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Changement de décor

From 15 November 2012 to 19 January 2013

Capturing the Edinburgh summer Festivals at the Institut français. Photographs by Albie Clark

The Edinburgh festivals say a lot about the vitality of the cultural scene in Scotland, featuring artists from all over the world as well as talents living right next door.

As an institution deeply rooted in the Scottish cultural landscape, the Institut français d’Ecosse has always participated in the festivals’ excitement, as a supporter and a venue.

In the summer 2012, the Institut hosted theatre shows (164 performances!), film screenings, talks, social events and parties for the Festival Fringe, the International Festival, the Book Festival and the Fashion Festival.

Photographer Albie Clark captured the images - on stage and backstage - of a vibrant and very French festivals venue.

From 15 November 2012 to 19 January 2013
Admission free

Albie Clark

Albie Clark was born in Fife in the late 1970s, spending his formative years in Gloucester and Elgin before studying for an MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

His photographic practice developed after spending a year in Japan, concentrating on street photography. With a background in graphic design, he has a diverse range of clients and is a founding member of The Photographers Collective, an organisation established to nurture and promote photographic talent, as well as provide workshops and community outreach programmes.

Recent personal work has focused on documenting "edgelands" in Fife, Edinburgh and the North, those areas touched by commercial development but skirting the divide between urban and extra-urban environments.

For more information about Albie Clark, visit his website.


Published to accompany the exhibition, this catalogue brings together a generous selection of Albie Clark’s photographs.

It includes words by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Jonathan Mills, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, Kath Mainland, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

This catalogue is a great souvenir of the exhibition to bring back home and a perfect gift idea for Christmas. It is also a way to support the Institute and its presence at the Edinburgh Festival, enabling us to maintain and continue to offer a high quality, original, inventive programme.

Pre-order before Thursday 15 November and receive your catalogue signed by the artist (postage free).
Download the form and send it with your payment to : Institut français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7TT. Alternatively, order by phone: 0131 225 5366

44 pages / £10
Available at the Institut français from Thursday 15 November.

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