Mary Mannings Thomson - Paintings and Margaret Struckmeier- Ceramics Sat 24 Oct-Thurs 12 Nov.

0 PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street, 556 8921. 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.

William Carrick Until Sun 18 Oct. Pre-revolutionary Russia recorded by Scots-born photographer. William Carrick.

O PRESCOTE GALLERY 5 Northumberland Street. 5570080. NR New address. 2pm—6pm.

No exhibitions during October due to renovations.

O PRINTMAKERS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 2479. Mon—Sat lOam—5.30pm.

Weekend Course 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.

Life Drawing Thursdays at 7—9pm. £2 per session or save by buying a season ticket.

A Private View Until Sat 24 Oct. In aquatints and etchings Robert Shaw portrays people on the edge of society in fairgrounds. cafes and bars.

0 OUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street Box Office 668 2019.

O RIAS 15 Rutland Square. Mon—Fri 9.30am-5pm.

A Selection of Drawings by Stephen Wiltshire Until Fri 23 Oct. An exhibition of architectural drawings by a young boy who is mentally handicapped. Stephen has recently been included in a BBC QED programme which highlighted his remarkable talent for memorising the exact details ofa building.

Five Scottish New Towns Mon 26 Oct—Fri 13 Nov. The New Town was a post-war concept in organised urban living. 1987 is birthday year for three of them. Livingston is 25. Irvine 21 and East Kilbride 40. This exhibition celebrates and has been put together by all five Scottish New Towns.

O ROYAL DOTANIC GARDEN lnverleith House. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun

1 lam—5pm.

A Fascination For Fungi Until Tue 18 Oct. Fungi comes in all shapes and sizes as this exhibition shows. Toadstools by Beatrix Potter and a watercolour which dates a fungus to 1788 are just part of this selection from the work ofover 20 artists.

0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. The Royal Mint: 1100 years in Minting Until Sun 15 Nov. When was the first pound coin struck? Whose mistress looks uncannin like Britannia? When was the last coin struck in Edinburgh? These and other money matters answered in this exhibition. Wildlife Photographer oi the Year Until Thurs 19 Nov. 80 photographs from the biggest international wildlife photographic competition in the world.

0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Queen Street, 556 8921 . Mon-Sat lOam—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.

Scotland’s antiquities share premises with the Portrait Gallery.


369 Gallery, Edinburgh

The new upstairs gallery at the 369 continues to radiate unrestrained colour in an exhibition of three British abstract expresslonists: Atroshenko, Martyn Brewster and Sheila Girling. The artists are promoted by the Warwick Arts Trust in London, one oi the few remaining enclaves championing this attitude to painting.

Celebration and the joy of paint characterize all their work and, within the limitations of colour and form they illustrate the diversity and potential of abstraction. The work is similar in its lyricism but there it stops. With these three artists, the power of abstraction is seen as a constant exchange and transformation of a physical state into a visual, emotional and intellectual state and back again - a parallel to the human condition.

Atroshenko, who pushes and drags masses of colour across the surface, creating slabs and pools, gives us text-book abstraction, with the chalky acrylic rarely achieving its own identity. Girling fixes an opaque organic mass, dappled with colour, over which flows transparent washes, but it is Martyn Brewster who displays the virtuoso hand in his oils. His rich impasto colour emerges from dark grounds evoking sensations of moving water and burning embers. He achieves an intensity and material presence which is totally captivating.

O ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. 225 6671. Mon—Sat 10am—7pm; Sun 10am—5pm. Scottish Society of Artists Annual Exhibition Until Sat 17 Oct. This year‘s show features six specially invited installations (sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council) including work by the inimitable George Wyllie. The room that during the Festival held Richard Wilson’s sump oil trompe l'oeil. 20:50. now has a Kon Tiki-style raft in a sea ofsalt a Scottish sculpture by Reinhardt Behrens.

Scottish Society of Women Artists Until Sat 17 Oct. This is the 63rd annual exhibition. Enter from the side door.

