LUST AND THE APPLE opened in February 2015 and is a venture by Paul Robertson (the former curator at Summerhall where he oversaw the hugely successful and award winning visual arts programme for 3 years) – a contemporary art gallery based in the former Primary School at Temple, Midlothian. The building is located in a decidedly rural environment and that has informed a decision to exhibit works both in the gallery AND outside in the landscape.
There is no public funding of the venture. A decision deliberately made by Robertson who is very critical of current arts funding policies in the UK.
Each quarter, three or four artists are invited to exhibit works – either internally to the building utilising the former classrooms and concrete toilets as gallery space or the external areas of the car park and large 1,000 square metre garden.