9 – 22 March 2018

Launch Night: Friday 9 March 2018 18.00 – 22.00

Upper Church, Summerhall Place, EH9 10E, Edinburgh


The Syn Festival Edinburgh presents the exhibition “Odysseys” at the Upper Church at Summerhall, from the 9th to the 22nd of March 2018. The exhibition comprises works by emerging artists who live and work in Scotland and constitutes one of the dozens of events that will debut at this year’s festival, which aims to promote multiculturalism and diversity. Taking as a starting point the turbulent era of Brexit and international migration, the participating artists present their own reflections on the contemporary sociopolitical context. As the title reveals, on a conceptual level the exhibition embarks from the idea of the Odyssey and the journey of the mythical hero, inviting the creators to renegotiate the concepts of homeland, enemies and the “other”. Including a wide spectrum of artworks, from installations to video art, the “Odysseys” touchupon issues of identity and alterity, simultaneously offering multiple readings to the spectators, who are confronted with different cultural “journeys” and personal stories.

Artists: Rachael Bibby, Mary Blindflowers, Indigo Branscombe and Natalie Wearden, Emanuele Centi, Michael Dawson, James Fallan, Agelos Papadakis & Elvina Gountouna, Sin Park, Despina Petridou, Peter Rossiter, Alan Rutherford, Marissa Stoffer, Rhona Taylor, Christopher Philip Ward, Jamie Watt and Matthew Wilson.

Garuda’s Journey beyond the gates, mixed media on canvas, Mary Blindflowers©

Visual Arts Team: Lead Curator, Festival Coordinator: Maro Psyrra | Assistant Curator: Davide Boschi | Short Films Coordinator: Chrysa Karagianni | Communication and Marketing: Glyka Penna & Maru Riaza.

The exhibition, as part of Syn Festival Edinburgh 2018, is supported by The National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.

The exhibition is open to the public every day from 11.00-19.00. Admission is FREE.

Donations will be given to projects supporting the homeless in Edinburgh.


SYN Festival Edinburgh 2018, credit Mary Blindflowers©



Ulysses’ traveling, mixed media on canvas, Mary Blindflowers©


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