ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
portraits of such well-known 18th century figures as the actor David Garrick and poet Alexander Pope as painted by Hogarth and Kneller respectively. Few ofthe pictures have been exhibited before in Scotland.
0 PRESCOTE GALLERY 369 High Street. 225 2652. Mon—Sat IOam-5pm.
rain sun snow hail mist calm Until Sat 25 Apr. Photoworks and sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy.
O PRINTMAKERS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 2479. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.
Simon Fraser Until Sat 18 April. Fraser’s work is published in book and folio form in a series of collaborations with poets. This exhibition shows ‘The Loom of Light‘ with poetry by George Mackay Brown and etchings for ‘The Seeking‘ with Gaelic poet Aonghas MacNeacail.
0 OUEEN’S HALL Clerk Street. 668 3456. Mon—Fri 9.3()am—5.3()pm and
concert evenings (ticket holders only).
0 ROYAL COMMONWEALTH POOL Dalkeith Road. Mon—Fri 10am—8pm; Sat. Sun 10am—3pm. Simply Women Until Sun 12 Apr. An exhibition by Franki Rafﬂes of photographs from the X111 Commonwealth Games. 0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. There are many interesting talks. lectures and films currently being held at the museum. Contact the information desk for details. 0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Queen Street. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 1(lam—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Scotland‘s antiquities share premises with the Portrait Gallery. 0 ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. 225 6671. Mon—Sat 1(1am—4pm; Sun 2—4pm. 0 THE SCOTTISH ARTISTS SHOP 8 Howard Street. 556 6337. Mon—Sat 10am—4pm. Sun 2—4pm. A Point of View Until Sat 5 April. Paintings. drawings and watercolours by James More. Pirro Cuniberti and Maurizio Bottarelli Mon 6 Apr—Sat 2 May. 0 RIAS GALLERY 15 Rutland Square, 229 7205. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm. RIAS Students Awards and Prizes Until Fri 1() Apr. An exhibitiOn ofwinning architectural studies. Extracts from the RIAS Drawings Collection Mon 13—Fri 24 Apr. A selection from the RIAS‘s expanding collection. 0 ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN Inverleith House. From 4 Apr: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am—5pm. Botanical Illustrations Sat 4 Apr—10 May. Contemporary botanical illustrators selected by Keith West. Historical examples from Royal Botanic Library also on show for comparison. Talk Keith West. a leading botanical artist, will give an illustrated talk about his work on Wed 22 Apr, 7.30pm. Free. Llllam Snelling's Rhododendrons Sat 4 Apr—Sun 27 Sept. Lilian Snelling worked for the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh from 1916—1921 and during that time
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Visiting Adam Zyw’s ‘heIl-hole’ is a chilly experience. When he is working it Is not so much a problem — shifting huge olive branches and steel bars keeps the blood warm.
Zyw Is an architect bytraining and a sculptor by aspiration. His Iastjob in the professional world he describes as ‘trouble shooter’ for the Royal Fine Art Commission which advises the Secretary oi State on the suitability of public building design proposals. Torness was one. Zyw worked out that the colume of the beast was the same size as that of the Bass Rock nearby. His was not perhaps the most straightforward approach required of the position.
Disllking office work, he freed himself from the burden In 1981 and has been working as a sculptor ever since. His studio is crammed with pieces ready and half-ready for a show at 369 Gallery which opens on Saturday 4 April.
Zyw’s life and work are carried out in Scotland, where he was brought up, but his heart Is in another country.
Edinburgh is cold and more importantly, inhospitable to artists. Here they have an eccentric label - curiosities to the general public. In Italy, where his lather and brothers live, the artist is ‘maestro‘, respected and appreciated by the whole community.
Last year Adam and his brother were invited to take the first slot in a new gallery’s exhibition programme. ‘To coincide with the Edinburgh Festival,’ Zyw adds. The setting was rural Italy and though only open from 6—1 1 pm hundreds of people came every day. Not just from the art world. Zyw’s audience expectations for his upcoming Edinburgh show are much lower. Patrons too tend to be thicker on the ground in Italy. ‘Everyone owns something that somebody has made — even at the simplest level — pottery or wood.’
