issues raised by it. Practical session to produce a work in response to the discussion and then a short follow up discussion. Creche facilities will be available.

TSWA 30 Until end summer. As part ochlevision South West's nationwide arts project. Kate Whiteford has made a giant picture ofmarble flat out on Calton Hill. See also Springburn Museum ofGeorge Wyllie's Straw Locomotive. the Glasgow installation.

0 GALLERY OF MODERN ART Belford Road. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Rest. [D] Guided Tours On the first Wednesday ofevery month. at 2.30pm (free) a member ofthe curatorial staff will lead a tour of the gallery (approx three quarters ofan hour). Questions and discussions will be invited.

The Unpainted Landscape Until Sun 17 May. An alternative approach to landscape with photography. text and sculpture by artists who include Richard Long. Herman de Vries. Doug Cocker. (‘hris Drury. Thomas Joshua (‘ooper and Ian Hamilton Finlay.

o GATEWAY EXCHANGE 2-4 Abbeymount. 661 0982. Mon—Sat l()am—Spm.

The Gateway Gallery will be closed until 22 June due to renovations.

O GLADSTONE'S LAND GALLERY Lawnmarket. Mon—Sat “lam—4.30pm: Sun 2—4.30pm. Hebrides and Highlands Until Sun 24 May. Watercolours by Jim Nicholson and wood sculpture by Hugh Johnstone.

0 GRAEME MURRAY GALLERY 15 Scotland Street. 5566020. Tue—Fri 1—6pm; Sat l()am— 1 pm.

Kate Whitelord Contour Shadows, Shadow Contours Until Sat 20 June. Also showing work on (‘alton Hill (sec Fruitmarket Gallery) Whiteford‘s charcoal drawings here are more intimate ‘layering history and culture.‘

0 HANOVER FINE ART 104 Hanover

Street. 225 2450. Mon—Fri 10am-5.30pm: Sat l(lam—lpm. Landscapes of Scotland and California Mon 25 May—Tue 23 June. First showing in Scotland of Sylvia Arnstein's work from California. She is joined by Roberta Merilees watercolours and pastels.

0 HM GENERAL REGISTER HOUSE Princes Street. 556 6585. Mon—Fri 10am—4pm.

Scotland and the Netherlands Until October. The exhibition takes as its starting point the 1587 Act of Parliament which sought to stimulate Scottish industry by encouraging Flemish weavers to settle in Scotland and pass on their skills. Other original documents describe the sorry plight of the Jacobite exiles and develop themes ofeconomie. religious and cultural relations.

0 JOHN NELSON 22-24 Victoria Street. 225 4413. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm.

Modern Athens Early 19th-century Edinburgh. the ‘Athens of the North‘. is illustrated through prints. 0 MALCOLM INNES GALLERY 67 George Street. 226 4151. Mon-Fri

Irwin Group, Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh

The artists showing at the Demarco Gallerythis monthy appear nameless. At least individually. Collectively, they use the title lrwin, a group of five from Yugoslavia or more specifically from the area of Slovenia. The loose comparison of Scotland to Britain fits neatly. Loyalty to place is strong and the desire for recognition within the context of their own national culture a recognisable aim. ‘A small nation like ours must import isms from abroad,’ says one. ‘But they must be used in our won way, to define our own place.‘ Closely connected to the theatre company The Sisters of Scipion Nasice, which at last year's Edinburgh Festival caused commotion with fire on stage and put their audience underthe floor with only heads in view, and Laibach, a Slovenian rock group, Irwin take their art seriously.

