ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
The GMA, winner of last month’s 1986 Scottish Museum of the Year Award and shortlisted for the British Museum of the Year, has just received yet another accolade in the annual summer prizegiving - nomination for the European Museum of the Year award. Guided Tours On the first Wednesday of every month, at 2.30pm (free) a member of the curatorial staff will lead a tour of the gallery lasting approx three quarters of an hour. Questions and discussions will be invhed. ‘P is for Poodle’ Until Sat 2 Aug. An installation by General Idea, a threesome from Canada. It’s all a bit of a mystery. A not too serious mystery. The GMA have opened up their outbuilding (formerly a school gymnasium) to stable a collection of poodles, caught in the coils of the universe. Audience participation demands the pressing of a sound pedal at the door which lets loose a grinding lament over the darkened scene. The poodles pose obediently under theatrical lighting, and a mini-constellation twinkles as you move round the tableau. Even if you don’t connect the coils with Neptune, the milking stools with the Milky Way and its creator Hercules or the poodles themselves with the French Court artificiality of Marie Antionette, it’s worth a peek. ultra-violet light and very trendy headphones create an atmosphere which attempts to illuminate the period for the present day. Upstairs all the facts in a traditional layout with portraits, caricatures, the tools
of the intellectual trades of the time, lots of books and lots of labels. It’s a pity there had not been more cross-referencing with present-day thought.
0 ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound, 225 6671.
The Enterprising Soot Sat 9 August - Sun 5 Oct. The collection (or at least a proportion of it) of the Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, moves down to the centre of town for the summer season. This exhibition looks at the reasons behind the success of Scottish enterprise abroad and at home. Audio—visual displays and a cinema will add to the display. Refreshment areas and shop will be open throughout the exhibition period.
0 SALTIRE GALLERY l3 Atholl Crescent, 228 6621 . Mon—Fri 10am—1 pm and 2-4pm.
Edinburgh’s ‘7’ Artists Until Wed 6 Aug. Alex and Anna Hossack, Peter Adams, May Smith, Raeburn Murray, Jack Langdon, Alan Mackinnon.
0 THE SCOTTISH ARTISTS SHOP 6 Howard Street, 556 6337. Mon-Fri 12am—5pm. Sat/Sun 3—5pm (may change)
Clare Brady Until Thurs 29 July. This is the first solo show for an artist, just graduated from Glasgow School of Art and winner of the Scottish Artists Shop Purchase Award at the Royal Scottish Academy Summer Show.
Festival Show: A Memorial Exhibition Fri l-Sat 30 Aug. Archibald Sandeman (1887-1941). Watercolour, landscapes. Also
A Hotbed of Genius: The Scottish Enlightenment 1730-1790
Bank of Scotland) 8th July to 20th September 1986
Royal Museum of
Edinburgh Monday to Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm: Sunday 2.00-5. 00pm
(sponsored by the Royal
Scotland, Queen Street,
University of Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Downstairs the visitor walks through a recreation, with words and music, of eighteenth century Edinburgh; upstairs there is an exhibition of paintings, books and manuscripts of the period.
recent oil paintings by his daughter, Margot Sandeman, including still-life with [an Hamilton Finlay. Open Mon—Sat 12noon—5.30pm and 7-8pm. Sun 2-5.30pm during Festival.
0 SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 Canongate, 556 8136. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. A permanent showcase for the crafts of Scotland. 0 THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street, 225 5955. Mon-Fri 9am—5.30pm. Sat 9.30am—lpm. Modern Spirit in Scottish Painting it Until Sat 2 Aug. A group exhibition of well-known artists including Bellany, Blackadder, Redpath, Peploe, Eardley, Hamilton Finlay and Philipson.
Shape and Decoration Until Sat 2 Aug. An exhibition of contemporary studio ceramics selected by the collector Henry Rothschild.
Ronnie Browne Until Mon 4 Aug. Commonwealth Games. Ronnie Browne is the official artist to the Commonwealth Arts Festival and Commonwealth Games and this exhibition will be updated daily with his new work.
