Work by Julia Margaret Cameron and colour photographs taken at the turn of the century by Alexander Wilson Hill are some of the surprises that turned up. I PRINTMAKERS WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 2479. Mon—Sat lOam-S .30pm. Five Years on Soulisguoy Printmakers Until 4 June. The Soulisquay Printmakers turned a war-time concrete bunker into a workshop five years ago and have been busy every since. This exhibition shows the range of work (silkscreen . etching. relief) coming from Scotland‘s most northerly print studio. Hidden in Nearness- Robin Bass 1 l J une—9 July. Photographs exploring scenes of industrial decay and dereliction. I OUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street Box Office 668 2019. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm. Cafe. Out of the Blue Until 30 May. New gouaches by Jan Nimmo best-known for her textile design. Sadie her kitten and Fintry her goldfish feature in much of her colourful pattern. Janet Sykes and Louise Annand 31 May— 19 June. First solo show for Sykes since 1978 colour photographs of people. places. landscape and plants. Glasgow-based Annand adds watercolours and oils to the exhibition. I RIAS 15 Rutland Square. 229 7205. Mon—Fri 9. 30am-5pm. BIAS/Dunedin Award for Architecture 1988 16 May-2 June. An exhibition ofthe second year of the ‘On the Drawing Board‘ entries. this year one byJohn Russell and Roy Wilson of Thomas

MeCrea & Saunders for a watercolour oi the Lancefield Quay warehouse into luxury flats. now built opposite the Glasgow Garden Festival on the Clyde. Architecture in Miniature 7 June-14July. Models of buildings by Scottish architects. I RICHARD OEMAROO GALLERY Blackfriars Church. Blackfriars Street (off High Street). 5570707. Daily 10.3(lam-6pm. Behind the Mirror Until end May. Willie‘s ‘Tipsy Elephant‘ will surprise and Sadie‘s pet dog 'Benjie‘ is just the friendliest thing even on paper. This exhibition mounted by the Cirenian Print Workshop. focusses on work by the homeless and is quite astonishly professional and full of surprises and life. I ROYAL BOTANIO GARDEN 552 717i . Mon—Fri iiiam-l hour before sunset. Sat. Sun 1 lam-1 hour before sunset. lnverleith House is open on weekends only. A Garden in the Desert Until 7 Aug. The ‘lsland of Green‘ compared in lushness to the Borders of Scotland. is to be found in Southern Oman. With such a natural store of flora. the area‘s customs. language and lifestyle has been woven both literally and symbolically from their abundance. This exhibition describes the plants and their uses as well as showing watercolours by Susanna Stuart-Smith. See the real thing in the Cactus and Succulent House ofthe Botanics. Specially commissioned for the event. George Wyllie has created a sculpture ‘Oasis' around the pond at lnverleith House which will be on show throughout the exhibition.


National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh Photography was an inexact but enormously popular science in the 19th century. As a new, young profession it flourished and a fascinated public bought the easily produced prints In millions. Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura dates from the period of this exhibition, the 1850s and 60s, and it was part of an industrial age which built the Science and Victoria and Albert Museums in London as great monuments to scientific achievement. It’s not hard to imagine inventive Victorian minds grappling with the technical problems photography posed and in the garden of one eminent Victorian photographer, .lulia Margaret Cameron, the smell‘dh chemicals mingled unexpectedly with the scent of the sweetbrlar.

This detail comes from Virginia Woolf and the fact that Cameron was

Wooii’s great aunt is just one of the many fascinating pieces of information to emerge from this small exhibition. Like the National Library on George W Bridge, the NPG use their historical resources to make carefully produced and richly detailed exhibitions which are a pleasure to discover. Labels are both helpful and witty and they quote Virginia Woolf writing about her distinguished relative. Cameron, who was 50 before she took up photography, was indefatigable in pursuit of success. ‘She cared nothing for the miseries of her sitters, nor for their rank' writes Woolf, but she was very generous with the results. ‘She lavished photographs on her friends and relatives, hung them in railway waiting rooms and offered them, it is said, to porters in default of payment.’ (Sally Kinnes)

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