‘furniture'. including Paul Amey's pink flamingoes and Kate Mellor's stoneware lanterns. There is something for every garden. say the organisers. ‘from rolling parkland to city window-box. from elegant orangery' to humble Ican-to‘.
Living in a Raintorest Until 13 Dec. A Borneo-style forest house reconstructed in the Botanics' Exhibition Hall and Vanishing Paradise — photographs taken
in the Venezuelan rainforest by George Bernard and Stephen Dalton.
I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.
Fish New permanent gallery. A daring new expose on our watery neighbours with stunning specimens. video sequences. Computers and fancy interactive devices. Fish have flocked from all over the world to be a part of the exhibition. and have been lovingly prepared for display by the Museum's award-winning taxidermist. The museum is running a series ofdrawing workshops for children and adults. for further details. ring the Information Desk on ext 21‘). I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. 225 6671. Mon—Sat 1(1am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Virtue and Vision: Sculpture and Scotland 1540—1990 Thurs 18 Jul—15 Sept. A sweeping panorama of the role of sculpture in Scotland from SamuelJoseph. the first sculptor to show at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1826. to Eduardo I’aolozzi. William Turnbull and Ian Hamilton Finlay - sculptors who bring the images of primitive and classical societies to bear on their work. I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street. 225 5955. Mon—Fri l(lam—6pm;Sat Illam~ 1 pm. Francis Convery: New Paintings L‘niil 3 Aug. Once an engineer. this young artist is wary of his technical background; a ‘perfectionist seeking the imperfect‘. his paintings are colourful and ﬂamboyant. but still retain a troublesome. challenging quality. Sweden by 3: Various Metals [mil 3 Aug. Metalwork and jewellery by three Swedish designers. Jan (‘ardelLJohann Dahlback and Mona Wallstrom.
The finest flower paintings of all time. I() August to 15 September only.
JUST NOT ASCOT
David Shilling. erstwhile milliner, wearing one of his famous hats
David Shilling Exhibition at The Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh until 20 July.
From the shabby walls of Richard Demarco’s gallery hang the surprising works at an artist who is associated with the razzmatazz of high society. David Shilling is a world-lamous hat designer: his excessive creations are not only seen at Ascot but are also to be lound in the collections of international
museums such as the Victoria and Albert and the Louvre.
Forget any preconceived notions you may have about Shilling’s work, because this exhibition represents a new departure. He exhibits 30 minimalist paintings which have become ‘his passion' overthe last two years. From traditional stretchers he extends his paintings by draping and sculpting iolds, twists and hillocks of canvas which are then frozen in relief with opaque white paint. These brilliant-white sculptured paintings rely on the capturing and play at light but are sadly undermined by the gallery’s white-washed walls. In spite at this, the canvases are sensual and invite the viewer to search and find personal images in them. Small canvases conjure up images at geometric heads donning lop-sided toques, whereas larger pictures recall dishevelled bedlinen, the voluptuous drapes ol curtains, orthe ebb and flow of the sea.
Shilling’s change of direction is evident in his decision to exhibit this work away lrom his base and clientele in London, and in this innovative but lar from glitzy gallery. Shilling explains that hats are ‘ephemeral’ and although he is proud to have revived the craft of millinery and indeed continues to design hats, he questions the relevance of hats in a recession. He is however a show man and seems keen to emulate artistic lriends such as Hockney and Procktor. He has clearly identified that great art works tend to outlive great hats. (Sarah Knox)
Exhibitirom Richard Learoyd's ‘EleVatins'
I STILLS GALLERY 1115 High Street. 557 11-31). Tue—Sat l lam—5.3lipm.
Richard Learoyd: Elevations L'mil 3 Aug. In i
1990. Learoyd was awarded the SA("s first Dance Photography Commission and has since worked with The Scottish Ballet and other dance companies. His
photographs. rather than documenting his
experiences. are ﬂuid responses which draw on history and make allusions to the
work of Degas and Francis Bacon.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN -
Nils Aas exhibits in ‘Norwegian Wood' at the Talbot Rice
I TALBOT RICE GALLERY l'niversity of Iidinburgh. ()ld College. South Bridge. Tue—Sat lllam-~5pm.
Norwegian Wood Sculpture t'ntil 3 Aug. The works of five sculptors and jewellery makers. keen to introduce the Scottish public to the superior qualities of Norwegian wood.
‘ I369 GALLERY 233 (‘mtgmazzs 31113. I Mon—Sat Ill.3l)am—5.3(lpm.
EDINBURGH FESTIVAl I99I
' OUTSIDE THE CITIES
Soon to be relaunched with a new 7 programme ofexhibitions.
I TORRANCE GALLERY 29B Dundas Street. 5566366. Mon—Fri l lam—6pm;Sat ll).3()am—4pm.
AlistairAnderson: Recent Works tiniil Sat 13 Jul.
I TRAVERSE THEATRE 112 (irassmarket. 226 2633. Tue—Sat llam— lllpm; Sun 6—10pm.
HeatherWilson: Watching Over Us t'niil Hi 19 Jul. Talented wood-engraver who brings mythology and historical imagery to bear on her work. believing that the past can tell us much about the present.
I SUMMERLEE HERITAGE TRUST West (‘anal Street. (1236 31261.
Picturing Women Until 5 Aug. Set up to explore the photographic representation of women in Scotland and tocommission new work from photographers. the focal point of this exhibition is the work of four ofthem — Lorna Bates. Andrea ('ringen. Franki Rafﬂes and Della Matheson— women who collectively question notions of family. beauty. nationality and sexuality.
I CRAWFORD ARTS CENTRE ()3 North Street. (1334 74611). .‘vlon—Sat lllam—Spm: Sun 2—5pm. Made-to-Measure L'ntil Sun 14 Jul. Scottish textiles with an international flavourare on show in this exhibition which looks at the work of three designers whose work has taken them abroad and encouraged them to incorporate new techniques into their designs. Lindsey Fergus. Iiiona McIntosh and Jane Dickens have all either introduced Scottish designs to other countries. or brought foreign ﬂavoursto bearon their work in Scotland. Valerie Pragnell: Ring olAlder tintii Sun 14 Jul. A loosely arranged circle ofsculptural elements. made from alder. through i which I’ragnell explores cyclical themes of i
regeneration and continuity.
William Dick: Recent Paintings liri 1‘)Jul- 16 Aug. Works produced by Dick during his stint as artist-in-residencc. Louise Young Fri 1‘) Jul-« 16 Aug. Iiclt and handmade paper pieces. on show in the 1 Applied Arts gallery. which is now I designated for the show ing of craft work. Stirling
I SMITH ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM Dumbarton Road. “"36 7101". Inc In noon-~5pm: Sat 111.3Ham 5pm; Sun
Sebastian Salgado: Photographs t‘nul 3n
Jul. Anopportunily tosee the brilliantand
evocative work of this Brazilian photographer. tcatu red. to much acclaim. in a recent exhibition at I€dinburgli'sSlills (iallery'.
GIIThe List 12—25July1991