ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
Day Event Sat 25 July. 9.30am—4pm. To be held at Riddles Court. 322 Lawnmarket (top of High Street). Val William. curator ofthe Women in Photography exhibition and author of the book will be accompanied on this day of discussion and workshops by Grace Robertson. photographer with Picture Post in the late Forties. Roberta McGrath. Lecturer at Newcastle Polytechnic and Maggie Murray. founder member of Format. a women‘s photography agency in London. Tickets cost £4. members ofStills £3.50 and cone £2.50 for the whole day. Book early to obtain programme at Stills Gallery.
Children's Workshop Mon 3 Aug. 8—12 years. Workshops tocreate photos using only paper. light and chemicals.
Portrait Workshops Mon 20 July and Mon 3 Aug. 12—16 years. Create your own ‘image‘ by bringing along favourite posters. record covers. clothes etc and get your friend to take your portrait.
0 STOCKBRIOGE BOOKSHOP 26 North West Circus Place. Stockbridge. Fezilral of Books 8—29 Aug. Mon—Sat 9am—6pm. Sun 12.30pm—5pm. Books reﬂecting the themes of the Festival. include works on Russia. Mary. Queen ofScots and published plays being performed this year.
0 TALBOT RICE ART CENTRE ()ld College. University of Edinburgh. 667 I01 1 ext 4308. Mon—Sat. 10am—5pm. Sun 2pm—5pm.
Made from Girders 7 Aug— 1 2 Sept. Free. Celebrating the grit of Scottish industry in photographs. Jewels of the Ancients 7 Aug— 1 2 Sept. Free. Fabulous gold. silver and precious stone jewellery from 3.000 BC to the seventh century. Selected from the Jill Sackler Collection of Ancient Near Eastern Jewellery. Doug Cocker Until 25 July. Sculpture and related works 1976—1986. Art into Botany Until 25 July. A very varied exhibition of botanical works to mark the retirement of Sir John Burnett. principal of Edinburgh University.
0 THEATRE WORKSHOP 3-1 Hamilton Place. 225 7942. Open all day Mon—Sat.
The Castle and the Woods 6—31 Aug. Aerial photography by Patricia MacDonald.
0 TORRANCE GALLERY 29b [)undas Street. 556 6366. Mon—Fri
l 1am—6pm; Sat 10.30am—4pm. Alexanders. Burns, RSW Until 1 Aug. Paintings.
0 359 GALLERY 209 Cowgate. 225 3013. Mon—Sat noon—5.30pm. Moscow: A Private View 9—29 Aug. Mon—Sat 12noon—6pm. A major and long-awaited exhibition of contemporary Soviet artists — the first ofits kind in Britain. Part ofthe International Festival (whose theme this year is the arts of Russia.) Continuing the Tradition: Twenty Twentieth Century Scottish Artists 25 July-26 Sept. Director of the 369 Andrew Brown makes no secret of his admiration for what he sees as the traditional values of Scottish painting. as shown in the work of McTaggart. through Redpath.
SPEAKING Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
‘The danger at doing work that’s figurative is that it people can recognise something, then they have to have a reason behind it’, says Kate Downie. Not all her pictures are like that. Some do have stories, but others just happen. ‘Sometimes I think, ‘didl paint that?“ You can quite surprise yourself.‘
This exhibition is very representative of her work, showing the cross over between painting and drawing and it is how she likes to be seen. She works quite differently in each medium though each feeds into the other.