Exhibiting in Britain forthe first time, they ask in the title of their exhibition, Was ist Kunst, what is art? They look back to the history of art and to East European politics and philosophy juxtaposing images from both. The four seasons are depicted as idealised peasant women, a factory takesthe stage as its emblem and a still life of a teacup is mimicked by the real thing in



a glass box. Marx, Malevich, social realism, uniforms and Nazi symbols are framed together. Little energy has been spared for perfecting technique. Intellectual consideration comes first. The exhibition which has been shown in an old factory, private flats and a concrete hunker was hung briefly in Demarco’s upstairs space where the church arches and floor to ceiling windows exaggerated the religious element of the work already present in the heavy, black lacquered frames. For

some, it would have sinister looks. Are they icons to art or something more

far-reaching? Moved down now to Demarco’s ground level (funds are needed to make the stairwell safe for the public) in the more customary setting for art here, they still have the appearance of a stranger.

Their intention is complex and difficult to digest in a country where art is rarely taken as a serious sequel to politics, but they are worth exploring lorthat very reason. (Alice Bain)

9am-6pm. Sat l()am-lpm.

General exhibition ofScottish Painting.

0 MERCURY GALLERY 23 North Bank Street. 225 3200. Mon—Fri l0am—5.30pm. Sat l()am—l .00pm. Keith Vaughan Until 16 May. One of the so-called ‘neo-romantic‘ group. Vaughan (1912—1977) lived in

London. mainly working figuratively

although his work became abstract latterly. Included are various studies of soldiers made during his war-time service in the army. Vaughan also worked in theatre design.

Barry Hurst Thurs 21 May—Sun 21 June. First one-man show for this lecturer from the North of England. 0 NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

Continental Watercolours UNtil Mon 27July.

0 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George IV Bridge. 226 4531. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm: Sat 9.30am—lpm.

lt cam wi‘ a lass-The Stuarts in Literature, Legend and the Arts Mon 25 May—Thurs 3 Sept. The first main exhibition to come onstream in this 400th anniversary year of Mary. Queen of Scots‘ execution. The star of this show has been brought in from Vienna a magnificent James IV Book ()fHours. though it will undoubtedly be overshadowed by the dramatic appeal ofa letter written by Mary to her brother-in-law. Henri III of France. at 2 o‘clock on the morning of her execution. Centring on the queen. the exhibition will also show the impact of the Stuarts on artists through the centuries court poems made for Mary during her lifetime

contrast with those written in this century by poets like Hugh MacDiarmid and Alan Bold.

O NETHERDOW 43 High Street. 556 9579.

A Celebration of Moray Until Sat 30 May. Artist from Moray gather their work together at the Netherbow.

0 OPEN EYE GALLERY 57 Cumberland Street. 5571020. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat l(lam-me. [D] Reinhard Behrens Paintings; Frank Pottinger— Ceramic Sculpture; Anne Christie— Watercolours. Until Thurs 4June.

O PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street. 5568921. Mon—Sat l()am—5pm. Sun 2-5pm.

The great Scots of the past and present are collected here in a gallery offaces and figures.

0 PRESCOTE GALLERY 369 High Street. 225 2652. Mon—Sat l(lam—Spm.

Studio Class Until Sat 30 May.

Annette Meech. David Taylor. Chris Williams and work from the Glasshouse.

0 PRINTMAKERS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 2479. Mon—Sat l0am—6pm.

Marcus Rees Roberts Until Sat 23 May. Despair and solitude mark the etchings in four series ‘The Tiredness‘. ‘ln Deserts ofthe Heart‘. ‘The Heart'. and ‘The Heart Reduced‘ in this first showing of the sixty works together. Subjects which inspired Beckett. T. S. Eliot. Goddard and Brecht are Roberts‘ fascination too. See panel.

From the Portfolio Until Sat 23 May. Downstairs at the workshop. the proofs fora print by Gwen Hardie made during her recent visit from Berlin. show how the artist progressed to her final choice. A selection of prints by other artists. John Bellany. Bill Gillon etc. will also be on show.




6th to 28th MAY 1987 GALLERY HOURS: Tues to Fri 1 lam to 6pm Sat 10amto 1pm

Flying Colours Gallery 35 William Street, Edinburgh EH3 7LW, Tel. 031 2273 6776

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