Syn Festival Edinburgh

Syn Festival Edinburgh is back! After three successful festivals in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Syn Festival Edinburgh 2017 will be bigger, better and more vibrant than ever before. Featuring over 100 emerging artists, performers, musicians and filmmakers, this year’s project is a creative experiment on the complex relationship between the arts and the multiple meanings, uses and interpretations of myth and, especially, of the idea of transformation. The free visual arts exhibition “Metamorphosis-Transformation” runs from 9 – 22 March 2017 at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall.

Metamorphosis has always been considered one of the most fantastic mythical motifs, as expressed through literature and other arts. Since the beginning of humankind’s existence, myths of transformation have remained unrivaled in the Western world as sources of imaginative inspiration for art and literature. From Greek to Scottish mythology and from folklore to contemporary fiction, the act of metamorphosing from one physical form into another is a common theme in the mythologies of various cultures. On the other hand, in biology, metamorphosis is a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.

Considering art as an act of metamorphosis and as a procedure that transforms materials into new objects, new images, and new ideas, 21 emerging artists working in various media, present their works in an attempt to re-examine Scottish, Greek and European mythology and to understand the substance behind their fictional cover, as well as behind the folktales of transformation.

Susana Wessling, Untitled steel, 2014, Blade, Gold, Magnifying Glass, 15x21x25 cm

Susana Wessling, Untitled, Steel, Blade, Gold, Magnifying Glass, 15x21x25 cm, 2014


Marissa Stoffer, Where The Shadows are Deep, Acrylic on Birch, dimensions variable. Supported by Creative Scotland.

Despina Petridou, Something Old – Something New, Mixed Media, 15cm x 110cm, 2016

Artists: Mhairi Bell-Moodie, Michael Dawson, Alex Hackett and Alix Villanueva, Rebecca Holloway, Яachel Lee, Axe Marnie, Julia Alexandra Mee, Ursula Mestre, Fionnuala Mottishaw, Georgia Murray, Kyle Noble, Ioanna Papadimitriou, Paraskevi Papagianni, Tonia Papapetrou, Despina Petridou, Marissa Stoffer, Roween Suess, Jacqueline Thow, Christopher Philip Ward, Susana Wessling

SFE Visual Arts Team: Maro Psyrra, Curator SFE / Glykeria Penna, Communications Manager of SFE Visual Team / Chrysa Karagianni, Short films and Animation Coordinator / Eleni Laparidou, Visual Arts and Photography Coordinator / Kristian Zara, Visual Arts Coordinator.


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Glykeria Penna, Communications Manager of SFE Visual Team

Out of the Blue Drill Hall

36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

Monday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm