YES! We organised an exciting new Festival June/July 2003, across Scotland, and beyond


The Theme for the 2004 Festival was


The 2004 Arte Gras Festival took place in June and July 2004 in Scotland, and beyond

Artesian Arts is holding a major exhibition of work by its Scottish-based members at the Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, from 12th June - 10th July 2004, in collaboration with Arts in Mental Health. We will be making this one of the major events of this years' ARTE GRAS FESTIVAL. There will also be a day of talks and workshops in Edinburgh on JUNE 11th.

Artesian invited contributors to:
- organise, co-ordinate, direct
- host an exhibition or event
- run workshops, practical and/or inspirational
- give a talk or seminar...possible themes: art and spirituality, art and health, art and nature etc.
- contribute artwork
- offer a performance, music or poetry
- organise an opening fancy dress ball!
- offer home-based exhibitions or environments
- sponsor events
- document the festival

Artesian was open to all artists and artist groups, north and south of all borders!






The Theme for the 2001 Festival was



Artesian Festival in collaboration with Crystal Clear Initiatives, Dom, Out of the Blue, and The Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh, and Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Glasgow



2001 Earth Odyssey
This exhibition features over 30 of Britain’s leading grassroots visionary artists,
celebrating their intuitive relationship with the earth, nature’s spirits and sacred spaces.
The collection includes paintings, collage, photography and sculpture.
Nexus Gallery 1, 61 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3
5th-19th May 12–6pm daily
Admission Free

Black Tide
This exhibition marks the publication of ARTESIAN’S first artists' book of upwelling creativity,
a process reflecting the creative power that is within us all.
The ethos is ‘you don’t need to be an artist, you just need to be a human being’.
This exhibition of ink drawings celebrates the remarkable and inspiring work of 10 human beings!!!!

New Street Exhibition Space, 6 New Street, Edinburgh EH8
11th May-5th June, Monday - Friday 11-5.30pm Saturday 12-5pm, Evenings til late
Admission Free
Look out for details to be posted later about the book of Visionary Drawings -
the 12 artists within, and how to purchase your special numbered copy of this book!

Nurturing the metaphysical
An artist-run project that maintains an ever-evolving exhibition of kindred works from across Europe.
Exhibition at DOM 8 Advocate’s Close, opp. St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh EH1.
Open Thurs-Tues 11- 5.30pm.
Admission Free

Performances & Workshops

Kokumo Rocks

A performance poetry workshop followed by a performance by the workshop participants
Studio 3 , 12 Roseneath Place, EH7 Sun 6th May 6-9pm. Full £6, Conc £3, or by donation


Elements: The Other Side
Performance poetry workshop combining music and visual arts.

DOM, 8 Advocate’s Close, off Royal Mile, EH1 Full £6, Conc £3, or by donation
Friday 11th May & Saturday 12th May, 7-9pm

Mosaics from the Gutter Simon Cocking
Ideas on how to mosaic without it costing the price of the Sistine Chapel.
Participants are invited to bring along as much junk as they can carry!!

The Pottery, The Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Road,
Sat 12th May 2-5pm. Full £6, Conc £3, or by donation

French, Gaelic, Scots & Mexican live music & Open Mic session

Sun 13th May 5pm-10pm at (WASPS) Patriothall Gallery, off Hamilton Place, Stockbridge EH3
In aid of the campaign to save Patriothall Gallery and Studios.
Admission by donation. Bring your own bottle.
For OPEN MIC, contact Graeme: 07967 443153

QueenDom on Earth
Lilian Brzoska & Mosina

Abdominal Upwelling, a genuine experiment (not normally messy).
Nursing amusement, discipline and a delight to take home.

DOM 8 Advocate’s Close, off Royal Mile, EH1
Friday 25th May 7-10pm & Sunday 27th May 2-5pm
Full £6, Conc £3, or by donation

Feja Mira Lesniewska
Performance and Russian Slide Show

Studio 3, 12 Roseneath Place, EH7
Sun 20th May 5-7pm. Full £6, Conc £3, or by donation

Please book in advance for all the above events except the concert.

Talks & Discussions

The Land, The Spirit & The Artist
Monica Sjöö

Monica Sjöö will be showing slides and talking about her paintings, inspired by the sacred sites of the Goddess
Studio 3, 12 Roseneath Place, EH7
Sunday 6th May 2-5pm. Conc £3, Full £6, or donation
Limited places, please book in advance.

Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair
The Assembly Rooms, George St., EH1
Sunday 13th May 3pm-4.30pm
Speakers include Judith McNicol, The Artesian Project;
Colin McKenzie, Black Tide: Book of Visionary Drawings;
Simon Cocking, Dublin Community Arts;
Alec Finlay, Pocket Books.
Free Admission

Elija van den Bergen

Elija talks about Native American art and her work with Renegade Artists Present, to help Native Americans in prison.
Studio 3, 12 Roseneath Place, EH7
Sun 13th May 7-9pm. Conc £3, Full £6, or by donation
Limited places, please book in advance.

Kirsty O’Connor

Discuss ideas and experiences with others interested in exploring how we create (or not!)
Nexus Gallery 1, 61 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3
Friday 18th May, 6-8pm.
Free Admission

John Blundall

This performance demonstration provides a unique opportunity to discover the secrets of the puppet play,
revealed by one of the world’s leading puppet masters who has dedicated a lifetime
to this ancient and little understood form of theatre and expression.

Studio 3, 12 Roseneath Place, EH7
Sun 20th May 7-9pm. Conc £3, Full £6, or by donation
Limited places, please book in advance.

BOOKING To book your place for any of the Festival events, please call 0131 669 1376 or complete and email Festival Organiser Michelle Harryman at
Or write to Arte Gras 2001 Bookings, 306 Milton Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 2PH. Give your Name, Address, Contact No., Email, Title of Event, Date of Event, Number of places.

PRICES: Performance, Workshops & Talks Conc £3, Full £6 or by donation.
Visit to Sharmanka Conc £10, Full £15. Includes performance, travel and dinner.
Please do not send payment in advance, we will accept all monies on the door.