Impressions of Scotland Until 30 Aug. Five Scottish artists — Alison Dunlop, James Spence, Gordon Wyllie, Duncan McLeod and Bill Wright - laud the mountains, glens, villages and lochs of their home-land.
I LADY STAIR'S HOUSE Lady Stair’s Close. Lawnmarket. Mon—Sat lOam—6pm.
A celebration of Scotland’s greatest literary ﬁgures — Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
I MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 42 High Street, 225 2424. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.
The best days of your life? Toys, videos and various kids' bits and pieces shed some light on how it was for everyone else. Now including an exhibition on Meccano cars.
Looking Wider Still: The Story at the Scottish Ranger Guides Sat 10 Aug—16 Sept. A special exhibition, marking the 75th anniversary of the Scottish Rangers and including ﬂags, uniforms, photographs and film.
I NETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43 High Street, 556 9579. Mon—Sat 10am—4.30pm. The Preacher and the Goldsmith Until 31 Aug. Admission £1 .20/£1/50p. Exhibition about next~door-neighbour John Knox House 1490—1990.
I OPEN EYE GALLERY 75 Cumberland Street, 557 1020. Mon—Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am—4pm.
Mari Bond: Paintings Sat 10 Aug—5 Sept. Contemporary British Sculpture Sat 10
I PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street, 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. [D]. Cafe.
Scotland‘s bonniest and beastliest monarchs, politicians, writers and artists— not to mention the footballers — and a very fine cafe, to boot.
I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. 225 6671. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.
James Giles: Walercolours Sat 10—31 Aug. A series of watercolours of the castles of Aberdeenshire by the Victorian artist who was also Highland landscape artist to Queen Victoria.
I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street, 225 5955. Mon—Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am—1 m.
Sir William Gillies (1898-1973) Fri 9 Aug—4 I
Sept. In conjunction with Bourne Fine Art, an exhibition of oil paintings by the
, famous Scottish artist who developed a reputation for on-the-spot landscape-painting.
The Edinburgh School Fri 9 Aug-4 Sept. A complimentary exhibition of works by artists of the same school as Gillies— Redpath, MacTaggart, Thomson, Philipson, Beaton, Moodie and others. Class CI ’91 Fri 9 Aug—4 Sept. Works by recent graduates from Scotland’s art schools, including Paul Cassidy, Karen Guthrie, Fergus McHardy and Lorna Robertson.
James Campbell: New Work Fri 9 Aug-4 Sept. Simple, ceramic vessels, enriched with painted decoration. Campbell‘s imagery draws on areas in the North of Scotland and Western Wales, places where he spent much of a rather solitary childhood.
I SOLSTICE GALLERY 18a Dundas Street, 557 5227. Mon-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 10am—lpm.
A Contrast ot Styles: Paintings byJoan Renton and Jack Vettriano Fri 9—31 Aug. Works by two artists of wildly differing styles: Renton's work is nature-orientated and tending towards the abstract; Vettriano is meticulous, people-based and profoundly nostalgic.
DESIGN & CRAFTS
I ADAM POTTERY 76 Henderson Row, 557 3978. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.
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Restless Shadows: Japanese Fibreworks at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Furniture designer Michael Brennand-Wood was so impressed with the expressive capabilities oi contemporary Japanese woodwork that he decided to organise a British exhibition and tour. First stop is Edinburgh and the College oi Art is a periect venue. Skylit, whitewashed and tranquil, it is a million miles away irom the busy streets oi the nearby Grassmarket.
The exhibition features the work oi ten artists irom Kyoto, the centre ior contemporary textiles in Japan. Cotton, bamboo and, in some cases, fur are used to create ethereal installations, iluid sculpture and two-dimensional works. Raw materials remain raw, but are stretched, torn and moulded to create periectly ordered pieces. It is this understanding and respect oi the materials which makes this exhibition so interesting: the pieces not only look good but, whether hefty or lightweight, they have a strong
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physical presence. Most impressive is Yuko Takada’s Prismatic, a vast, upturned hanging pyramid oi individually cut and painted tracing-papertriangies, hanging on invisible thread. Graduating in colour irom pale to dark blue, the work resembles a huge ilock oi tiny butterflies suspended in mid-ilight.
Likewise, Teruyoshi Yoshida's Soaking Through series have the appearance of pieces at burning bark, caught in time. lie uses the reverse of - pieces oi iabric and tears, rips and daubs it to create heavily encrusted suriaces. Other works include Naomi Kobayashi’s huge ring of red cotton strands, Satoyu Shoii’s waters of rough iibre, arranged in rows and Nobuko Hiroi’s small pieces in fur and wire.
Organising the organic, Restless Shadows unearths a wealth oi imagination and technique in Japanese art. Unlike some modern art, which has had a tendency to shout at the viewer, this exhibition whispers. (Beatrice Colin)
Clay Until 31 Aug. A selling exhibition of new work — including thrown pottery, ceramic sculpture and handbuilt vessels - by Janet Adam, Lorraine Fernie and Lara Scobie.
I ADVOCATE'S GALLERY 369 High Street (opposite St Giles‘ Cathedral). Mon—Sat 10.30am—5pm.
Alison Kinnalrd: Engraved Crystal Mon 12—31 Aug. One of Scotland‘s leading glass engravers, Kinnaird's designs are startling and ambitious depictions, often of male and female nudes. which exploit the natural physical potential of glass.
