ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
June—14July. Chinese brush paintings. Daphne Garritt 25 June— 14 July. Recent porcelain. Jane Dickinson and Angus McFadyen: Rough with the Smooth 25 June—14 July. Jewellery. I THE PEOPLE'S STORY (‘anongate Opens later this year. Memorabilia ofall kinds is sought for this new museum. devoted to all aspects of Edinburgh life. Tools. clothes. trade union records. badges. photographs and family stories about the city's past are all welcomed. Contact Helen Clark or Elaine Finnie at the Social History Section. Huntly House Museum. 142 Canongate. 225 2424 ext 6679 ifyou have anything to offer. I PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street. 556 8921. Mon—Sat mam—5pm: Sun 2-5pm. Masterpieces from the Edinburgh Photographic Society Collection Until I 1 Sept. A small but pleasing exhibition of work by pioneer photographers from Edinburgh. lnfmmative. witty. well-chosen and well-labelled. this isjust the sort ofexhibition the NPG organises superbly. I PRINTMAKERS WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 2479. Mon—Sat 1(1am—5.3()pm. Hidden in Nearness- Robin Deas Until 9 July.The bleakness of industrial decay examined in photographs. Most ofthe pictures come from very near home. from Fife and the east coast. I OUEEN'S HALL (‘lerk Street Box Office 668 201‘). Mon-Sat l()am—5pm. Cafe. Paintings by Ouzi Zur Until 17July. Described as a ‘wandering artist'. Zur‘s concerns are solitude and symbolism. I RIAS 15 Rutland Square. 22‘) 7205. Mon—Fri 9.3llam—5pm. Architecture in Miniature Until 14July. Models of buildings by Scottish architects. I RICHARD DEMARCO GALLERY Blackfriars Church. Blackfriars Street (off High Street). 557 (1707. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. The Newcastle Group Until 2 July. Painting and sculpture by twenty four professional artists living and working in the North East. Initiated and toured by the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. See panel. I ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN 552 7171. Gardens Mon-Sat 9am— sunset ; Sun llam—sunset. Plant houses and exhibitions (mounted in lnverleith House) Mon—Sat 1(1am—5pm: Sun 11am—5pm. A Garden in the Desert Until 7 Aug. First sign of this show is a wonderfully incongruous looking group ofwhite wooden ‘palm trees‘ encircling the pond at the front of the house — a specially commissioned and typically off-beat contribution from George Wyllie. Inside the exhibition (whose theme is the plants of Southern Oman and theirtraditional uses) gets a little more serious. but every effort has been made to make this academic subject accessible and interesting for both the public and school parties. Most famous plant of the area is the Frankincense tree. which looks stubby and stunted. but still manages to produce the much sought after Frankincense ‘pearls'. or little solidified drops of resin for burning as incense. The visit isfurther rewarded by the rhododendrons in the Botanics. currently at their colourful and glorious peak. Botanical Cabinet Until 31 July. Marks the publication of the definitive history ofthe Garden‘s library. published by HMSO. Twelve of the most significant volumes are on display and show beautiful woodcuts from a 15th century herbal and engravings by the most famous ﬂower painter ofall. Pierre Josef Redoute. are amongst the gems. Accompanied by a tape-slide presentation which places the library in its historical context. I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Cafe. Aphrodite's Island: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Cyprus Until 4 Sept. An evocative
The Newcastle Group, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh
It’s hard to say why this show of work by twenty-tour artists living and working in the NE of England couldn't be by Scottish artists, but the whole tone of the show is dillerent and feels unique to its area.
It‘s not necessarily a question of quality, nor is it that the political concerns are very dilterent— the themes of isolation, senseless military arsenals and the disintegration of urban living are all familiar enough. It's more a question of humour and there is perhaps a greater sense of whimsy and irony here. And the style is lighter and less intense.
It should be said that it‘s not always a style which works. Dick Ward‘s llippant picture of a riotous bar scene entitled Hall a Percent Down on Yesterday does no more than blow up the cartoon aesthetic on a big, iokey scale. But there is something bleak and rather haunting about two pictures by Stephen Rowe. They are exhibitied side by side and are like two scenes from the same lite gone dreadlully wrong. They show a woman all dressed up in some abstract, unidentified setting and
exhibition about this gem ofthe Mediterancan. with photographs and archaelogical finds well displayed against sky-blue backdrops. Almost guaranteed to send you straight to the travel agent to book your holiday there.
