Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh The sculpture on the rool, the blue neon which blips and glitters with red, announces the Dutch have arrived at the Fruitmarket. By Alexander Schabracq, it is a clever little ditty on post-modem sculpture, and even taken without its lormal associations with other art, is a lively, stimulating addition to that part ol town (it does however, really only come into its own at night). '

inside there is an altogether more chilly, less accessible atmosphere. Though the work oi the live in the galleries is wide-ranging in its style, the overall accent is cool. Downstairs Peer Veneman’s 3 B's and Gesture 1 are the most compelling ol a restrained bunch. Like a set oi big brass bug-eye mirrors, 3 H’s has an attraction oi shape which makes it llicker lrom almost lunctlonal to wonder. The same goes ior Gesture 1, which takes a lonnal look at balance while at the

I GRAEME MURRAY GALLERY 15 Scotland Street. 556 6020. Tue—Fri 10am—5pm. Sat 10am— 1 pm.

Group SIIDW Until 17 Mar. Linda Taylor exhibits her exquisite Pine drawings. Kate Whiteford her bold abstracts, Edda Renouf letters and Sarah Bray drawings. I HANOVER FINE ART 22A Dundas Street. 5562181. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm; Sat 10am—4pm.

Ronald Mavor Until 15 Feb. Villefranche paintings by the son ofJames Bridie, playwright.

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I INHOUSE 28 Howe Street. 225 2888. Blueprint Exhibition 17 Feb until mid Mar. An exhibition about the award winning architecture, design and style magazine Blueprint. well-known for its own design.size (bigger than tabloid) and quality, as it celebrates its fifth 1 anniversarysz

I ITALIAN INSTITUTE 82 Nicolson Street. Mon—Fri 9am-5pm.

v Punlo Uno The Italian Institute are behind an exhibition of Italian artists just opened at the Richard Demareo Gallery.

I IXIA 44a George Street, 225 6882. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm.

Kotki Diva Until 25 Feb. Designer knitwear by Joy Baszucki.

I KINGFISHER GALLERY Northumberland Street Lane, 557 5454. Mon-Sat 10am—4.309m, Sat 10am—1pm; Sun closed. 1 -

Glasgow Colourlsts Until 11 Feb. A selection of works by establin contemporary Glasgow artists. Low, Kirkham. Forrest and Cunningham are among them.

Collection oi Watercolours 15 Feb—10 Mar. William Baillie, Alison Dunlop, Ann

Han Schull with his work same time suggesting a strange hand-held table. Henk Visch takes imagination to task more literally, hanging lamps around a wheel and cloth over a rocking skeleton. Round the comer, Han Schuil sets unlikely

colour into motion in large abstractions. The more playiul the better—the large collections oi painted crosses seem tinged with tedium.

Upstairs Bob Scholte bites pop art,

Patrick. Elspeth Harrigan, George Johnston, Jenny Matthews and others— some of Scotland‘s leading watercolours.

I MACDONALD ROAD LIBRARY McDonald Road. Mon—Fri 9am-8.30pm; Sat 9am—1pm.

Expressions Until 6 Mar. Photographs by Bill Didcock.

I MALCOLM INNES GALLERY 67 George Street, 226 4151. Mon—Fri 9am—6pm. Scottish landscape, sporting and natural history paintings.

I NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound, 556 8921. Mon—Sat lOam-Spm; Sun 2-5pm.

I Drawings by the Huncimans Until 26 April. Alexander and John Runciman were probably the most original draughtsmen in Scotland in the 18th century. This is a selection of their work from the national collection.

I Dutch and Flemish Landscape Drawings Until 26 April. 17th century works in the northern landscape tradition which was developed in Haarlem around that time. Artists like van Goyen, van Ruisdalc and Hobbema are represented.

I NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George 1V Bridge, 226 4531. Mon-Fri 9.30am—5pm; Sat 9.30am—1pm; Sun 2pm—Spm.

Bridle Until 25 Feb. As Dr Osborne Henry Mavor he practised medicine; as James

Bridie he wrote over 30 plays, founded the (

Glasgow Citizen‘s Theatre and counted Bernard Shaw, Tyrone Guthrie and Laurence Olivier among his friends and contacts. This double life (1888—1951)is explored in an exhibition which ended the centenary year of Bridie’s birth, a year which was full of plays and revivals of his work in Scotland‘s theatres. Here, yet another aspect of his talents is added to Bridie’s portfolio of achievements in a selection of cartoons and sketches. A new book on Bridle written by his son Ronald Mavor (himself a professor of drama in Canada) has been published by Canongate, price £7.95, available from bookshops and at the exhibition.

I NETHERBOW 43 High Street, 556 9579. Mon—Sat 10am—4.30pm and evenings when performances. Cafe.

Goodbye Ronnie Until 4 Mar. Paintings by David Hughes. A flavour of America in red, blue and white, stars and stripes.

I OPEN EYE GALLERY 75 Cumberland Place, 557 1020. Mon-Fri 10am—6pm, Sat 10am—4pm.

