Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Barbara Rae’s subject matter here is landscape but it is not landscape as an event as in a great storm orseascape. Specilic appearance is not her concern. Rather heraim is generic; we don’t contront sea tor example, so much as the sense oi sea.

She tinds the dynamics at a landscape in perspective, colour or form and uses this as an axis to open up its painterly possibilities. While discovering with great skill what the paint can be made to do, she pushes it more and more towards the abstract. Colour and line hold the image, but only just. She stops short oi complete abstraction but takes the image to its representational limits. In ‘Sea Presence, Wester Ross’ what we recognise is an impression ot a place, not an identity. Similarly with ‘French Garden’ or ‘Spanish Fields’. Other titles are suggestive oi her approach to painting, as in ‘Tree Line, Melting Snow’ which merges lorm and colour, while in ‘Flood Water, RiverAulumn’ water sweeps and floods in the lines. A single blue line near the top at the picture tirme holds onto the concept ol river, suggesting lluidity but stability.

Rae looks tor the texture and variation in landscape and linds it in testing and exploiting the varied behaviour oi paint. There is also an enjoyment oi surfaces incorporating tor example, gold loll into ‘Peat Bank, Erradale’ and using the resisting properly at toil to paint lor rich textural effect.

and Santa-Fe. New Mexico. provide the perfect vehicle for her colourful landscapes. See also Scottish Gallery. Edinburgh and panel.

0 GLASGOW UNIVERSITY LIBRARY Hillhead. Mon—Fri 9. 15am—9. 15pm; Sat 9. 15am—12. 15pm.

Theatre Royal Indefinite. The Scottish stage before 1900.


Talks: 28 Feb. A day of talks on Pornography. Taking part will be the writer Anela Macrobbie and Adele Patrick ofGraven Images. the Glasgow design company. Lunch included in the £5 fee. All welcome. 0 HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive, Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

Glasgow‘s museum for children. Toys from the Attic Until Tue 5 May. 0 HILLHEAO LIBRARY 348 Byres Road. 339 7223. Mon, Tue, Thurs Fri 9.30am-8pm; Sat 9.30am—1pm and 2—5pm. Closed Wed.

Scottish Scene Until Sat 28 Feb. Landscape music writing in the Open Circle Gallery.

0 HUNTERIAN ART GALLERY University ofGlasgow, Hillhead Street, 3305431. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm, Sat 9.30—1pm.

From Blake to Picasso: A Century of Printmaking Sat 21 Feb—Sat 25 April. Gems from the gallery‘s collection of 19th century prints including Delacroix, Whistler, Degas and Gauguin.

The Mackintosh House Gallery:

Open as above but closed for lunch


It is a large exhibition, all at recent work and shows a consummate skill and mastery both oi media and subject. (Sally Kinnes)

12.30—1.30pm. 50p admission on weekday afternoons and Saturdays. A reconstruction of the architect‘s home fitted with original furniture. 0 HUNTERIAN MUSEUM The University ofGlasgow. 339 8855.

Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm. Sat 9.30am—1pm. Twice named Museum ofthe Year. the Hunterian Collection includes objects ranging from Captain Cook's Pacific treasures to the Bearsden Shark. The First Museums Until Sat 14 March. Collections and collectors of the 17th century.

0 IMAGES GALLERY 74 Hyndland Road, 334 5311.

General Exhibition includes etchings. watercolours. oils and ceramics.

0 LILLIE ART GALLERY Station Road. Milngavie. 956 2351. Tue—Fri 11am—5pm and 7—9pm; Sat and Sun 2—5pm.

Bridget Riley Retrospective Until 28 Feb. This touring exhibition organised by South West Galleries Association. Shows the work ofone of Britain‘s leading abstract artists. Early paintings in a pointilliste style done in 1956 look forward to her later colour fields for which she is best known.

0 MAIN FINE ART 16 Gibson Street. 334 8858.

Norwegian Printmaking: A Retrospective Part II (1960—1980) Until Sat 28 Feb. An exhibition organised by the Norwegian Foreign



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Barbara Rae’s work is also on view in Monoprints From Santa Fe at the Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow until 28 February.

