Fri 19 Apr 2019

The Dissection: KC Rules OK

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
The Dissection is a new lecture series which aims to take a deep look at the creation and artistic choices that inform some of Scotland’s most seminal albums. For the first event, host Michael Pedersen talks to King Creosote about his record KC Rules OK.
20:30 - 22:00

Sat 13, Sun 14, Fri 19 & Sun 21 Apr 2019

Summerhall Tours

Please meet at Summerhall reception.
Visit Summerhall's labs and lecture theatres and learn about the notable alumni who contributed to science around the world.
14:00 - 15:00

Tue 09, Wed 10, Tue 16 & Wed 17 Apr 2019

The Science of Gin and Tonic

Standing only. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Join Pickering’s Gin Co-Founder Matt Gammell in Summerhall Distillery for an abridged insight into the science of creating the perfect Gin & Tonic! Come and experience an in-depth, fast-paced distillery tour with practical demonstrations along the way.
14:00 & 16:00

Sat 06 Apr 2019

Louise Mackenzie: Artist Talk

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Louise Mackenzie explores human behaviour and the evolution of society through art practice. Taking human-made objects as a starting point for exploration, we discuss Mackenzie's recent work focusing on aspects of biological matter that she describes as 'lively material'.

Sat 06 Apr 2019

Aurélie Fontan: Artist Talk

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Sustainable fashion designer Aurélie Fontan discusses her cutting edge garments inspired by science and biodesign and how these sustainable materials can reshape the industry.

Sat 06 Apr 2019

Russell Beard: Artist Talk

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.
Join artist Russell Beard as he discusses his joint exhibition with Stephen Kavanagh presenting new sculptural works and the challenges emerging from the social geo-political and environmental uncertainty of the Anthropocene.

Tue 12 Mar 2019

Violence Unseen | In Conversation

Join us for an evening of discussion on the link between gender inequality and violence against women and the importance of listening to and including in the debate various groups of women, and their multi-layered facets and experiences of life.
18:30 - 20:00

Thu 07 Mar 2019

The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt with RSC

The Dose Maketh the Poison

Unreserved seating. 14-24 steps to seating.
In this lecture, Dr Michelle Carlin will investigate the role of analytical chemistry and the advances which have helped to solve toxicology cases.
19:30 - 21:30

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Summerhall Curated

Lethe by Sylwia Kowalczyk | Exhibition tour with the artist

Please note that it is a standing/walking event - when booking your ticket let us know if you require a seat
Join us for an artist-led tour around Sylwia Kowalczyk's LETHE exhibition - a collection of collages, portraits, objects and landscapes and drawn from Sylwia Kowalczyk’s own images, where these loose prints from her past grow into new entities.
14:00 - 15:30

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Incidental Futures

We Are Your Archive

Unreserved seating. 4-10 stairs to seating.
Incidental Unit (IU) with artist Anthony Schrag host the first event of Incidental Futures (IF) programme, examining walking as a political and poetic act.

Sat 22 Sep 2018

John Keane

Life During Wartime - Tour and Artist Talk

Free & unticketed (please RSVP)
Join us for an artist-led tour around John Keane's LIFE DURING WARTIME exhibition. The tour will be followed by an in conversation with Giles Southerland in Corner Gallery.

Sat 31 Mar 2018   -  Sun 15 Apr 2018

Edinburgh International Science Festival

The Edinburgh International Science Festival is once again taking over Summerhall for two weeks in April to bring a huge array of science packed talks, activities, workshops and more.

Sat 31 Mar 2018   -  Sun 15 Apr 2018

Edinburgh International Science Festival

EISF - Adult events

Summerhall evenings become a viable hub of science debates with the plethora of discussions and activities for adults this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival. The Festival covers topics from space and aliens, to food and drink, to art and music and gadgets and gaming. 

Sat 31 Mar 2018   -  Sun 15 Apr 2018

Edinburgh International Science Festival

EISF - Family events

There's more than 70 performances, activities and things to do packed full of amazing science at Summerhall this year for the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Little ones under five and their parents will be treated to an intergalactic experience about women in astronomy with Valentina's Galaxy.

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Calum Colvin & Rab Wilson - Artist & Poet Talk and Performance

At times witty, controversial and tender, Calum Colvin’s images are presented alongside poems in response by poet Rab Wilson, which equally reflect on the life and aspects of Burns to dwell on who we are, and where we have been, toward what we may become.

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Adrian Wiszniewski - Artist Talk

Adrian Wiszniewski will talk about his practice with particular focus on his large body of work related to Burns he has produced over the years and what he has found so inspiring about the Bard's life and work.

Sat 24 Feb 2018

The Jasper King Memorial Trust

The Jasper King Memorial Trust Fundraiser and Charity Launch

Tickets available on door
A fundraising evening: live music sessions, mega raffles prizes, short speeches and some surprises.
19:30 - 23:30

Sat 24 Feb 2018


Rough Music Workshop

As the culmination of her Connect/Exchange residency at Stills Gallery, Kimberley O’Neill will present a workshop event on her research around Rough Music. The workshop will be led by invited artists and musicians Julia Scott and Fritz Welch, who will offer exercises and games to explore collective music and noise making.

