The inclusion of the word

‘Impressionist’ in the subtitle of the National Gallery’s Festival exhibition (Edinburgh) seems calculated to entice. Impressionist paintings, far from disappearing into the corridors of art history, are very much public property today, the favourite of many. Gallery visitors home in on collections of Impressionism like bees to honey. Their images of land and seascape are reproduced in every conceivable form across the world. A vivid use of colour and the search for light in even the darkest shadow, recreates the breath of nature, from summer meadows to snowy streets. It is an ‘intoxicating’ vision.

But don’t expect pink hapstacks and blue mountains row on row this time. ‘Lighting Up the Landscape’ (until 19 Oct) looks at the run up to Impressionism. through works from the establishment Salons (the major Parisian exhibitions of the 18th and 19th centuries) and the group known as the School of Barbizon (Barbizon being a village in the Forest of Fontainebleu south-east of Paris, where artists including Coral and Millet lived and worked as a community). The fully- fledged Impressionist paintings are saved tantalisingly as a finale to the exhibition, when Cezanne, Pissarro, Monet and Renoir are represented by a dozen or so paintings. Undoubtedly, they will be considered the stars of the show.

As the title suggests, the paintings in the exhibition become progressively

Pimpernel'. Robert Capa‘s photographs of human misery add powerful reality to the display. Level2:

Scottish Labour History Society Display

Until end Aug.

Level 3:

Radical Glasgow Until end Aug. A

history of the rise in radicalism from

the 18th century onwards.

Level 4:

Thomas Lipton and the Americas Cup

A selection of memorabilia from the

Mitchell collection. relating to this

famous Glaswegian sportsman and


Level 5:

Burns and the Kilmarnock Edition Until

end Aug.

O PEOPLE'S PALACE MUSEUM Glasgow Green. 554 ()223. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Glasgow‘s museum ofworking life.

0 POLLOK HOUSE 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 632 ()274. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Neighbour to the Burrell Collection. this 18th century house contains the Stirling Maxwell Collection of Spanish paintings and period furnishings. O PROVAND’S LORDSHIP 3 Castle Street. Mon—Sat 9.3(i—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

j Annan’s Photographs Until end July.

; The work of Victorian

i photographer. James Annan.

. Etchings and Prints of the Glasgow Cathedral Area Until end July. Victorian prints illustrating some of Glasgow‘s colourful characters.

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brighter. They do indeed ‘light up’. And as the light floods in, execution becomes less formal, more open", having looked at the exhibition close to, you take a walk along the corridor of the New Wing from which you can view the whole exhibition at a slight distance, the move from dark to light becomes quite striking. It is a rare and satisfying opportunity to flick through the pages of art history at a glance and see the prelude to this famous movement in sharp focus.

Throughout the early sections of the exhibition, hints of the ‘impressions’ to

0 THE SCOTTISH DESIGN CENTRE 72 St Vincent Street. 221 6121.

| Mon—Fri 9.3(lam—5pm. Sat


' Thirty Years On Until 23 Aug. The 3 Design Centre. London was opened

in 1956. Then there was a beliefthat modern design would never sell.

This exhibition shows what the

Centre is doing today to help in the challenge of improving British products.


(adjacent to Springburn Railway

‘3 Station). Mon—Fri 10.3(lam—5pm. Sun 2-5pm. Glasgow‘s first

community museum has just opened

in a newly refurbished wing of

Springburn Library.

0 THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521 . Tue—Sat l()am— 5.30pm. Sun 2—5.3()pm. Cafe. [D]

A Monkey Town Besieged by Dogs Until Sat 12 Aug. John Kindness satirises the political divides of Northern Ireland in a gigantic. 35ft

3 canvas in which the characters are

depicted as cartoon-like animals.

Pastel drawings on sandpaper. sculpture and documentary material are also included in this exhibition. the first outside Ireland for this Belfast artist.

Stuart Brisley: Georgiana Collection Sun 1(1Aug—Sat 6 Sept. A major retrospective exhibition using performance. video. sound. photography. installation and sculpture. The works are concerned with notions of private and public territory.

come can be detected. Shafts of light shine through the dark greenery of Corot and Pissarro’s earlier work and the bright red bonnet of a peasant woman in Jules Breton’s ‘The Gleaners’ sings out against a vivid landscape like a poppy in an Impressionists field.

