: - A . City Arts Centre, Edinburgh The title is Critical Realism. The sub-title is Britain in the 1980’s through the work at 28 artists. They are painters and sculptors ol society, our consumerism, our politics, our leellngs. In a figurative language, i.e. the one generally reckoned to be the most accessible to the general public, these artists create to comment.

In Dollar, ‘First Impressions Count’ says Elizabeth Mulholland, who paints the town like a cardboard cut-out. The streets are propped up like a film lot and the shoppers have that twin-set

sensitive spot. See panel. I TALBOT RICE ART CENTRE Old College. University of Edinburgh. 667 101 1 ext 4308. Mon—Sat. lOam—Spm. Sun 2pm—5pm. Alexander Fraser Until Sat 12 Dec. First solo exhibition for this North-East artist in four years. Fraser moves from abstraction towards figuration over a series of seven large canvases. In the upper gallery, drawings and sketches show the workings of the larger paintings. Artists in Residence Glyn Banks and Hannah Vowles who work under the name ‘Art in Ruins‘ will be working at the university until spring. They hope to be setting up an installation at the Royal Museum in Chambers Street in early December. They can be contacted through the Talbot Rice. 0 THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place, 225 7942. Open all day Mon—Sat. Bert Torrance Until end Nov. Paintings by a Craigmillar artist. 0 TORRANCE GALLERY 29b Dundas Street, 556 6366. Mon—Fri 11am—6pm; Sat 10.30am—4pm. Ian Scott Until Sat 21 Nov. Paintings, watercolours and drawings by this Orcadian artist. 0 TRON KIRK High Street. Information 225 2424. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. A Vision for Edinburgh Old Town Until 27 Nov. Organised by the City of Edinburgh Planning Department and the Edinburgh Old Town Committee for Conservation and



and pearls look. Ken Currie is there with his tinely executed workers and Pete Howson with a mangled-looking heroic dosser.

But under this banner, it is not the painting but the photographs, cartoons and sculpture which best make comment on the way we live today. Jo Spence and Rosy Martin's series ol photographs which recreate Spence's lite as a child are captivating and Steve Bell’s cartoon dog sums up the crazy world 01 politics and advertising by pissing on a billboard. (Alice Bain)

Renewal. this exhibition prepares the way for the Vision Of Edinburgh conference to be held in the Physicians‘ Hall, Edinburgh on 28 Nov. The exhibition displays some current projects for the Old Town including the strategy for redeveloping the Canongate.

O 369 GALLERY 209 Cowgate, 225 3013. Mon—Sat Noon—5.30pm. Christie Cameron Until Sat 28 Nov. Romantic figures, the Clyde estuary, children and animals— these are the subjects ofChristie‘s work, all new. Art in General Four Artists From New York Until Sat 28 Nov. Stephan McKeown, Ilene Sterns, Gerald Weinstein and Martin Weinstein. Art in General was founded in 1980 by a group of artists fed up with fashion trends in art and determined to show the art which slipped that fickle net. In a space donated by the General Manufacturing Company their rule is to show group exhibitions to bring as much work as possible to public attention. This is an exchange show and 369 will be taking three Scottish artists to New York next year.

Autumn Classes Run until Sat 12 Dec. Contact gallery for details.

0 WARE ON EARTH 15 Howe Street, 558 1276. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm; Sundays by appointment.

Sculpture and Drawings Tues l—Tues 22 Dec. Work by Edinburgh College of Art graduate Mary Bourne, currently artist-in-residence in Irvine.


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