Refuge for the Muses at Edinburgh College of Art

After work yesterday I went along to Edinburgh College of Art to attend the preview of “Refuge for the Muses“. This is an audio-visual installation inspired by the College’s plaster cast collection. This collection comprises casts of classical and Renaissance statues, such as the Parthenon frieze, the “Venus de Milo” and “Dying Adonis”. To create the right ambience for the installation, a selection of the casts are grouped in the centre of the sculpture court. Scots pines adorn the archways surrounding the court. At the far end, under the branches of some willow trees, you can recline on a very comfy sofa and listen to Greek, Latin, Gaelic, Scots and English poetry. Each piece is read in the language it was written in. It didn’t matter that I didn’t understand some of the languages I was hearing. The rhythm of speech was really wonderful to listen to. Surrounded by the trees and statues I felt like I’d been transported to a sacred grove! The College have provided the text of the poems with English translations where necessary, so you can follow the words whilst listening.
The exhibition continues until 3 September, so check it out. Opening times are on the website.


  1. I wish I’d read the blog sooner! I’ve just comeback from Edinburgh and would have loved to go to this. I shall subscribe to the blog and be better prepared next time.

  2. Thanks for your comment, and sorry you missed this exhibition. It’s good to know the the blog is helping to alert people to the exhibitions our member museums have going on.

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