with new funds from Creative Scotland and The Esmee Fairburn Foundation and will go on tour across Scotland from Monday 28 February, finishing in the Shetland Islands in June.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "The Travelling Gallery curators have again devised a fascinating exhibition which will draw crowds wherever it visits across Scotland. I'm very much looking forward to watching Greig Burgoyne's dynamic artwork being developed before our eyes at the City Art Centre too. This exciting display of art-in-the-making demonstrates once more our Administration's commitment to making art and culture as accessible as possible for residents and visitors to the city. In case people miss Friday's event, these large-scale pieces will remain on display until 13 March 2011, before the gallery is transformed for the Edinburgh International Science Festival in the spring."

For Drawn In, the Travelling Gallery has been able to commission new works specifically for the unique space, including a wonderful new animation from Katy Dove inspired by some of the places the Travelling Gallery will be touring to; a bold and beautiful wall drawing from Rob Churm and two curious installations by Berlin-based artist Franziska Furter.

The exhibition also showcases works from Japanese performance artist Sachiko Abe, Belgium-based brother and sister Sara and Wout Bomans; Richard Forster; Alex Frost and Swiss artist Nicolas Party.

Visitors to the exhibition can also examine sketchbooks from many of the exhibiting artists, as well as artists involved in the Travelling Gallery education programme.

The Drawn In Tour:

Saturday 26 February         City Art Centre, Edinburgh EH1 1DE    11am - 5pm
Mon 28 Feb - Fri 4 March    Midlothian schools
Friday 4 March                     Scottish Mining Museum        1:30pm - 4:30pm

Then touring to:
7-11 March, East Ayrshire * 14-18 March, Renfrewshire * 21- 25 March,  South Lanarkshire *
28 Mar-1 April,  Scottish Borders * 4- 8 April, Edinburgh * 11-15 April,  East Ayshire *
26- 28 April, Perth and Kinross *  3- 6 May, Angus *  9-20 May, Highlands *
23- 27 May, Western Isles *  30 May- 3 June, Moray *  6-17 June, Shetland Isles

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