4by8 G A L L E R Y presents TABLETOP ART // MAX SCRATCHMANN
JAN 13th - 19th
Max Scratchmann is an illustrator, writer and performer.
He was recently a Take-Away Poet at Portobello Library; an Inky Fingers’ Poet on a Bus on the Lothian Buses’ Edinburgh Tour; and he has just won Third Place for his poem, Snow Globes, in the Dear Scotland 2013 Writing Contest this winter.
His many books include The Last Burrah Sahibs and Scotland for Beginners, which are autobiographical tales of his childhood in colonial India; and his earlier account of downshifting to the isles, Chucking It All, became unintentionally controversial in 2009 when the Lib-Dem MP for Orkney tried to have it banned. The book prevailed, however, despite the defection of its original publisher, and went on to become a Kindle bestseller.
4by8 G A L L E R Y presents TABLETOP ART // ROBYN HAMBROOK
JAN 6 - 12th
Would you like to get entangled in my quest to understand the quantum world? Let me introduce myself, I’m an artist and theatre maker working in street arts, circus, physical theatre, large scale outdoor events, film, installations and visual art.
I am currently participating in a project called Fieldwork, in which artists and scientists come together in an enquiry about process and practice. I have been partnered with a particle physicist!
On the table tops of the Forest I am sharing some creative responses, part of processing my explorations into the world of quantum mechanics, and while understanding the tiniest, most elementary building blocks of matter I am learning about my practice.
May they provoke thoughts, pictures, ideas that you can in turn share with me. I look forward to hearing from you,
Ever walked into a toy store and noticed how the shelves are stacked? Often there will be one very pink aisle and one very blue aisle, telling us which toys are for boys and which are for girls.
These colours, toys, and their associated attitudes can become quickly engrained on our minds and have a lasting effect. Girls are put off buying things that are categorised as “boyish” and boys are made fun of for liking things perceived as “girly”.
At Play Fair we think that toys should be fun, educational and gender neutral, rather than a tug of war between blues & pinks, action toys & baking sets. Children have an active imagination, and we reckon therefore that the best people to design new and innovative toys are kids themselves.
That’s why we ran a competition where we asked primary school children in the Edinburgh area to draw a picture of a toy they thought would be fun for everyone. We were impressed with the ideas they came up with and think you will be too, so come along to The Forest Café to see our exhibition featuring all the entries alongside information about our campaign.