Below the Blanket

Events (visual art, installation)

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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

A sensory series of visual, sonic and kinetic installations inspired by blanket bog in the Scottish highlands, Cryptic take you on a captivating journey to Caithness and Sutherland’s Flow Country – an awe-inspiring expanse of deep peat dotted with beguiling bog pools, which play a crucial role in fighting against the effects of climate change. Presented as part of The Peatland Partnership’s Flows to the Future project, Below the Blanket features artists Kathy Hinde, Luci Holland, Hannah Imlach, Heather Lander and Matthew Olden, plus a new choral work composed by Malcolm Lindsay and sung by Dunedin Consort.

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  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

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Joshua 85 days ago

This was a very beautiful and reflective way to end a rather full day of fringe-going. We went around sunset and enjoyed the opportunity to linger at different installations and listen to the soundscapes as we chose. 4.5 stars

Penny Wilson 96 days ago

Awesome!! Go alone or go with a friend. This is a lovely walk in the Botanics with an unusual “soundtrack”. Learn about the peat bogs of the North while enjoying a unique collection of art works and audio pleasures. Highly recommended.


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Fest (3/5 stars) 85 days ago

Bogs. Though not the most traditionally attractive of destinations, peatland in Britain holds more than three times the carbon that all woodland does. And, in this collaboration between Glasgow's Cryptic, and conservation group The Peatland Partnership, based on a series of residences in the north of Scotland, they're shown as...

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

"At its best, it is a bliss-inducing and near transcendental experience of a kind you might normally associate with a heightened state of consciousness – whether naturally or artificially achieved."

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Edinburgh Guide (5/5 stars) 95 days ago

"If you have an interest in understanding the country's vital environmental and can give yourself to the hour long walk you won't be disappointed."

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theartsdesk.com (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

"Below the Blanket is a beautifully paced, thoughtful show, one whose location within the natural environment is key to its impact – though it’s hard not to be aware of the striking contrasts between the lush, cultivated beds of the Botanic Garden and the sparse wilderness of the landscape being celebrated. "

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The Herald [paywall] 102 days ago

On the balmy summer evening I take a walk around Below the Blanket in Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden, 400 miles away in Westminster, newly-installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hiring and firing his cabinet like a man possessed. If there was ever a good time to be transported to Caithness...

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