ART& EXHIBITIONS LIST
dominates one picture like a piece of elaborate oriental architecture. Unexpectedly attractive and highly recommended.
Sun Gardens L'ntil 2 ()ct. Seaweeds. plants. and ferns float in an inky-blue background in early cy‘anotypes made by Anna Atkins. (‘yanotype was one ofthe first. and sitnplest methods of rnakinga photograph. and under the expert hand of Atkins. yielded sortie very line results. From the Kalahari plains to Skeleton coast. Thurs 6 ()ct. lecture theatre. 3.30pm. admission is free. This. the first of a series
of public lectures on Thursday afternoons.
is given by David Rae with some spectacular photographs as an accompaniment.
I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 753-1. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm: Sun 2-5pm.
New Forms from Finland Until ls’ ()ct. Mainly domestic items. and jewellery by contemporary Finnish designers. Well-displayed btit a bit bland.
I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound.
225 5945. Mon—Sat l(lam--7pm: Sun 2—5pm. Admission £1 .20 (Slip) Season Tickets £3. The Society of Scottish Artists t'ntil 32 ( )ct. Admission £1 (Sllp).'l‘he Society of Scottish Artists was founded in 1891 to represent the more adv entttrous spirits in Scottish art. And so it does still. In this. its 94th year. a further development has been introduced. a performance day on 15 ()et. I SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM lngliston (near lidinburgh Airport). 225 753-1 for information. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm. Man and Beast limit 30 Sept. The relationship between animals and their human keepers is examined in an exhibition of photographs and old farming equipment. I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY ()4 ( ieorgc Street. 225 5955. Mon-Iri ‘)arn~5.3(lpm; Sat 9.30am « 1 pm. Barbara Rae ll) ()ct—2 Nov. I’aintingsby this highly accomplished artist. William Crozier and Crawford Adamson ll) Oct—2 Nov. New works. Judy McCaig 1(l()ct—2 Nov. I’rintsand jewellery. Barbara Collins 10 ()ct—2 .\'ov. Ceramics. Felim Egan: New Works t.'ntil 5 ()ct. Meditative abstracts and bronzes by a 3n year-old Irish artist. Belle Peinture I7ntil 5 ()ct. Some fine. well-contrasted examples of work by 20th Scottish artists. Derek Davis Ceramics tintil 5 ()ct. Stoneware with high-coloured glazes and minimal. Japanese style designs. Simone Lyon tintil 5 ()et. Most ofthese ceramic sculptural pieces are raku fired. a low-temperature firing which gives an unpredictable. but often very beautiful result. Contemporary Norwegian Jewellery tfntil 5 Oct. If you want to keep up with contemporary trends in jewellery. silverwork and all aspects ofdecorative craft and design. this is the gallery to watch. Their small shows are expertly chosen and very well displayed. Jewellery is something they have always been particularly associated with. and this show. organised in Norway. has already been shown in Tokyo and London. New work is made for every venue and most of the items are for sale. Eigg and Elsewhere L'ntil 5 ()ct. Prints by Donald Wilkinson who brushed the plates with acid to achieve a blurred effect. I SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery. Newtongrange. Midlothian. 663 7519. Tue—Fri loam—4.30pm; Sat & Sun noon—5pm. Devoted to the history of mining in Midlothian. built on a mining site. I SCOTTISH STONE ANO BRASS RUBBING CENTRE Trinity Apse. Chalmers Close. High Street. Edinburgh. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. Chlldrens Week Mon 17-Fri 21 Oct: Mon 17
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
Cramond Sculpture Centre
What a glorious setting for a sculpture park. Rolling lawns, walled gardens, manicured borders and a clear view across the Forth to Fife provide splendid possibilities for the sensitive siting of all kinds of sculputure of varying shape and size. In fact, the only blot on the landscape is the Moray House College building whose grounds are now the country’s major permanent sculpture exhibition space.
Twelve artists have contributed to the inaugural show, new Sculpture in Scotland. It seems to me that if art is to be shown in public places, then it must communicate to the viewer through its
appearance, its situation, its context within the environment orthrough the questions it raises. Something of the artist’s intention must be clear. Even with the aid of catalogue notes it is hard work making sense of Moira lnnes’ ‘rememberthe future’, a timber ‘arch’ constructed in dense woodland. Peter Hill’s ‘Blind Watchman’s Hut’ is similarly obscure. If not foran identifying label, it could be mistaken fora parkie's hut or ticket kiosk.
