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2 Caiystane View
28.09.14 (11.00 - 16.00)
2 Caiystane View, Fairmilehead,  EH10 6SQ

This 4 bedroom house was built in 1959 by McTaggart and Meikle. It has been retro-fitted to improve its energy efficiency. In addition to cavity wall insulation and deep cover in the loft, there are both hot water and electricity generating panels on the south facing roof. A wood burning stove makes it possible to keep warm without using fossil fuel. Graphs showing electricity and gas use for recent years will be available. The owner is a member of Transition Edinburgh Pentlands and the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership.


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31 Heriot Row
27.09.14 - 28.09.14 (10.00-18.00)
31 Heriot Row , Edinburgh,  EH3 6ES

A stunning interior staircase and lightwell, used by the young James Clerk Maxwell for balloon experiments, is now given new purpose by artist Angus Reid through the installation of silhouettes and poetry on a giant scale. See a Georgian interior made over for the 21st Century. 

Domecstatic is the third in a series of large-scale installations of words and imagery that explore personal social and political issues in Scotland in 2014. It is a new work by an innovative Scottish artist.

Questions of identity, community and place are at the heart of Angus Reid’s work. In 2012, he installed 6 Peaks at Axolotl Gallery, placing the Pentland hills in a Georgian interior. The account of climbing the six peaks it took to walk away from heartbreak translated into a work that read directly and simply, to an audience that share this nearby landscape. Link: 6 Peaks

In 2013, Call for a Constitution, placed the formula for a people’s constitution in 25 public spaces across Scotland in anticipation of the government’s recent pledge to have a written constitution. These locations ranged from Mike Forbes’ famous anti-Donald Trump barn in Aberdeenshire to the STUC headquarters in Glasgow; from a bus stop in Harris to the Scottish Parliament itself. This project became the book A Modest Proposal, published by Luath Press in April 2014. Link: Call for a Constitution

Now, the third in the series, Domecstatic, brings it all back home to the four-storey stairwell of an Edinburgh townhouse. In this unusual setting for public art, larger-than-life silhouettes are framed by four poems that seek company as they climb towards the light.

“… These poems and this installation reclaim the architecture of a private house for the imagination,” says the artist. “They invite everybody into what is otherwise a private space.”

The four poems invite the visitor to negotiate a journey from dark to light, from a narrow threshold to an expansive light-well. They have, as a visual counterpoint, the outline of those that have stayed in the house or passed through as visitors, over the course of one month this year. To fix this fleeting presence has been to pay homage to the history of visitors to this house, and to trace the shadow of something otherwise invisible: the idea that the house has a memory. After all, this same hall was used by the young James Clerk Maxwell, the father of modern physics, and his cousin, Jemima Wedderburn, for experiments with balloons.

“The great characteristics of this stairwell are the height, the light and the acoustics. It is a place capable of generating joy. Joy is the unexpected visitor: it is a necessary co-ordinate in the here and now, from which come generous meanings and values.

Critics on previous installations:

Angus Reid’s installation shows how well art and poetry can work together…

Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman ****

Poetry climbs to great heights, emotional, physical and spiritual… the work of Angus Reid deserves to be better known… Giles Sutherland, The Times ****


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Alien Rock
27.09.14 - 28.09.14 (10.00-19.00)
8 Pier Place, Granton, Edinburgh,  EH6 4LP
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Built in 1852 for the Newhaven fishing community and serving as a Free Church of Scotland the tower and spire were added in 1882. Given a new lease of life in April 1994 the building was turned into Scotland’s first dedicated indoor climbing wall. By making use of a free standing structure, the architect succeeded 
in meeting the needs of the current owner without interfering with the structure of the building itself.

Building Date: 19C

ACTIVITIES: information leaflets/notes, visual displays.

Limited wheelchair access.


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Burns Monument
27.09.14 - 28.09.14 (11.00-16.00)
Regent Road, Edinburgh,  EH1 3DG
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This Choragic style of monument commemorates poet Robert Burns through its architectural style; such monuments were built in ancient Athens to celebrate the arts of oratory and recitation. It was designed by Thomas Hamilton to house a statue of the bard by sculptor John Flaxman. Burns’ poetry and song will be performed by members and friends of Edinburgh and District Burns Clubs and the Burns Poetry garden around the monument contains flowers mentioned in his poetry.

