If play is neither inside nor outside, where is it?

Opening: 12 Jul 2019, 19:00 - 21:00

13 Jul 2019 – 6 Oct 2019

Collective Gallery

Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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If play is neither inside nor outside, where is it? is a new film, by Perthshire-based artist Helen McCrorie, showing as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2019.


Helen McCrorie is an artist working with video and documentary strategies. If play is neither inside nor outside, where is it? centres on a child-led outdoor playgroup that meets in the grounds of a former military camp in Scotland. This site, adopted by families for imaginative play and experiential learning, also houses a bunker transformed into a data storage unit. The film celebrates innate creativity and explores our understanding of data gathering and learning as interconnected, yet diverging, processes.

Part of Collective’s Satellites Programme. Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland. Satellites aims to support practitioners at a pivotal, emergent point in their careers through a critical programme of retreats, workshops, studio visits and group discussions, public exhibitions, events and publishing. Artists are selected from an open submission by a new panel each year. The 2018-19 participants selected by artist Kathryn Elkin, writer Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith and curator Camille Videcoq are: Helen McCrorie, Emmie McLuskey, Kimberley O’Neill and Katie Shannon.

Helen's recent exhibitions and screenings include Against the Flow, Perth Playhouse, Platform Festival, Culture PK, 2018; This Is It – Universe at No. 35 Gallery, Bannockburn, 2017; and The Clock in Commune, The Glasite Meeting House, Edinburgh Art Festival, 2016.

Exhibiting artists

Helen McCrorie


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