Last year, Ian Hughes and Phil Braham chained their paintings to the pillars of the Royal Academy, where an exhibition of contemporary French art was being shown. Why not young Scottish artists? News ol the protest reached the headlines and Festival Director Frank Dunlop’s ears. His response was immediate and the pair got what they wanted remarkably quickly— a chance torthem and their contemporaries, who in the last couple of years had been showered with critical acclaim here and abroad, to show to an international audience on a large scale at home.

Ayear later, it’s ‘open studio‘ in Edinburgh. Forthe past two weeks (and one more to come), Hughes, Braham and ten otheryoung Scottish artists- all but two in their twenties— have taken up residence in venues


throughout the city, guests or the International Festival. The event is the lirst oi a two-part project ‘Scottish Art Today’, which will be concluded next year at the Gallery of Modern Art with a

majorexhibition olcontemporary


Creating a work ol art is normally and

necessarily a very private affair, but at

the Edinburgh College 01 Art, the public

are invited to watch these ‘Artists at Work’ (Mon—Sat, loam—6pm). Most paint, Moira lnnes sculpts with wood and plasterand Keith McIntyre, rather

. than paint, has decided to create a

theatrical set at ligures. Conlidence, energy and sincere commitment is unmistakable in the artists‘ ‘chat’ with the public. It must be difficult (impossible?) to let loose on their creations. Perhaps the event should have been billed ‘Meet the Artist’. (Alice Bain)

Prestongrange (between Prestonpans and Musselburgh) Tue—Fri 1(lam—4pm. Sat/Sun Noon—5pm. Visitor Centre. Historic Cornish

0 THE SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery. Newtongrange. Midlothian. 663 7519. Tue—Fri mam—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. Beam Engine and displays showing coal-mining through the ages.

Venue 140. Festival hours Mon—Sat noon—5.30pm and 7—8.30pm. Sun 3—5.30pm.

Festival Memorial Exhibition Archibald Sandeman1887—1941 Until Sat 30 Aug. Landscapes in watercolour. Also paintings by Margot Sandeman. his daughter. including still-life with Ian Hamilton Finlay.

O SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 (.‘anongate. 556 8136. Mon—Sat 1(lam—5.30pm. A permanent showcase for the crafts of Scotland.

Crossing the Border Until 30 Aug. Crafts from the North of England.

0 THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street. 225 5955. Mon—Fri 9am—5.3()pm. Sat 9.3(lam—lpm. Contemporary Enamelling Until 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

5 several contemporary jewellers

i including painted enamel by Wendy Ranshaw. plique-a-jour jewellery by

0 SCOTTISH POETRY LIBRARY Tweeddale Court. 14 High Street. 557 2876. Fringe Venue 136. Daily 1(lam—7pm. A collection of poetry books. Gaelic. Scots and English as well as modern poetry from abroad. 0 SCOTTISH SKI CLUB 2 Howe Street. Fringe Venue 154. Mon—Sat lilam—7pm.

Mark Huit— Sun and Air Until 23 Aug. Euphoric images from one of

: London‘syoung painter/printmakers.


McDonald Road Library.

McDonald Road. Fringe Venue 156.

' Mon—Fri 9am—8.30pm. Sat 9am—1pm.

~ Georgina Follet and Cloisonne work by Jane Short. 1 3 Bruce McLean Until Wed 3 Sept. Large colourful paintings by this j'Glasgow artist (see panel).

i 40 The List 22 Aug—4Sept

Scottish Sports Photographer of the Year Until Fri 22 Aug. The very best in Scottish sports photography.

0 STILLS GALLERY 105 High Street. 557 1140. Tue—Sat, 12.30—6pm.

A’ Gluasad DeaszMoving South. Until

Sat 30 Aug, Mon—Sat 10.30am—6pm.

2—13 Sept. Tue—Sat 12.30—6pm. AdmISSIOD 50p. Dark-suited elders of the Calvinist Kirk of the north islands contrast with the shy little girls dressed in their white communion dresses leaving church in the south. This intimate. photographic portrait of the Outer Hebrides focuses on the traditional gap between the inhabitants of north and south and brings the islands together for all to see. The final image is one of real honesty. true to the lives of the inhabitants. which shows them caught between the essential traditions like Gaelic and crofting and the perhaps arguably essential developments, drifting from the mainland. which are gaining ground.


