Why today’s art world owes a great debt to a certain networking genius

Amy Bryzgel

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The beginning of August means it is time for the Edinburgh International Festival, during which the Scottish capital hosts one of Europe’s premier annual arts extravaganzas over three weeks. With impeccable timing, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has just launched an exhibition in tribute to one of the festival’s most enduring patrons – and a lynchpin in linking art movements in Europe and the UK for the past few decades.

Richard Demarco, born in Edinburgh in 1930, has been involved in every Edinburgh festival, organising exhibitions and theatre events, since the early 1960s. He is many things – an artist himself, a curator, arts promoter and organiser – but perhaps his greatest strength is in facilitating relationships.
Original languageEnglish
VolumeArts + Culture
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • World War II
  • Avant Garde
  • Scotland
  • Performance Art
  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh International Festival
  • Anish Kapoor


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