Dorothy Sliding - Constructions Until 16 Feb. Stirling carves wood and paints on

chews lt up and spits it out again. He’s taken Lacoste shirts to stand in lor camoullage and a Scrabble board to a rug. A baby not only takes the cover at a magazine but gets the halo oi the second coming into the bargain. His paintings take a stab at getting away lrom art lor art’s sake and though a painting like that ol the leariul twins sets oil a chain oi thought, they somehow do not pack the punch oi his predecessors in the Fillies and Sixties. Marlene Dumas says that ‘Art is Stories told by Toads’. I’m not sure quite what that means, but I love the sentiment. Her painting accompanying this pithy little gem is indeed a toad, posing nude and rather rude. Snow White in another painting lies in death with a ialse arm gripping a transistor radio. The dwaris look on. Another body lies and waits lor meaning and yet another loses her meaning. Dumas is theatrical, sometimes relies too heavily on her words, but nevertheless does arouse curiosity lor her little plays within paintings. (Alice Dain)

board to create her windows on the sea. Gillian Carson and Melanie McClure- Ceramics Until 16 Feb. These two artists make work on the theme Ode to the Ancients - referring back to the design and pattern of ancient mosaics and pottery.

Mar) Bond 18 Feb—9 Mar. Paintings.

lan Pirie 18 Feb—9 Mar. Ceramics.

I PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE Tel 556 7371 for information.

The Highlanders oi Scotland Until April. Watercolours by Kenneth MacLeay. one ofthe founding members ofthc Royal Scottish Academy and a great favourite of Queen Victoria. Throughout his career he carried out several commissions for her. including portraits of her husband and sons, and then a series of clan chiefs. That commission was undertaken at the height of the tartan ‘rage‘ . which blossomed during Victoria's reign as a direct result of George IV‘s successful visit to Edinburgh in 1822. Duringthis time, tartans were invented and made inaccurately for the English or Anglicised fans of the material.

I PORTFOLIO GALLERY AT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 43 Candlemaker Row, 220 1911. Tue-Sat 10.30am—5.30pm.

Calum Colvln Until 11 Feb. This exhibition has been moved ahead from the previously advertised date of 12th January. Colvin is back in Edinburgh with new work of photographs made from sculptural sets of his own making. In his last extremely successful show here (which he shared with Ron O'Donnell) he transformed lowly chairs and goldfish bowls into fabulous characters like Venus. Should be seen.

Darkroom The darkroom is now open to members for black and white printing, print finishing and mounting facilities. Tue—Sat 10am—1pm and 2-5pm. Prior booking is essential. Contact the workshop to find out how to become a member and about other courses and workshops held on the premises. Intermediate Printing Sun 19 Feb. 11am-5pm. An opportunity to improve your black and white pn'nting technique. Includes retouching. £16 members/cone. £22 non-members.

A Sense ol Sell 16 Feb—11 Mar. An exhibition of portraits which challenge conventional attitudes towards ‘disability‘. Disabled people have been given the resources and training to represent themselves. This is a Camerawork, London exhibition. Conierence- A Sense oi Sell 9 Mar.

9.30am—5pm. Meadowbank Sports Stadium. A one-day conference looking at the politics of representation ofdisability in the media. As well as many other contributors David llevey. a professional photographer and contributor to the above exhibition. discusses the potential within photography for people with disabilities.

I PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street, 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. William Donaldson Clark Until 31 Mar. An early Scottish photographer who captured Edinburgh in the 1850‘s and 60‘s.

I PRINTMAKERS WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street, 557 2479. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm.

Chinese Way- Prints and Drawings Until 18 Feb. Glasgow painter and printmaker Brian McGeoch spent a week at the Sichuan Fine Art Institute studying traditional Chinese painting techniques with Jiang Bi Bo. This exhibition shows the work of both artists for scrutiny.

John Taylor— New Works 15 Feb—25 Mar. John Taylor. a well-known Glasgow artist, continues his theme A View from the Bunker which he first showed in 1987. Paintings, prints and hand-made paper works will be included in the exhibition.

Weekend Printmaking Course 4.5 Mar.

10am—5pm. Phone for application form and also details of regular courses in lithography, etching and screenprinting. I OUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street Box Office 668 2019. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm. Cafe. Watercolours by 5.6. Lucas Until 28 Feb. Work from the 30s to the early 50$ showing the Water of Leith as a more industrial landscape than the suburban one it has become today.

I RIAS 15 Rutland Square, 229 7205. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm.

Scottish Drawings Working Group Until 2 Mar. Architectural drawings from the fine RIAS collection including a fine pair by Basil Spence for an early thirties exhibition.

I RICHARD DEMARCO GALLERY Blackfriars Church. Blackfriars Street (off High Street). 5570707. Mon—Sat 10.30am—6pm.

Roma Punto Uno Until 6 Mar. A major exhibition of the work of 72 Italian artists gathered together to celebrate the city of Rome. Demareo works with the Italian Institute on this one.

I ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN 552 7171. Gardens Mon—Sat 9am—sunset; Sun Ham—sunset. Plant houses and exhibitions (mounted in Inverleith House) Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun I 1am—5pm. Due to renovation of Inverleith House, there will be no further exhibitions at the Botanic Garden until further notice.

I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon-Sat lOam—Spm; Sun 2—5pm.

Museums and You 21 Feb. Looks at the work and role of museums in the community.

Talks It‘s the Chinese year of the Snake and the museum celebrates with a special series oftalks. See Open listings.

I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm.

Royal Scottish Society ol Painters in Watercolours Until 16 Feb.

I SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 Canongate, 556 8136. Mon-Sat 9.30am—5.30pm.

Crafts by Scottish artists.

I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street, 225 5955. Mon-Fri 10am—6pm; Sat 10am—lpm.

Alan Davie Works on paper 1972—1986. Until 1 Mar. Early on inspired by abstract expressionism and more recently by eastern imagery and philosophy, Davie's work is always an experience of colour and vitality and is not regularly seen here in his home country (he now lives in hotter climes).

Gallery Artists Until 1 Mar.

Stuart Duriin Etchings Until 1 Mar. Prints by a young Scottish artist who lays out

5D The List 10 23 February