Just Festival 2021

Peace & Justice presents Peace Cranes: An installation

Details
Start:

August 6 - 10:30 am

End:

August 28 - 05:00 pm

Venue

St Johns Church

Princes Street

Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

6th to 28th Aug, 10:30 am to 5pm*

Peace Cranes is a monumental exhibition of 140,000 origami paper cranes of peace and hope by Scottish artist Janis Hart. The installation spans the heritage space of St John’s Church and explores the twin existential threats of nuclear weapons and climate change.

The Peace Cranes exhibition uses the dual power of contemporary public art and the peace movement to address the twin existential threats of nuclear war and climate change through the monumental installation by artist Janis Hart comprised of 140,000 origami paper cranes of peace and hope spanning the entire space of St John’s Church. This vast number represents not only the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 but the lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, as well as the great acceleration of species extinction through the symbol of the endangered red-crowned crane.

Did you know that…

The Peace Cranes exhibition is dedicated to Atsuko Betchaku (1960-2017) – Peace & Justice (Scotland) volunteer who sparked the international wave of folding 140,000 origami peace cranes commemorating each of the 140,000 Hiroshima victims and illustrating our shared desire for peace and disarmament.

Did you know that…

Peace Cranes is organised by Peace & Justice (Scotland) with Just Festival.

Did you know that …

Peace & Justice (Scotland) has been building a culture of peace across Scotland since 1980 and is a partner in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons which won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2017.

Did you know that…

The Peace Cranes exhibition was preceded by a series of pre-exhibition online artists’ talks, films, theatre and workshops commemorating the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 2020 – all available to watch again here: https://peaceandjustice.org.uk/what-we-do/peacecranes/ 

Other Related Events at this year’s Just Festival

Peace & Justice presents Never Again – Louder Than Bombs

Peace & Justice presents Tackling climate change with Great Cranes

This event is subject to Scot Gov phased relaxation of Covid restrictions. Please check details before attendance. Masks must be worn during visiting the installation – hand sanitisers will be available at entrance and exit.

If you have any access requirements please email director@just-festival.org to discuss – no later than seven days prior to the event if possible.

*Please note. No access during services. Please check times.

Co-curator – Heather Kiernan

Details
Start:

August 6 - 10:30 am

End:

August 28 - 05:00 pm

Venue

St Johns Church

Princes Street

Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

Heather KiernanA retired epidemiologist with degrees in medicine and public health from the University of Toronto and Cambridge, Heather began a second career as a free -lance writer and editor of intellectual and cultural history. More recently she co-edited Woodlanders a project conceived and developed by Reforesting Scotland to promote its vision for a restored landscape supporting a woodland culture together with being a co-curator of the RBGE’s exhibition From Another Kingdom: The Amazing World of Fungi.

A Christian pacifist, Heather has been a lifelong peace activist involved in both the Catholic Worker and Plowshares movement. She is also deeply committed to our stewardship to care for the earth and the poor and to the Global Catholic Climate Movement. Heather’s many loves include gardening, the arts, cooking and sharing ideas with friends. She lives in the Scottish Borders with her Japanese husband, Shoji, two cats, seven hens, and a hedgehog family surrounded by a mini bird sanctuary.

Curator – Iliyana Nedkova

Details
Start:

August 6 - 10:30 am

End:

August 28 - 05:00 pm

Venue

St Johns Church

Princes Street

Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

Ilyana

As an independent curator, producer and writer, Iliyana explores the relationship between public art, activism and creative practices. Her current research interests focus on peacebuilding and the arts, environmental humanities, artists’ moving image culture, women artists, literature in translation and artists’ residencies.

 

Iliyana’s current curatorial projects include We Refuse to be Scapegoats – a solo exhibition by Pam Skelton at P21 Gallery, London; Groundwork for Embedded Arts Practice – curatorial residency at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella; Screen.dance – Scotland’s Festival of Dance on Screen at Citymoves Dance Agency, Aberdeen; Hidden Letters – poetry activism, typography and urban gardens interventions at St John’s Church, Edinburgh; Thistles, Sunflowers and Dreamscapes  – a solo exhibition by Diana Savova at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, and Windows, Screens and Gardens – a hybrid exhibition by artists-in-residence at Abbeyhill Primary School, Edinburgh.

 

Recently, Iliyana undertook associate curatorships at Horsecross Arts, Perth; Moray House School of Education and Sport, the University of Edinburgh; New Media Scotland; Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh; ARC Projects, Edinburgh and Sofia; Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool; Soros Centre for the Arts, Sofia; and Video Data Bank, Chicago and New York.

 

Iliyana holds a MPhil in Curating Contemporary Art from Liverpool John Moores University and a MLitt in English and American Studies, as well as in History and Theory of Culture from the University of Sofia. Iliyana is a board member of Colony of Artists, Friends of Pskov and Traditional Dance Forum Scotland. She has also served as the Honorary Cultural Attaché at the Consulate of the Republic of Bulgaria in Scotland.

 

https://iliyananedkova.wordpress.com

Janis Hart

Details
Start:

August 6 - 10:30 am

End:

August 28 - 05:00 pm

Venue

St Johns Church

Princes Street

Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

Janis Hart is an Edinburgh-based artist, designer and filmmaker who graduated in Fine Art and Theatre Design from the Slade School of Art, University of London. Her freelance artistic practice includes site-specific installations and stage designs for theatre, dance and opera productions, as well as leading contemporary art and drama workshops.

She has undertaken artistic residences at Plymouth Theatre Royal, Worcester Swan Theatre, Derby Playhouse, Theatr Powys, London Bubble Theatre and South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. She has worked with a range of organisations across Scotland including Scottish Opera, National Theatre for Scotland, Dundee Rep, Company Chordelia, Byre Theatre, St Andrews and Platform Theatre, Glasgow. Her most recent projects include The Chosen – as part of her ongoing collaboration with choreographer Kally Lloyd Jones of Company Chordelia; Flock of Ravens sculptural installation and Whisky Library – ma mash up of reclaimed Victorian furniture, several hundred bottles of whisky and a model train!

Some of her large-scale participatory projects include On Common Ground – set design for a 17-meter diameter Earth Stage and a large-scale performance by Citizens Theatre Glasgow at Gorbals Rose Garden as part of Commonwealth Games 2014; Black Sun Over Genoa – working with all 100+ participants to create authentic costume, character, props and set for a large scale community play by Theatre Workshop Edinburgh about the death of a protestor at G8; Transform – lead artist, designer and community facilitator for a site specific performance by National Theatre of Scotland at Methil Docks, Fife.

Peace Cranes commission by Peace & Justice Scotland is her largest site-specific installation to date.

www.janishart.com