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Lo­ca­tions around Leith, part of the One Mile Project: Col­lec­tive Gallery, Ed­in­burgh 0131 220 1260 From March 24 (How to be Hos­pitable‚ April 5May 17 in the Col­lec­tive Gallery, Tues-Sat 12noon-5pm) The penul­ti­mate project in the artistrun Col­lec­tive Gallery’s One Mile Project is this provoca­tive and amus­ing bill­board cam­paign in Leith. Cre­ated by artist col­lec­tive Freee in re­sponse to the in­flux of Pol­ish im­mi­grants to Ed­in­burgh in par­tic­u­lar, the three bill­boards pro­claim “Im­mi­grants of the World Unite!” and “Fight Against Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism/Com­mod­i­fy­ing Your Dif­fer­ence.” Freee con­sists of English artists Dave Beech, Andy He­witt and Mel Jor­dan, who beam down from one of the bill­boards, hold­ing slo­gan mugs that say “I am a mi­grant worker”. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion How to be Hos­pitable in the Col­lec­tive Gallery it­self, th­ese Freee works aim to en­cour­age dis­cus­sion on the im­pli­ca­tions of global cap­i­tal­ism – al­though you might also covet one of those mugs. Scot­tish Gallery Dun­das Street Ed­in­burgh 0131 558 1200 Un­til April 5 Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am4pm This ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion from in­ter­na­tion­ally re­spected, Dundee- born artist Norma Starsza­kowna is in­spired by so­ciopo­lit­i­cal is­sues of iden­tity and dis­lo­ca­tion. The or­ganza tex­tiles – both hang­ing and framed – are treated with heat-re­ac­tive pig­ments, glazes and pati­na­tions in Starsza­kowna’s unique, ex­per­i­men­tal print process. Starsza­kowna takes her own ex­pe­ri­ence of grow­ing up as part of an “alien” cul­ture in a post-war com­mu­nity and broad­ens it out to en­com­pass dis­pos­sessed, lost and past cul­tural voices and ide­olo­gies, as seen through ur­ban graf­fiti or other wall mark­ings. Com­ple­ment­ing this ex­hi­bi­tion is a new se­ries of works from mas­ter sil­ver­smith Adrian Hope. Hope’s stun­ning sil­ver­ware is el­e­gant, ex­quis­ite and in­cred­i­bly tac­tile, and also fea­tures in the Sil­ver: Made in Scot­land ex­hi­bi­tion at the Royal Mu­seum of Scot­land. schools in re­cent years, de­spite its re­newed role in the brave new artis­tic world of com­puter modelling and dig­i­tal py­rotech­nics. The Jer­wood Draw­ing Prize (orig­i­nally the Chel­tenham Open Draw­ing Com­pe­ti­tion) was set up in 1996 to pro­mote and re­ward tal­ent and ex­cel­lence in draw­ing. The only Scot­tish stop of this tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases the best of the last decade of en­tries. Cu­rated by Pro­fes­sor Anita Tay­lor – co-founder of the prize – the show fea­tures such well-known names as Basil Beat­tie, Ian Daven­port, Cor­nelia Parker and Alexan­der Mof­fat. “The ex­hi­bi­tion shows the shift­ing pri­or­i­ties and change in fo­cus in suc­ces­sive Jer­wood Draw­ing Prize ex­hi­bi­tions over the last decade,” says Tay­lor. “Ten years since the com­pe­ti­tion be­came an open event seemed like a good time to stand back and ‘draw breath’.”

One of Freee’s three Leith bill­boards, and a de­tail from Chil­dren of the Red Queen by Nor­maS­tarsza­kowna (far right)

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