Architect: Thomas Hamilton
Building Date: 1830

lectures/talks, re-enactment/performances, musical recitals.

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Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Canongate Kirk
27.09.14 (10.30-16.30) - 28.09.14 (13.30-16.30)
153 CANONGATE, , Edinburgh,  EH8 8BN
The Kirk of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle was founded in 1688. The architecturally unique design is by James Smith, with 
aisles and a cruciform plan. The finely built ashlar façade is in a 
Dutch architectural style and the luminous, columned baroque 
interior was wonderfully restored by Stewart Tod & Partners in 1947. Splendid memorials in the Kirkyard include the graves of Adam Smith and Robert Fergusson.
ACTIVITIES: Guided tours, Information leaflets/notes, Stewards/volunteers at key points.
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Canongate Kirkyard
27.09.14 - 28.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
153 CANONGATE, , Edinburgh,  EH8 8BN
The graveyard of the ‘Royal Kirk’was established in 1687 and is a green oasis in the heart of the Old Town. Famous people buried here include the economist Adam Smith and the poet Robert Ferguson. There are around 352 headstones, monuments, tombs and other structures. Members of the Friends of Canongate Kirkyard will be on hand to give guided tours and explain the work they are doing to conserve this historic space and encourage appreciation of it. The Canongate Kirkyard has significant amenity value which can be seen as contributing to key sustainability goals of social development and environmental protection. The Friends of the Kirkyard are working to enhance those contributions
Tours: Saturday at 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00 Noon, 2.00pm & 3.00pm and Sunday at 2.00pm & 3.00pm
ACTIVITIES: guided tours, information 
leaflets/notes, stewards/volunteers at key 
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Chapel of St Albert the Great
27.09.14 - 28.09.14 (13.00-17.00)
23 George Square EH8 9LD

Full wheelchair access from George Square Lane. Opened in 2012 and designed by Simpson & Brown, this multiple award-winning chapel is built to the rear of one of Edinburgh’s first Georgian town houses. Constructed in stone, wood and glass it forms a natural unity with the surrounding gardens. On weekdays the chapel offers staff and students a prayerful and contemplative retreat whilst on Sundays it is a busy gathering place for the University’s Catholic community 


Architect: Simpson & Brown Architects
Building Date: 2012

ACTIVITIES: information leaflets/notes, 

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City Chambers
28.09.14 (10.00-14.00)
High Street, Edinburgh,  EH1 1YJ
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The main part of the building known today as the City Chambers was built in 1753 by John Adam and was called The Royal Exchange. In 1811 it was taken over by the Council as they had outgrown their previous accommodation at the Tolbooth. From 1811-1903 the Council met in what today is known as The Diamond Jubilee Room. In 1904 the building was extended 
to form larger accommodation for the Council which included the 
Council Chamber, European Room and Members Lounge.

Architect: John Adam, Robert Morham
Building Date: 1753, with later extensions

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City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
27.09.14 (10.30-15.30) - 28.09.14 (12.30-15.30)
25 NICOLSON SQUARE, Edinburgh,  EH8 9BX
The only category A listed Methodist Church in Scotland, this 
1816 building and its adjacent halls have recently been refurbished and transformed under the direction of architects Page\Park. Beautiful light filled sanctuary, ingeniously adapted 
gallery providing exhibition space, a range of meeting rooms and a bright café with conservatory area leading to a hidden garden. One of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets.
ACTIVITIES: guided tours, lectures/talks, information leaflets/notes, children’s activities, visual displays, architectural models, stewards/volunteers at key points, video/audio presentations.
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Cockburn Association
27.09.14 - 28.09.14 (11.00-16.00)
Trunk's Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh,  EH1 1SR

Next to John Knox House is Moubray House. Although the frontage dates from c.1630, the house was originally built around 1477, by Robert Moubray. Andrew Moubray built a new house at the rear in 1529. It was restored by the Cockburn Society in 1910. Here Daniel Defoe edited the Edinburgh Courant (1710) and the shop was the premises of publisher Archibald Constable (1774–1827). Outside on the street is one of the wells which used to provide the water supply for the Old Town.

The office of the Cockburn Association is located in the old cellars of Moubray House and accessed from the garden at the back of the building. Limited wheelchair access to the garden only, down a steep close.


Architect: Ben Tindall
Building Date: 1990

ACTIVITIES: There will be a book sale to help raise funds for this year’s Edinburgh Doors Open Day, information leaflets.

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