Ministry as part of Glasgow‘s Norwegian Festival.

Lesley Main paintings also on display at this time. Kenny McLellan will be exhibiting in March.

0 MARYHILL ARTS CENTRE 11 Malloch Street. Maryhill. 945 3995. Ceramics Exhibition Until Sat 28 Feb. Work by Maryhill Arts Centre‘s Ceramic Workshop.

Paintings by Paul Chambers Until 28 Feb.

0 METRO GALLERY 713 Great Western Road, 3390737 (opp Botanic Gardens). Tue—Sat 10.30am—5pm.

Lorraine Cotterell and Christine lronside Tue 3—Sat 21 March. Two young Scottish women artists.

0 PEOPLE’S PALACE MUSEUM Glasgow Green, 554 0223. Mon—Sat l0am—5pm, Sun 2—5pm. Glasgow‘s museum ofworking life.

One Singer, One Song-Theatre Programmes 1850-1950 Until end Feb.

One hundred years ofsheet music from the days of the Victorian Music Hall to the rags of Scott Joplin in the 205 to the great musicals of Cole Porter.

Glasgow at War Until end Feb. The civilian side ofthe Second World War and how it affected Glasgow illustrated in photographs from the archives of the Glasgow Herald and the Bulletin. Also related ephemera (ration cards. call-up papers).

0 POLLOK HOUSE 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 632 0274. 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 PROVANO'S LORDSHIP 3 Castle Street. Mon—Sat 9.30—5pm. Sun 2-5pm. Glasgow in the Forties Until 1 March. Watercolours by William Simpson. 0 THE SCOTTISH DESIGN CENTRE 72 St Vincent Street, 221 6121. Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 9am—5pm.

Next exhibition: Design Review- Oesign or Decline Mon 16 March-Sat 11 April. The consumer’s guide to the best British buys in the stores, approved by Design Centre Selection in the last 12 months.

0 SPRINGBURN MUSEUM Ayr Street (adjacent to Springburn Railway Station). Mon—Fri 10.30am—5pm. Sun 2-5pm.

Opened only seven months ago, Springburn Museum has already delighted thousands of visitors with its displays of past times when this area of Glasgow was famed for its locomotive industry.

The Cowlairs Locomotive Works 1841-1966 A new display describing the history ofone of the first large railway works in Britain opens on 19 Feb. By 1900, 850 locomotives and thousands of carriages and wagons had already been made and dispatched. The display also includes colour photographs of the Cowlairs Incline. where trains were hauled uphill by rope.

A free pocket-sized guide to steam railways. centres and museums throughout the British Isles has just been produced by BP Oil on behalf of the Association of Railway Preservation Societies.

Copies of the 1987 BP Guide to Steam Trains are available free of charge by sending a 9in x 4in stamped addressed envelope to: ARPS, 3 Orchard Close, Watford, herts WD13DU.A notable omission is, however. the Springburn Museum.

0 THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street, 332 7521 . Tue—Sat 10am— 5.30pm, Sun 2-5.30pm. Cafe. [D] Closed 25 Dec—6 Jan.

Talk Sat 21 Feb. Noon. Free. Sandy Nairne, writer and associate producer of the series State ofthe Art just finished on Channel 4, talks about the making of the series and discusses some of the issues it raises. Sonia Boyce Sat 21 Feb—Sun 22 March. Sonia Boyce was included in the ’From Two Worlds‘ exhibition shown recently at the Fruitmarket. Her work also appears in the State of the Art series. This exhibition of her work focuses on themes of Domesticity and the relationships within.

Helen Chadwick Sat 21 Feb—Sun 22 March. A new installation which inquires into representations ofthe female body. Her work is constructed with the tools ofcurrent technology photocopiers, computers and photomats. An ICA, London exhibition.

0 TRANSMISSION GALLERY 13 Chisholm Street, 552 4813. Mon—Sat N oon—6pm.

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