Hidden Door Festival,
22nd - 30th May, Edinburgh
At Redbird we try to provide as much support as possible for talented artists, by featuring work online and talking to a large variety of artists, some of whom contact us, some of whom we find. The people at Hidden Door Arts Festival do something very similar, only they help to physically display artists work, by sourcing interesting venues and working together to make their alternative arts festival something really special.
This year Hidden Door set up in a disused venue just off Haymarket in Edinburgh, which provided a range of interesting exhibition spaces for the selected artists.
Redbird had a chance to explore the space and it was great to see so much beautiful work displayed in different ways.
Each space offered something unique, such as the stunning paintings of David Martin, which were displayed in a room with paint peeling from the walls and torn blinds clinging to the window frame.
Juliana Capes flock of paper aeroplanes in her installation Love Letters colourfully animated the decaying whitewashed brick room.
Dionysiuis, by Sax Shaw, floated in the space next to it, the dark glass fragments laid out like a scifi cityscape, framed in an open cube. An urban scene, sprawling outwards into mid air.
Deirdre MacLeod’s Skeletal Drawing, set up in a dark curtained space, just beside the bar, was an interesting experience. The only light in the room seemed to come from the geometric patterns on the wall and the effect was incredibly absorbing.
There was more, there was so much more, from live music acts to amazing installations and performance pieces.
There were evening performances, delicious food and drink, families, couples and a number of eccentrics, in short, it was everything an arts festival run by artists should be.
For more information on Hidden Door, please check out their blog: http://hiddendoorblog.org/