ART LISTINGS continued
ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND
2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm (8pm Tue); Sun noon—5pm. £3 (£1.50); under 135 free. A 19th century museum ' Jusing international collections of na ital history, geology, science, technol )gy and the decorative arts, plus two permanent exhibitions: Art & Industry and The Ivy Wu Gallery. Sentimental Journey - A History Of Souvenirs Until Sun 9 Jan. From the earliest forms of souvenirs dating from Pilgrim times to the tacky seaside kiss- me-quick hat, this fascinating exhibition traces the history of the souvenir with a display of over 500 objects.
Hisashi Momose - Paperworks Until Fri 12 Nov. (Ivy Wu Gallery). Paper works by Japanese artist Hisashi Momose.
Beyond Bounds - Containers Until Tue 4 Jan. The ﬁrst stage of a four-part exhibition focusing on artists’ books. Containers features experimental bindings as diverse as pigskin and aircraft wreckage. In Alphabet, four British artists explore the use of text in artists’ books.
Lady Stair’s House, Lady Stair’s Close, 529 4901. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Free. Makars' Court Exhibition Until Sat 27 Nov. An exhibition celebrating the lives of twelve Scottish writers.
DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ARTS
152 Nethergate, 01382 432000. Tue-Wed, Sat & Sun 10.30am—5.30pm; Thu & Fri 10.30am—8pm.
Tacita Dean - The Sea, With A Ship; Afterwards An Island Until Sun 7 Nov. Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1998 and best known for her 16mm ﬁlms, Tacita Dean creates large format, chalk on blackboard drawings inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Her short ﬁlm entitled ‘The Structure Of Ice’ (1997) is screened at selected times. Olafur Eliasson - Your Position Surrounded And Your Surroundings Positioned Until Sun 7 Nov. Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson creates a specially commissioned installation for the gallery, using light and simple materials inspired by man’s perceptions of the natural environment.
Richard Long: Centre For Artists Books Exhibition Until Wed 17 Nov. A selection of publications by Richard Long featuring a number of early rare books.
Albert Square, 01382 432020. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12.30—4pm; Thu 10am—7pm.
Lustre Sat 6 Nov—Sun 9 Jan. Seven artists who use light in their practice have been brought together to this group show. Using fluorescent, projected, ﬁbre-optic and LED light, featured artists include Diane Maclean, whose Virtual Endless Column is a ﬂoor to ceiling fibre-optic column, Gordon McKenna creates Virgin, an installation of ﬂuorescent tubes and Su Grierson projects saturated colour onto the windows of ofﬁces in the building.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES East Ktlbrtde EAST KILBRIDE ARTS CENTRE Old Coach Road, 01355 261000. Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun noon-9pm. Threshold Until Sun 28 Nov. As part of the Travelling gallery tour, an exhibition of work by contemporary artists who explore the concept of home and the environs that we build around ourselves. Generic Image Until Sun 28 Nov. Figurative paintings by Gray’s School of Art graduate Sandy Grant.
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Tl'lE TRAVELLING GALLERY
For a detailed itinerary call 0131 529 3682/3930. Opening times vary.
The Girl's Room Tour The Travelling Gallery’s new show features the work of Munich-based artist Pia Lanzinger following her residency at the City Art Centre. Through photography, sound and installation, Lanzinger explores issues of gender and space, highlighting the experiences of teenage girls. The tour will be in Skye and Lochalsh until 12 Nov and Falkirk from 15—26 Nov.
lectures & events
Artist’s Talk Thu 4 Nov, 7.30pm. The Glasgow Project Room. Kevin Kelly talks about his work in progress installation at the gallery.
Gallery Talk Sat 6 Nov, 3pm. Street Level Gallery. Stephen Partridge discusses his work currently on show at the gallery and looks at the development of film, video and media art in Scotland. Erick van Egeraat Tue 9 Nov, 7pm. £4.25 (£2). Glasgow Film Theatre. Erik van Egeraat, one of Holland’s most extravagant architects talks about his projects which include the new Royal Shakespeare theatre in Stratford-upon- Avon, the Photographer’s Gallery in London and the Cork Arts Centre. Curious Discussions Wed 10 Nov, 7pm. £3 (£1.50). Visual Arts Projects, lst floor, 14 King Street, 552 6563. The ﬁrst in a series of evening discussions arising from Visual Arts Projects Artists’ Research Fellowships sees Pat Naldi, Dennis Cosgrove and Andrew Patrizio looking at Interdisciplinary Research: Art And Everything Else.
The Glasgow Collection Tue 16 Nov, 6.30pm. £2.50 (£2). The Lighthouse. Bruce Wood, director of the Glasgow Collection, talks the collection in the context of The Lighthouse exhibition. Charles Rennie Mackintosh - A Question Of Style Wed 17 Nov, 12.30pm. £7 inc lunch. Pollok House. A talk by Anne Ellis, property manager of Hill House.
Curious Discussions Wed 17 Nov, 7pm. £3 (£1.50). Visual Arts Projects, lst floor, 14 King Street, 552 6563. Mapping The Body Within The City is the subject of this evening discussion with Wendy Kirkup, Eric Laurier and Chris Philo.