Contemporary Enamelling Fri 8 Aug—Wed 3 Sept. Enamelwork went into decline after an explosion during the Art Nouveau period and has only recently regained favour with artists. This exhibition shows work by several contemporary jewellers using a method including painted enamel by Wendy Ranshaw, plique-a-jour jewellery by Georgina Follet and cloisonné work by Jane Short.
0 THE SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian, 663 7519. Tue-Fri 10am—4.30pm. Sat/Sun Noon—5pm.
A Day in the Lite of a Coal Company Journey back to the early days of the colliery via a series of tableaux using artefacts and costumed models. Prestongrange (between Prestonpans and Musselburgh) Tue—Fri 10am—4pm. Sat/Sun Noon—5pm. Visitor Centre , Historic Cornish Beam Engine and displays showing coal-mining through the ages.
0 THE SHORE GALLERY 59 Bernard Street, 225 6753. Mon—Fri,
Fun and Games Until Tues 29 July. An exhibition to celebrate the Commonwealth Games which will include artists such as Blackadder, Houston, Evans, Gage and Philipson.
O STILLS GALLERY 105 High Street, 5571140.Tue—Sat, 12.30—6pm.
See below for Festival opening times.
Portraits and Dreams Until Sat 26 July. Photographs and stories by children of the Appalachians compiled by Wendy Ewald. Work by children from rural mining families who had never taken a photograph until Wendy Ewald, a young photographer, showed them how. Though technically naive, the results are powerful and eloquent. An unusual show well worth a visit.
A’ Gluasad ﬂeas/Moving South - Photographs from the Outer Hebrides by Murdo MacLeod Sat 2—Sat 30 Aug, Mon-Sat 10.30am—6pm. 2—13 Sept, Tue-Sat 12.30—6pm. A personal
portrait of the Outer Hebrides, a society caught ‘between tradition and the steady pressure for change emanating from the consumer culture of mainland Britain — the South’. Only 21 and a native of Lewis, MacLeod produced this portfolio of photographs of these
. remote, rugged islands and their
people, after winning the Harris Tweed Commission Award in 1985. A unique collaboration between Harris Tweed, SAC and Stills.
o TALBOT RICE ART CENTRE Old College, University of Edinburgh, 667 1011 ext 4308. Mon—Sat, 10am—5pm.
Painting in Scotland’s Golden Age 1707-1843 Fri 8—Sun 31 Aug. The first major exhibition to be devoted to Scottish painting in the age of Ramsay, Raeburn and Wilkie.
O THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place , 225 7942. Mon-Sat 9.30am—late.
Karen Henderson Until Mon 4 Aug. Drawings and paintings using imagery from yoga and dance with an oriental twist. A first one woman show for this Edinburgh-based artist.
.. , :r V , WW. ' I 1‘ One of Lesley Main's sunlit streets. See Torrance Gallery below.
0 TORRANCE GALLERY 29b Dundas Street, 556 6366. Mon—Fri 11am—6pm, Sat 10.30am—4pm.
I. Lesley Main Until Sat 26 July. For Lesley Main, painting is a sunny experience. And domestic. Her ﬂowers are cultivated pink and red against cool potted greenery. The leaves ofa tree take on the pattern of a soft curtain. Though her sense of the sun belongs further south.
catching foreign beaches and narrow
streets, her instinct towards interiors is undeniably Scottish. Jack Firth Mon 4—Sat 30 Aug.
Skylines, watercolours and drawings
of Edinburgh. 0 369 GALLERY 209 Cowgate, 225
3013. Mon—Sat 12.30—5.30pm, Thurs !
and Fri until 8pm.
Andrew Williams Until Sat 2 Aug. A Commonwealth Arts Festival Associated Event. Since the beginning of the year, Williams has been resident in the 369 Studio, creating a series of sportsmen with mountainous bodies from memories, but mostly photographs of a 1985 trip to America and in particular LA.
0 TRAVERSE THEATRE 1 12 West Bow, 226 2633.
Scottish Printmakers Until 2 Aug. Exhibition of contemporary work by members ofthe Printmakers’
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