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Robert Callender: Plastic Beach…poetry of the everyday

Our Seas Under Pressure

Scottish artist Robert Callender (1932 – 2011) was driven by his interest in the craft of making and in the environment – particularly the coast, the sea and those who worked on it. A prodigious and technically accomplished output of paintings, work in three dimensions and printmaking is complimented by his writings – succinct prose and poetry on maritime and environmental themes.

Focusing on a selection of the artist’s work, the exhibition addresses environmental concerns, ways and means of recycling; issues that underline the enduring and absolute relevance of Robert Callender’s ideas, particularly his later work which took a distinctly ecological turn with his significant installation ‘Plastic Beach’.

This event is held at the City Art Centre, a Green Arts Initiative member, in partnership with Lateral Lab and the Estate of Robert Callender.

Robert Callender on the foreshore at The Lighthouse Stores, Stoer Point, Sutherland, 1970s. Courtesy of the Estate of Robert Callender. Photo: Elizabeth Ogilvie


12th May 2018
8th July 2018
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City Art Centre
2 Market Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1DE United Kingdom
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