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ScotlandsFest 2017: Arts and the Nation: International Perspective

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Arts and the Nation: International Perspectives

In a swiftly changing political landscape, what is the role of the arts in Scotland? Sandy Moffat and Alan Riach, authors of Arts and the Nation, in conversation with artist Richard Demarco.

Arts and the Nation will soon be available to buy from Luath Press here.

ScotlandsFest 2017: Big thinking in a small country sparky talk, flying, debate, and discussion. Discover how Scotland's national conversation today is forging the Scotland of tomorrow. Expect the unexpected.

ALAN RIACH was born in Airdrie in 1957. He studied English literature at Cambridge University from 1976-79. He completed his PhD in the Department of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University in 1986. His academic career has included positions as a post-doctoral research fellow, senior lecturer, Associate Professor and Pro-Dean in the Faculty of Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand 1986-2000. He returned to Scotland in January 2001 and is currently the Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.

ALEXANDER MOFFAT is an artist and teacher. Born in Dunfermline in 1943 he studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art. He was the Director of New 57 Gallery of Edinburgh from 1968-78. A year later he joined the staff of the Glasgow School of Art where he became Head of Painting from 1992 to 2005. He is an elected member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the current Chair of RSA exhibitions committee. His exhibition of paintings entitled '7 Poets' toured throughout the UK from 1981-84. ALAN RIACH was born in Airdrie in 1957. He studied English literature at Cambridge University from 1976-79. He completed his PhD in the Department of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University in 1986. His academic career has included positions as a post-doctoral research fellow, senior lecturer and Associate Professor and Pro-Dean - Faculty of Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand 1986-2000. He is currently the professor and Chair of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow.


RICHARD DEMARCO was born in Edinburgh in 1930. He is an artist and patron of the visual and performing arts. He has been one of Scotland’s most influential advocates for contemporary art through his work at the Richard Demarco Gallery and the Demarco European Art Foundation. He has attended every Edinburgh Festival since its inception in 1947, and he was a cofounder of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1963. He is Professor Emeritus of European Cultural Studies at Kingston University, London.

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