The Autumn Collection Until end Sept. Contemporary watercolours by Scottish Lowland artists.

0 FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366 Mon—Fri 9.30am— 1 pm and 2pm—5.30pm. Claire Bretecher— Cartoons Until Fri 4 Sept. The Posy Simmonds of Paris (with extra barb). Bretecher’s cartoons take an irreverent look at life.

0 FRUITMARKET GALLERY 29 Market Street. 225 2383. Tue—Sat 10am—5.30pm: Sun 1.30pm—5.30pm. Closed Mon. Licensed cafe.

David Salle: Paintings and Drawings Until Sat 19 Sept. Edinburgh International Festival exhibition of this young and convention-breaking American artist.

TSWA SD: Calton Hill Sculpture Until end summer. As part ofTelevision South West's nationwide arts project. Kate Whiteford has carved Celtic-type images out of the turfon Calton Hill. Best seen from above you can climb the Nelson Monument for 45p. and get a terrific view of the city besides. A Chance to Make Your Own Video Course runs from Sun 6-Sun 20 Sept. If you've always wanted to handle a moving camera now‘s your chance. This series ofworkshops held at weekends and evenings (5 sessions) is intended for beginners and has been organised in conjunction with Pete Gregson. video maker and founder of Commedia. All aspects of video production will be covered and the group will be able to edit and finish a piece. The course costs a mere £10 (£5) and should be booked in advance. Places are limited so phone now for details.

0 GALLERY OF MODERN ART Belford Road. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm: Sun 2—5pm. Rest. [D] The Vigorous Imagination: New Scottish Art Ugtil Sun 25 Oct. You can't miss Sam Ainsley‘s huge 60ft banner hanging on the portico of the gallery. And inside. colour and energy characterize the work by these young Scottish artists.

0 GATEWAY EXCHANGE 2—4 Abbeymount. 661 ()982. Mon—Sat 9am—11pm.

No exhibitions in September.

0 GRAEME MURRAY GALLERY 15 Scotland Street 556 6020 Tue—Sat

1 lam—5pm.

The Rigorous Imagination Until Sat 19 Sept. Playing with titles. this exhibition provides contrast to the Vigorous Imagination. though on a domestic scale. Kate Whiteford keeps to a Northern mood in thick. black charcoal. Iain Patterson. who has just exhibited in Hungary. paints a grey triptych with odd signs of life and Felim Egan elegantly translates a personal geometry swaying gently in the balance.

0 HANOVER FINE ART 104 Hanover Street. 225 2450. Mon—Fri IOam—5.30pm:Sat 10am-4pm.

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

The Queen and the Scots Throughout Sept. The famous Franco-Scottish Alliance ofwhich Mary was so much a part has not gone unnoticed in this exhibition which has its


Olivia Irvine hali-heartedly reapplied lorthe Spanish Government Scholarship she was refused last year and was ready to batten the hatches lor a Scottish winter in the W.A.S.P.S. studios. But they said yes and her exhibition has become a welcome goodbye.

In October she’s oil to Madrid to colour her painting with a year oi experience there. Once the formality oi checking in at the University is over, she'll be on her own. Classes are not compulsory and the £60 perweek grant goes towards lood, rent and materials. More in a spirit at adventure than lack oi organisation, she has nowhere to live yet, but hopes that a cheap pensione in the beginning will lead to a ilat and even a studio. ‘lt’s expensive there but I‘ve heard that incredibly cheap places come up,’ she says enthusiastically. It‘s all to do with central heating —a soities’ extra in Scotland but an essential in Madrid. Seems upside-down to me.

And it there‘s a squeeze on her cash-flow, Olivia can always take English lessons on the side. As a precaution against a bare cupboard she has equipped herseli with a teaching course.

Though her departure irom Edinburgh where she spent live years at college has been held up, Irvine has not allowed her brush to dry up. She slipped into the open-plan attic ol W.A.S.P.S. last year on the basis that she would have to move out within weeks, but she’s been there now for nearly a year. Hers will be the third show in the new gallery so coincidence

accompanying explanatory notes printed in both English and French. It is a documentary-style exhibition. a little over-heavy on text. but giving a flavour of life in Scotland in Mary‘s time when the Reformation was first taking a grip and the first man in Scotland was hanged for heresy. Scotland and the Netherlands Until October. A small exhibition in the entrance hall. The not unhistoric surname Fleming is one of the few remaining hangovers from the influx of Flemish weavers who were invited to Scotland to pass on their skills so as to boost Scotland‘s textile industry following the 400 year-old act of 1587.

o ITALIAN INSTITUTE 2a Melville Crescent 226 3173 Mon—Fri 10am—5pm (closed 1—2pm).

Robert Bossaglia Until Fri 4 Sept. Images of Rome in the surrealistic light ofthis Roman photographer.

O IXIA 44a George Street.

0 KINGFISHER GALLERY 5 Northumberland Street Lane. Opening Exhibition This new gallery opens with an exhibition ofwork by a selection of artists including John Bellany. Alan Davie. Hamish Lawrie and sculpture by Dame Elisabeth Frink.

