Since the 1960s Richard Demarco has had a pivotal role in the production and promotion of the visual and performing arts in Scotland. The Italo-Scottish artist, cultural entrepreneur and educator has organised and fostered cultural exchanges and collaborations throughout Europe and has been a champion of European culture and the avant-garde in Scotland. Although some research and publications have been devoted to Demarco's endeavours, little is known of the numerous cultural exchanges and collaborations between Italy and Scotland that he initiated and developed in the past fifty years. This gap in the historical canon of knowledge is extraordinary because in the Demarco's archives - a portion of which is at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA, (representing activities from 1963 to 1995) and a portion at the Demarco European Art Foundation, Edinburgh - are many traces of exchanges between Italy and Scotland promoted by Demarco as part of his larger European network and contribution to the Edinburgh Festival. These documents include photographs, ephemera, notes, catalogues and artworks that feature events involving relevant Italian or Italian-based artists, producers, performers, directors, critics including: Palma Bucarelli, the Count Panza di Biumo, Giulio Paolini, Jannis Kounellis, Bruno Ceccobelli, Toti Scialoja, Carlo Quartucci and Carla Tatò, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Merz, Fabrizio Plessi, Achille Bonito Oliva, Maria Gloria Conti Bicocchi, Giuseppe Chiari, Guido Sartorelli. This publication is the main outcome of the eponymous research project, Richard Demarco The Italian Connection and uncovers and retraces many stories and reassesses how Demarco promoted Italian visual and performing arts in Scotland and Scottish art in the Italian cultural context.
Preface by Amanda Catto Introduction by Laura Leuzzi Chapter 1 "Navigating Italian Migration to Scotland:Richard Demarco and the Ricardian Road" Terri Colpi Chapter 2 The Long 70s: Italian Journeys through theDemarco Archives Laura Leuzzi Chapter 3 Musings on an afternoon with Richard Demarco Terry Anne Newman, Elaine Shemiltand Stephen Partridge Chapter 4 The International Outreach of Mara Coccia:the Roma Punto Uno Exhibition Francesca Gallo Chapter 5 Meikle Seggie: The Celtic Connection Adam Lockhart Chapter 6 The audiovisual and dramaturgical landscape of Carlo Quartucci and Carla Tatò. The experience of Zattera di Babele Marco Maria Gazzano Chapter 7 Demarco and Yugoslavia in the 1970s Jon Blackwood Appendices:Travelling with Richard Demarco by Gabriella Cardazzo, and La Strada, Le Route, The Road an exhibition about the life of Richard Demarco by Deirdre MacKenna
Richard Demarco is a remarkable force of energy whose vision has sustained artists and inspired audiences for nearly sixty years. An Italian Scot, a founder of the Traverse Theatre, Demarco is an artist, a writer, a philosopher and an entrepreneur. He is the man who brought contemporary visual arts to the Edinburgh Festival where he has contributed to more than 50 Festivals. His exhibitions have opened our eyes to the work of artists, like Joseph Beuys and Kantor, who later became internationally recognised, as well as bringing the visual arts from Eastern Europe and from across the world, long before other people were interested. He has inspired us all.~Sir Nicholas Serota - Chair of Arts Council England and former Director of the Tate