The Sutton Gallery and the Edinburgh Iranian Festival 2015

The Sutton Gallery is delighted to be partnering with the Edinburgh Iranian Festival as a venue for a number of events this February. We are very excited to be able to present the first exhibition in Scotland of the renowned Iranian artist Hassan Meshkinfam안전놀이터. Featuring oil paintings, watercolour landscapes and a unique sequence of collages based on the poet Nima Yushij, this exhibition will provide a cross-section into the work of this extremely interesting contemporary artist.

Born in 1954 to a gifted family of artists, Meshkinfam was educated in Iran and at the Besancon School of Fine Arts in Paris. He has exhibited his work widely both nationally and internationally and his work is in private and public collections in Iran, USA, Sweden, France, Germany, UK, Japan and the Czech Republic. In 2003, Meshkinfam made a major contribution to the cultural life of his city, Shiraz, by founding the first private museum of art in Iran: The Meshkinfam Museum.

The exhibition opens with a preview on Saturday 7th February from 5 – 7pm. The exhibition continues until the 28th February.

In addition to the exhibition, the gallery will also be hosting two very special events in partnership with the festival:

Nima Yushij; Inspiring Poetry, Music & Art
Date: Saturday 14th Feb 2015
Time: 20:30 – 22:00
Venue: The Sutton Gallery, 18a Dundas Street, EH3 6HZ
Entry: FREE AdmissionWhat could be more romantic on Valentine’s Day than Persian Poetry?

The work of the internationally acclaimed Iranian poet Nima Youshij (1896-1960), often regarded as the founder of modern Persian poetry, has inspired not only poets but many artists and musicians too.

Join us for an evening of poetry, music, and visual art at Sutton Gallery where in conjunction with an exhibition of Hassan Meshkinfam’s mixed media artworks, we will be presenting an evening of songs and words from the poet.

Hassan Meshkinfam’s work interprets and illustrates Nima’s poetry through arresting, dream-like imagery. Musician Majid Mokhberi will perform songs that take Nima’s verse as their lyrics. Members of the Edinburgh Iranian Festival Committee will read poems in both Persian and English, contextualising Nima’s life and work.

Persian Music; Lecture, Performance and Workshop
(Dr Parmis Mozafari)
Date: Friday 13th Feb 2015
Time: 20:0 – 21:00
Venue: The Sutton Gallery, 18a Dundas Street, EH3 6HZ
Entry: FREE Admission
This talk will cover a historical overview of the condition of female musicians and dancers in Iran. Dr Parmis Mozafari, who will be delivering this talk, is a research fellow at the Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St Andrew. She did her BA and MA in music in Iran and received her PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Leeds. She is a Santur player and has taught music in Iran and ethnomusicology and Persian music in the UK.
The talk will be followed by a short performance by Dr Mozafari on Santur, and an introductory workshop on Traditional Iranian instruments, including an opportunity to get hands-on experience.

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