French Institute, Edinburgh

Paco Rabanne, high priestot Sixties fashion, makes padded coats with flamingoes and dresses like armour. These photographs reveal him to be more a maker oi skins than a designer of clothes. No wonderthe photographer Tourdjman decided to ask a snake to pose.

Sharing this French exhibition are two othervery differentfashion photographers. Where Tourdjman works exclusively in the studio, Howat, working in the Fifties, goes outside into

the real world and takes a bride with boy scouts, an apple blossom dress into the fruit trade and suits with Audrey Hepburn hair into the Metro. Bringing us up to date, the female photographer of the show gives us women in vests and pleats and ruffles in a catwalk version of fashion, very sophisticated and very sexy.

With daring chic the French have decided not to identify or date any of the photographs in this exhibition on the assumption that they say it all. They are right. (AB)

carried out several commissions for her. including portraits of her husband and sorts. and then a series of clan chiefs. That commission was undertaken at the height of the tartan ‘ragc'. which blossomed during Victoria's reign as a direct result of George [\"s successful visit to lidinburgh in 1822. Duringthis time. tartanswere invented and made inaccurater for the linglish and anglicised fans ofthe material.

I PORTFOLIO GALLERY AT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 43 (‘andlemaker Row. 220 1911. Wed—Sat Ham—5.30pm.

ASense of Self l'ntil 11 Mar. Photographs made by disabled people who were given the assistance and facilities to portray themselves.

Conference at the Meadowbank Sports Stadium. 9 Mar. 9.30—5pm. A one day conference which will discuss the way the disabled are portrayed by the media. especially television. As well as several TV presenters. David Ilevey. contributor



to the exhibition A Sense of Self. will be presenting his view. Phone the gallery for further details.

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 fittd out how to become a tnember and about other courses and workshops held on the premises.

I PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street. 556 b“)21..\1on Sat 10am -5pm: Sun 2—5pm. William Donaldson Clark t'ntil 31 Mar. An early Scottish photographer who captured Iidinburgh in the 1850's and 60‘s.

I PRINTMAKERS WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 247‘). Mon—Sat Ilium-5.30pm.

John Taylor— New Works limit 25 Mar. John Taylor. a well-known Glasgow artist.

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At the Portfolio Gallery disabled people make their own images using photography. See listings for details ofthe exhibition and


develops his theme A View from the Bunker which he first showed in 1987. In this new work. however. the figures which lay in piles. dead and distorted. have moved into a kind of half-life promising hope. 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. Mort—Sat 10am—5pm. Cafe. Watercolours by 5.6. Lucas l'ntil 28 Feb. Work front the 30s to the early 50s showing the Water of l.eith as a more industrial landscape than the suburban one it has become today. Through the Looking Glass An exhibition by Muriel Macintyre of Nairn ceramics. l Mar—l April. I RIAS 15 Rutland Square. 2297205. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm. Scottish Drawings Working Group L'ntil 2 Mar. Architectural drawings from the RIAS collection including a fine pair by Basil Spence for an early Thirties‘ competition. Civic Trust Awards Exhibition 7—21 Mar. I RICHARD OEMARCO GALLERY Blackfriars Church. Blackfriars Street (off Iligh Street). 557 0707. Mon—Sat l0.30am—6pnt. Roma Punto Uno Until 6 Mar. An exhibition ofthe work of 72 Italian artists gathered together to celebrate the city of Rome. Demarco works with the Italian Institute on this one. I ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN 552 7171. Gardens Mon—Sat 9am—sunset: Sun llam—sunset. Plant houses and exhibitions (mounted in Inverleith I louse) Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 11am—5pm. Due to renovation of Inverleith I louse. there will be no further exhibitions at the Botanic Garden until further notice. I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Museums and You Until autumn. Looks at the work and role of museums in the community. Talks It's the Chinese year ofthe Snake and the museums celebrate with a special series of talks. See Open listings. I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Students Exhibition 4 Mar— 15 Mar. I‘inal year students from the four Scottish art colleges show their degree work. 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

of a special conference to discuss. among otherthings, the way the disabled are represented by the media.

The image above is from ‘Sweet F.A.’, an edition of Channel Four’s arts magazine show presented by The lndependent's Peter Kellner. Kellner investigates the state of Britain's Arts Schools and, in a programme partly based at The Glasgow School of Art, uncovers a bleak future for line art once the new Education Relorrn Act reaches the Statute Book. Robert Jackson, Minister for Higher education will be in the firing line in a special interview for the programme which is broadcast on Wednesday 8 march at 915nm.

10am—1pm. Alan Davie Works on paper l‘)72— 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 ttot regularly seen here in his home country (he now lives in hotter climes). Gallery Artists Until 1 Mar. Stuart Duftin Etchings lintil 1 Mar. Prints by a young Scottish artist who lays out words and images in mini-collections adding up to individual visual poems. Also. ceramics and jewellery. The McGrigor Donald Sculpture Prize Artists are now invited to enter to this competition. With prize money of nearly £10,000 (first prize £5000). it is the largest sculpture competition in Britain. For further details and application forms contact Anne Price at the Scottish Gallery. Sir William Gillies 4—27 .‘vlar. Work by this celebrated Scottish watercolourist. Susan Mackay ~l—27 Mar. Ceramics. I SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery. New-tongrange. Midlothian. 663 751‘). Tuc—-I*ri 10am---1.30pm; Sat & Sun noon—5pm. Devoted to the history of mining in .‘vlidlothian. built on a mining site. I SCOTTISH RECORD OFFICE West Register Ilouse. Charlotte Square. Mon—Fri 9am—4.30pm. Strange Revolutions - Scotland 1688—89 Until end Mar. I SCOTTISH STONE AND BRASS RUDDING CENTRE Trinity Apse. Chalmers Close. High Street. Edinburgh. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. I STEP GALLERY 3‘) I lowe Street. 556 1613. Mon—Fri l lam—5.30pm; Sat 11am-5pm. Watercolours by Rosemary Cattrell Until 25 Feb. Works on Paper by Maire Wright From 3 Mar. The Mind 25 Feb-25 Mar. An unusual subject for a photography exhibition ~ mental illness. It is however. of‘continual fascination to artists, llerc. contemporary photographs are set against the 19th century asylum photographs of Dr I lugh Diamond and other historical material. in an attempt to trace the representation of those once labelled 'insane‘ or ‘mad'. Sounds intriguing.

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