New Shop Keeping in line with the major museums of the world. the Royal Museum has opened a much enlarged and professionally run shop with books. jewellery. pottery. toys and T-shirts.
I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Queen Street. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 1(lam—5pm: Sun 2—5pm.Scotland's musuem of antiquities shares premises with the National Portrait Gallery.
I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. 225 6671. Mon-Sat lt)am—7pm:Sun 2—5pm. Admission £1 .2() (5(lp) Season Tickets £3
BSA Summer Show 88 Until 13 July. The great advantage of a large and necessarily unthemed show such as this is that it isa great place to browse. to compare and to get a good and wide overview ofwhat contemporary artistic concerns are. Ranges from the decorative and the dull to the observant. enquiring and inspired. New Shop A small but interesting little shop selling limited editions of printsand lithographs by RSA members as well as a range of gifts. some designed exclusively for the Academy. Worth keeping an eye on as the stock will be continuously expanded.
I SCOTTISH ARTISTS 8 Howard Street. 556 6337. Mon—Sat 1(1am—4pm‘. Sun 2—4pm. Old Woman Frying Eggs Until end June. An updated and re-interpreted version of Velasquez' famous painting (now in Scotland‘s National Gallery). by a young Edinburgh artist. Peter McClaren. It‘s a curious painting going against the trend. Mixed show throughout July.
I SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 Canongate. 5568136. Mon—Sat “lam—5.30pm.
Next exhibition will be in August.
I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street. 225 5955. Mon—Fri 9am—5.3(lpm; Sat 9.30am—1pm.
Joan Eardley, NSA (1921-1963) Until 29 June. Eardley died tragically young. aged only 42. but she had an amazing eye forthe
surrounded by television sets and other costumes on hangers. She‘s like a fussed-over star abandoned in her dressing room who is desperately trying to understand the world through whatever images the television can project.
A lot of the work is touched by this bleakness even if it has, like Derek Dalton‘s picture of two girls in an inner-city wasteland, more than a hint of cliche. But at their best these are evocative pictures, like Martin Ball‘s abstract graphic, Outer Ringway (see illus). It looks like the well-known profile of the bridges over the Tyne, whipped up into an image of the maze of metropolitan lile. (Sally Kinnes)
unsentimental side ofchildren. for composition and for seascapes. This gallery is one of sey eral who are showing work by her to mark the 25th anniy ersary of her death and during the festival both the Talbot Rice (iallery and the Royal Scottish Academy will have similarly themed shows. See also (ialleryof Modern Art.
Sandy Brown L'nlil 2‘)June. ('cramics- a Welsh Arts ('ouncil touring show.
Baajie Pickard l'ntil 2‘)June. Rakti pottery.
Scottie Wilson (1890-1972) l’nti12‘)June. Glasgow Print Studio Selection L'ntil 39 June. Includes work by John Houston and his wife Elizabeth Blackaddet‘. who is still fairly new to the print medium. and the trail-blazing Steven (‘ampbell
Mardi Barrie, RSW 4 .luly— 6 Atig. Recent paintings
The Metal Vessel 4 July-~6 Aug. British metalwork.
I SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria (’olliery. Newtongrangc. Midlothiaii. 663 751‘). Tue-I‘ri
lllam 4.3(lpin. Sat .k Stiii noon-5pm. I)eyoted to the history ol miningin .‘ylidlotliian. btiilt on a mining site. SCOTTISH SCULPTURE TRUST
Sculpture from Scotland [Tritil BllJune in the Economist's l’la/a. London. The space outside the licononiist building in St James Street is often used for sculpture by young Royal (‘ollege students. Now for the first time. thanks to the Scottish Sculpture Trust initiative. it is hosting work by Scottish sculptors. and. as it happens they are all female. though women were in the minority before selection.
I STEP GALLERY Howe Street.5561613. Mon~l5ri lilani-‘6pm. Sat ltlam «1pm Summer Show Throughout June. (‘oiiteniporary artists including Lesley Main.