‘With a drawing you're connected to reality, you're working on atmosphere and shapes and spaces. With a painting it’s emotions and ideas-you can go one level deeper.‘
When she was a post-graduate at art school in Aberdeen the vogue was for abstract work. ‘I was considered quite comical because I was the only one doing ligurative work and doing it very positively. It just never occurred to me to do anything else.’ Abstract work appeals, ‘but it's not something I can do in all honesty at the moment. The way I am working now doesn’t seem to want to make thatjump.‘
Figurative work still offers her more than sufficient scope for discovery and her strong graphic style is full of assurance and confidence something she attributes to her art school. ‘I don't
think there's a Scottish tradition l’m part ot— until I go abroad and come back Then I see that there are things
that I do that are quite different, like being able to draw— that's definiter Scottish!’ (Sally Kinnes)
Eardley and Blackadder to the young L aroltne MacNatrn. This exhibition which brings so many of them together should make a fascinating show. Art From lona Until Sat 25 July. The ever-resourceful Maxwell Mac1-eod invited 7 artists to paint and draw on lona as part of a fund-raising venture for the Mac1.eod Centre Appeal which will build an international community centre on the island. The work produced is colourful and vigorous and a few examples of work by the Scottish Colourists. shown by way of contrast. shows how energetically the contemporary artists have sought volume and colour in the rugged natural forms. 0 369 High Street
Paintings from the Warrick Arts Trust Collection 6—2‘) aug. 10am—5pm. Contemporary British Abstract Expressionist painting.
0 WARE ON EARTH 15 Howe Street. 558 1276. Mon—Sat “lam—6.30pm: Sundays by appointment.
Bronzes and Drawings by Nicola Godden 4—28 Aug. The Hammersmith Flyover in London can be a dreary and traffic-snarling place. From 30 July it will be made a little more interesting when Nicola Godden‘s recent commission is unveiled. It is a 9 foot high. polychrome man. made from fibre-glass and resin and will recline atop Queen Caroline House. This exhibition shows other work by the artist.
Ceramic Sculpture and Prints by Lesley
May-Miller Until Sat 25 July. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1981. Miller has shown her work regularly around the UK. most recently at the ()pen Eye Gallery. Edinburgh.
0 THE WINE EMPORIUM 7 Devon Place. lnfo3-i6 1113.
Scottish Contemporary Art 7—22 Aug. Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Sun 11am—5pm. Almost as fashionable as Russian art in this year’s Festival is work by contemporary Scottish artists. The Wine Emporium — the only venue where you can buy and taste wine 7 days a week. shows 300 selected works. To be auctioned! Joe Keogh, Sculptor 2—29 Aug. Hours as abouve. Joe Keogh is a young Glasgow sculptor who works in cardboard and copper.
t UT IDE THE CITIES
This section lists exhibitions at special note held outside Glasgow and Edinburgh. Galleries should contact Alice Bain with information at least two weeks in advance.
0 SEAGATE GALLERY 36—40 Seagate 0382 26331.
Ruth Saxon and Annie Cattrell Until Tue 28 July. Two young Scottish sculptors show highly original and often witty work.
0 SMITH GALLERY AND MUSEUM Dumbarton Road. Stirling 0786 71917. Tue—Sat l0.30am—12.30pm and l—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.
Smith Biennial Exhibition 1987 The Smith have announced the closing
date for entries for their biennial competition show. Artists are asked to have entry forms returned by 5 August and the selected work will be shown from 17 Sept to 18 ()ct. Work in any medium will be accepted. Entry fortns are available from the above address. £6000 in prize money is being offered this year. making this the biggest competition of its kind in Scotland. 1985‘s winner of the first prize. Ian McCulloeh. has had four one-man shows since.
The Living Paintings Thurs 3n July—Sat 1 Aug. Performance during gallery hours. They httng in Wolverhampton Art (iallery in May 1986 and attracted 12.000 people. breaking gallery records. L'nder the auspices of artist Stephen 'I'aylor-Woodrow they are back again to hang on a few Scottish walls. Four men perform this unusual idea. taking the place of paintings. This will be the last opportunity to see them as the piece is ‘going into early retirement.‘
0 ANCRUM GALLERY Cross Keys Inn. Ancrurn (3 miles north ofJedburgh ). Jan Tait Until Mon 27 July. An artist who gave up painting for many years despite a training by Gilles. Mac'l‘aggart and Maxwell. In 1984 she began again with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
O SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM lngliston. near Edinburgh. Mon—Fri l0am—5pm: Sat noon—5pm; Closed Sun. Phone 225 753-1 for information. A new display ofcountry life during Burns‘ times.
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