But there is plenty to delight and intrigue. Sibylle Von Halem’s five peices call up thoughts of the sea. ‘Remembered Sounds’ is a metamorphosis of shell, ammonite and ear. The much larger ‘Blowing in your own Sail’ is solid wood bolted and embellished with beaten copper sheeting, basking like some huge, lazy, abstract creature. Von Halem’s
work is at once stimulating and satisfying. Doug Cocker‘s bark-clad, miniature arches and other structures are momuments echoing an ancient past. The muted, natural shades and texture contrast with the classical form ofworks like ‘Song of Solomon‘. Like Cocker, Valerie Pragnell has an instinctive feeling for nature. From a distance, ‘Rising Line‘ is an ordinary treestump. Up close, its hollowed centre is a home to new plant life— a young rhododendrom bush, sheltered and protected by pieces of bark around the old stump’s edge. And for fun, the scarlet-capped stalks embedded in Wendy Halstead’s massive wooden ‘Sea Pod‘ hob and wave in the wind. The Centre stretches over ten acres so be sure and pick up a location map at the information centre before setting off to explore the site. (Clare Flowers)
— Make your own stained glass and brass rubbings. 1(lam ( l 1 .3()am) 5—8 yrs. 2pm (3.30pm ) 9—12yrs. £1 ; Tue 18 — Make your own coat of arms. lllam ( l 1.30am ) 5~Syrs. 2pm(3.30pm)9~12yrs.free1Wed ll)?- Make your own medieval mask and brass rubbing. 10am ( l 1.30am) 9-12 yrs. Make a Spider (from the famous Robert the Bruce story) 2pm (3.30pm) 5—8 yrs. £1; Thurs 2f) — Draw or paint medieval knight or lady. 10am ( 1 1 .3()am) 5—8 yrs. 2pm (3.30pm) 9—12 yrs. free; Fri 21 — Make your own stained glass and brass rubbings. lllam ( l l .3flam) 5—8 yrs. 2pm (3.30pm) 9—12 yrs.£l.
I STILLS GALLERY 105 Iligh Street. 557 1140. Tue—Sat Noon—6pm.
Regarding Photography L'ntil 5 Nov. work by forty photographers including David Bailey. Iliro Sato. 0. Winston Link.
Stephen Dalton. 'I‘ony Raylones. Dorothea l.ange and Andy Wiener. which aims to explore the nature and vocabulary of photography. Organised by the I-‘l’otogallery. ('ardiff.
I TALBOT RICE GALLERY ()ld (’ollege L'niversity' of lidinburgh. 667 llll 1 ext 4308. Mon—Fri. ltlam~5pm.
Sea Sanctuary by Iilizabeth ()gilvie. 30 September—S .\'ov.
I TORRANCE GALLERY 29b Dundas Street. SSnMnn. Mon—Fri llam~bpmz Sat lll.3()arn—4pm.
Helen G.S. Forde L'ntil 8 ()et. I’aintingsand drawings.
I 359 GALLERY 20‘) ('owgate. 235 3013. Mon—Sat lll.3(lam—5.3(lpm.
Standing Stones tintil 30 Sept. New setilpture by Lesley May Miller. (‘eramic standing stones (ill high and suitable for
The Artists Choice lfnlil 3U Sept. Paintings and drawings selected by the artists who work in or teach at the 36‘). “my include relatively little known artists whose work they believe desery es a w ider show trig. Ideas and Images 1 230a. New yytir'kslyy Margaret Hunter. a young artist now emerging on the Scottish scene. The exhibition passionately explores the theme of human relationships. Maiorpaintings byWilliamJohnstonel 33 ()ct. Abstracted. nature based works. Paintings by Marcel O’Connorl 220a. Abstracted. colourorientated works. emphasising his interested in theosophy and Byzantine art.
Weekly Life Drawing Class starts 1 nt- -1( xi.
7.30pm v 9.30pm.
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