Naked Aye – Shapes that Shift Desire

Off the back of our first pop up and supported by the team at St Margaret’s House the October team was put together by a number of volunteers.

Using an open call for submissions and a theme, we exhibited works from over forty artists for two weeks, and hosted live events.

We hosted a week of life drawing workshops, a night of short film Aye!Def, a creative screening of ‘Wings of Desire’ and a poetry evening in conjunction with TenRed.  These were topped and tailed by opening and closing parties, featuring live music, theatre and performance.

Photography by Paul Maguire, Craig Marshall and Jethro


The Naked Aye Collective brought artists and performers together from across Scotland between the 3rd and the 18th of October at St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh, to exhibit their work, educate and collaborate . This multi-arts event showcased artists and performers who respond to the human body in their work.

The group created a two-week exhibition programme, including events, workshops and residencies, on the theme ‘Shapes that Shift Desire’.

The programme included paintings and performance, installations and film, spoken word and drawings, sculpture and photography, music and more.

The programme also included a workshop with Beyond Gender, a group for transgender, non-binary and intersex people, and their friends, from age 13 – 25. Beyond Gender work to raise awareness and understanding of important issues for young trans people.

Established poet Kevin Cadwallender curated poetry for the programme and there was a creative film screening with James Mooney, as well as a short film night curated by Paul Maguire of Low-Def.

Production Team

Marcin Krupa – Visual Arts Curation and Production
Mel Roy – Finance, Social Media, Hanging, Communication and Production
Mira Knoche – Project Co-ordination, Production, Marketing, Press and PR
Saras Feijoo – Performance Curation and Production
Wilson Russell – Production, Events and Logistical Support
Rosy Barnes – Design, Social Media, Communication and Events
Jean Gillespie – Project Support, Events and Production
Paul Maguire – Film Curation and Events Production
Topaz Pauls – Life Drawing Curation and Events
Kevin Cadwallendar – Poetry Curation and Events
James Mooney – Film Curation and Events