Caroline Achaintre: Encounter L.

ESW is delighted to be part of the 2019 Edinburgh Art Festival, and present work by Caroline Achaintre, Adam Benmakhlouf and Lucy Wayman.

25 July – 25 August 2019

Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm

Exhibition Preview: Friday 26 July 2019, 7-9pm, All welcome!

ESW have invited Caroline Achaintre to make new work for our central courtyard space. Achaintre is known for her sculptures in ceramic and metal as well as her drawings, prints, watercolours and fabric pieces in the form of tufted rugs. For this project Achaintre’s outdoor sculptures, made from constructed and cast metal as well as elements of ceramic, will be an extension of her drawings of multipersonalities. The imaginative co-existence within one object-body, and a deftness in use of materials will create a perception of fluidity despite the rigid constituent parts.

Achaintre’s work brings together abstraction, figuration, humour and materiality. She often integrates small sculptures within larger support structures, called ‘display furniture’, and within whole exhibition schemes.

Caroline Achaintre was born in France and raised in Germany, she now lives in London. She studied at Kunsthochschule in Halle/Saale, Germany and then at Chelsea College of Art & Design and Goldsmiths College, both London. Recent solo exhibitions include Permanent Wave, Belvedere 21, Vienna (2019); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead (2016); and Fantômas, De La Warr Pavilion (2018). Her work was included in British Art Show 8, Hayward Touring which was presented in Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton (2016-17).

Read an interview with Caroline Achaintre here.

Artist Brunch Tour – Caroline Achaintre

Saturday 27 July, 10.30 – 11.30am

Tickets: £2, book on Eventbrite

Artist Caroline Achaintre will talk about her art practice including the new work she has made for ESW’s Courtyard.


Art Late – Leith

Thursday 15 August, 5.30-10pm

Tickets: £10 (£8 concs), book on EAF Website

Organised by Edinburgh Art Festival, this evening begins with an exploration of the exhibitions at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, before continuing on to Travelling Gallery, and finishing with performances at ESW. (Art Late events are taking place on 1, 8, 15 and 22 August – see EAF Website).


Find out about our Exhibition Tours and Sculpture Saturdays throughout Edinburgh Art Festival.


Image: Caroline Achaintre, ‘Lord Lard’, Hand-tufted wool, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2016, courtesy of the artist and Arcade, London


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