I ASSEMBLY ROOMS 54 George Street. 226 2842. Daily Ham-midnight; Sat 10am—midnight.
Dazzle Fri 9—31 Aug. Jewellery, jewellery and more jewellery from 48 top designers. Prices range from 515—500 and previous buyers include fashion moguls Salman Rushdie, Dawn French and Toyah Wilcox.
I BARNES & FITZGERALD 47b George Street, 220 1305. Mon—Sat 10.30am—5.30pm. Contemporary glass gallery
NOW Works Sat 10—31 Aug. Glassworks by Peter Layton, Adam Aaronson and Sue
I GALERIE MIRAGES 46a Raebum Place. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.
The Art at Adomment Until Sept 21 . A celebration of decoration — masks and jewellery from Zaire, Gabon, Nigeria, Nepal, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Indonesia
1 and India.
I INHOUSE 28 Howe Street, 225 2888. Mon—Sat 9.30am-6pm.
Take the Chair: 100 Years of Chair Design Sat 10 Aug—7 Sept. Chairs by 30designers,
: including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Le
Corbusier, Philippe Starck and Jorge Pensi.
I NEPAL INTERLINK 6 Howe Street. 225 1654. Tue-Sun 1 1am—6pm.
A Feel of Nepal Fri 9 Aug-15 Sept. New and ancient techniques in jewellery- making, thang-ka paintings, Himalayan
, carpets, carved wood and lots more.
I 98 Grassmarket Mon—Sat 11am—6pm.
A Celebration at Wearable Art Wed 14-31 Aug. Garments with artistic flair— in wool, linen and silk.
I OPEN EYE GALLERY 75 Cumberland Street, 557 1020. Mon—Fri lOam—6pm, Sat 10am—4pm. Sue Barr: Jewellery Sat 10 Aug—5 Sept.
I OUT OF THE NOMAD'S TENT 40 Pilrig Street. Daily 10am—7pm.
Blooms and Beasts: Animals and Flowers in the Tribal At‘l oi Asia Sat 10—31 Aug. Kilim rugs, jewellery, furniture, ceramics. paintings and artefacts from Afghanistan. Rajasthan, Turkey and Romania.
I PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street, 556 8921. Mon—Sat lOam—Spm; Sun 2—5pm. [D]. Cafe.
The Art at Jewellery in Scotland Until 3 Nov £2 (£1). Many a Scottish laird would have lost his tartan if it were not secured with a ﬁne Cairngorm brooch. This exhibition also includes a cameo given to a supporter by Mary, Queen of Scots and a range of modern jewellery by Glasgow-based Peter Chang.
I DUERCUS l6 Howe Street, 2200147. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm; Sun noon—4pm. Contemporary British Textiles Sat 10 Aug—7 Sept. Work by leading interior and fashion textile designers, including Kaffe Fassett, Carole Walker, Sian Tucker and Richard Womersley.
I ST JOHN'S CHURCH West end of Princes Street. Mon—Sat 11am—6pm.
9th West End Craft and Design Fair Until 31 Aug. Over 50 craftspeople. rotatingover three days, sell their works direct — jewellery, hats, toys etc — well worth frequent visits.
I MUSEES REFUSEES 18 Victoria Terrace . 220 3366. Mon—Sat noon—5.30pm; Sun 2—5pm.
Musees Refusees: The Unoliicial Exhibition tor the Atuseum oi Scotland Competition Sat 10-24 Aug. A look at the entries forthe National Museums’ architectural competition — designed to find an architect for the new Chambers Street museum— which attracted 371 entries from all over the world.
I ROYAL FINE ART COMMISSION FOR SCOTLAND 9 Atholl Crescent, 229 1109. Daily 1 lam-4pm.
Plans for Scotland: Recent Cases Sat 10 Aug-1 Sept. Architecture and what we can do about it.
I ROYAL INCORPORATION OF ARCHITECTS IN SCOTLAND 15 Rutland Square. Daily 9am—5pm; Sat 10am—4pm.
Winners and Losers: Scotland and the Architectural Competition Mon 12—19 Aug. An in-depth look at architectural competitions in Scotland over the last 225 years and the winning submissions, as well as the not-so-good ideas.
I EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Lauriston Place, 229 9311. Daily 10am—5pm. Edinburgh College at Art Photography Sun 11 Aug—1 Sept. Selected by David Williams. I THE FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent, 225 5366. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5.30pm;Sat9.30am—1. m. La Riviera de Charles Negre Mon 12 Aug-6 Sept. A painter who turned to photography in 1839, Negre is now recognised as one of France’s greatest and most innovative photographers. This exhibition comprises 80 original prints; dating from 1852—1880, they are the first photographs taken of the Mediterranean coast, giving some idea as to what the area was like under the reign of Napoleon Ill. The Barbers oi Morocco: Photographs by Alan Keohane Mon 12—31 Aug. A photographer with a unique understanding of North Africa and the Middle East. and the confidence oflhe notoriously camera-shy Berber people. I LEITH LIBRARY 28—30 Ferry Road, 554 5507. Mon-Fri 9am—8.3()pm; Sat 9am-1pm. John Rankin: Photographs Mon 12 Aug—1“! tng
Sept. Works on various themes. includ
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