CONTEMPORARY ARTS INSPIRED BY ROBERT BURNS

25 January - 10 March 2018 @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Robert Powell

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Robert Powell has exhibited widely at home as well as throughout Europe, North America and the Far East. In his career thus far he has been the recipient of several awards including the 2008 John Watson Award, the 2011 Benno Schotz Award from the RSA and the 2013 SSA Engramme Printmaking Exchange prize.


Auld Reekie: A Cosmology as a Map in Verse or the Mundane Comedy, A Metro-manic Edinburghic Semi-Fantasy

A map of Edinburgh that proceeds through both space and through time, that envisions Auld Reekie through the legend of Robert Burns and that presents a very personal cosmology.

The city will be shown as the setting of a Divine Comedy with Robert Fergusson acting as a Caledonian Virgil and Poor Deceased Maillie, an Ovine Beatrice. Together, they will guide Robert Burns through an Auld Reekie that flickers between fact, fantasy, myth and fiction.

This hand printed copper-plate etching will also be available in a portable version, with which you can follow in the Bard’s footsteps.

The first time that I was asked to do work relating to Burns was for the 2009 exhibition, Inspired. Since then, he seems to have infiltrated my practice without me even realising it! Probably, if you are at all interested in national myths, and collective identity, he’s an essential reference point. And of course, it’s a joy to look at the poetry again. Robert Powell

Robert Powell

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