Alice Jones' Arts Diary: Women beware famous men at contentious women-only exhibition


Summerhall has been one of the hits of this year's Fringe, a complex of theatre shows and exhibitions in the former veterinary school.

But the venue has stirred controversy with its Only Women Women Only exhibition. The show features work by 30 female Scottish artists and only admits female visitors, which has annoyed a number of local artists and curators – all of them women. “Men are not really that bothered that they are not allowed to see the exhibition but it has annoyed a lot of women,” the curator Sarah Wilson told The Scotsman. “It's definitely women who have complained the most.”

But what's this? Earlier this week Sean Hughes tweeted about Summerhall. “The whole place has a lovely vibe. Don't ask how I know but the woman-only section is great.” The Diary did ask how the comedian knew, of course. “Yes, Sean went into the exhibition. They let him in and were very nice to him and gave him a tour,” I'm told. So it seems that it's Only Women Women (and Famous Men) Only.

No funny: Stewart Lee portrait goes missing

It seems that some people can't get enough of Stewart Lee. A portrait of the comedian has been stolen from the Underbelly bar just 24 hours after it was put up. The picture of Lee, rosy-cheeked after a gig at The Stand, had been the centrepiece of an exhibition of photographs by Nick Collett of stand-ups taken in the seconds after they have stepped off stage.

The series, featuring Bridget Christie, David O'Doherty, Adam Riches and Simon Munnery among others has been running on the comedy website since 2010.

“We were furious when we found Stewart's print had been stolen, and after such a short amount of time”, a spokesman for tells me. “It only takes one person to create a big gap. I imagine the picture of Stewart is on the wall above a student's bed as we speak.”

Edinburgh's history as seen through comedians' eyes

The streets of Edinburgh drip with history – not all of it salubrious. Now the comedian Barry Ferns has created a quirky 35-minute podcast walking tour of the city voiced by various stand-ups.

This Audio Tour Belongs to Lionel Richie is downloadable for free from iTunes, and includes Dan Antopolski and Tony Law sharing their tips for flyering techniques on the Royal Mile and Simon Munnery (below) and Arthur Smith recalling the time they were arrested at Hunter Square (for breach of the peace and possession of a megaphone). “In fact Simon was arrested first and I went down to the station to show my support and they arrested me as well”, recalls Smith. “I still haven't paid the £100 fine.”

Just the thing for a media ethics crusader

He may have been turned away from Eddie Pepitone's show by over-zealous bouncers but Hugh Grant did manage to get into One Rogue Reporter this week. The show, in which former Daily Star reporter Rich Peppiatt turns the tables on tabloid editors, no doubt appealed to Grant in his new role as crusader for an honest press. Might the actor now help to bring the show to a wider audience?

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Mark, Katie and Sanjay in The Apprentice boardroom
Arts and Entertainment

Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites

Arts and Entertainment
Frances O'Connor and James Nesbitt in 'The Missing'

TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations

Arts and Entertainment
Joey Essex will be hitting the slopes for series two of The Jump


Who is taking the plunge?
Arts and Entertainment
Katy Perry as an Ancient Egyptian princess in her latest music video for 'Dark Horse'

Arts and Entertainment
Dame Judi Dench, as M in Skyfall

Arts and Entertainment
Morrissey, 1988

Arts and Entertainment
William Pooley from Suffolk is flying out to Free Town, Sierra Leone, to continue working in health centres to fight Ebola after surviving the disease himself

Arts and Entertainment
The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin

Arts and Entertainment
Matt Berry (centre), the star of Channel 4 sitcom 'Toast of London'

TVA disappointingly dull denouement
Arts and Entertainment
Tales from the cryptanalyst: Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Imitation Game'

Arts and Entertainment
Pixie Lott has been voted off Strictly Come Dancing 2014

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
    Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

    Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

    As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
    The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

    The Interview movie review

    You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
    Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

    How podcasts became mainstream

    People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

    Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
    Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

    A memorable year for science – if not for mice

    The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
    Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

    Christmas cocktails to make you merry

    Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
    5 best activity trackers

    Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

    Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
    Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

    Paul Scholes column

    It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
    Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

    Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

    2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

    Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

    The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
    Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

    Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

    The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
    Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

    The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

    Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas