POLSKI is a curated Polish artists-in-residence programme in a publicly funded primary school in Edinburgh established in 2015 and aiming to ensure all pupils aged 3 to 12 years including those from Polish heritage, have an entitlement to quality cultural learning and meaningful access to contemporary visual and performing arts. The line-up of POLSKI artists featured since 2015, include Zu Dominiak, Joanna Lubonska, Dawid Gumula, … Continue reading POLSKI

Thistles and Sunflowers

Nectar for insects, seeds for birds and symbols for nations, Thistles and Sunflowers is a spotlight on artists and stories from Scotland and Bulgaria. Scheduled for 27-29 May 2022 at Edinburgh’s Scottish Storytelling Centre, Thistles and Sunflowers will bring you a weekend of stories, dance, drama and music from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. Thistles and Sunflowers is co-curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela … Continue reading Thistles and Sunflowers

Mare Tralla

Having discovered the work of the London-based Estonian artist, designer and activist Mare Tralla in 1996, it has been my curatorial privilege ever since to continue to explore, commission, present and champion Mare’s work through a series of residencies, exhibitions, festivals, publications, essays, interviews, features and talks. Iliyana Nedkova Currently, together with Heather Kiernan, I am co-curating a new Peace & Justice (Scotland) commission by … Continue reading Mare Tralla

CODE RED: Peter Kennard

PREVIEW 5 November 2021 Friday 6pm – 8pm. Free entry. Open to all. Registration required here EXHIBITION 6 – 26 November 2021 Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. Free entry. Open to all. Donations welcome here The Out of the Blue Drill Hall 30 – 38 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG CODE RED is a print installation by one of Britain’s foremost political artists Peter … Continue reading CODE RED: Peter Kennard


Screen.dance – Scotland’s first and only festival of dance film – was initiated and co-curated by Simon Fildes, Iliyana Nedkova and Peter Royston in 2016 and held at Threshold arspace, Perth until 2019 in association with Goat Media and Horsecross Arts. Explore Screen.dance 2019 (formerly known as Perth Screen Dance) by scrolling below In June 2020, Screen.dance migrated to Edinburgh under the curatorship of Simon … Continue reading Screen.dance

A is for Abbeyhill Artists

A is for Abbeyhill Artists – a durational public art project set in a purpose-built Victorian school building at the city centre of Edinburgh initiated and curated by Iliyana Nedkova since 2013. Delivered through an ongoing artists’ residency programme aimed at spreading the wonder of contemporary arts to every pupil and teacher in and outside the classrooms of Abbeyhill Primary School. Over 50 projects by … Continue reading A is for Abbeyhill Artists

Albena Mihaylova-Bendji

Albena Mihaylova-Bendji (b 1959, Plovdiv) is an established Bulgarian Swiss video artist and documentary filmmaker who spent her formative years in Prague, Czechoslovakia 1968-72, studied at the Fine Art Academy in Sofia 1980-85, performed and exhibited across Bulgaria for a decade thereafter and since 1994 has studied video art, practiced and settled in Basel, Switzerland. Following my long standing interest in women artists including Albena … Continue reading Albena Mihaylova-Bendji

Peace Cranes

Peace Cranes is a project by Peace & Justice (Scotland) about peace, people and planet exploring the twin existential threats of nuclear weapons and climate change. It is manifested through a series of contemporary art exhibitions and events across Edinburgh and online since 6 August 2020 until 6 May 2022 delivered with the support of a range of partners, volunteers, backers and funders. It features … Continue reading Peace Cranes

Hidden Letters

An outdoor sculpture trail of six brightly coloured park benches in the grounds of St. John’s Church set in the foothills of Edinburgh Castle rock, at the west end of the Princes Street Gardens with spectacular views to Edinburgh Castle, transforming this quiet urban oasis into an outdoor space for reading, resting and meeting family and friends. The sculptures are designed in the shape of … Continue reading Hidden Letters