Cowgate. Fringe Venue 65.

Mon-Sat 9.30am—6pm.

Illustrators on Show Until Sat 30 Aug. Four young illustrators show their work for the first time.

0 ST GILES GALLERY 369 High Street.

. Fringe Venue 158. Mon-Sat

; l().30am-5.30pm.

I Alison Kinnaird —The Art at Engraved Crystal Until Sat 30 Aug.

0 STJOHN'S CHURCH 3 Lothian Roac (corner of Princes Street) Fringe Venue 126. Mon—Sat 11am—6pm.

, The 4th Fringe Craft and Design Fair Until Sat 30 Aug. Over 200 l craftworkers will be exhibited (40 at

a time) during the Festival period. 0 TALBOT RICE ART CENTRE Old College. University of Edinburgh,

667 1011 ext 4308. Mon—Sat, 10am—5pm. '

Palnting in Scotland’s Golden Age 1707-1843 Edinburgh International Festival. Until Sun 31 Aug. £1.50

(£1). The first major exhibition to be

devoted to Scottish painting in the

age of Ramsay, Raeburn and Wilkie.

0 THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place. 225 7942. Mon—Sat 9.30am—late.

Festival Exposed! Until Sat 30 Aug. Photos by Marius Alexander taking a wry look at this festive time~


Street. 556 6366. Mon—Fri 11am—6pm. Sat 10.30am—4pm.

Jack Firth Until Sat 30 Aug. Skylines,

watercolours and drawings of Edinburgh.

0 369 GALLERY 209 Cowgate. 225 3013. Fringe Venue 38. Mon—Sat 12.30—5.3(lpm. Thurs and Fri until 8pm

Fiona Carlisle Until Sat 30 Aug. New

work. Born in Wick and a Seventies graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Fiona Carlisle now lives in Crete the country which has inspired this exhibition.


226 2633.

John Bellany Until Sat 30 Aug. A group ofetchings. Exhibition organised by Printmakers' Workshop. See also Printmakers‘, Gallery of Modern Art and Assembly Rooms for other Bellany exhibitions. See panel.

0 WAVERLEY STATION Pullman Lounge. Princes Street. Mon-fri 10am-5pm.

The Liberation of Man —200 years of Danish Rural Reiorms and Development. Until 29 Aug. Organised by the Danish Cultural Institute.


Dor Wullie is spaced out. Enthroned on his bucket, hair punk-spiked, he silently watches the drama at the National Museum’s starship ‘Enterprising Scot’ untold. This exhibition, docked at the Royal Academy until autumn, has caused controversy In the Festival Galaxy. It sounds expensive a hot £500,000 (some claim a cool £1 million). It coincides with the closure at its museum ol origin, the Royal Museum in Chambers Street, currently heavy with root scallolding. It has entirely

altered the inner sanctum ol a Playlair building (all can be restored they say) and its helium balloons were blown up by the National Gallery, next door. The exhibition may seem lost in the argy-bargy, but you can’t miss it on the street. Banners lill most or the column spaces with either ‘oor’ irresistible lrlend or Gerald Scarle’s joke piper/ideasllasher. Inside, the entrance is like a cross between a Star Wars set and a Holiday Inn. Grey carpets throughout, leIt-clad, with large-screen videos in the anterooms. Further inside, the scene darkens. An Edinburgh lady, kited out with cardigan and handbag (the first in a series of lite-like models specially made for the exhibition, watches the kilted Harry Lauder singing the old lavourites.

Spot-lit, split-new display cases, tilled too neatly with the products and tools at those Scots with a llair tor invention, borderthe dark passageways. Logie Baird's television (and it’s there) was £25 5s. lid. in the Thirties but you could build it yourself tor 16 guineas. Try that with a Sony! The eagle oi Scottish publishing sits on a heavy duty printing press from 1865, now a dinosaur beside modern machines. It’s a high-tech skip across history, but is it enterprise?