0 MALCOLM INNES GALLERY 67 George Street. 226 4151. Mon—Fri 9am—6pm. Sat 10am—lpm.

A Scottish Panorama Until Sat 5 Sept.

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Her painting too deals with chance and mystery and disconnected connections. She works lrom a blank canvas, no drawings, and allows iigures to emerge in coloured lands. Coming irom her imagination and not from liie, these characters are both intimate and annonymous. Their gender is oiten questionable and their age always lrozen at a point which is not quite adult, not still child. Their games become one. In “Magic Carpet' a large canvas being submitted to the Smith Biennial, a coquettish girl plays with a yo-yo while a young man pretends to ignore. A brilliant carpet lloating at their ieet sweeps reality away leaving you to wonder.

On occasion, Olivia does miss the connection with her imagination and a painting tastes sweet but lacks substance. The best (‘Magic Carpet’ among them) avoid this and sugary pink and blue become more resonant- colours oi the interior, of dreams. (Alice Dain)

Historical views by artists like Raeburn. Horatio McCulloch and Nasmyth.

O MERCURY GALLERY 2/3 North Bank Street. 225 3200. Mon—Fri I0am—5.30pm; Sat l0am—1pm.

New Generation Scotland Thur 17 Sept—Sat 17 Oct. The Mercury unveil their annual selection of work from new Scottish graduates. Artists from the four Scottish art colleges will be included.

0 NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound. 556 8921. During Festival Mon—Sat l0am—6pm: Sun 11am—6pm. Outside Festival Mon—Sat 10am—5pm: Sun 2—5pm. French Master Drawings irom Siockholm£1 (60p) Until Sun 11 Oct. Fine examples ofdrawings by 18th century painters like Chardin. a master ofdomcstic detail. the frothy Watteau and the delightful Boucher selected from the National Museum in Stockholm. Part ofthe International Festival.

0 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George IV Bridge. 226 4531. During Festival Mon—Fri 9.30am—8.30pm; Sat 9.30am—1pm; Sun 2pm—5pm. Outside Festival Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm; Sat 9.30am—1pm; Sun 2pm—5pm.

ll cam wi' a lass-The Stuarts In Literature, Legend and the Arts Until Thurs 3 Sept. Though Mary Queen of Scots is the most colourful of the

Stuarts. the exhibition reflects the fame and fortunes of the whole dynasty in a large and extensively researched documentary exhibiton. O NETHERBOW 43 High Street. 556 9579. Mon—Sat 10am—4pm and 6pm—10.30pm.

Portraits ol Edinburgh and Other Landscapes Tue 15—Sat 24 Sept. Paintings by Ian Garland.

0 ODD BAR Oddfellows Hall. Forrest Road. Open during pub hours. Room Ten.O.Nine Sun 6—Sun 27 Sept. An exhibition by Torquil Barker who has exhibited in Japan and England and is also a writer of plays. 0 OPEN EYE 75 Cumberland Street. 557 1020. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat 10am—4pm.

Brenda Lenaghan Until Thurs 17 Sept. Recent works.

Vincent Butler Until Thurs 17 Sept. Sculpture and drawings.

0 PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street. 556 8921. During Festival Mon—Sat 10am—6pm: Sun 11am—6pm. Outside Festival Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. The great Scots of the past and present are collected here in a gallery of faces and figures. The Queen’s Image and The Queen's World Until Sun 4 Oct. £1 (50p) Children up to 16 years free. Whatever personality Mary may or may not have had has been easily subdued by the massive amount of propaganda surrounding her. To the 16th and 19th centuries she was either a scheming traitor ofthe deepest dye or a martyr to her faith. depending on your political persuasion. Both schools ofthought are well represented in the portrait exhibition. The Queen’s Image and as a piece ofpolitical comment it is a fascinating collection. It also says much about the (now largely defunct) role ofthe artist in shaping the image ofa political figure. William Carrick Until Sun 18 Oct. Pre-revolutionary Russia recorded by Scots-born photographer. William Carrick. O PRESCOTE GALLERY 5 Northumberland Street. 5570080. NB New address. 2pm—6pm. o PRINTMAKERS' WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 2479. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. Two People Playing at Dogs and Other Things Extended until Sat 5 Sept. New prints and drawings which take a tongue-in-cheek attitude to human relationships. By Peter Pretsell. Festival Folio Extended until Sat 12 Sept. Specially-made prints at the PMW by leading contemporary Scottish artists. some working in the medium for the first time. Includes Ken Currie. Phil Braham. Gwen Hardie. Sandy Moffat. John Bellany and many others. In terms ofsales. this exhibition has. say the Workshop. surpassed their wildest dreams. Weekend Courses 2627 Sept and 21/22 Nov. Etching. lithography and silkscreen for beginners and those who would like to brush up their skills. Please book with the workshop in advance. Lite Drawing Thursdays at 7—9pm. £2 per session or save by buying a season ticket.

0 QUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street Box

The List 21 Aug— 3 Sept 19