2—5pm. The great Scots of the past and present are collected here in a gallery of faces and figures:

Talks See National Gallery.

0 PRESCOTE GALLERY 5 Northumberland Street, 557 0080. NB New address. 2pm—6pm.

No exhibitions until further notice due to renovations.

e PRINTMAKERS' WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street, 557 2479. Mon—Sat 10am-5.30pm.

Scottish Print Open Until Sat 21 Nov. The fourth Print Open moves from the host organiser this time round, Glasgow Print Studio. 50 pieces were selected from 382 submissions and 5 prizes worth £250 dished out. The range in size and stature is varied. With many more painters now trying their hand at this medium, the number of monoprints being produced has increased significantly. 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.

Open Day Sat 28 Nov. Noon—5pm. Open days in the past have been busy, fun affairs, so if you want to know what goes on in a print workshop and how prints come to life , pop along for a browze. Kids can make an etching and there will be a cut-price sale.

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

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

Seeking the Dead City- Paintings by


10-5, Sunday 2-5. Free.

031-556 8921.


1] Roam around the National Gallery of Scotland on

Gwyneth Leech Until Sun 22 Nov. Known best perhaps for her portraits of her feathered friend the hen, this American-born artist now living in Glasgow, turns to the exotic plummage of the Venice Carnival for inspiration. These large pictures depict the dark and bright sides of this street revellery.

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

Five Scottish New Towns Until 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.

0 ROYAL DOTANIC GARDEN 552 7171 Mon-Fri lOam—l hour before sunset. Sat, Sun 11am-l hour before sunset. Inverleith House is open on weekends only. Gardens oI Scotland Until end Dec. The development of gardens from the 17th century in contemporary photographs. Introduction to the Royal Botanic Garden Until end Dec. Audio-visual presentation.

0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street, 225 7534. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 2—Spm. 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. Wildlite Photographer ot the Year


The Mound, see ‘Drawings by Artists in 17th Century Rome’ 8L a new arrival ‘Diana 8L Her Nymphs’ by the other Robert Burns, painted in 1926 for Crawford’s tearooms in Princes Street. 1] The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Queen Street shows its two most important acquisitions in many years-The 151 Duke of Hamilton by Mytens and a double portrait ofthe 14th Duke 8L his wife by Kokoschka, two masterpieces spanning 340 years. 11 At the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Belford Road take a closer look at Paul Nash’s ‘Landscape of the Vernal Equinox’; our appeal for ‘The Terrible Year 1937’ by Barlach commemorates the goth anniversary of Hitler’s notorious ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibition; & have you had lunch at the

Gallery Cafe? 11 All 3 Galleries are open Monday to Saturday


Further information on


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-Spm; Sun 2-5pm.

Scotland’s antiquities share premises with the Portrait Gallery.

0 ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound, 225 6671. Mon-Sat lOam—Spm; Sun 2—5pm.

Royal Scottish Society at Watercolourists Until Thurs 3 Dec.

0 ST BRIDES COMMUNITY CENTRE Orwell Terrace. Mon—Fri 9.30am—4.30pm; 6.30—10pm.

A Day Down a Goldmine Tues 24 Nov-Tues 8 Dec. An exhibition bound into a book by the scul?tor George Wyllie. See also Bank of Scotland.

0 THE SCOTTISH ARTISTS SHOPS Howard Street, 556 6337. Mon-Sat lOam—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—5.30pm. Sat 9.30am-1pm. Kathleen Russell - Scottish Landscapes Until Wed 25 Nov. Scottish landscape studies - boats and hills.

Nancy Angus- Seascapes Until 25 Nov. New ceramics.

Winter Selection Until Wed 25 Nov. A selection of work by gallery artists, ceramics, glass and wood.

0 THE SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery. Newtongrange, Midlothian, 663 7519. Tue—Fri lOam—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 1140. Tues—Sat Noon-6pm. Troubled Land Until Sat 21 Nov. Photographs of Northern Ireland by Paul Graham, one of Britain’s foremost ’new colour’ practitioners. His images of urban and rural ground in Ulster challenges the standard media image of this


Stills Gallery, Edinburgh 0n the News the horror and carnage oi the Birmingham Bombings returns; we see and teel the aggression and violence at IRA funerals; this Is captivating viewing; we are presented with shock images In their isolated form and as a result remain distanced irom it all. The media are guilty at this senstionallsm, extremist happenings without a willingness to discover and understand the causes.

Paul Graham’s photographic images avoid the overtly dramatic; he records ordinary scenes In the towns and countryside oi Northern Ireland, yet within this ‘social landscape’ are signs and emblems which are indicative oi the place, people and politics. To those living there, these signs are unobtrusive and part at everyday llie, but to the outsider are slgnliicant and take the term at election posters, tlags, slogans, historic dates and painted kerbstones In Unionist and Nationalist colours, each being demarcation: ol

territory and dominance.

Devoid at any apparent unrest, a single photograph may iail through the vlewer's lack of intormation to decipher the signs. In one, the common black taxi has no importance in this country, but as seen in parts oi Bellast, represents organised racketeering by both paramilitaries. Many oi the works have attractive blue skies and grey mists and the only sign at contlict may be a ilag perched on a tree top or a slight alteration to a motorway sign. It takes a moment to discover these signs and a further effort to understand their meaning. Collectively the works Introduce the Northern Ireland ignored by the media.

Graham re-addresses the perceived attitude at N. Ireland without the emotional fervour and its Inherent trappings and he otters an Insight Into the emblems ot everyday tile as a means to a greater understanding oi a people and their contlict.

(Marcel O’Connor)

42 The List 13 - 26 November 1987