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Brigid Collins & Ed Small - Artist Talk

Artist Brigid Collins and Ed Small discuss the concept behind the book ‘For A’That’, illustrated by Collins and edited by Gunn alongside Anna Day, Cultural Project Manager for the University of Dundee. They will discuss the myriad of responses by invited contemporary writers to the work of Burns.

Sat 10 Feb 2018

Greg Moodie and Chris Cairns - Artist Talk

Cartoonists Greg Moodie and Chris Cairns have been tearing up the Scottish and UK political scene since 2012, Cairns as part of Wings Over Scotland and Moodie in the pages of The National. Here they discuss politics, satire, and their latest books Send In The Clowns and Cool Scots. Greg Moodie Greg Moodie is a

Fri 09 Feb 2018

Creativity for Wellbeing

Creativity for Wellbeing Workshop

Booking essential
A process art workshop where the emphasis is on using creativity to connect with ourselves and each other. The group will engage in structured settling, making and reflective exercises
17:30 - 19:30

Sat 03 Feb 2018

Catherine Sargeant & Tom Houston - Artist Talk & Performance

Award winning text artist Catherine Sargeant will discuss her involvement with the poetry of Burns and reveal why the ‘e’ was dropped. She is joined by Tom Houston, an original and compelling Scottish singer songwriter. Tom – a mischievous musical poet – draws on a variety of genres and shades of mood. Catherine Sargeant Biography:

Sun 28 Jan 2018

Commissioned Artists Panel

Commissioned artists panel with Derrick Guild, Ciara Veronica Dunne, Ross Fleming and Robert Powell, co-chaired by ‘Burns Unbroke’ Festival Director Sheilagh Tennant and Exhibitions Facilitator Holly Knox Yeoman.

Sun 28 Jan 2018

Kenny Hunter - Artist Talk

Kenny Hunter will discuss his practice as an artist in relation to the life and work of Robert Burns. Looking at shared areas of interest such as history, politics and the natural world.

Sat 27 Jan 2018

Neu! Reekie! - Burns Eruption

27 stairs up to venue
"Scotland's favourite avante-garde noise makers" (The Skinny) present a Burns Night like no other. Line up to be announced, but expect an eclectic mix of musicians and poets, haggis, veggie haggis and nips of Arran Whisky.

Sat 27 Jan 2018

David Mach - Artist Talk

David Mach RA discusses his fascination with Robert Burns, discussing his recent work merging collage and poetry, performing some of his lyrical works.

Sat 27 Jan 2018

The Neil Mackenzie Memorial Ceilidh and Talks

A Burns weekend ceilidh in aid of The Neil Mackenzie Trust (SC046080) will be held in the Main Hall, Summerhall Edinburgh.
17:30 - 19:00 (talks) 19:00 - 01:00 (Ceilidh)

26 Jan, 01 Feb, 15 Feb, 01 Mar 2018

Whisky Masterclasses - Isle of Arran Distillery

Event on 1st March cancelled due to weather conditions
Allow yourself to be transported to the beautiful Isle of Arran on the west coast of Scotland, a stone’s throw away from Burns’s birthplace where your host will take you through 5 whiskies from the Arran Whisky range.

Thu 25 Jan 2018

Oor Rabbie by Andy Cannon and Wendy Weatherby

Featuring Burns' most popular works - including Tam O'Shanter, Tae a Mouse, Tae a Louse, Address to a Haggis – and with lots of audience participation, poetry, storytelling and live music, Oor Rabbie is the perfect introduction to the life and works of Rabbie Burns for everyone aged 7 and over.
19:00 - 20:00

Sat 09 Dec 2017

Spin Network & Magnetic North

We Are All Made of Stars - Artist's Talk

Join film-maker Marisa Zanotti and composer Matthew Whiteside of Spin Network, together with Magnetic North's artistic director Nicholas Bone to find out more about the development of We Are All Made of Stars.

Thu 07 Dec 2017

Beyond Borders Scotland

Contested Identities - Cultural dialogues between small nations

This venue is not wheelchair-user accessible.
The Irish poet Eavan Boland once asked, ‘What is this thing – a nation – that is so powerful it can make songs, attract sacrifice and so exclusive it drives into hiding the complex and sceptical ideas which would serve it best?’ This event explores complex questions of culture, conflict and identity in a group

Sat 28 Oct 2017

Crofts & Kowalczyk

The Uncanny Miniclick Photographers' Talks Edinburgh Edition

All October Miniclick are looking into The Uncanny with a new exhibition in Brighton, ‘Spirit Side’, two new workshops and an evening of talks on Hauntings and The After Life. In keeping with this, we’re very pleased to be working with Sylwia Kowalczyk and Simon Crofts for our first event in Edinburgh. We have three speakers lined up, as we look into The Uncanny…

Sat 21 Oct 2017


Come and join the workshop with Małgorzata Gurowska (artist) and Joanna Ruszczyk (journalist) to think, what else to pack to the train.