It Makes No Difference 25 .ltiiic'»--lJiily'. Paintings and w all hangings by residentsol lipper Springland Scottish (‘ouncil for Spastics.
I STILLS GALLERY 1115 High Street. 557 1140. Tue-~Sat Noon—6pm.
Behold the Man Until 25 June. Admission 511p (3(lp). A major. welcome and
revealing show on the male nude in j photography. The second part ofthe , exhibition is now in progress and rtinsuntil 25June. Pride and Prejudice: The Male Nude inthe 3 Movies To coincide with this exhibition Filmhouse are showing an exhibition of 1 film stills in the bar and the following i films: Noirel Blanc 2t» 27 June. 6..‘~llpm l and 8.30pm. (‘aire Deyers’ film about a guache white accountant and a beefy black masseur which won the (‘amera I)'( )r at l Cannes. 1986. i American Gigolotmtl Breathless 2s 2‘) 5 June. 6.30pm. Richard (iere double bill. See l‘ilm listings for full description. ICan Help 2—3llJuly. l’ree. Patil Reas' photographs look at w hat has become somethingof a national pastime l consumerism. ITALBOT RICE GALLERY()ld('ollege. i L'niversityof lidiiiburgh. 667' 1111 lest 4306‘. Mon—Sat. lllam—5pm; Sun 2pm -5pm. l Loose Ends. Close Ties and Other Structures -Scottish Tapestry Now t,‘ntil 3n .luly . A major showing of Scottish tapestries which. after opening at the Talbot Rice will tour to Toronto. New York and liurope finishing at the \‘cy A London. See paneL I I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 l lamiltoii Place. 226 5425. Mon-Sat Illam 5pm. Visual Poetry l'ntil 3llJune. Poetry as posters.
I TORRANCE GALLERY 2‘)b1)und.is St reel. 556 6366. Mon—l'ri l lam 6pm; Sat ll).3(lam~~1pm.
Bryan Smith: Sea Coast and Harbour 1“ June—9 July Sea coast and harbour. Recent acrylics. pastels and drawings.
I 359 GALLERY 2111) (‘owgate. 225 31113. Mon—Sat 111.3(L 5.3tlpm.
Artists from Peacock/Art Space. Aberdeen L'ntil 25 June. The first room. with work by Lennox Dunbar. lan McKenzie Smith and James ('astle. works best in an otherwise rather ill-assorted show.
Joyce Cairns, Rob McCarthy. Alan Watson L'nti125June.1tsotindslikeagoodideato show together three east coast artists w ho have a shared interest in the sea and sea-inspired themes. but .loy ee ( ‘airns outshines the others .so completely it might have been more interesting to show her with someone who really shares her
Both shows are part ofa three-w ay tour between the Pier Arts (‘entre iii Stromness. Peacock A rtspace in Aberdeen and the 36‘).
I WARE ON EARTH 15 l lowc Street. 558 1276. Mon—Fri Illill‘ll‘ 6pm; Sat
lllam --1pm: Stindays by appointment. Ceramics l 'ntil ‘) July. l-‘irst solo show by Julian Dingle. a young potter w lio qses Spanish-style Majolica gla/es.
I W.A.S.P.S. GALLERY l’atriothall. Hamilton Place (near Theatre Workshop) THC-SUIT12.3(1—5.3ll[‘llll.NUCNIllt‘ltltillsitt present as the gallery at WASPS is being used as a workshop over the next few weeks.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES
IANCRUM GALLERY ( 3 miles north of Jedburgh on the A68) (H.153 34f) Summertime lintil ZS .lune. Work by contemporary artists includinglohii lloUston. Alberto .‘ylorroeco. Jack Knox and Rosemary Beaton.
I DUNCAN OF JORDANSTONE COLLEGE OF ART Perth Road. Dundee. (1362 23261. Degree Show: Design l mu lJuly. Mon-Sat 9am— 9pm. Sat ‘lani noon. (‘losed Sunday.
I DUNDEE REPTay Square. (1332 2353i 1. Behind Closed Doors l‘ntil .lune 25. Exhibition ofwork by Derek (limit and Bill l’rovis. who are both serving the last part of their jail sentences at Noranside. an open prison near l‘orfar. Both took tip art to ‘pass the time' and both are self-taught.
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