, Several seascapes (there are quite a

1 number of them in the exhibition

j despite the title) particularly capture


the mood of a moment, as in Detacroix’s sketch ‘Sea from the Heights of Dieppe', f a picture of mellow evening light with ( ships and waves a mere stroke of the i brush. (Alice Bain).


i Chisholm Street. Tue—Sat noon—6pnr

Stuart Brisley— Performance Work Mon ll—Wed 13 Aug.

0 TRANSPORT MUSEUM 25 Albert Drive. 423 8000. Mon—Sat l()am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

Cars, bikes and trains Glasgow's motivating collection.

0 TRON 38 Parnie Street. 552 4,2678. Box office Tues—Sat. Noon-10pm. Compass Gallery At the Tron Until further notice. Prints and paintings in the bar.

0 WASHINGTON GALLERY 4-1 Washington Street. 221 6780. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm. Sat 1()am—lpm.

Masters Old and New Until 14 Sept. Scottish paintings.


O ADAM HOUSEChambers Street. Fringe Venue 3-1. Mon—Sat 10am—6.3()pm.

Festival Book Fair Mon ll—Sat 30 Aug. Thousands of antiquarian and second-hand books displayed by 18 booksellers from around the country. Most will be for sale.

0 ASSEMBLY ROOMS George Street. Fringe Venue 3.

John Bellany—Celtic Reflections Until Sat 30 Aug. Ham-midnight. Drawings and watercolours. An SAC exhibition.

Dazzle Until Sat 3() Aug. Noon—midnight. Jewellery.

Colin Baxter— Postcards and Prints Until Sat 30 Aug. Noon—midnight.

Scotland by this well-known photographer. '

Humanism in Contemporary British Sculpture Until Sat 30 Aug. Noon-midnight.

O BACKROOM GALLERY Underneath the Arches. 42 London Street. 556 8329. Mon—Sat lllam—5.3()pm.

New Work by Scottish Graduates Until Sat 16 Aug. The Backroom Gallery re-opens after several months a selection of paintings and drawings by five young artists. two from Edinburgh. three from Glasgow. with fresh talent to offer.

0 BOURNE FINE ART 4 Dundas Street. 557 4050. Mon—Fri Ilium—6pm. Sat 10am—2pm.

Galloway ldyll Sat 9—5211 30 Aug. Paintings of south-west Scotland by Hornel. Henry. Oppenheimer. Walton and others.


Terrace. 556 1010. Mon—Sat


W. A. Stewart, Artist/Craftsman Until Sat 30 Aug. Paintings and drawings of Egypt. Palestine. Jordan. France. Italy and Britain.

0 CENTRE FOR HUMAN ECOLOGY l5 Buceleuch Place. Fringe Venue 141. Mon—Sat l().3()am—5pm.

Gordon Strachan -The Cosmic Energies Mon 1 l—Sat 30 Aug. New paintings which celebrate alternative sources ofenergy in the water. wind and sun and the spirit of these elements.

0 CHAMBERS STREET CENTRE 16 Chambers Street. 225 2991. Fringe Venue 25. Mon—Sat ll).3()am—6.3(lpm.

The Artist in Search of. . . Mon ll—Sat 30 Aug. Edith Simon‘s lilth Festival Show. Unique papercuts. sculpture and a new audio-visual programme. 0 CITY ART CENTRE 2 Market Street. 225 2424 ext 6650. Mon—Sat Illarn—5pm. Closed Sun. Licensed cafe. [1)]

Softwear Until Sat 6 Sept. 5()p. Major

Commonwealth Arts Festival exhibition and part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Perfect material for an international occasion. this exhibition with its tangible beauty provides a stunning show for all. Cultures are stitched and dyed into the textiles ofthe member Commonwealth nations throughout the four floors ofthe art centre. A souvenir catalogue. designed by ‘Designer ofthe Year 1986’ Kate Lackie of Edinburgh's Graphic Partners. is available at the entrance. Demonstrations. talks and workshops will be held throughout the period ofthe Arts Festival (until Sat 6 Sept) and visitors should not miss this chance to meet and talk with the makers ofthe textiles on show. Demonstrations on the top floor wilI be included in the 50p cover charge. Other activities held in the lecture room on the first floor will be ticketed at a nominal charge (25p—.£1 ). Contact the City Art Centre for details.

0 COLLECTIVE GALLERY 52—54 High Street 56-1 7146. Tue. Wed. Fri 12.30—5.3()pm. Thurs 12.3(l—7pm. Sat ll).3()am—5pm. Closed Sun and Mon.

Mark Ainsworth and Don Prince Until Tue 12 Aug. Painting by the former and sculpture by the latter.