ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
William Adam Tercentenary, National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, Edinburgh.
This being the year of tercentenaries, the battle ol Killiecrankie, the iounding oi the National Library and the last time a British player won a majortennis tournament, the National Portrait Gallery has leapt onto the 300th anniversary bandwagon with an exhibition to mark the birth of William Adam in Kirkcaldy. The son oi a stonemason, young William grew up to be a Jock oi all trades but the master of one. Between the Jacobite risings oi 1715 and 1745 he busied himseli expanding his building empire, designing and constructing the country homes oi the landed aristocracy. The classical baroque lines oi Hopetoun house and the Houses oi Dun, Duit and Arniston, along with the commissions he undertook ior Glasgow University and the major Burghs of Scotland, helped earn him the posthumous soubriquet oi the ‘Unlversal Architect’ at this period.
In an attempt to do justice to his long and proliiic career the Gallery have presented an array of scale models to represent his work alongside tools, plans and portraits oi his employers all encircled by a mock up of his stone walls. Yet the greatest memorials to the elder Adam, later eclipsed somewhat by his sons, are oi course his buildings that still remain; and
the establishment of the Advocates‘ Library in 1689. For each year ofthe Library‘s existence there will be a specific exhibit representing a particularly interesting or curious acquisition ofthat year. The enormous range includes the poignant last letter of Mary Queen of Scots. the Gutenberg Bible. the war diaries of Earl Haig and a 1985 edition of Old King Cole printed in Paisley.officially the smallest book in the world.
I NETHERBOW 43 High Street, 5569579. Mon—Sat 10am—4.30pm and evenings when performances. Cafe.
People and Places Until 29 July. Portraits and landscapes provide a visual record of Jackie Gordon‘s trip to the wilderness of Kluane in the Yukon. The Carrying Stream 3 Aug—2 Sept. A photographic record of the work carried out by the Scottish School of Studies. an institution dedicated to preserving Scotland‘s oral history andheritage. in support of its appeal fund. Their collection houses 10.000 prints. a large slide collection and a growing number offilms and videos. More importantly it isthe invaluable collater of Scotland's oral history. which with the aid of the money raised by the appeal fund, they hope to make more accessible to the public.
I OPEN EYE GALLERY 75 Cumberland Street. 557 1020. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat 10am—4pm.
Moira Beaty: Recent Paintings Until 10 Aug. Domestic scenes portrayed by a contemporary of Margot Sandeman and Joan Eardley.
The Magpie Collection Until 10 Aug. Flip decorated stoneware from Jane Butler-Cole.
Shiela MacDonald: Jewellery Until 10 Aug. Intricate silver and enamel jewellery with gold details.
I PORTFOLIO GALLERY AT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 43 Candlemaker Row. 220 191 I . Tue-Sat l lam-5.30pm.
Little Sparta: Photographs irom a Garden
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whilst such a display at plans, drawings and models may go some way to whetting your appetite to see the real McCoy it can never do justice to his complex designs, which involved not only the outer shells 01 his buildings but encompassed in intricate detail the grounds, the rooms and the hallways oi
Until 29 July. Martyn Greenhalgh‘s first solo exhibition features his photographs taken in the Garden created by the artist [an Hamilton Finlay in the Pentland Hills. at a somewhat lower altitude than that of Francois Dolmetch who exhibited recently at the Gallery.
Helen Chadwick: Lumina 5 Aug—2 Sept. Polaroids and backlit transparencies attempt to take the artist‘s selfportraits deeper than skin level.
I PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. William Adam Tercentenary Exhibition Until 8 Oct. The leading architect ofearly Georgian Scotland. not to be confused with his even more famous son Robert. has his ﬁnest work displayed in the form of scale models and original drawings. Between the Jacobite risings of 1715 and ‘45 he designed ambitious buildings for some of Scotland's leading lights some of which are sadly no longer around. the buildings that is.
Patrons and Painters Until 8 Oct. The Exhibition covers the period from the late 17th century through the period of the Act of Union to the rising of 1745 a timeof political turmoil when the patronage of men of power was as important in the arts world as it was in the political sphere. Some of the best known Scottish painters of this period are here represented. The patrons range from the Anglocracy irithe South of Scotland to the Grant of Grant.a traditional Highland Laird who had his entire court recorded on canvas by Richard Waitt.
I PRINTMAKERS WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 2479. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm.
Sort Ground Hard Ground Until 4 Aug. An open exhibition for all printmakers working on the theme oftown and rural life. Around 110 works have been selected including some by June Kerry. George Donald. Peter Standen and Aiden Bremner.
Hopetoun House his constructions which stand as the true testament to his architectural skills. (Ross Parsons)
‘William Adam: The Lite and Times oi Scotland’s Universal Architect’, John Giiiord (Mainstream £12.95). Published to coincide with this exhibition.
The Gallery will then have a displayof work from the workshop until the Festival exhibition which will be Madrid Prints 12 Aug—16 Sept. featuring the work of 11 artists currently living in the Spanish capital.
I OUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street. Box Office 668 2019. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Cafe. Roald Jostein Tellnes Until 5 Aug. The Norwegian artist uses pieces ofmetal. wires and woven materials to produce his unique prints.
Vintage '89 8 Aug—2 Sept. A selection of Scottish artists have produced work specifically for this exhibition on the theme of summer.
Body and Soul 7 Aug—5 Sept. Black and white photographs by Edinburgh photographer Marc Marnie which attempt to capture the spirit ofjazz and include shots of many Queen's Hall regulars.
I RIAS 15 Rutland Square. 229 7205. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm.
Blatant Image A Lite oi Work Having Lett31 July—1 I Aug. Travel photographs from the perspective of a Scot who has recorded both his own and other countries on film. I RICHARD DEMARCO GALLERY Blackfriars Church. Blackfriars Street (off High Street). 5570707. Mon—Sat 1(lam—6pm.
Contemporary Art From The Netherlands 5 Aug—5 Sept. A collection of9 Dutch artists present their recent sculptures and paintings. The gallery has also organised a display of4 sculptures to appear on lnchcolm Island where Macbeth is to be performed in ltalian.
I ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN 552 7171. Gardens Mon-Sat 9am—sunset; Sun Ham—sunset. Plant houses and exhibitions (mounted in lnverleith House) Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 11am—5pm. Due to renovation of lnverleith House. there will be no exhibitions at the Botanic Garden until the Festival Exhibition which will be a display of work by Sjoerd Buisman 4 Aug— 10 Sept. The Dutch artist
who takes his inspiration for his sculptures from organic lifcforms finds an apropriate setting for them in the Old Herbareum.
I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. 225 6671. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. Sun 2-6pm.
Young Spanish Painters 29 J uly—3 Sept. Seven artists from Catalonia. who use such diverse material as coal. plastic and wire mesh in their paintings. feature in this exhibition organised by the RSA in conjunction with the Spanish Government.
I SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 Canongate. 556 8136. Mon—Sat 10am-5.30pm.
Crait Noir opens in Aug.
I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street. 225 5955. Mon—Fri l0am—6pm;Sat 10am—1pm.
Crawiurd Adamson: Recent Paintings Until 5 Aug. The Edinburgh born artist returns with his second solo exhibition at this Gallery. His figurative work involves subjects in crowded situations and explores the psychological tensions inherent in such positions.
Nicola Henley: Textiles Until 5 Aug. Observations of birds made from her numerous trips to the far ﬂung corners of the British Isles appear against the background of her abstract landscapes. Karlln Rushbrooke: Glass Until 5 Aug. Her brightly coloured glass vessels provide intriguing surfaces for her lively caricatures.
Mary Maclean: New Works on Paper Until 5 Aug. Having gained much attention asa student in both Glasgow and Amsterdam for her vibrant drawings she concentrates in this exhibition on birds. Displaying skulls and details of their anatomy alongside her works on paper as ifthey were specimens in a museum.
Ruth Robinson: Jewellery Until 5 Aug. Glass beads are incorporated into her woven silver necklaces and earrings.
The Gallery‘s festival exhibitions will be Elizabeth Blackadder and John Houston Prints as well as William Crozier which run from 11 Aug—6 Sept.
I SCOTTISH PHOTOGRAPHS WORKS 14a Nelson Street. 556 4017 (phone for appointment).
Scottish Photographers A gallery representing the most exciting contemporary Scottish photographers. There is a permanent print holding giving a varied display. On sale from the gallery is David Williams' book Pictures From No Man's Land and the Raymond Moore
’photogravure entitled Ayr1979.
I SCOTTISH RECORD OFFICE West Register House. Charlotte Square. 556 6585. Mon—Fri 10am—4pm.
Friends oi Liberty Until 22 Sept. Written records dating back to the time ofthe French Revolution record its effects on Scottish society and politics. the display concentrates on the period from 1789 to 1830. a time ofgreat political unrest in this country which had the ruling classes terrified that events here would follow a similar course to those in France. Strange Revolutions: Scotland 1688-89 Until further notice.
I EDITH SIMON GALLERY Chaplaincy Centre. Bristo Square. 6670214 ext 1. Mon—Sat 10.30am—6.30pm.
The New Underground 7 Aug—2 Sept. Pictures. sculptures and audio-visual presentations by Edith Simon. who will be present throughout.
I STEP GALLERY 39 Howe Street. 556 1613. Mon—Fri Ham—5.30pm; Sat 11am—4pm; Sun 12—3pm.
Douglas Phillips: Recent Works 15 July—8 Aug. Scottish landscapes in oils and watercolours form the mainstay ofthe work on show.
Rosemary Beaton and Mary Maclean: New Works 11 Aug—3 Sept. Works on paper, paintings and drawings from the two young Scottish artists.
I STILLS GALLERY 105 High Street. 557 l 140. Tue—Sat 1 lam-5.30pm.
56 The List 28 July— 10 August 1989