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Events Programme

Inverleith House presents a broad range of events and activities throughout the year to accompany it's exhibitions programme.

We can provide informal curator's tours for visiting groups including schools, students and adult learners.

Please contact for further information and booking enquiries.


Opening Reception: Tony Conrad's Invented Acoustical Tools Live at Inverleith House

Sunday 9 November  12 - 3.30pm
Tony Conrad, Courtesy of the Artist.

On the occasion of the artist's first major exhibition in the UK, Inverleith House is pleased to welcome Tony Conrad who will perform live with the Invented Acoustical Tools.

From 1.30pm Tony Conrad will play a selection of the instruments and present a number of additional works in film and video, on the occasion of his first solo exhibition in the UK.

Drinks reception from 12 - 3pm.

Places for Tony Conrad performance are limited and subject to availability. Reserve a place at

With thanks to Tony Conrad, Galerie Buchholz, Greene Nafthali and the Tony Conrad Exhibition Circle.

This event is supported by Boe Gin.


Talk: Yati Durant on Tony Conrad's Invented Acoustical Tools

Saturday 15 November, 2 - 3pm | Free

Tony Conrad, Grommet Horn, 1970. Courtesy of the Artist & Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne.

Yati Durant, Lecturer in Music, Sound & Moving Image and Programme Director of MSc in Composition for Screen at The Reid School of Music, Edinburgh University will lead a discussion on the exhibition connecting Tony Conrad’s artistic processes with his musical production providing a unique perspective on the invented acoustical tools through the legacy of experimental music.

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Philip Guston: Late Paintings Book Launch

Saturday 29 November, 13:00 – 15:00  | Free

A reception to celebrate the publication of Philip Guston: Late Paintings, which documents the acclaimed 2012 Inverleith House exhibition – voted one of the top 100 exhibitions worldwide in 2012 by Artforum. The publication, which will be available at a discounted launch price, features photography by Michael Wolchover and texts by David Anfam, Paul Nesbitt and Philip Larratt-Smith.

Presented as part of Book Week Scotland, with thanks to McKee Gallery, New York.


Live Event: Luke Fowler & Lee Patterson: Performance for Invented Acoustical Tools and Synthesis

14 December, 19.00 – 21.00| £5
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Tony Conrad, Fair Ground Horn, 2003. Courtesy of the Artist & Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne.

 To accompany Tony Conrad: Invented Acoustical Tools, artist Luke Fowler (whose Inverleith House exhibition was shortlisted for the 2012 Turner Prize) and Manchester-based artist Lee Paterson present a musical performance celebrating Tony Conrad's use of invented instruments and its influence on a new generation of musicians. Created in direct response to the exhibition ans using some of the works on display.

Tickets for this event are £5 and can be booked in advance on Eventbrite.


Sue Tompkins: Dug Nature

Launching Soon 2014

Sue Tompkins, 2013.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Dug Nature is a collection of readings by the Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins commissioned by Inverleith House for Generation, available as a freely downloadable podcast to be experienced on visits to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and its 73 acres of landscaped grounds.

Sue Tompkins (b.1971) is one of the leading artists of her generation and is best known for her distinctive live performances and works of art which often combine elements of text, sculpture, installation and painting. She was part of the influential Glasgow-based collective Elizabeth Go and lead singer with the band Life Without Buildings. Her first major solo exhibition at a public gallery in Scotland was at Inverleith House (24 February to 17 April 2011). She lives and works in Glasgow and is represented by The Modern Institute.

You, Me, and the Plants is generously supported by The Elephant Trust and is part of Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.

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