To celebrate their 40th birthday, the University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery has organised a year of special events, activities and exhibitions that honour the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the future.

TRG Hanne Darboven
Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, Installation images, Barbican Art Gallery, 12 Feb – 25 May 2015, © Justin Piperger, Courtesy of Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg.

As part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and taking place at Filmhouse Cinema, Talbot Rice Gallery will present an evening of works by artist Stephen Sutcliffe on Tuesday 23 June. For the Edinburgh Art Festival, the gallery has the first major solo show in Scotland by German conceptual artist Hanne Darboven from 31 July – 3 October. From October – December 2015 Luc Tuymans will be both artist and curator, selecting Henry Raeburn portraits from the university collection to pair with his own work. Ambition and innovation is continued as they kick start 2016 with British Art Show 8, the 5 yearly showcase of the best established and emerging artists currently working in the UK.

On top of all this, Talbot Rice has launched TRG3, a new initiative showcasing experimental and innovative projects, and providing opportunities for young, emerging artists. The programme will include up to five projects per year with diverse events and activity happening both within the Gallery’s iconic Round Room and beyond. Discover more about TRG3 here.

Starting this month, the gallery will dig into their extensive archives and each week post an exhibition poster both online and in the Gallery foyer. Visitors will then be encouraged to send in their memories of these shows, in order to create a rich anecdotal history of the Gallery that will form the basis of an online publication launched in 2016.

This birthday year will also see the re-launch of an annual Gallery brochure, a re-branding that will be implemented across all promotional material, as well as a series of new artists commissions and a short video to celebrate the Landmark.

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