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Dog Tricks

Of the cut muzzles, paws, bellies, tails, shaggy fur, spots and glances we will make the prettiest mongrels in the world. We will create stories about mongrels’ origins, about dog’s personalities and the wealth of temperaments, sizes, shapes and colours created by nature.

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Paper Preserve

In Poland gardening and making preserve from seasonal products have become fashionable again. We fill jars with the most delicious tastes of summer, which make winter days more pleasant.

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Mr Minuscule

Mr Minuscule was really inquisitive. He has travelled all around the world and seen everything, except from… a whale. He has built a boat of a half of a nutshell and started a journey… Would you like to know, what happened then?

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Pigeon, Bottle, Envelope, Computer - An Art of Writing Letters

Where did the carrier pigeons go? Who did the bottle letters reach? How to send a letter without an envelope? Why do geese write letters? We will search for answers to these questions and make our hands dirty while writing our letters without a pen…

Tue 17 Oct 2017

Jumping Languages and Other Bilingual Stories

This event is not wheelchair-user accessible
The workshop will engage both children (pre-school and primary ages) and their parents on the topic of bilingualism and code mixing. Through creative collective writing, illustrations and physical theatre will explore myths, facts and creative potential of growing up with two or more languages.

Tue 17 Oct 2017

I am a very clever cat

Do you know Stockton, a very claver cat, who is good at everything? Especially knitting! When he decides to knit a scarf for a fancy soiree, it turns out he is not as good as he’d thought and things get rather messy.

Mon 16 Oct 2017

Hats out of this world, ideal for a tea with the queen

This event is not wheelchair-user accessible
A house on one’s head, a head in the clouds, and a head lost in a daydream – these are only a few ideas for a hat. Hats out of this world can be humungous, fantastic, minute, fairy-like, made of vegetables, cubistic…

Mon 16 Oct 2017

Jumping Languages and Other Bilingual Stories

This event is not wheelchair-user accessible
The workshop will engage both children (pre-school and primary ages) and their parents on the topic of bilingualism and code mixing. Through creative collective writing, illustrations and physical theatre will explore myths, facts and creative potential of growing up with two or more languages.

Sun 15 Oct 2017

King Matt The First

Language: Polish. This venue is not wheelchair-user accessible.
Responsibilities for other people, facing the problems of the world and the ability to accept defeat are the topics hardly ever discussed nowadays. “King Matt the First” serves the role to tell about a complicated world of many meanings, contexts and points of view.
17:00 - 18:00

Sun 15 Oct 2017

We've got a problem

This event is not wheelchair-user accessible
The workshop is inspired by Iwona Chmielewska’s book “A PROBLEM”. This is a simple story about a girl who was ironing an embroidered tablecloth, that had once belonged to her grandma. She pondered for a while and left a mark of burned iron on the white cloth.

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Billy Fog

Language: Polish. This venue is not wheelchair-user accessible
They call him Billy Fog. He’s fond of solitude, night, rain and melancholy. He loves doing rotten tricks to his little sister Jane and drown ants in chocolate saliva. He isn’t naughty, he “simply has character”.

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Polish Contemporary Book Illustrations for Children

This venue is not wheelchair-user accessible
Come learn about modern Polish book illustrations. Two lectures: ‘Contemporary Polish Picturebook Art: Bridging Tradition and Modernity - Mizielińscy, Ignerska, Concejo’ by Magdalena Sikorska and ‘Iwona Chmielewska: The Picturebook Architect’ by Katarzyna Smyczyńska and a meeting with the master of illustration – Iwona Chmielewska.

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Make Your Own Monster

This event is not wheelchair-user accessible
One of the most popular monsters in the world lives in Scotland, in Loch Ness. Some think that it has a long neck with a great muzzle and dark skin.

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Painted with Shadows

This event is not wheelchair-user accessible
Would you like to discover all the secrets of a shadow theatre? Learn how to create scenes, how to move a puppet and how to use the light to create incredible new worlds? Join the workshop conducted by the masters of shadow theatre from Teatr Figur Kraków.

Thu 12 Oct 2017

BAWIALNIA/PLAYROOM - Polish Design For Kids!

The great opening of the BAWIALNIA/PLAYROOM – Polish Design for Kids exhibition and an official inauguration of ‘KITE AND TRUMPET’ Festival of Polish Art for Children. You don’t want to miss it – there will be some toasts, surprises and numerous attractions!

Thu 12 Oct 2017   -  Sun 22 Oct 2017

Kite & Trumpet Festival

Festival of Polish Art for Children. Take part in creative workshops, admire beautifully illustrated Polish books, play with quality toys and games crafted in Poland and be inspired by fantastic theatre performances.

Thu 12 Oct 2017


Scratch That!

Come and join us in The Anatomy Lecture Theatre at Summerhall for Scratch That!, an evening of new ideas for young audiences that are still in development. The programme will consist of four short, early-stage performances curated through an open call out. Full details of the artists involved, and the idea they would like to
19:30 - 21:15