DOK will be hosting a special party to celebrate their first birthday, a year to the day of the exhibition that marked the official opening. There will be raffles, Art, Zines and two musical sets by Edinburgh postpunk band Noniconic.
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Olivia Turner, co-director of DOK Artist Space, is one of the artists exhibiting within the intriguing labyrinth of corridors and rooms at Hidden Door 2017, in the partially-renovated Leith Theatre. Olivia is interested in spatial awareness and how the viewer navigates their way around and through spaces. She has created a more physical space, one that can be walked around and almost within. A space that is determined by light and shadows and the way in which you approach it.
One of Edinburgh's most intriguing festivals, Hidden Door, returns to the city for 2017 between the 26th May and 4th June. This year's event is turning the derelict Old Leith Theatre into a buzzing hub of music, art, performance for a ten day jam-packed schedule. Although the theatre had remained derelict since originally closing its doors in 1992, the partially-renovated space presented a suitably atmospheric backdrop.
Hidden Door Festival aims to showcase the best new creative work in Scotland in a unique setting and create an experience for the people of Edinburgh which is thrilling, innovative and high-impact.
Karen Fleming, co-director of DOK Artist Space, was a panelist at Hidden Door, discussing how important is a cultural infrastructure. Also present were the Chair, Chris Dobson (Associate Director, 3DReid Architects), Lee Ivett (Baxendale / GSA / Architecture Fringe), Diarmaid Lawler (Architecture and Design Scotland) and Hazel Johnson (Hidden Door)
Leith is rapidly gaining recognition of its unique qualities on a national level. Marking Hidden Door’s inaugural visit to the port, the panel discussion considered how culture plays a part in this … and how does the 2017 festival fit into all this?
Former students of HND Contemporary Art Practice came back together a year after graduating under the collective title of Nothing in Common to present Anniversary.
The exhibition was about the artists coming together again to present work that revealed where the last year has taken them. The group show featured artists currently working in Dundee, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh and offered an opportunity to examine the relationship between work spanning various media; from film to painting, sculpture to textiles. It was about “allowing us to consider what dialogue remains between works and how this has shifted in the last year.”
Stephen is a photographer and DOK offered him Studio Two for his first solo exhibition. He describes it as much more than a display of photographs.
“First of all, it’s a show. A noir interactive experience. You’re going to have to properly look at what I’m exhibiting because once you’re in you’ll have no choice but to look and take it in. I have zero idea of what my show is except light and dark. How I see the world via my retina existence. It’s my photography about Leith, a couple of other places and it’s been turned into a show”.
A soundtrack from Techno producer Redshift was especially produced for the show.
The show was a tremendous success. Visitors were invited inside Studio Two with the lighting switched off and using torches to explore the arresting images.
Stephen has agreed to re-open the exhibition on Friday night as part of DOK's birthday celebrations.