0 THE SCOTTISH ARTISTS SHOP8 Howard Street, 556 6337. Mon—Sat 10am—4pm. Sun 2—4pm.

0 SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 Canongate, 556 8136. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. A permanent showcase for the crafts of Scotland. 0 THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street, 225 5955. Mon—Fri 9am—S.30pm. Sat 9.30am-lpm. James Miller 1893—1987 Until Wed 28 Oct. A retrospective look at this widely-travelled Glasgow artist, who combined a career as a teacher at Hillhead Academy with a distinguished artistic one.

Margery Clinton Until Wed 28 Oct. New porcelain with birds, flowers and simple geometries by this Glasgow and Royal College-trained artist.

The small canvases which form part of the variation series, like precious vignettes, whisper and invite moments of recognition. Their colour sensations are all the more intense and intimate because of their size which enables the viewer to envelope them totally. Downstairs, in contrast, Ronald Rae's idiosyncratic images are ascetic and uncomfortable. Dn plain hardboard he scribbles with crayon and pastel, sometimes this is cut to follow a figure or form. All are hung ungracefully with household twine. Nowhere is there any enjoyment of the materials, everything

Across the Boundaries Until Wed 28 Oct. Tapestry to basket-making, this exhibition looks at the definitions of art and craft through the work of 12 designers.

0 THE SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery. Newtongrange. Midlothian, 663 7519. Tue—Fri 10am—4.30pm; Sat/Sun Noon—5pm; Thurs late opening 6.30—8pm.

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. Tues—Sat Noon—6pm. Paul Trevor— Constant Exposure Until Sat 10 Oct. TV is something we look at a lot and think about little. Trevor exposes the medium in its personal and social contexts. This exhibition takes the form of a seventy frame ‘video strip‘ taken from TV images juxtaposed. superimposed and multiplied on themselves.

Troubled Land Sat 24 Oct—Sat 21 Nov. Photographs of Northern Ireland by Paul Graham, one ofBritain’s foremost ‘new colour’ practitioners. His images ofurban and rural ground in Ulster challanges the standard media image ofthis sensitive spot.

0 TALBOT RICE ART CENTRE Old College. University of Edinburgh, 667 1011 ext 4308. Mon-Sat,

is poor. in ‘Gethsemane’ we are presented with a sleeping elephant, and in ‘Christ's Entry into Jerusalem' we see legs, a walking stick, and a tortoise. What are the meanings of these irreverant images? Man out of harmony? In ‘Mocking Devices’ a frightened woman in a bath is seemingly alone; there in front of her is a set of teeth and part lace, hanging, staring. We are left with many questions. (Marcel O’Connor)

10am—5pm. Sun 2pm—5pm.

Nuam Gabo Until Sat 24 Oct. Monoprints. See panel.

Colin BaxterWed 21—Sat 31 Oct. Views ofScotland through the rose-tinted lens ofthis well-known photographer.

O THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place. 225 7942. Open all day Mon—Sat.

O TORRANCE GALLERY 29b Dundas Street. 556 6366. Mon—Fri 11am-6pm; Sat 10.30am—4pm.

James Hawkins— Paintings; Liz Hooey - PDIS 19:31 Oct.

0 369 GALLERY 209 Cowgate. 225 3013. Mon—Sat Noon—5.30pm. Ronald Rae Until Sat 31 Oct. New work by this Ayrshire artist. See panel

Artists from the Warwick Arts Trust Until Sat 31 Oct. As the New Figuration becomes history. the art market searches for the new movements. These three Girling. Brewster and Atroshenko pay debt to the New York school ofabstract expressionism now nearly thirty years old but rising in new form. Autumn Classes Run until Sat 12 Dec. Contact gallery for details.

0 WARE ON EARTH 15 Howe Street. 558 1276. Mon—Sat 10am—6.30pm; Sundays by appointment.

0 W.A.S.P.S. GALLERY Patriothall. Hamilton Place (near Theatre Workshop) Tues—Sun 12.30—5.30pm. Exhibition not finalised at time of publication.

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