Two such commissions are on his drawing board at the moment. For a Tuscan wine-grower, Zyw plans to build a massive wine-bottling sculpture with a corkscrew weather vane and for a lady farmer who needs a
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door-bell to call her from the fields, he has in mind a gong on the lines of the one bonged by Rank.
Italy beckons but Zyw stays on working it out in his garage in Leith. A large piece oi olive wood, hall branch- halianimal, swings from the ceiling. It smells and feels oily. ‘l’m an agent for my brother’s olive oil business,’ says Zyw, explaining its presence. When he sends over a consignment, he throws a couple of logs into the lorry.
Here, he gets wood from trailing round the sawmills in the hope at rescuing pieces which would otherwise end up as firewood. ‘50 percent ofthe wood felled in Scotland gets burnt and the rest made into MFI furniture.’ A sad thought. Zyw rehabilitates the discarded wood and gives If new life.
Zyw’s sculpture is perhaps the only way you can see olive wood in prime health in Edinburgh. ‘There’s only one spindly specimen in the temperate house in the Botanics surrounded by Pacific and Australian plants.’ One of these days, Zyw is going to give them a good Tuscan sapling. (Alice Bain)
painted exquisitely detailed studies ofthe rhododendrons there. The exhibition naturally coincides with the peak flowering season of the world-famous collection of over 400 Himalayan rhododendrons. Gardens of Scotland Thurs l6 Apr—Sun 27 Sept. Contemporary photographs look at the history of Scotland‘s finest gardens from 17th century to the present. Walled or woodland. there are many styles of garden in Scotland to choose from. 0 SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 Canongate. 556 8136. Mon—Sat l()am—5.3()pm.
A permanent showcase for the crafts ofScodand.
0 THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street. 225 5955. Mon—Fri 9am—5.3()pm. Sat 9.3(Iam—1pm. Hugh Buchanan -Architectural Watercolours Mon 6—Wed 29 Apr. Class of ’86 - Scottish Jewellery Graduates Mon 6—Wed 29 Apr. Ten young designers exhibit their work.
The range will include acrylic necklaces by Christine Harmer from Edinburgh and stylish steel and silver by Sunan Ritchie and Suzanne MacDonald from Dundee. Prices start from £5.
0 THE SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery. Newtongrange. Midlothian. 663 751‘). Tue—Fri mam—4.30pm. Sat. Sun Noon—5pm.
Prestongrange (between Prestonpans and Musselburgh) Tue—Fri 10am—4pm. Sat, Sun Noon—5pm. Visitor Centre. Historic Cornish Beam Engine and displays showing coal-mining through the ages.
0 STILLS GALLERY 105 High Street. 557 1 140. Tue—Sat. noon—6pm. Twenty IorToday: Recent British Portrait Photography L'ntil Sat 4 Apr. The fashionable magazines of the Eighties. The l’uee. The Taller. 13111:. Blueprint and Ritz to name merely a handful. have been important in providing a platform for young.
creative photographers like Brian Griffin. Johnny Rozsa and Alastair Thain. This National Portrait Gallery exhibition collects their work in an exhibition full of familiar famous faces.
Conrad Atkinson— Representation, Ideology and Popular Forms Wed 15 Apr. 7.3(1pm.£1.25(£1 members. 75p concs). Artist-in-Residence at Edinburgh University. Atkinson works around popular culture. Bernard Faucon — Constructed Photographs Sat 11 Apr—Sat 9 May. Stills is one ofonly three venues in the UK showing Faucon‘s two works — Summer Camp and Chambres d’Amour.
0 TALBOT RICE ART CENTRE ()ld College. University of Edinburgh. 667 Ill] 1 ext 4308. Mon—Sat. Illam—Spm. John Houston— Works on Paper 1953—1987 Until Sat 4 April. Another in the Talbot Rice series of one-man shows. This exhibition
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