Friday, August 11, 2006

Matt Stokes: 'Pills to Purge Melancholy'



Pills to Purge Melancholy sounds like a dubious chemical answer to Victorian depression, but is in fact a fusion of the sacred and the profane in the form of the first solo exhibition by Matt Stokes, winner of this years Beck’s Futures. Stokes’ projects combine anthropological enquiry with a love of underground music genres and communities, encompassing the likes of Northern Soul, pipe organ recitals, and other diverse subcultures.

FREE GUIDED TOURS Saturday 12th, 19th and 26th August, 2pm Collective Gallery
These free informal tours will be lead by gallery staff and act as an accessible and informative introduction to the work. Duration approximately 30 minutes.

SACRED SELECTIONS Thursday 24 August, 7.30pm (approximate duration 90 mins) St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
An off-site performance in St Giles’ Cathedral of ‘Sacred Selections’, a
pipe organ recital featuring experimental transcriptions of underground
music; Northern Soul, Happy Hardcore and Black Metal. The performance in Edinburgh will offer the unique opportunity to hear the complete repertoire of music in the series for the first time. No need to book - Admission Free

PREMIERE Thursday 24 August, 9 - 10.30 pm Collective Gallery
Premiere screening of artist Matt Stokes' newly commissioned film.
Refreshments are available.

ARTISTS TALK Friday 25 August, 2pm Collective Gallery
Beck’s Futures winner Matt Stokes will be in conversation with the
Collective’s Director Sarah Munro discussing the work on show. No need to book - Admission Free
BOOK LAUNCH February 2007
The launch of Matt Stokes’ first monograph especially commissioned for the Collective in collaboration with Art Editions North.