ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
Sokari Douglas Camp (above) lives half her life in Nigeria, the other half in London. Her education is rooted in the traditions of the African Kalibari tribe and matured in art colleges in America and England. Culturally, she has double vision.
‘From Two Worlds’ is an exhibition that looks at contemporary art in Britain made with thattwin locus. It attempts to confront labels like ‘ethnic' and ‘black' art, hopefully transplanting artists from those separate niches into a mainstream. With such labels so readily available, this final synthesis may require more understanding than
one exhibition “I pvie,but
those from one world should certainly be inspired to look beyond their own cultural limitations.
Several works deal with the family. Camp’s ‘Church Ede’ sculpts her father’s four-poster death bed into metallic life. Press a button and the piece is set in motlon-hankies fanned by the chief's three widows shoo the flies. Without the blackness of a funeral, there is the sensation of life passing in those jerky movements. In Sokari's village only men are artists. She has stepped into another world to fuse the sculptural techniques and narratives of the Niger Delta with
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technology and a new artistic vocabulary. This she does subtly, her identity confidently plural.
For Lubaina Himid, identity is still a mystery. She paints her Lancastrian grandfather separated from her black grandmother from Zanzibar by time and by culture. Her two worlds were fixed before she was born and this piece explores her cultural inheritance.
Rasheed Araeen, from Pakistan and the oldest of the artists selected, explores the wider consequences of living between cultures. His powerful work, as clearcut as the mosaic of religion, senses the intrusion of politics into his worlds.
New York/New York Until Wed 10 Dec. Photographs by Graham Macindoe.
Kolding School of Art Fri 28 Nov—Fri 12 Dec. An exhibition of craftwork from this Danish college.
Prints from Birmingham Poly Until Fri 5 Dec. A display from their Fine Art department.
0 ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION
22 AthollCrescent.2291528. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Tue 10am—noon.
Christmas WatercolourExhlbition 1—13 Dec. Mon 1—Sat 13 Dec.
0 FINE ART SOCIETY 12 Great King Street. 5560305. Mon-Fri 9.30am—5.30pm. Sat 10am—lpm. Robin Philipson Thurs 27 Nov—10 Jan. This eminent Scottish artist shares a double bill with David Donaldson. his contemporary. See Glasgow. Fine Art Society.
0 FLYING COLOURS 35 William Street. 225 6776. Tue—Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 10am—1pm.
Jenny Matthews Until Sat 29 Nov. Watercolours.
O FORREST McKAY 38 Howe Street, 226 2589. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat 10am—1pm.
Scottish paintings from 1800 onwards. rugs and porcelain.
O FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent, 225 5366. Mon—Fri 9.30am—lpm, 2—5.30pm.
Prix Air France -Vi|le de Paris Until Fri 19 Dec. A selection from an exhibition of 200 photographs which is the result of 20 young French photographers visiting 10 foreign capitals and 20 foreign photographers visiting Paris.
0 FRUITMARKET GALLERY 29 Market Street, 225 2383. Tue—Sat 10am—5.30pm. Closed Sun & Mon. Licensed café.
From Two Worlds Until 8 Jan. Artists from non—European backgrounds come together in this exhibition. Within the context oftheir own traditions, they work against a background oflife in Britain. See paneL
Roundabout Photographs Until 3 Jan. Organised as a summer project by the Roundabout International Centre, these photographs will be on display in the café. Discussions and workshops have been arranged in conjunction with the centre. Contact Moira Innes at the above number for information.
0 GALLERY OF MODERN ART Belford Road, 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Rest. [D]
Guided Tours On the first Wednesday of every month, at 2.30pm (free) a member ofthe curatorial staffwill lead a tour of the gallery (approx three quarters ofan hour). Questions and discussions will be invned.
Christmas is Coming Until Fri 5 Dec. A special selection of paintings, prints and drawings from the gallery’s Christmas collection. See Kids.
Frans Widderberg Sat 6 Dec—Sun 11 Jan.
0 GATEWAY EXCHANGE 2-4 Abbeymount, 661 0982. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm.
Prison Art— Victims of Time Until Sat 29 Nov. Work by men and women in prisons all over Britain. It includes poetry, paintings and illustrations as well as factual information. H Wing. the maximum security wing for women in Durham prison which is the subject of a strong campaign for closure, is well-represented. Now highly topical.
Christmas Exhibition Tue 9—Wed 24 Dec. General work from Gateway members.
0 GLADSTONE'S LAND
Closed for the winter season.
o GRAEME MURRAY GALLERY 15 Scotland Street, 556 6020. Tue—Fri 1—6pm. Sat lOam—lpm. James Cramb Sat 29 Nov-Sat 27 Dec. 0 HANOVER FINE ARTS 104 Hanover Street, 225 2450. Mon—Sat lOam—5.30pm.
Eric Auld Until Sat 29 Nov. Recent oil pastels of Scotland and other countries in Europe. Also, bronze figures by Nicholas Morrocco. Christmas Exhlbltlon Wed 3—Wed 24 Dec (until 1pm). Small paintings, ceramics, sculpture, embroidery, carvings, prints and jewellery by over forty Scottish artists. Times for this exhibition are Mon—Sat 11am—6pm with a special Sun opening on 14 Dec 2—5pm.
0 HM GENERAL REGISTER HOUSE Princes Street, 556 6585. Mon-Fri 10am—4pm.
The Crofters Until end Dec. An exhibition to mark the centenary of the Crofters‘ Act.
0 HUNTLY HOUSE MUSEUM Canongate. Mon—Sat lOam—Spm (Oct).
The Show in the Meadow Until Wed 31
' Dec. 100 years ago, the Meadows in
Edinburgh hosted the International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art. The well-known pair of whalebones over the entrance to Jawbone Walk is one small lasting reminder of the event. Over the next couple of months, an exhibition at Huntly House, organised by the District Council commemorates the centenary.
O MALCOLM INNES GALLERY 67 George Street, 226 4151. Mon—Fri 9.30am—6pm; Sat 10am—1pm.
Tenth Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Artists Work Fri 28 Nov—Wed 10 Dec.
0 MERCURY GALLERY 2/3 North Bank Street, 225 3200. Mon—Fri 10am—5.30pm, Sat 10am—1.00pm. Small Picture Show Until mid Jan. The Mercury’s annual Christmas exhibition.
0 NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound, 556 8921 . Mon—Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2—5pm.
Prints by William Strang and D.Y. Cameron Until Wed 24 Dec. Across the turn of the century, these two artists achived fame, popularity and were leading figures in the revival of fine print—making.
0 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George IV Bridge, 226 4531. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm; Sat 9.30am—1pm.
Repatriation Until 10Jan. Cultural repatriation is the theme ofthis latest exhibition, which focuses on the recent return to Scotland oftwo important collections. The Scott Manuscripts go on public display for the first time since they were bought back from America for one million dollars and the Cambuskenneth Books have been deposited with the Library for three years by the Athenaeum Club, Liverpool. Following a chequered history, they return to Edinburgh after an absence ofover 400 years.
Acquisition of the Muttth Hours With the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (£395,000) and various other donations, the National Library has succeeded in
32 The List 28 Nov — 11 Dec