used to describe the history of the library. a subject recently published in book form by llMSO. A small but very well displayed exhibition. A video next door gives full description.

A Garden in the Desert 21 May—7 Aug. Tlte plants ofSouthern ()man and their traditional uses. To mark the event. George Wyllie has made a special sculpture ‘Oasis' which will be sited around the pond at lnverlcith l louse for the duration of the exhibition.

I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. (are.

Aphrodite's Island Until 4 Sept. The name of that goddess born out of the foamy Mediterranean may be a familiar one. but it is less likely that her island is more than a tourist destination for most people. However. exciting archaeological discoveries are piecing together a past. perhaps not as glamorous as the Iigyptian Pharaohs. but certainly with much colour and inventiveness and special character. This exhibition set against dazzling white and sky blue in reflection of the ('ypriot climate and landscape. displays the island's culture from 7000 BC and onwards right up to modern interpretationsof ancient marks and forms (not nearly as sure andclear-sighted as the originals). All that glitters is not necessarily gold.

Talk Mon 16 May. 2pm. Prehistoric religion in Cyprus by EJ. Peltenberg. University of Edinburgh.

New Shop Keeping in line with the major museums of the world. the Royal Museum is opening a much enlarged and professionally run shop. Books. jewellery. pottery. toys and T-shirts are just some of the merchandise available.

I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Queen Street. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.

Scotland's antiquities share premises with the Portrait Gallery.

I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. 225 6671. Mon—Sat 10am—7pm. Sun Z—Spm. Admission £1.20(£5(lp);Scason Tickets £3.

BSA Summer Show 88 Lintil l3July. Thisis the show which has been mounted


This month the Royal Incorporation ol Architects in Scotland and the Royal Incorporation at British Architects get together on a grand scale. From Thursday 14 May to Saturday 17 May Glasgow will be a hotbed of discussion, tours, exhibitions and the ubiquitous conference cottee breaks. Barry Gasson, who will talk in his showcase building, the Burrell; David Chipperlield, discussing the role oi artists in architecture; James Stirling, architect ol the new Clore Gallery, now toll of the Tate’s Turners, are among the distinguished speakers attending the conference.

Fringing the central activities of conlerence goers, several exhibitions around the city illustrate architecture past and present. At the McLellan Galleries one shows the work at architects in Scotland as artists and celebrates the founding in 1988 of a new society based on that theme. Members at the group will exhibit regularly and may also show in the English branch, the Society of Architect Artists.

At the Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery, a compact exhibition shows the souvenir side 01 the Great Glasgow

annually for 162 years running— some old faces and some new.

New Shop The RSA are also opening up their business side (see Royal Museum of Scotland). RSA Enterprises (very trans-Atlantic) will sell all ktndsol consumer goods related to the work of Acadenticians such as Sir Robin Philipson. Barbara Balmer and Elizabeth Blackadder. (ioblets with RSA coatsof arms. prints. posters and cards are just some of the items which will be on sale from 21 Apr.

I SCOTTISH ARTISTS 6’ 1 loward Street. 556 6337. Mon-Sat 10am—4pm. Sun 2—4pm. I SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 ('anongate. 5568136. Mon—Sat l0am—5..‘~0pm.

Permanent display of crafts made by Scottish craftspeople.

I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 9-1 (ieorge Street. 325 5955. Mon—Fri ‘)arn—5.30pm; Sat 9.30ant— 1pm.

Jim Dunbar L'ntil lJunc. Super-realism and strange juxtapositions typify Dunbar‘s painting. Due to hismeticulous technique his output is small so that exhibitions must be rare.

Barbara Balmer Until 1 June. Barbara Balmer paints fine and clear like an oriental. ller style simplifies shape without losing character. (ientle. lovely portraits and landscapes.

Shape and Surface L'ntil 25 May. (‘ontemporary British makers of ceramics. textiles and jewellery come together in this exhibition selected byJoan (‘rossley-l lolland.

I SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery. Newtongrange. Midlothian. 663 751‘). Tue—Fri 10am-4.30pm; Sat Sun Noon—5pm;Thurs late opening 6.30—ts’pm.

The history of mining in Midlothian on a mining site.


Sculpture lrom Scotland tintil 3(lJune in the Iiconomist's Plaza. London. Six sculptures by Scottish artists were picked tip outside the front of the art school last week and loaded into a large parcel lorry in the red Post Office livery. Their travel had been sponsored and their destination.

Exhibitions. Compare the mugs 011938 with those at this year‘s Garden Festival. Though the quality since the tirst international exhibition in 1888 has altered from handmade to mass-produced, there is surprisingly little change in the trinkets people want to take home— colour catalogues, engraved glasses and painted plates. Elsewhere in the city architectural awards and prizes, conservation and style are on parade. See the lollowing venues in the listings section lor details. Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, lbstock Brickwork Design Centre, McLellan Galleries, Scottish Exhibition Centre. Many ol the talks throughout the conlerence are open to the public. Contact the BIAS on 031 229 7205 for details and reservations. (Alice Dain)

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14 May-5 June


18 June-24 July


The Fruitmarket Gallery 29 Market Street, Edinburgh EH 1 lDF Telephone 031-225 2383 10-5 .30 Tuesday-Saturday 1.30-5.30 Sunday Closed Monday

SUNI'M by m. Scottish Am Council


Contemporary Art Class by leading British and International Class Artists

New Work by Peter Layton April 25 May 7

Monday Saturday 1 Dam—5 .3me 478 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HT Tel: 031 2201305

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