Carole Gibbons. Alasdair Taylor. Peter Blake: Commercial Art 21 Feb—14 March. 100 items of this British artist who made his name in the pop-art era ofthe Sixties. Posters. record covers (including the classic Sergeant Pepper). book jackets. clothing and original artwork.

e CRAWFORD CENTRE FOR THE ARTS 93 North Street. St Andrews. Fife (0334 76161 ext 591.

Looking At Scottish Furniture: A Documented Anthology 1570—1900 Until Sun 15 March. As part ofthe St Andrews Festival. the Crawford have mounted an unusual exhibition which traces the history ofsuch diverse pieces of furniture as a shepherd‘s stool to seats of the aristocratic. right back to the makers. All are uniquely Scottish. Ruth Saxon Until Sun 15 March. Ruth

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Saxon joined the Crawford in Jan as the first Sculptor-in-Residence there for some time. This exhibition takes a look at her work so far and will be followed up with a show in June. Plaster-cast figures draped and painted are both shocking and irresistible.

O PAISLEY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY High Street. 8893151. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm.

Second Scottish Drawing Competition Until Sat 7 March. Organised by the Paisley Art Institute. this exhibition is open to artists born. living or trained in Scotland. 300 artists submitted this year. More then 50 were students. First prize was given to Lennox Dunbar ofAberdeen for his work ‘Back View‘. £2500 was distributed amongst the prizewinners.

Transmission Gallery, Chisholm Street, Glasgow

Not the comics 01 the Bash Street Kids school, the subjects of this exhibition are more in the style of the American comic book and the stark pen and ink style oi the British tanzine. The works on display are not, however, a simple collection of super-heroic feats, but examples of how the comic strip can be something more than the sum of its constituent words and images, attempting to show the comic as an art form in its own right.

The exhibition covers every aspect of comic art, Irom pen and ink. through the familiar coloured strips, to photomontage, from an analysis of humour (or what is ‘comic‘) through social commentary, to psychological

drama. There are examples of strip stories and larger single images, showing both styles used to their best effect.

Aficionados will probably recognise items such as 2000 ADS Judge Dredd, and Charles Burns’ Raw magazine (‘the graphix magazine of your bomb shelter‘s coffee table'), butthere is almost certainly something for everyone to gain here. as the exhibition genuinely does achieve what it set out to do: to make you stop and think for a moment about what is laid out on the page before you, to see that this style can be used tor purposes otherthan mindless entertainment or banal humour. In short. it is an introductory lesson in how to read comics.

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Activities and Fun

0 800K TRUST 15a Lynedoch Street (off Woodlands Road), 332 0391. Bernard Ashley 27 Feb. afternoon. (time to be confirmed. check with venue). Bernard Ashley. author of Running Scared and Terry on the Fence. will be talking about his books and about working in television. Groups also welcome. please book. For approx 12 year-olds. Free.

0 GLASGOW ARTS CENTRE 12 Washington Street. 221 4526.

Youth Theatre Team Mondays (NB changed from Fridays) 7.30pm. £3 per term. For 12 years and over. New members always welcome to join the Youth Theatre which works on drama skills to build into an annual production.

Music Programme The centre runs an extensive music programme which is heavily subscribed. but anyone interested should contact music staff for information on coming vacancies/new projects.

Saturday afternoon activities 2—4pm. Include arts and crafts. dance. drama. drawing and painting and weaving. Most classes full at the present. but vacancies do arise. Contact centre for further details. Tuesday Drama Group has been cancelled.

0 GROSVENOR CINEMA Ashton Lane. Hillhead. 339 4298.

Caley Kids Club Saturdays 1.30—4.30pm. 50p. For4—l4 years. Games. cartoons. serial and raffle. Parents welcome. or children can be left under supervision.

O HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields. 427 2725. Saturday Activities 2.15pm. Free. No booking. Games for fun with an old-fashioned theme.

Sat 21: Archery (indoors) (8+ ).

Sat 28: Buttermaking (5—7).


0 HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields. 427 2725. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2-5pm. Mary Queen of Scots Semi-permanent exhibition. As everyone must now know. this is the 400th anniversary year of the death of Mary. executed on the orders of her cousin. Elizabeth 1. Children can dress up as characters from the times like John Knox. for example. her old enemy

who used to denounce her from the pulpit ofSt Giles‘ Cathedral, Edinburgh for her Catholic faith. Toys Irom the Attic Until 5 May.

An Egyptian horse in its 2000+ year is one of the very special toys on display in this exhibition of old-fashioned toys. Closer to home there is a dolls’ house made for a little girl in Glasgow in 1916, complete with a tiny candlestick for lighting the way to bed.


0 ODEON FILM CENTRE Renfield Street. 332 8701 . £2.75 (GAP/Child £1.50).

Short Circuit (PG) 102 mins. Probably until 26 Feb. Check with cinema. 2.30pm. 5.45pm. 8.30pm.

John Badham‘s new film about a robot called Number Five who gets struck by lightning and almost becomes human.


0 THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521.

Gebb Tue 24—Sat 28 Feb. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. (60mins). £1 .50(£1). Kids 50p. A new children's theatre company. Rainmaker— Picture Story Theatre. present Gebb. a blend of visual narrative and humour which is especially suitable for deaf children and others with special needs. The strange tale of Gebb tells the story ofa railway journey that takes an unexpected course. Founder members of the company Tim Barlow and Jos Howben bring their Theatre de Complicité experience to the show to make it accessible and interesting to all children.

EDINBURGH Activities and Fun

0 COLLECTIVE GALLERY 42—54 High Street. 556 2600.

Puppet Workshop Sun 1 March. 2-4pm. Free. As part ofthe Collective‘s policy to extend their activities they will be offering a puppet workshop for children over 6 years (their first event for children). The Edinburgh Puppet Company will be running a free workshop. but please book through the gallery (Tue. Wed. Thurs. Fri l2.30—5.30pm; Sat 10am—5pm) and bring your own materials (cloth. felt, lace. buttons. paper etc— anything which could be made into a puppet). For other activities run by the Collective (drawing classes. poetry readings and talks) see Open listings.

38The List 20Feb— 5 March