Symposium: The Buildings Of Erwin Heerich Fri 5 Nov, 2—6pm. Free. Matthew Architecture Gallery. This symposium introduces the buildings of German artist Erwin Heerich. Speakers include artist and author on Heerich, Joachim Peter Kastner, and exhibition curator Simon Beeson.
Morandi's Containers Of Meaning Mon 8 Nov, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Modern Art. Artist and critic Merlin James gives a slide lecture on the work of Morandi.
Joseph Black Wed 10 Nov, 12.45pm. National Portrait Gallery. Jean Jones, historian of science, talks about David Martin’s painting.
Two Titians Fri 12 Nov, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Scotland. Michael Cassin gives a talk.
Edouard Vuillard: Master Of The Intimate Still Life Mon 15 Nov, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Modern Art. Alice Dewey discusses the work of Edouard Vuillard.
James Bruce Of Kinnaird Wed 17 Nov, 12.45pm. Free. National Portrait Gallery. Pompeo Batoni’s painting is discussed by Joan McGirk.
Lectura Dantis Thu 18 Nov, 5.30pm. Free. City Art Centre. To mark the opening of The Ancient Mosaics 0f Ravenna exhibition, scholar, writer, translator, lecturer and actor Vittorio Sennonti, who has devoted his time to study Dante, gives a reading.
Edward McGuire and Sally Beamish.
Atarah Ben-Tovim: still crazy after all these years
Children’s Classic Concerts
The average chart star has a longevity of about three years, occasionally more, often less. The average child has an attention span of about three minutes. So persuading them to listen to music which not only lasts ten times longer than your average pop song, but was also written by somebody who's been on the scene for three hundred years, is no easy task.
A task, however, which the Artistic Director of Children’s Classic Concerts has approached with nothing short of zeal for the past three decades. A familiar face to those old enough to remember 70's kids TV shows Seeing And Doing and Rub A Tub Tub, Atarah Ben-Tovim has been overseeing the concert series for six years, and there's no sign of her enthusiasm slipping. 'l've been doing children’s concerts all over the world for 35 years,’ says Ben-Tovim exuberantly, ‘and I’m still fanatical about the flute and about classical music.’
Trying to pass on that enthusiasm is the real challenge however, and experience has shown that the easiest way to bridge the generation gap is to use the children's own language. Relating classical music to their world by comparing an orchestra with the average rock combo, featuring strings, percussion, keyboard and the occasional brass section often helps, although Ben-Tovim still asserts that ‘watching a large orchestra is, in some ways, more thrilling than seeing a rock concert'.
In a bid to keep things fresh and modern, this year's series will only feature work by composers of the 19005, or as Ben-Tovim puts it ‘you had to die this century to get in'. So it’s goodbye to old favourites Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn and hello to the likes of Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams,
As usual, there's lots of audience participation, quizzes and a chance to meet the orchestra, and if you've been before that's no excuse for not going again. 'No two concerts are ever the same,‘ says Ben-Tovim. 'Even if the programme is identical the way we present it will vary from audience to audience.’
If it is your first time, prepare to be bewitched by Ben-Tovim's infectious passion for the genre. 'About a third of the audience haven't been to a concert before, and any child who listens to classical music, even if it's only for an hour, has their soul and mind enriched.’ (Kelly Apter)
I Children '5 Classic Concerts: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 6 Nov; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sun 7 Nov. See listings for details.
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Actrvrttes And Fun
Jock And Elizabeth's Adventures Permanent attraction. Daily 10am—6pm. £3.50 (£2.95). The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631. All aboard the sailing ship Glenlee for a whole host of children’s activities. Impact Arts Workshops Until Sat 18
Napiershall Street Centre, 39 Napiershall Street, 341 0024. Saturday afternoon arts and crafts workshops from Impact Arts. Lego Party Sat 13 Nov, noon-2pm. Free. Ottakar’s Bookstore, Unit 6, Buchanan Galleries, Buchanan Street, 353 1500. If you’ve got a spare piece of Lego hiding under the sofa, then bring it along and help the experts ﬁnish off a model of the Mackintosh rose.
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Dec, 2.30-5.30pm (Saturdays only). £89.
The White Balloon (U) Sat 13 Nov, 1.30pm. £3.50 (£2.25). OFF, 12 Rose Street, 332 8128. See Film Index.
Children's Classic Concerts Sat 6 Nov, 3pm. £8 (£4—£6); family ticket £22. Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. Ages 4-14. Bring along an instrument for HitA Century, a fun concert with the RSNO who perform works by Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov and Prokoﬁev. See preview.
Rugrats Thu 4—Sat 6 Nov, 7.30pm; Sat 11am, 2pm & 5pm. £10-£16.50. SECC, Finnieston Quay, 287 7777. See photo caption.
Ian's Incredible Puppet Show Sat 6 Nov, 2-3pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre, 8 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Magic and mayhem with performer, Ian Turbitt. Theatre Guignol Anatole Thu 11 & Fri 12 Nov, 7pm. £4 (£3). Scottish Mask &